Hello! It’s hard to believe it’s September already and time for Pumpkin Everything 🙂
I haven’t posted in awhile so that means this will probably be a long post…
I’ve been playing around again recently with my Seth Apter embossing powders, which are fabulous! I wasn’t really happy with the project I was working on, and then my local store got in some new Tim Holtz Halloween products so I shifted gears. I was excited to get the Mr. Bones stamp set and the shifter stencils! I had in mind to use one of the stencils with Seth’s powders and here’s what I came up with:
I love all of the projects I’ve seen online using the shifter stencils and I don’t recall if any were embossed, but I knew Seth’s Chunky Rust and Rocky Road would make a perfect background for Mr. Bones. I also knew that using embossing powder would make it impossible for me to have a perfect background, but I don’t do perfect anyway, LOL. I wanted my background to look old, grungy and dirty and imperfect. I started out with a 5×7 piece of 110 lb. paper and dipped it in a watery mix of Antique Linen DOX and Smoked Hickory DI, until I was happy and I let it dry overnight. Here’s a pic of the background after stenciling (so cool!):
I was able to get away with one coat of Chunky Rust, but I had to do 2 coats for Rocky Road. I had to heat from underneath after I saw some of the Rocky Road flying around and landing on the orange! For this project, I really loved the black residue left by Rocky Road, which you can see above. I have to chuckle, though, because I made this card today and yesterday I tested out embossing with this stencil. It went fine with the rust, but for some reason the Rocky Road wouldn’t heat and I ended up smearing it all over my hands which then ended up here:
I have soaked it but haven’t been able to get it to come off. Luckily, I don’t care if my products are pristine and I’m only mentioning it in case someone else wants to try this out.
I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint over the entire background – at first I only added a little but it didn’t even show up. I inked around the edges with Black Soot DOX after trimming it with the TH Stitched Rectangle die set. Under that layer is last year’s TH Halloween paper which I also used for the Ornate Frame (inked with Black Soot DOX).
Mr. Bones was stamped with black Archival ink, then just a wash of Antique Linen DOX was added for a bit of color; I used Twisted Citron DOX for his eye. His hat has some black foil on it, and on the brim, a leftover Tiny Tattered rose made from Black Midnight Core’dinations. I used a ribbon from my stash and a TH Halloween Quote Chip to finish it off. Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially my embossed background.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
I’m excited to play along (for the first time) with the PaperArtsy challenge Topic 14: Baked Texture.