Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Halloween Project - Sign

It's October again. How did that happen? I love this time of year though. DH commented yesterday that I was so lucky to have my birthday during a beautiful season. I've never thought of it that way but I am grateful. Autumn is so beautiful and resplendent with all my favorite colors.

I was invited by a Twitter friend, SwellDesigner, to participate in a weekly consortium of Halloween art. Not being a big halloween decorator (my kids are lucky to get their pumpkins carved by the time we walk out the door for trick-or-treating), I thought this would be a fun way to come up with a couple pieces I can use year after year!

This week I figured I'd start with a sign for my door. Granted, no one really comes to my door but the grouchy mailman who hates me, but you never know. Maybe it will brighten HIS day! lol I've added a quick tutorial if you feel like following along. If you make something with these instructions, let me know! I'd love to see other examples!

Happy Halloween Sign

Cigar box lid
paper scraps

vintage images

jewels, sequins or 1/2 beads (dots?)

glitter glue

letter stickers

colored pencils
sequin waste
glittery netting fabric

black cheesecloth

scroll-ish corner stamp

Aqua & Black glitters
Stazon Ink Pad (permanent)

& my newest love: Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

1 - Cut off the lid from the box. Save the rest of the box for a future project.

2 - Collage with paper scraps on the lid. I left the edge cigar tape/stickers visable.

3 - Stamp with the scroll-ish corner stamp in the upper left using permanent ink.

4 - Using the Glue Pen, run over the stamped image with the glue.

5 - Random add both glitters to the stamped image. Tap off excess.
6 - Cut out 2 vintage images (I used the pumpkin one from a vintage postcard, and the fairy girl from AlteredPages, sheet 'Just A Little Frisky'. Attach to the lower right corner.
7 - I then colored the pumpkin and fairy's dress with orange colored pencil for added color. Add glitter glue over the pumpkin and dress too.
8 - Cut a piece of cheesecloth the size of the cigar box, maybe a bit longer. Cut the piece in 1/2 again and glue to the left/right sides of the box (on the back.) They should just flow.
9 - Cut a piece of sequin waste the width of the bottom of the lid. Tear it randomly. Attach to the bottom and using a bit of glue, swipe across the sequin waste and then shake on the excess glitter you have.
10 - Using letter stickers, spell out 'Happy Halloween' along the bottom of the box, at the top of the sequin waste.
11 - Using a dremel tool or awl, punch holes in the top corners and then thread though a long strip of black netting. Tie knots on the front of the holes.
12 - Final touch. Glue sequins, jewels or 1/2 beads to the top of the box as well as on each pointed part of the sequin waste.


Lily said...

you are so stinkin' talented!

Mar said...

love the sign!

Sherry said...

This is a great project for those (like me) who don't really "do" Halloween (my kids are 20 & 16), but like to make it a little festive for when the little ones trick or treat on the 31st. I'm laughing at the idea of your mailman enjoying your decor...especially since you have such a "warm" relationship!! lol!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

I love Autumn as WELL! Love this cigar box lid piece you created. I wish I could see the mailman's face when he comes today *smiles*

Patti said...

I love the sign!! It never occurred to me to make something for my own house:) I'll try this one!
take care and happy birthday,

Melissa J. Lee said...

Oooh, beautiful!

Phyllis Dobbs said...

Your collage is fabulous and I love its vintagae look.

Monique said...

That is one cool Halloween sign! And thanks for including the tutorial! :-)

I have "decorating for Halloween" on my to-do list. It's been there for several days. It may have to wait for this week-end.

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

this is too much fun. great job on the tutorial, too!
chris p

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artbeth67 said...

This is great!!! :)

Rhonda Langley said...

Love the sequin waste at the bottom and the cheesecloth. The mismatched letters are great!!!! Yep, time to get out my singing Wolfman and Frankenstein!!! October really sneaks up!!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.