Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Halloween Sign Tutorial Idea

Halloween Sign ~ Last Minute Idea

So I thought I'd show you how to do it...

- Old chipboard or thin wood (I used the back off an old
kitchen cabinet) but generally something to give a base.
- Piece of wood (timer)
- Various brown, black, orange, red, green acrylic paints
- Various brushes.
- Nails
- Hammer
- Some form of embellishments (if required)
- Pencil & Black Marker

As said I took the back off one of the old kitchen units (having a new kitchen fitted) broke off the sides for a more 'rough' look.I then painted this with 2 kinds of brown to create "wood".

Here you can see I've created my wood using pant and then used black paint and marker to make it seem like three wood pannels just to give a little depth, cracks and wood markings

 I also added some orange for spider eggs {Heat gun + Acrylic Paint = Bubble Texture}

 This is how the sign looks thus far.  ...looking good?

I took a plain piece of scrap timber I had...

I then painted it a darker brown...

While waiting for stuff to dry...  I worked out what I wanted the sign to say! "ENTER if you dare"

Other thoughts were.  "Enter At Your Own Risk", "WARNING", "DANGER", "Keep Out"...  sadley there wasn't enough room for "Welcome to the house of horrors" (ICP Quote)

After adding lettering I used glossy accents and a rubber spider to create this embellishment detail...

 And here's how the sign looks.  I went over the blood splats with glossy accents too.  Happy...

I then nailed the sign to the wood using tacks.  I put foam and tape over the back of the wood to hide the tiny nail points coming through...  and I painted orange, green and black onto the tack heads for a rust look.

 One Halloween Sign.

I have a big planter in the middle of my front garden I intend to stick this
into...  hope it doesn't rain!!  Anyways...

Make time probably about 5 hours but most of that was paying and
experimenting and letting it air dry as it was too late to be using my heat
gun!!  So Happy Crafting & Happy Halloween Everybody!!



Imogen Cane


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Monday, 29 October 2012

Get Well Soon Manley Card For George!

Hello again, 3rd post tonight!!

Here's a card I made over the weekend for my boyfriend's Dad (Joshua's Dad, George) hope you enjoy the video...  let me know what you think...

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Imogen xX

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Halloween Tutorial Candy Container Faux Cauldren

So for last minute Halloween I decided to create a cauldren style bucket of candy bag goodies for all the lil trick'or'treaters that may appear at my door.  I also thought I'd do a walkthrough of how I created this.  Please see video at the end of this tutorial also...  Happy Halloween!!

So I made this out of things I had... 
...and the only money spent was on sweets!! 

Let me show you how I did it!!

Total time to create 8 hours make time + dry time

- An old plasic container such as a bowl
- Some form or wire or string (handle)
- Some form of little goody bags (organza bags)
- Sweets (and perhaps other goodies)
- Newspaper
- Craft Glue
- Black paint, Orange paint, Paint Brush, Water Bowl and
Kitchen (Tissue) Roll
- Wool, Ribbon and any other embellishments
- A drill or something to pierce plastic (be careful with this)

I started with newspaper and an old plastic bowl.  Purchased ages ago at Poundland for £1.  I then mix Craft Glue (in my case PVA) with water.  As we're creating a paper-mache, I'm sure everyone knows how to tear up newspaper, dip it in the glue/water mix and apply to an item... in this case outside of the bowl and if you don't have waiting time a heat tool can help!!

I then drilled 2 holes for the handles.  And moved on to making goody bags while waiting for that to air dry I added an equal number of sweets to these orange and purple organza bags (I happened to have) - Draw string bags are ideal not to lose some of them goodies.

Once the outside paper-mache was dried I then moved on to painting the inside with Acrylic Black paint.

At this point I went to bed...
But in the morning the inside was totally dry so I moved on to paint the outside in the same way...

After that's dried I painted on the 'rust' in orange acrylic paint... (dabble don't stroke!)


I took the wire from an old dissued lampshade and bent it into a funky shap and bent round into the bowl.  I wanted to secure with ducttap however could only find parcel tape so this had to do.

Paint took a little battering while working this out... but not to worry!!

I then wrapped the whole handle (and tape) with black wool.  I stook an orange Ribbon to the backside of the purple ribbon and made a bow.  Which I attached wiith more black wool to the handle (love how the bow turned out!!)

I filled in the scratched off paint with more "rust" orange acrylic paint...

Once it was dried I filled the faux cauldren style bowl with goody bags for the lil trick'or'treater's...

 (yes I made up more bags, 32 and there's more to be done... maybe!)

Perfect as a candy holder, the way I did it.  Or as a childs candy bucket when going trick'or'treating :)

I opted to buy save candies that came in their own wrappers and put a little bag of jelly sweets (Haribo) and other packaged sweets together to make these little bags with 6 packs/indevidual sweets in each bag (total 32 bags).

I hope someone comes...  but it's decor that will last till next year, can be repainted for easter or just kept as home decor.  ~ Just thoughts.

Imogen xX
Please keep an eye out for my "Halloween Sign" creation too!!

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