Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Happy Halloween plaque

I know, I know, now it is Tuesday already! That's the trouble with preparing the Christmas Countdown, I cannot blog what I am making!! I told you we had visitors for the weekend too, so that took up my time and I am busy preparing for a craft fair at a friends house like I did last year, all in all, busy, busy, busy!!

Anyway, during my blog rolling, trawling the net for inspiration and ideas for the Christmas countdown, I visited this blog by Leah Fung, (loads of cool videos!) I must have visited it before as it was already in my favourites, (that's where I start my inspiration, check out all those favourites you have bookmarked for a later date and not been back to!!) Anyway, her guest this week made this cute Halloween banner using some Pink Persimmon stamps. As soon as I saw them, I knew I would make little Scottie Dog Christmas cards this year, so then I Google searched them to see if I could get them over here and found them at Mod Scraps, reduced!!! I nipped off there straight away and made a purchase and have just had a little play, making my version of the Halloween banner.

At Christmas time, when people give port and cheese or wine in wooden boxes, I always beg the wooden boxes off all the family. The one I have on my desk is sectioned and it had an acrylic slide in lid. I had kept the lid and never used it, so I trotted it out for this project as the background instead of chipboard. I knew it would be unsafe to Cropadile the acrylic, even with heating it as I have shown before, as it was very brittle, so I had to think of a way to hang the banner up. I decided to use a piece of cardboard from a pizza box and then spayed it with a cream metallic Maya mist. On top of that I added a page from a dictionary I picked up at the second hand book shop for £1! Bargainous! I matted and layered this with a few scraps of orange paper to add more colour. I stamped the banner using Orange chalk eye ink and cut them out with zig zag scissors. I stamped the Scottie dog on white card and added his orange coat and bow. I used the Studio Calico font I had fro the title as I was being good not ordering the Pink Persimmon one!! I added a few scary stamps of spiders and skeletons and one that looks like stitching. I also embellished it with a few orange gems, black dew drops and a Prima flower with a K&Co satin brad. Once this part of the banner was done. I punched holes in the card and threaded through some wire to hang it with. I also punched holes for ribbon so the banner looked like it was threaded up. Now the banner was complete. I added lots of silicone glue to the back and mounted the whole thing on to the acrylic sheet! Voila! Completed banner hung up with wire! I like all her other ideas using this set too, so will be giving them a go! her blog is here.
I will try to post a few more Christmas countdown sneaks in the next few days! Keep checking back! TFLx


SusieJ said...

Cool plaque CC.
Sue xx

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

The little Scottie dog banner is so cute! I love that it's not the traditional scary witches and goblins, but still looks like "Halloween"!