1. Haunted Banner

    21st October, 2017

    With All Hallows’ Eve drawing near, I’m sharing this haunted banner that I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series. You can follow along on Tim’s facebook and instagram with a weekly recap on Saturday on his blog.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Here’s how I made the jack-o-lantern banner…

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 1: Cut a piece of black classic kraft stock 5 x 7 inches.
    Step 2: Cut a piece of paper from the Halloween mini stash 4.5 x 6.5 inches.
    Step 3: Cut a second piece of black classic kraft stock 4 x 6 inches.
    Step 4: Cut a piece of mixed media heavystock 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 5: Using the WRMK banner punch board, cut the ends to create a banner.
    Step 6: Sand the edges of the large black classic kraft stock banner with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 7: Distress the edge of the halloween mini stash paper banner and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 8: Sand the edges of the small black classic kraft stock banner with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 9: Ink up the ledger script stamp with hickory smoke distress archival ink. Stamp onto the heavystock banner using the stamp platform. Stamp a second time using a very light layer of vintage photo distress archival ink.
    Step 10: Blend in antique linen distress ink.
    Step 11: Blend in pumice stone distress ink.
    Step 12: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 13: Sew the edges of the mini stash and heavystock banners with black thread.
    Step 14: Gather the banner pieces ready to assemble.
    Step 15: Adhere using distress collage medium matte.
    Step 16: Punch 2 holes in the top of the assembled banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 17: Die cut the jack-0-lantern thinlits die from a heavystock tag.
    Step 18: Blend tea dye, forest moss and brushed corduroy distress ink and splatter with a distress sprayer.
    Step 19: Once dry, spritz rusty hinge distress marker over the die cut with a distress marker spritzer.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 20: Die cut Halloween, jack-o-lantern base and a cobweb from black classic kraft stock. Sand and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 21: Place the cobweb die cut over the banner and trim any overlap with mini scissors.
    Step 22: Adhere the cobweb with distress collage medium matte.
    Step 23: Add the halloween die cut with hex fasteners. Adhere the 31 die cut and add mini book rings to the holes at the top of the banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 24: Add the jack-o-lantern die cut with adhesive black foam.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 25: Die cut the witchcraft die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend peeled paint distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a sentiment from the monstrous set and adhere the witch with distress collage medium matte.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 26: Die cut the feather and raven die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend weathered wood distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a sentiment from the monstrous set and adhere the ravens with distress collage medium matte.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 27: Die cut the scarecrow die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend wild honey distress ink onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a bat and 31 using the idea-ology cling foam stamps and adhere the scarecrow with distress collage medium matte, bending the base of the scarecrow to mirror the curve of the banner.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Step 28: Die cut the haunted house and halloween word die from black classic kraft stock, sand with a sanding grip and blend in vintage photo distress ink with a mini blending tool. Blend tea dye distress ink lightly onto the heavystock banner (top one), stamp a bat and the crescent moon from the haunted house set and adhere the haunted house and beware banner, plus an adornment spider with distress collage medium matte. Paint fossilized amber distress paint inside the haunted house’s windows.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Run string, twine, burlap, ribbon or chain through the mini book rings attached to the top of the banner and hang. Why not make one each year and write the year on the back or make a feature of it on your banner. A great way to practice techniques and track your creative progression.

    I hope you enjoyed this step by step and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far. Don’t forget to check out the other designers projects from the series. I will be back next week sharing some walk throughs and close ups of the other projects I have made for the inspiration series.
    Cheers
    Zoe x



  2. Mr Pumpkinhead

    16th October, 2017

    Have you met Mr Pumpkinhead? He’s a bit of a merchant… of what though, we don’t know ….and don’t dare to ask!!

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Thank you so much for your kind comments about this card I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series. Here’s a step by step to show you how he was made…

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 1: Cut a piece of distress mixed media heavystock 3.25 x 5 inches. Cover with antique linen distress ink using a blending tool.
    Step 2: Blend in a little mustard seed distress ink.
    Step 3: Squish broken china distress ink onto a non stick craft sheet and spritz with water using a distress sprayer.
    Step 4: Tap the heavystock into the ink. Dry with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 5: Blend a little vintage photo distress ink lightly over the background.
    Step 6: Edge with walnut stain distress ink.
    Step 7: Spray big water droplets over the background. Dry with a heat tool.
    Step 8: Tap the heavystock into the broken china droplets again if required.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 9: Blend more vintage photo distress ink over the background.
    Step 10: Edge with more walnut stain distress ink, this time blending a little further into the center.
    Step 11: Spritz with water and immediately pat dry with kitchen roll (paper towel) to lift the ink and leave a bleached spots.
    Step 12: Stitch around the edges with a sewing machine.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 13: Using the Tim Holtz stamp platform for exact placement, stamp the gear stamp from the dapper stamp set in potting soil archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 14: Lightly swipe the edges with a black soot distress archival ink pad to give the background a kind of vignette.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step15: Stamp the hat/suit and merchant stamps from the dapper and pumpkinhead stamp sets using the Tim Holtz stamp platform, with black soot distress archival ink on mixed media heavystock.
    Step 16: Make masks for the pumpkinhead stamps by stamping onto a sheet of plain paper and fussy cutting.
    Step 17: Cover the pumpkinhead stamped image with the corresponding mask. Turn the stamp upside down overlapping the bottom of the stamp and stamp again.*
    Step 18: Move the stamp down and stamp a third time.*

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    *The additional stamping under the pumpkinhead creates a shadow that will create a neck to sit under his suit.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 19: Fussy cut the merchant stamped image with tonic mini scissors.
    Step 20: Blend a little antique linen distress ink over the top. Edge with potting soil archival ink.
    Step 21: Watercolour the hat and suit with faded jeans and rusty hinge distress markers using a water brush.
    Step 22: Fussy cut and edge with vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 23: Watercolour the pupkinhead with rusty hinge and fossilized amber distress markers.
    Step 24: Fussy cut, creating a neck to slip under the shirt and edge with vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 25: Using a distress spritzer tool, spritz gathered twigs distress marker over the pumpkinhead.
    Step 26: Adhere the pumpkinhead onto the card and mount the hat and shirt over the top and the merchant sign underneath.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Step 27:  Blend vintage photo distress oxide ink into the edge of a kraft card, spritz with water to oxidize the ink and dry with a heat tool.
    Step 28: Using a sanding grip, sand metallic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 29: Sand the edges of classic kraft stock and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
    Step 30: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges of the cork.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    I hope you enjoyed this step by step and have been enjoying the inspiration series you can follow along on Tim’s facebook and instagram with a weekly recap on Saturday on his blog. Thank you so much for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving here and on social media on my inspiration series projects.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  3. Monster Mash

    13th October, 2017

    I am back with a couple more samples that I made for the Tim Holtz inspiration series. If you follow Tim on facebook and instagram you may have seen the inspiration series with seasonal projects by lots of talented designers. There’s a recap each Saturday on Tim’s blog.

    Today I’m sharing a monster mash of cards made with the incredible new Stampers Anonymous Monstrous stamp set for the inspiration series. To see the rest of this monstrous conga line, check out the Monstrous Makes post on Kath Stewart’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    I used the Tim Holtz stamp platform to ensure a nice bold image. Using the label frame stamps as a base, stamp with black soot distress archival ink and fussy cut. Stamp the newsprint background stamp over the top. Blend Vintage photo distress ink into the label and spritz with water to get the distress ink to react.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Stamp the monstrous heads with black soot distress archival ink and watercolour with distress markers. Fussy cut with tonic mini scissors and adhere with 3D foam.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Stamp the monstrous sayings onto the bottom in black soot distress archival ink.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    For the Frankenstein card, die cut claw marks into the label, lift and ink the edges with vintage photo distress ink. For the Dracula card, die cut a cobweb and adhere over the top of the stamped label. Both using dies from the new sizzix thinlits dies by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    The card mounts are some of my usual favourties, kraft card base, metallic kraft stock, classic kraft stock, corregated card and cork from the idea-ology surfaces pack. All sanded with a sanding grip and blended with vintage photo distress ink. The Dracula card cork was washed with candied apple distress marker using a water brush.

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    I hope you enjoyed the walk through and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far, don’t forget to check out the other designers projects and cards from the series. Thanks to Tim, Paula and Mario for inviting me to be part of this amazing experience and to you for stopping by.

    Cheers
    Zoe x



  4. The Undertaker & Embalmer

    10th October, 2017

    I am delighted to have been asked to make some samples for the Tim Holtz inspiration series. If you follow Tim on facebook and instagram you may have seen the inspiration series with projects by lots of talented designers. There’s a recap each Saturday on Tim’s blog.

    Today I am sharing a home decor piece that I created for the inspiration series featuring these wicked sisters…

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I covered a burlap panel with a sheet of paper from the Halloween mini stash. Created a background wash with water and rust alcohol ink. Blended walnut stain distress oxide through a stencil and around the edges. Stitched with a sewing machine and adhered to the background.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The new Halloween typography is fantastic for spelling out themed words, such as “wicked!” The Thomas F. Little Undertakers ephemera is from the new Halloween ephemera pack, torn and inked at the edges. I stained a ruler with collage medium vintage! CONFESSION: this was my first time using it and WOW! I added an adornment index clip, weathered with alcohol ink and archival ink and added a halloween clippings sticker, (addicted to these). Added a piece of twine from the halloween trimmings to give a pop of colour amidst the brown. 😉

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The detail on these owls from the adornments halloween set are incredible. I covered it with black soot distress paint and when almost dry, buffed off the raised portions with a soft cloth. Then added rusty hinge distress paint to the eyes using a pin. I added mushroom alcohol ink to the chain, hanging from the index clip, to take off the shine. Mushroom alcohol ink makes everything vintage, I love the stuff!

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I love adding these clippings stickers to my cards and projects. I admit to having stocked up on the Halloween ones and plan to use them throughout the year. I just love the layer of comedy they add and adhered mine to the witches from the paper dolls ancestors pack. Added rusty hinge distress marker to their brooms and witch hat bands.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    Thank you to my dear husband, who sawed through these large idea-ology gadget gears for me, which I added grit paste to the gear and once dry, went over it with rusty hinge, peeled paint and walnut stain distress crayons. I finally “stepped away from the glossy acccents” and tried collage medium matte and was very impressed, that gear is stuck down tight and the excess glue shrunk when it dried, so no glue residue around the gear!

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    For the final touch I added some cheesecloth stained with rusty hinge distress spray to the corners of the burlap panel with collage medium matte and edged the burlap panel with rusty hinge distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    I hope you like my burlap panel and have been enjoying the inspiration series so far, don’t forget to check out the other designers projects and cards from the series. Thanks to Tim, Paula and Mario for inviting me to be part of this amazing experience and to you for stopping by.

    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  5. Frilly & Funkie: Haunted For Life

    7th October, 2017

    Hello friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I’ve been taking a little break from my regular Design Team position with Frilly & Funkie, until the new year. But today I am popping back to bring you a SATURDAY STEP BY STEP with a Halloween themed card using some of the new Halloween stamps by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Haunted For Life
    If you would like to see the step by step in full, pop over to Frilly & Funkie.

    Have a great weekend.
    Zoe