1. Halloween 2017

    31st October, 2017

    Happy Halloween friends! I’m popping back up, like a scene from a hitchcock movie, to bring you the full line up of projects I made for the Tim Holtz halloween inspiration series. Check out the other designers cool and creepy creations in week 1, week 2 and week 3 recaps on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Mr Pumpkinhead
    Mr Pumpkinhead

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Monster Mash

    iGirlZoe: Monster Mash
    Monster Mash

    iGirlZoe: Sizzix Jack-O-Lantern
    Jack-O-Lantern

    iGirlZoe: Pumpkin Patch
    Pumpkin Patch

    iGirlZoe: The Masked Witch
    The Masked Witch

    iGirlZoe: Haunted Banner
    Haunter Banner

    iGirlZoe: Claw Mark Coffin
    Claw Mark Coffin

    iGirlZoe: Claw Mark Coffin
    Claw Mark Coffin (close up)

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    The Bone Collector Caravan

    iGirlZoe: The Undertaker & Embalmer
    The Undertaker and Embalmer

    iGirlZoe: Ravens in Flight
    Then suddenly something strange happened…

    A big thank you to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney. And a big thank you for the lovely comments you have left over the past few weeks, here and on social media. Hope you all have a safe and happy halloween.

    Cheers
    Zoe x


  2. The Bone Collector Caravan

    Happy Halloween! The Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series on facebook and instagram has wrapped up, but if you missed anything there are recaps for week 1, week 2 and week 3 on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I wanted to share this bone collector caravan before it heads to Halloween town. I didn’t do a step by step for this project, but I’ll walk you through it and share the few photos I took during the process, for those interested.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I sanded the outer panels of a vignette box with a sanding grip. Painted through a stencil with ground espresso distress paint. Once dry, stained the panels with walnut stain distress stain.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    Added an idea-ology Halloween baseboard to the inside back of the vignette box. All it needed was a little light distressing to the edges and adhered with collage medium matte.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    As soon as I saw the paper doll witches, I knew they were going inside this idea-ology bird cage!

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I covered the birdcage with a coat of distress grit paste and allowed to dry. Then rubbed various distress crayons over the top.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    The background was created using (discontinued) picket fence distress crackle paint. Sorry to be a tease, it’s my reward for hoarding it. The witches were trimmed and mounted into the cage.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    The banner was made punching paper from the mini halloween paper stash with the Tim Holtz banner paper punch.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I used white gel pen to colour the underside of the remnant rubs and letting dry before rubbing them onto the banner. Distressed the edges with a sanding grip.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    Blended a little vintage photo distress ink into the edges of the banner.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I rolled the banner over twine, securing with distress collage medium. Drilled holes into the top of the vignette box and pushed the bones into the holes, again, securing with distress collage medium. Wrapped wire around the top of the bones and attached the twine to each side to hang the banner.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I just love these apothecary vials. I used the labels that come with them, sanded with a sanding grip and adding remnant rubs. I bent an adornment skull around a bottle and secured with distress collage medium. Finally added twine to the neck of the vials.

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I altered the pulley wheels by adding grit paste allowing to dry, then dabbing on evergreen bough distress paint with a cotton bud and once dry, mushroom alcohol ink, also applied using a cotton bud. The bone collector word band had picket fence distress crayon added to highlight the text. I used a ring fastener and swivel clasp as the trailer tow. All adhered using distress collage medium, (I’m a total adhesive convert since creating this piece)! I even used it to adhere those skulls!

    iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
    I have to make a special mention of the idea-ology skulls that I used in this project! The detail on them is incredible and yes, I admit it… I hoarded!!

    I hope you enjoyed the walk through my bone collector caravan and it’s been “all the fun of the fair!”
    Cheers
    Zoe x

     



  3. The Masked Witch

    24th October, 2017

    The Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series on facebook and instagram has just wrapped up it’s final week. Hopefully you’ve been following, but if you missed anything, you can see the recaps for week 1, week 2 and week 3 on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: The Masked Witch
    I wanted to share this masked witch card that I made for the inspiration series. This was such a simple card to make, just using the witchcraft die cut as a mask. I die cut one from black classic kraft stock then used this for my Haunted Banner project.

    iGirlZoe: The Masked Witch
    I placed the mask over paper from the halloween mini stash and blending peeled paint distress ink over the top with a mini blending tool. Removed the mask, spritzed with water and added halloween clippings stickers.

    iGirlZoe: The Masked Witch
    Mounted the masked witch onto layers from the halloween mini stash. From the halloween words thinlits die set, cut “wicked” from a longer piece of black classic kraft stock and mounted over green classic kraft stock. Sanded the edges of each layer with a sanding grip, blended in vintage photo distress ink and stitched to finish.

    I will be back soon sharing a walk through of the bone collector caravan I made for the Halloween inspiration series.

    Cheers
    Zoe x



  4. 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



  5. 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