Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wicked Fun with Crystal Lacquer

This week Crystal Lacquer and I had fun creating one more Halloween decor piece for my collection - a wickedly cute mini witches hat!

Materials Used

Paper Mache Witches Hat
White embossed wallpaper - thank you Becky Conley :)
Assorted Glimmer Mist
Paper Flowers from my stash
Scrapbook paper - Halloween theme
Old dictionary pages
Colored glass ornaments in Halloween colors
Assorted glitters
Brads - for flower centers
Assorted Beads
Halloween Tulle Fabric

I started by covering the paper-mache hat with embossed wallpaper.  In the photo, you can see that I had cut off the top part of the hat - my project started off in one direction and took a turn midway - and decided to glue the top back on.  Funny how that works when you have an idea in your head of how you want something, and then "poof" right in the middle of creating, you change your mind.  I love that part of the process and it didn't bother me at all to have to change directions.  Anyway, I sprayed the entire hat with glimmer mist - in Raven.  It has a very cool purple shimmer when dry.

Here's a close up of one of the flowers.  I love this photo because you can see the purple shimmer on the hat from the glimmer mist.  I bought a package of small glass ornaments in Halloween colors.  I wanted to see what fun I could have adding glitter/beads to them using Crystal Lacquer.  This green one was covered with fine green glitter.  I did another one in chunky beads that turned out cool - and will be using it for another project.  It was easy to brush on a thin layer of Crystal Lacquer and then just dipping them in the glitter or beads. 

For the center of this flower, I coated a black glass ornament with chunky orange glitter.

For center of this paper flower, which I made using old dictionary paper and orange and black glimmer mist, I used Crystal Lacquer and orange seed beads.  I coated a brad with the lacquer, dipped it in the beads and set aside to dry.  I did this process twice as to get a bigger layer of beads.

 I used my scallop circle Accucut Die and cut about 8 circles of Halloween themed tulle fabric to create this little number.  The edges of the tulle were melted  (I used a lighter)  so they would curl up and make it more dimensional and added a brad that I coated with Crystal Lacquer and orange chunky glitter.

Here are my Crystal Lacquer creations for this Halloween - I can't wait to start on Thanksgiving and Christmas next :)

Till next time - stay creative!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Wand with Crystal Lacquer

This week I decided to add to my Halloween decorations and make a Halloween Wand that coordinates with my last post - the Halloween Treat Cone.

Supplies Used

Black Crepe Paper Streamer
Asst. Ribbons in Halloween colors
Scrapbook papers - Halloween themed
Orange chunky glitter
Distress Ink - Black
Wooden Spoon

I started out with a simple black crepe paper rosette.  I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist (black with purple glimmer), but it didn't show up that great and most of it did get covered, however it does have a little bit of a shimmer to which is pretty cool.

Adding a glitter edge to the rosette is simple, and it gives it a more vintage feel.  First, I dipped it onto a paper plate which I had poured a generous amount of Crystal Lacquer.  Second, I dipped it into a mound of orange glitter that I had poured onto a second paper plate in a rolling motion. 

        I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out! 

I also did the same process using Gem Particles from Sakura on the smaller scrapbook paper rosette that I made using the Tim Holtz Rosette Die.  It came out super sparkly and chunky.  Both of these methods dried pretty quickly, so I was able to complete this whole project in just over an hour.

I added this cute little frog on one of the ribbon streamers.  It was a cardstock cut out that I simply used crackle medium on, then gave it a coat of Crystal Lacquer for more shine.  To complete the project, I wrapped ribbon around a wooden spoon, (the reason I used a spoon instead of a dowel was that I found it was MUCH easier to glue down the rosette onto something sturdy - the spoon part -  rather than using just a dowel) glued the rosette onto a purple glitter chipboard vintage shape and added a little paper tab to the rosette.  The skeleton face was cut out from a scrap I had left over from my last project and coated  with Crystal Lacquer. 

Here is the completed wand, set in a witches shoe for the pictures sake.  To the bow, I added a charm that I made using a Black Jewelry Finding from Sakura.  I simply glued a picture of candy corn in the charm and covered with Crystal Lacquer and a sprinkling of fine clear glitter.  Also to the wand, I added a journaling tag that can be filled with all the fun Halloween memories and maybe a photo or two that can be brought out and displayed year after year!  Right now, it's part of my Halloween display!  This was a super fun project and I hope to hear that you made one yourself!  Share with me if you do!

As always - stay creative!

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