Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOOtastic Giftbag and Mini Album

Happy Hallow's Eve!!
Today I'm the designer posting for Unique Laser Designs, sharing with you this BOOtastic giftbag and mini album.  

This perfect little altered gift bag is great alone as a treat bag to fill with sweets, or to hold this mini album to give as a gift.
First let's start with how I altered the Wood Skull for the giftbag.

These are the supplies I used to alter the skull.

 To begin the distressing process, I used a black piece of cardstock to give base to the back of the Wood Skull (eyes and nose). This is to give be a foundation to add the bling.

Cover the face of the skull with Distress paint, be sure not to cover the teeth.  Then while still wet, cover with Distress Embossing Powder and heat set.

Next, let's work on the eyes.  Now this part could have been completed in one of two ways.  You can add one diamond as the center of each eye then fill in the rest of the eye with white or your choice of color embossing powder or any other medium.

I chose to fill the eye socket with bling. Next I enhanced the teeth using Liquid Pearls in silver.

Now let's build the giftbag. 

The ziz zag you see on the giftbag is actually what would be considered the negative from a design cut.

I cut this piece into three sections and used the same embossing method to distress it.
And here is another look of the embellished giftbag.
Now, let's take a look at the mini album.

For the front of this mini I used a Chipboard Corset as the focus.
This is how the Corset looks unfinished.  I love this design, especially being it has usable holes for lacing up the front instead of having faux holes.
I altered the Corset by mixing the two main colors used throughout the mini album.  Starting with the center of the corset, being very careful to only ink up the section I want to emboss in the lightest color.  Next I moved over to the next section to emboss in black, and continued until the entire piece was completed.  Finally ending with threading the center of the corset.

Here's a glimpse of the inner pages of the mini album.  Each page has been mildly altered to prep for those fun Halloween photos.

I also used a Custom Decorative Wood Design on the second page of the album. I love how the mix of embossing powders gives this wood design the look of rustic metal. While the base embossing color is still hot from heat setting, lightly sprinkle darker embossing powder on sections.  As you heat set each layer, add more embossing powder where needed. Then using a my distressing toothbrush, I spritzed gesso over the piece to add more of a weather look.

Unique Laser Designs Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Kraft Gift bag
Michaels Brand Halloween Stamps
Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder
Washi Tape
Halloween Ephemera
Michaels Brand Chipboard Mini Album
G45 Pattern Paper and Cling Stamps
Heidi Swapp Mist
Light Molding Paste
Leaf Stencil

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Poison Treats Box

Happy Friday Guys!! Today I'm up on the Helmar Adhesive blog with an awesome ghoulish treat box, just in time for Halloween.

To get started on this treat box, you will first need two sheets of pattern paper or cardstock of your choice, scoreboard and scoring tool.  Score your paper according to your choice of the final dimension desired, then cut the appropriate flaps in order to create your box.

Because my pattern paper is not the weigh I prefer; I added cardstock for added weight to my lid using Super Tac-Glue and my adhesive spreader.

Make sure your layer is flat by pressing out any glue bubbles. Then begin adhering your folds to create the box and box lid.

 Now that your box is complete, let's move on to the fun part...embellishing.

 Although I'm really not into Halloween, I also can't pass up a great deal.  I spotted these K&Company cardstock embellishments about 2 years ago in Walmart for $0.62. How could anyone pass up this deal?

 To begin my embellishing process, I adhered two wooden polaroid frames together which will later be painted and adhered to the top of my box.

While this dries, let's move on to the wood skull

This makes me laugh!! I love how this skull turned out. I used Tim Holtz distress embossing powder in black soot to cover the skull and used gold liquid pearl to enhance the teeth.

 Back to the polaroid frame.  After it has totally dried, paint the frame then use Silicone Adhesive Sealant on the bottom of the frame to adhere it to your box lid.

I used these small vials of glitter to hold the frame in place as I worked on other embellishments.  The silicone adhesive would actually hold the frame in place on it's own.  However, being I was still working at this desk I didn't want to risk bumping it.

 Next, I added Super tac glue to a mini glass bottle and mixed two inks within.  This created a red smokey colored glass bottle. Now let's bring all of the embellishments together on the box.

Here I added Super Tac glue to the top and lower left of the polaroid frame in order to adhere color misted cheese cloth.

After adding the cheese cloth, using the same adhesive attach the skull to the cheese cloth.  Also add a spot of silicone glue to the chin of the skull and allow it to rest on the base of the frame.

 I will now layer a few of the K&Company ephemera pieces together to create more dimension by using Zapdots White Square 1/4".

Below are a few more upclose pictures of the completed box.  This was absolutely fun to create.

Helmar Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Unique Laser Designs - Polaroid frames and Custom wood skull
Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
K&Company Ephemera
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist
Mr. Huey Mist
Glitter and Fluff
Jewerly Pieces (Gears)