Monday, August 15, 2011

The Witching Hour

I had an epiphany the other day on a new way to use the Fancy Flourishes Two SVG set from The Creative Pointe.  I love when I get inspired and I'm not even crafting!  But I'm always bummed if I don't have a pen and paper with me to jot down the idea, because those don't always stick.  Luckily, this time I was able to jot down a sketch.

The Details:
  • The Scroll Hanger - it took a few steps to give it an antique bronze appearance...
    • The scroll hanger is part of the Fancy Flourishes Two SVG file set.  I cut the scroll three times from cereal box cardboard and glued all the layers together, making sure that the plain Kraft side was facing out. 
    • I then applied black antiquing gel to the front and back using a make-up sponge.  I pounced the gel on with varying thickness, but made sure to have good coverage overall and also made sure to get all the edges.
    • At this point, I punched my attachment holes in my scroll.
    • Once the antiquing gel was dry, I applied several layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) to the front and back. 
      • Be careful when applying UTEE to both sides of'll basically end up with one good side and one okay side because when applying the heat to one side, the UTEE on both sides heats up.  I found it was best to get the front the way I wanted it, then apply one layer to the back, heating it carefully while holding it up and away from my surface (with tweezers).  This keeps the front as cool as possible while you heat the back.
    • After the UTEE cooled, I pounced on Sandal Alcohol Ink to antique the color and to create a matte finish (AIs take away the glossy finish on UTEE). 
    • I then sprayed the front of the scroll with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and reheated the UTEE just enough for the mist to be absorbed into the UTEE. 

  • The Placard
    • The base was created by layering decorative paper onto heavy cardboard, then embossing both using Tim Holtz's Collage Texture Fade.
    • The paper was originally a pretty bright yellow-orange, but I antiqued it using the black antiquing gel.
    • I then layered lace and gingham ribbon onto the base.
    • The "Spooky Old Woman" image is from The Graphics Fairy.
    • Her witch hat is hand cut from grunge paper, colored with black antiquing gel, highlighted with gold and white pens, and finally antiqued with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain Distress Stickles.  The band is a piece of decorative paper.
    • I printed the "Beware the Witching Hour" on a piece of cardstock, sketched a scroll around it, cut it out, distressed the edges, and added Old Paper, Vintage Photo, and Crushed Olive DI.   It's only glued to the placard at either end allowing the banner to bow out a bit for some dimension.
    • The clock is actually a button that I got on clearance at JoAnn.  I distressed the face with a touch of Sandal Alcohol ink. 
    • The gingham ribbons are distressed using Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo, and a mist of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.
    • The placard is attached to the scroll hanger using two sizes of TH jump rings and Making Memories trinket pins (these are fab-o and can be found at Archiver's).

Linking back to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy...

: SU! cardstock ‘Naturals Cream’; TH grunge paper; scrap background paper
Image: Graphics Fairy ‘pa-womancabinetcard-graphicsfairy012sm’
SVG:  The Creative Point ‘Fancy Flourishes Two’
Inks: DI ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Old Paper’; Delta Black Antiquing Gel; Versamark; Alcohol Ink ‘Sandal’; Le Pen ‘Black’; Glaze pen ‘White’; Zig Writer ‘Metallic Gold’
Embellishments: Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; JHB clock button; Wright’s lace hem facing; TH texture fade ‘Collage’; Distress Stickles ‘Walnut Stain’; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel ‘Clear’; TH jump rings; Making Memories trinket pins; ribbon; K&Co embossed frame

Tools: foam ink blending tool; felt ink blending tool; SU! eyelet hole punch; heat gun; 3M foam tape; tweezers; Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL); Cricut Expression; ink jet printer; stylus; TH paper distresser; Texture Boutique; make-up sponge; Glossy Accents; embossing powder tray
Misc: cereal box


  1. Great hanging! Love the antique bronce.

  2. What a fabulous piece! Love the tips about the UTEE, and how to make the gold perfect pearls mist stay permanent. Love the witch, and that clock button is just perfect.

  3. This is a great piece!!! Love that some spooky creations are starting to appear!!! You've done a great job!!!

  4. Oh wow- I love this great idea- how cool is that! Great piece- thanks for the SVG link- off to check it out!

  5. Fabulous! I especially love the expression on her face with the caption! Brilliant!

  6. what a great piece you've created!! thanks for the HOW-TO :-)

  7. Very cool technique on the hanger.

  8. the metallic look to the hanger. Great tips on how to achieve that. I love seeing all the different ways my files can be used!

  9. I love this!! The UTEE piece at the top is incredible - must try that soon!

  10. spooky cool, what a great piece to dislay duning the holiday. I adore Halloween.
    hugs Lynn

  11. Hello Vicki,

    nice halloween piece ! The scroll looks real metal !
    nicely done.

    greetings from belgium

  12. Fantastic piece! Love the main piece but can't take my eyes off what you've done to the scroll/hanger.

  13. a great hanging, the image is brilliant

  14. This is so cool! I love the hanger - what a great idea to make it with multiple layers. Fantastic piece!


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