‘Craft Techniques’ Category

  1. Haunted Banner

    21st October, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    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. Frightful Burlap

    7th August, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    I can’t quite believe I am writing this…

    A month ago I was asked to make some samples with the new seasonal products by Tim Holtz! As a bit of a “fangirl” you can imagine my reaction when my box of goodies arrived from the North Pole! So with dizzy excitement let me share my first sample with you.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Using the really cool new Sizzix Vampire thinlits die by Tim Holtz, allow me to introduce you to Count Frightful, don’t come too close though… he bites!

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Cut a piece of core-dinations kraft core and paper from the new regions beyond paper stash. Distress and ink the edges.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Layer the papers and stitch.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Run a generous line of glossy accents along the back of the layered papers and place onto an idea-ology 6″x 8″ burlap panel and set aside to dry.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Cut a frame from grungeboard with the Sizzix postage stamp frame and rectangles movers and shapers dies.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Cover with black soot distress paint and allow to dry. Using the sanding block, gently sand portions of the frame and swipe vintage photo distress ink over the top with a blending tool.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Dab a little mushroom and espresso alcohol ink onto border strips from the new gothic industrious stickers with a cotton bud. Trim to fit inside the grungeboard frame.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Once dry attach with a line of glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Die cut “frightful” from coredinations kraft core with the new Sizzix Halloween Words: Block thinlits dies.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Cover a manila tag with foil tape and coat with red pepper alcohol ink directly from the bottle.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Once dry, cut to size and mount underneath the “frightful” die cut.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Lay out the Tim Holtz Sizzix Vampire thinlits die.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Die cut from mixed media cardstock and core-dinations kraft core.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Fold the head down the center and gently crease the cheeks following the score lines. Cover the top of the head in brushed pewter distress paint to give a streak of silver to the hair, (this isn’t necessary). Cover the lips and blood drip die cuts with festive berries distress marker and assemble the head. There are lightly scored lines which show you where everything goes, so clever!

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Assemble the body as per the step-by-step, (there are score lines to show you), but do not attach the head yet.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Lay the grungeboard frame and vampire die on top of the burlap canvas but do not adhere. Once happy with the position, use a pokey tool to mark the position of both eyes, pushing through the back board, (no vampires were hurt in the making of this canvas)!

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Using the poked holes as a guide, cut the backing die with a craft knife being careful to only cut behind the eye area.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Again, using the poked holes as guides, drill 2 holes into the canvas and use a lighter or match to burn away any frayed strands of burlap.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Cover a piece of shrink plastic with red pepper alcohol ink and adhere over the holes with glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Hot glue a battery operated lightbulb to the inside top of the canvas allowing the canvas to still lay flush against a wall. You could use battery operated LED’s or fairy lights too.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    The darker it gets, the more frightful he becomes!

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    BOO!

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    To make a vial of blood to hang from the canvas, gather together the frightful ephemera pack, curiosities remnant rubs, a tiny glass vial bottle and some idea-ology findings.

    Cover the cork from the tiny vial with glue n’ seal to make it water resistant. Unscrew the spray nozzle from the fired brick distress spray and drip into the tiny vial until about half full. Put the cork into the vial and seal around the join with a layer of hot glue. Push a screw eye into the cork and hang from idea-ology chain. Cut up remnant rubs from the curiosities pack and make a label.

    iGirlZoe: Frightful

    iGirlZoe: Frightful
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and thank you so much to Mario, Paula and Tim for inviting me to the best party ever! You can see all the new Halloween dies on Tim’s blog and be sure to check out Tim’s social media and blog all month long for a chance to win some of the incredible new products. Have a great weekend.


  3. 12 Tags of 2015 – July

    27th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    At the beginning of the month I made a July 4th wall hanging inspired by Tim’s July Tag. Since then Tim has announced his new Halloween products as well as some awesome accessory stamps and dies for those crazy birds we’ve all gone crazy over. It was all the excuse I needed…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I have been so inspired by Richele Christensen’s awesome crazy bird cards, (complete with names and personalities), that I had to create my own.
    …May I introduce, “Count Peckula,” an Undertaker from Twittervania. 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The base is black soot distress spray stain sprayed on a manila tag and watercolor cardstock and paper from the industrial stash, stamped with the new Undertaker set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The tag is edged with idea-ology industrious stickers, covered with a little mushroom and espresso alcohol ink and stitched.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I wanted to give the impression of lots of bats hiding in the dark, so stamped the bird crazy eyes onto watercolor cardstock lots of times and cut with the corresponding die. I edged the eyes with black soot distress marker to fully immerse them into the dark background.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    This is how I made Count Peckula…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    See a video on how to create the base bird here!

    CAPE POINTS: die cut an additional set of wings from watercolor cardstock, colour with festive berries and edge with black soot distress markers.

    VAMPIRE FANGS: die cut using the die pictured from watercolor cardstock, trim (as pictured) to create the fangs.

    WALKING STICK & TOP HAT: stamp the candy cane from the new crazy things stamp set and elongated the stem with a journaling pen. Coloure with the black soot distress marker to cover the candy cane stripes. Stamp the top hat from the Undertaker stamp set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Attach the cape points and the vampire fangs with a dab of glossy accents and then cover the vampire fangs with glossy accents to give an enameled look.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my tag. You can see this months tag and techniques on Tim’s blog.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    CMS #240 Undertaker / CMS#237 Crazy Things / CM#212 Bird Crazy / #660954 Bird Crazy Thinlit Dies


  4. Ranger Ink Mixed Media Summer Canvas

    13th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Hello everyone. I am really excited to share my guest tutorial over at Ranger Ink today with step-by-step mixed media summer themed canvas.

    Ranger Ink Mixed Media Summer Canvas

    I hope you can hop over and take a look, there are lots of step-by-step tutorials from other guest artists in the Ranger Ink Project Library.

    Have a great week.


  5. Happy 4th of July

    4th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Happy 4th of July!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    This wall hanging was inspired by Tim Holtz’s July 12 tags of 2015.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Tim Holtz new United States thinlits die is too cool. It cuts out the outline AND the individual states as well!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    I used tissue tape to mask out lines and then inked up with distress ink, (don’t worry, I kept the tape to use on another project)! 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    The stars were die cut using the thinlits shape strips.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Finally the entire die cut got swiped with vintage photo distress ink and spritzed with hickory smoke distress marker and spritzer tool. The hickory smoke is my new go to spritz colour!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    I used Tim’s cool technique using crinkle ribbon and distress markers. Check out Tim’s blog post to see how.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Thanks for taking time to stop by and I hope you have a happy July 4th weekend.