Hello all and welcome!
I hope you all are well…It’s been a couple of weeks since my last tutorial but I’m back today with one for The Witch’s Cauldron that was featured on one of my latest projects. This was part of the Sizzix Chapter 3 release that Tim Holtz announced on Facebook Live a few weeks ago. It featured the new Halloween and Christmas dies. I was so happy and honored to have been asked to make samples along side so many talented makers. Many thanks go out to Tim, Mario and Paula for asking me to contribute. If you missed it you can check it out in these links to HALLOWEEN and CHRISTMAS. Also, head over to timholtz.com and check out the names and links to all the other talented makers that contributed…it’s an inspiration overload!!
Today’s tutorial is going to focus more on some of the techniques that I used to create the Cauldron and the lovely crackled and aged effect on the Idea-ology found relative.
In part 2 of my post I’ll explain how I created the candles, crackled vials and how those spooky halloween backgrounds were made. Then I’ll show how the project all came together. I hope you find lots of inspiration from it and most of all, try some of these techniques!
So, let’s begin with the Cauldron…
I cut the Cauldron out of a piece of Alcohol Ink Brushed Silver Cardstock. This is a new paper that came out in January at Creativation. It’s so AWESOME because it is a heavier stock, and when Alcohol Ink is applied to it, creates a very distressed and vintage metal look. Perfect for an old witch cauldron!
After it was cut I embossed it and it’s handle with the Ink Splats Texture Fade. (This texture fade is an oldie but a goodie and I believe it has been retired, but it may still be available at places like Tuesday Morning.)
I also cut the cauldron out of a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. (Not pictured) The 3D look of the cauldron was achieved by attaching the two cut pieces together to create a pocket that the leaves and stick could be inserted into.
I glued the right and left sides of the cauldron together and left the bottom part open. I glued the area at the top of the pot, the area right above the slit, to the same area on the watercolor paper. This made it very sturdy so that when I added all the things spilling out of the pot it wouldn’t bend or break.
When it sits, you dont’t see that the bottom of the cauldron is open, but it created an area for the cauldron to rest on. Wouldn’t these little stand alone cauldrons make a wonderful place setting for a witchy Halloween themed party!?!
When the cauldron is cut, a slit cuts in the top where it can then be used as a spot for a treat, lollipop or, in this case, my leaves and a stick.
With a blending tool and felt pad, I blended a combo of Alcohol Inks and Pearls (Mushroom, Pitch Black, Smolder and Mineral) onto the cauldron pieces. I did this until it had a good bit of aging…
Next up… using my finger, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste in random areas on the pot and handle. Then I set it aside to crackle.
When it was crackled, I blended the cracked areas with Black Soot, Rusty Hinge and Tarnished Brass Distress Crayons.
I attached the handle to the pot and embellished it with a few idea-ology Mini Fasteners.
I stuffed a stick, Floral Moss and a few Sizzix Greens into the Cauldron to give it that witchy look.
The Found Relative Witch…
To give the witch a very creepy and vintage look I decided to give the photo some crackle with a bit of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
With my finger (my favorite blending tool) I added a thin layer of crackle paint to the top of the photo and set it aside to dry.
When it was crackled, I gently added some Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Smolder Pearls by laying the tip down onto the cracks that were around the witch. Some areas of the crackle began to lift off after it had crackled so with my finger again… I blended a little bit of Collage Medium over the top. That fixed it perfectly! I avoided getting too much of the alcohol inks right over top of her so that she stayed in focus.
I first practiced this on a couple other Found Relatives to get my technique down pat before attempting it on my one and only witch. 😉
Aren’t they GORGEOUS??! I love the effect and it’s so beautifully simple…the crackle paint and alcohol inks do all the magic!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and keep an eye out for part 2 featuring some more creative tips and techniques.
Have a fantastic day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Fragments (CMS368), Ledger Script (CMS241)
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Cauldron Bigz Die, Funky Florals 3, Garden Greens, Regions Beyond, Ink Splats Texture Fade, 3D Elegant, Crochet
Tim Holtz/ Idea-ology- Lace Baseboard Frame, Corked Vials, Broomstick, Corked Vials, Found Relatives, Mini Fasteners, Mummy Cloth
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Brushed Silver Alcohol Ink Cardstock, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Pitch Black Alcohol Ink, Mineral and Smolder Alcohol Pearls, Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Distress Watercolor Paper, Clear Rock Candy Paint
Distress Crayons- Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Tarnished Brass
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools and felt pads, Distress Collage Matte Medium
Other- Twig from my yard, Floral Moss
Freddie Sleijpen says
Off the charts amazing. All the hearts my friend!
Jaimie Sander says
This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Just spectacular …
Christina Sedor says
This is Mind Blowing Stacy! I love all the textures you put into the cauldron and found relative. You’re SO talented xxx
So magically creepy, Stacy! And a great tutorial for amazing textures; can’t wait for the next installment. It certainly gave me some ideas for a project. Happy crafting!
Wow!!! This is just amazing! You have definitely found your calling. I am so grateful that you share your work for all of us to enjoy and learn from. I will definitely want to try this crackling technique. Thanks Stacy.
Love it to the moon and back, absolutely stunning!!! 🖤🧡🖤
Love this! The crackle paint and alcohol ink really did the trick on the photos! Thanks so much for sharing!
Great tutorial Stacy! Great tips on the Distress Crackle!
Rita P. says
My stars, you are an amazing artist. The details like the pages on the book, the candle flames, the pocked cauldron. Terrific!!!!
Thank you for sharing Stacy, love everything about this xx that ctackle is AMAZING
Love the photo used in the project. The crackle sure does add age when you use the right colour inks or stains. Great little work of art!
Sherry T says
On with the inky, grungy, spookiness…ready for part 2…Awesome stuff!
Definitely going to try out this crackle and AI effect-what am amazing look! And the cauldron is totally creepy cool! xx
Saundra B Grose says
In my wildest dreams, would I be able to create anything like this; thank for posting with instructions,
Sara Emily Barker says
Stacy, I know I’m late, but wow! this post was worth the wait! Your make is perfect in every way, and I’m so happy you shared the tip on how you got that amazing patina on the Paper Doll. Now I’ve got to go hunt for some crackle paint; I think mine in at the bottom of the jar. Your cauldron has just the right amount of creep! I agree that these would make fabulous place settings, and it’s what I purchased the die for. Love the embossing folder trick; I just ordered the new grunge stencil to get this look on mine. But I’m pretty sure I have that embossing folder…somewhere! Thanks for a fabulous tutorial; off to look at part two! Hugs! SE
Kat Hazelton says
Fabulous tutorial. Beautiful textures and effects.
Nancy Sherman says