I’m back with another make and another look at some of the new Halloween Sizzix products..
this time, its all about The Count.
I just love him! He is the coolest..and that stink eye just gets me every time!
Today’s tutorial is just going to highlight some of my favorite parts of the project, which include The Count and the Candles. I went a little crazy and threw in all the bells and whistles with this project, so let’s take a peek.
I guess I got a little entranced by him, but how could you not?
It’s the eye……
To create The Count I started by creating some inky papers. I find that making the papers first is easier for me, then I cut out the pieces using the dies.
I mixed some Black Soot, Black Soot Oxide and Walnut Stain Spray Stains on watercolor paper. This would become the counts body pieces.
Next, his face pieces… a little Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen and Empty Tomb Mica Stain.
I dug through my scrap bin and found a scrap paper stamped and embossed with Gold embossing powder using the Stampers Anonymous Skulls and Cobwebs CMS306 background stamp. It made the perfect liner for The Counts cape.
All the edges of The Count pieces were rubbed with Walnut Stain or Black Soot distress ink using a blending tool.
I adhered him together using collage medium, then using a detail water brush, added some rosy cheeks and tiny red lips to him with some watered down Candied Apple Distress Paint.
The candles were all created using the new Candlelight Thinlets set. I again, started by creating the paper. I spritzed watercolor paper with water, then with Antique Linen Spray and Oxide, I spritzed the paper, dried it a little bit, spritzed it again with water drips, then lightly sprinkled the drips with Antique Linen Embossing Glaze. This made the paper look like melted wax, perfect for candles!
The candles sticks were cut out of all different scraps of idea-ology Metallic Papers that I had in my scrap bin…the perfect way to use up scraps..and vintage candle sticks would all be different shades of metal.
I cut out a BUNCH of candles…the drips were cut out of other scraps in the bin that had shades of browns, blacks and grays.
I add more creepiness to the candle sticks, I decided to tarnish them up with the help of Jet Black, Mushroom and Statue Alcohol Inks and Alloys. Using a scrap piece of acetate from a package, I dripped several drips of each of the colors and some blending solution, then dipped the candle stick pieces into the alcohol ink puddle. Viola! Instant tarnish!
I cut the candles down in size to create a variety, then arranged them onto my project.
Some were placed on the alter…
Some were placed on the roof of the vignette…a total of 13 candles filled in all the creepy spaces, 13 seemed like the perfect number 😉
So, let me tell you a little about the rest of the project…
The base of the project was created using an idea-ology Vignette Shrine and an Etcetera Cathedral Window and Etcetera Bat Trim Piece. Other things used to create it included, Mica Tiles, Distress Crackle Texture Paste, Crypt Grit Paste, Black Soot Distress Paint, a couple sticks, Mummy Cloth, Floral Moss, Tiny Lights, and the Spiderweb and Garden Greens Thinlet Sets.
The shine, cathedral window and trims were painted with the black soot distress paint, dried, then with a palette knife a good amount of crackle texture paste was applied, then set aside to dry and crackle. Once, crackled, I applied some Crypt Grit Paste, using my finger, then set it aside to dry, once dry, I rubbed Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Crayon into the texture and cracks.
I drilled a hole in the back of the shrine then added a string of tiny lights through the back to the inside, then adhered it within. I adhered a round piece of yellow inked paper over top of the lights to become a moon.
I stamped a couple pieces of Mica Tile pieces using the Tangled webs Background Stamp Set (CMS346) then applied the tiles to the back of the Etcetera Cathedral Window. The window was applied to the shrine and the Etcetera Bat Trim was added to the bottom of the window.
I applied sticks, floral moss, the candles, mummy cloth, and spiderwebs to create the scene, then I added The Count.
With that, my project was complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
See you soon!
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The Count, Candlelight, idea-ology vignette shrine, Etcetera Cathedral Window, Etcetera Bat and Web Trims, Garden Greens Thinlet Set, Spiderweb Thinlet Set, idea-ology tiny lights, Distress Sprays and Inks, Distress Paint, Ranger Distress Crackle Paste, Antique Linen Embossing Glaze, Crypt Grit Paste, Distress Crayons, Alcohol Inks and Alloys, Mica Tiles, Mummy Cloth and more…
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