Monday, September 15, 2014

Spooky Halloween Ornaments with Spirited

Hi everyone, today I have a fun Halloween project and tutorial to share with you for creating a vintage-inspired holiday ornament using our new Spirited collection.

I love to decorate my home for the seasons and holidays, and Halloween is definitely at the top of my favorite times of year. Today's project combines two of my longtime passions, playing with paper and playing with fabric. I matched the two up to create a fun, shabby chic Halloween ornament that would be perfect for hanging on a spooky tree branch, or just propping up in a bowl to add a festive spirit to your holiday home.

This little ornament is very easy to create, and only requires a minimum of paper supplies and fabric scraps, along with a few Distress Inks or Stains. For my ornament, I only used one Details cardstock sticker, one tiny Components die cut, and a small scrap of 6x6 Bundle paper. With all the adorable stickers and die cuts available in the Spirited line, just think of how many ornaments you could produce!

I've taken lots of photos of all my steps to create this distressed and shabby look to share with you. So let's get started.

First, gather some supplies. You will need two pieces of blank chipboard that are slightly larger than your focal sticker or die cut, along with a variety of Halloween-colored Distress Inks or Stain. For my project, I used the fun graveyard scene postage stamp sticker from the Details sticker sheet, so I cut my chipboard pieces to 2" x 2.5". If you use a larger embellishment, you may need to adjust your dimensions. For the Distress colors I used Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Seedless Preserves.

Dab the Distress colors onto a craft sheet, then liberally spritz the inks with water.

Drag the focal sticker through the ink mixture, then allow to dry completely. You can repeat this step until you get the color intensity you like, if needed.

Once the ink is completely dry, brush a thick coat of Distress Crackle Paint over the entire image. As the crackle paint dries, fine lines and cracks will appear. Set the image aside and let it dry completely.

Dab the Distress Inks onto a scrap piece of cotton fabric or muslin.

Spritz the fabric liberally with water to allow all the inks and stains to blend. Mop up any remaining ink on your craft sheet, then set the fabric aside to dry. You can also speed this process up with a heat tool, if desired.

Cover one of the chipboard pieces with glue stick. I like to use Therm O Web's SuperStik glue stick. Trim the dry fabric down to slightly bigger than the chipboard, and apply the fabric to the chipboard, folding the excess around and securing on the back. Distress the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and an ink blending tool.

Stamp a script image onto the fabric using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I used one of Authentique's fun co-branded stamps with Hampton Arts.

Adhere trim onto the backside of the fabric panel using strong tacky glue. I like to use Therm O Web's Fabric Fuse glue.

Adhere fabric panel onto a piece of cotton batting, then onto the remaining piece of chipboard.

Adhere your crackled image onto a small piece of patterned paper. I used solid distressed black paper from the 6x6 Bundle. Drag your fingernail around the edge of the paper to give it a worn finish. You can add additional Distress Ink or Stain over the top of the image to bring out more of the crackle glaze, if desired.

Add foam adhesive squares onto the back of the image, and adhere to the center of your fabric panel.

Twist a small loop of wire to create a hanger for the ornament. Adhere wire onto the back of the fabric panel, then adhere the entire panel onto black felt. Add a ribbon bow to the bottom of the hanger. Trim around the black felt with pinking shears.

Remove one of the small circle die cuts from the Components die cut sheet. Adhere die cut to an Epiphany Crafts brad blank using the Fabric Fuse glue, then dip the brad into the Distress Crackle Paint. Allow to dry completely before affixing the brad to the center of the bow.


Authentique Spirited Collection:
6x6 Bundle
Details Cardstock Stickers
Components Die Cut Sheet
Authentique/Hampton Arts stamp

Distress Inks, Stain, Crackle Paint: Ranger
Brad: Epiphany Crafts
Felt, Cotton Batting, Trim, Pinking Shears: Sewing Supply

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sweet Blessings with Faith

Today I am sharing my "Sweet Blessings" layout with the beautiful "Faith" collection.

I love collecting vintage pics. This sweet little girl and her baby doll are just perfect paired with the "Faith" collection.  The soft colors and delicate patterns are perfect for projects featuring baby, weddings, or those lovely black and white vintage pics.  Even though there are a lot of textures and patterns in this layout, its easy to keep the focus on the photo with this soft palate.

First, I layered a paper doily, various sized paper squares, and diecuts.  Next, I added my photo and framed with flowers, stickers, and diecut leaves.

I added light brown ink to the edges of each piece to emphasize the vintage aspect of the layout.  Don't you love the many sizes and shapes of the sentiment stickers?  They add so much interest to this project.  This layout actually makes me think of opening a old desk drawer and finding some vintage postcards and notes, stamps, and tags with a sweet pic of a loved one sitting on top.  

My final touches: anchoring an inked tag with plaid ribbon and lovely pearl swirls.  I really like the pop of red and green with this soft collection.

What are you inspired to create?

Authentique "Faith" collection: 12x12 paper, "details" 12x12 cardstock sticker
Tsukineko Memento Luxe "Peanut Brittle" Ink
 Spellbinders Shapeabilities die "Foliage
Petaloo paper flowers
Want2Scrap tag, pearl swirls
paper doily
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape double sided adhesive tape

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Spooky & Spirited Wreath

Hello, everyone!  Today I am sharing a clean-and-simple
Halloween wreath that was created using the NEW "Spirited" Collection

I started with a wire wreath base used in making the deco-mesh style wreaths.  I was going for a very clean design with the main focus on the center piece, so I left the base pretty plain with the exception of a some knotted ribbons and the tinsel stems that come all ready attached.

I love, love, LOVE this paper with the spooky house!  For some reason it just reminded me of watching Scooby Doo LOL  I cut the paper down a bit and matted it with a larger, coordinating piece of paper.  Next, I colored in the house with watercolor pencils by Faber Castell. 
A little spritz of lime-green was centered around the middle of the design to give a cast of moonlight!

Before attaching the paper to an 8X10 painter's canvas, I added a black glittered branch that I found at Michael's.  I hand-stitched the branch in place with needle and thread.

A simple title sticker was placed at the top with foam adhesive.  
To attach the canvas to the wreath base, I punched two holes at the top and then attached with two large rings.  A couple of ribbon bows were tied on to the rings.

Thanks for letting me share with you today!  
I can't wait to hang this Spirited wreath up in my home!
Authentique Products: Spirited Collection- Eerie Paper; Caution Paper; Details 12X12 Cardstock Stickers
Other Products: May Arts Ribbon- Pom Pom Trim; Gingham Ribbon

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Announcing: "Spirited" by Authentique Paper

Our Halloween collection, "Spirited" was previewed by retail store owners a few weeks ago and since then, we've been told this is the BEST Halloween collection on the market! We decided to officially reveal our Halloween line once we saw first signs of fall at our home office. Last night was the night...we could feel it in the air, and rain sealed the deal! 

"Labyrinth" 12x12 paper- SPI001
Mixed pattern border stripes / orange with white stars

"Eerie" 12x12 paper- SPI002
Spooky house side design / orange with black lace

"Ominous" 12x12 paper-SPI003
Playful multi color plaid / black with purple stars

"Tangled" 12x12 paper- SPI004
Hanging spiders / orange with big white dots

"Suspicious" 12x12 paper- SPI005
Woodgrain and lace with emblem / white with black lace 

"Twisted" 12x12 paper-SPI006
Halloween damask / White ledger with border designs

"Caution" 12x12 paper- SPI007
Multi color diagonal stripe / white with black crescent moon & stars

"Dancette" 12x12 paper- SPI008
Jagged chevron / black with white stars

"Conjure" 12x12 paper- SPI009
Ornate framed silhouettes / purple with black lace

"Token" 12x12 paper- SPI010
Newsprint background diamonds / Orange ledger with embellished corners

"Oblique" 12x12 paper- SPI011
Funky multi color dot / black with big white dots

"Twilight" 12x12 paper- SPI012
Black crescent moons & stars / orange diagonal stripe

"Enhancements" 12x12 cut apart- SPI013
3x4, 4x6 & square cut apart cards

"Foundation One" 12x12 paper- SPI014
Distressed off white / orange coordinating solid

"Foundation Two" 12x12 paper- SPI015
Distressed black / purple coordinating solid

"Details" 12x12 sticker- SPI016
Custom matte finish cardstock stickers 

"Components" 6x12 paper accent - SPI017
Cardstock pre-cut paper accents

"Petite Type" & "Petite Diction" stickers - SPI021 & SPI022
Matte finish alphabet and mini word stickers 

Circles & Scallops - SPI023
Double sided cardstock paper embellishments - add dimensional adhesive to create your own embellishments!

Stamp Blocks SPI024
Double sided cardstock paper die cuts - loaded with sentiments & icons!

 Card Making Stack SPI200
Create A2 size cards in a flash - 12 of the 18 pre-scored "cards" are printed on our heavy-weight textured cardstock!

6x6 paper pad - 24 sheets, reduced scale designs, with coordinating solids on the back

Collection kit - 12x12 papers, Details sticker & Components paper accent

20 sheets of 12x12 designer pattern paper

Card by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Treat Basket by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Layout by Design Team Member Heather Conklin

Home Decor by Design Team Member Shellye McDaniel

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