Without a doubt, the most asked about sample on my Class tour this year was the Spooky Collage. Ready to have some fun with glaze and alcohol inks? Well, here's all you need to know!
Remember to breathe! This is all about making it uniquely your own and embracing imperfection (this is what makes the project so beautiful!).
So the Spooky Collage (G1387) is the image we will start out with:
1 sheet of our Soiree Opal Cardstock
Glossy Accents (or Diamond Glaze) - a clear, thick glaze
Copic Reinker (or alcohol based ink) in yellow, orange, red and brown
Acrylic Paint in Yellow and Green
Clear Embossing Powder
Brilliance Graphite Black inkpad
Versamagic Gingerbread inkpad
Begin with a 4 x 5 piece of Opal cardstock - the sturdy weight and coated surface will hold up to all the work we will be doing to the paper.
Pour a small pile of clear embossing powder onto the lower right corner of your paper. This is where the word "spooky" will be stamped. You can use any type of clear embossing powder - Ultra Thick, Regular, Detail. I have a jar of powder has been contaminated from old projects. Rather than throw out the powder if it gets some glitter or other embossing powder mixed into it, I save it for projects like this!
Using a heat gun, heat the powder (from the underside of the paper so that the powder doesn't blow off) until it melts and forms a puddle. Have your stamp inked with the Graphite Black ink, so that you can stamp it into the hot embossing powder before it hardens back up.
The rubber will press into the melted embossing powder and mold around the image slightly. The look is very cool - like a wax seal. Just press and hold the rubber stamp into the melted powder for a good 30 seconds - the puddle will cool and harden. Then carefully pull the stamp off the paper. Allow the ink to dry for at least an hour before handling further (you can heat set it with a heat gun - but don't heat the embossing powder area or the "spooky" word will melt and spread out!).
Cut the paper down - right to the edge of the image. Using a Gingerbread inkpad, brush the edges (directly onto the paper). This step will antique the edges and allow some of the brush strokes to show up from the acrylic paint. Remember, the more layers we do, the more interesting this piece of art will become. Heat set or allow to air dry (remember to avoid the embossing powder area).
Time to roll our sleeves up! Pour some Glossy Accents (about the size of a quarter or so) onto the paper and spread with a foam brush. Drip some Copic ink (or other alcohol based ink) around the edges of the paper - a couple drops of yellow, a couple drops of orange, maybe a little red in the upper right and maybe a little brown here and there. Don't drop any directly on the bird - the ink will travel through the glossy accents and we don't want to obscure the bird (or the word "spooky"). Use the foam brush to help pull and blend the ink away from the bird.
Allow to dry completely - at least 2 or 3 hours (overnight is best). Then mount onto a notecard or into a frame - you'll love the result! If you want a little more embellishment, try one of our new Design Adhesive! These cool double sided adhesives are rub-ons and work with foil, glitter, flocking and Flower Soft!
I'm going to use the Fright Night Design Adhesive (item number D10160) and some gorgeous black glitter. The sparkling black glitter, "Nuit", is from Scarlet Empress, a great store in Olympia, Washington owned by my friend Teri Dickason.
To demonstrate how they work, I'll glitter one of the spider images from the pack. Cut off the spider design and peel off the backing. Place it face down onto a piece of paper and burnish it with your fingernail or a bone folder. Peel off the rub on paper and the sticky image will be adhered to the paper.
I am going to use the web in the corner of the card. The Design Adhesive will conform to the layers of paper - I'll place it so that it spreads over the collage, black layer and Jack O Lantern notecard. Rub the backing so that the web image transfers.