Hello there… and welcome back!
I’m back today with the final installment of my Witch’s Cauldron Tutorial. This has been fun breaking down all the steps, at least for me, I hope that you’ve enjoyed the process and focus on techniques.
Today’s tutorial will focus mainly on the papers I created for the Etcetera tag.
I had a blast making this project, but making background papers is absolutely one of my favorite parts. I love stamping and using Distress Markers, Inks, Sprays and a Detail Water brush to color and turn a blank piece of paper into a cool background.
On a piece of Distress Watercolor paper that was cut to the size of the Small Etcetera tag, I randomly stamped in Black Soot Archival Ink and Black Soot Distress Ink, one of the Fragments (CMS368) and parts of the Ledger Script (CMS241). I used both inks so that some would remain in place as I watercolored the patterns and some would run as if it were vintage wallpaper. This gave the paper a creepier Halloween feel.
With a Detail Water Brush, I colored the patterns with my selected colors… and dried in-between colors with my heat tool.
I spritzed the papers with Distress Oxide and a bit of water and colored in a few other areas with a couple other distress inks…
With a Distress Splatter Brush and Black Soot Distress Paint, I splattered the paper, then dried it with my heat tool. The paint splatters gave it a bit more creep. 😉
Next up, the 3D Elegant embossed paper piece that was placed at the bottom of the Etcetera Tag…this was created several weeks before I had even planned this project. I shared how I created them in my “There is Beauty tutorial” you can click on the link to check out that process.
This technique is super simple and is a great way to use your Oxide Sprays to get into the indents on the 3D Botanical texture fade.
Here is a look at a few that I created that day.
The one that I used for this project is the second one down from the top. I combined Black Soot Distress Ink and Vintage Photo Oxide Spray. I selected a couple more pieces of paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash pack. The paper on the right side of the photo is what I used to cover the back of the Etcetera Tag.
With my fingers, I lightly applied a thin layer of Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Paints to the edges of the Etcetera Tag.
Then I adhered the background pieces to the front and back of the Etcetera Tag with Collage Matte Medium. (I also added a couple flicks of black soot distress paint to the top background.)
I tore a couple pieces off of the stamped background and applied some crackle paste to the torn areas.
When they were dried and crackled, I blended on some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon into the cracks with a damp finger. Then adhered it to the tag.
oooooh crackle yumminess… 😉
I blended a Lace Baseboard Frame with Black Soot Distress Crayon and applied a bit more crackle to the tag.
The trim pieces were each painted and spritzed with some Distress Paint and Oxide Sprays, then layered to create a shelf.
I adhered all the background parts with Distress Collage Matte Medium then clipped it with bulldog clips to dry and set overnight.
The next day I began arranging all the additional parts…
I’ve found that the Splat Box is a perfect place to set a vignette like this that needs to stand straight when you are arranging and adhering it together. I place a piece of rubber mat from the dollar store in it, then lean the vignette against the back of the box. It works great and keeps it in place while you work!
I cut out some greens out of watercolor paper that had been spritzed with water, sprayed with Distress Spray Stains and Distress Oxide Sprays. Tied some of the greens to an old stick that I found in my yard and glued it to the top of the frame.
I filled my cauldron with greens, a stick and some floral moss and arranged all the components for my shelf then adhered them with collage medium. The bottles with the candles, book and quill and more greens were tucked onto the shelf with a bit of Mummy Cloth that had been stained with brown distress ink.
With that, the vignette was complete…thank you so much for hanging in with me while I continued this project. Have a great day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Ledger Script (CMS241), Fragments (CMS368), Small Etcetera Tag, Pinking Trims, Scallop Trims, Splat Box
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Regions Beyond, Cauldron, Crochet, Garden Greens, 3D Botanical Texture Fade
Tim Holtz/ Idea-ology- Corked Vials & Glass Bottles, Mummy Cloth, Memoranda Paper Stash, Lace Baseboard Frames
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Distress Watercolor Paper, Opaque Crackle Texture, Black Soot Archival Ink-Dirty Package #3
Distress Ink- Dusty Concord, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss, Black Soot
Distress Sprays & Oxide Sprays- Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Brushed Corduroy, Oxide Sprays- Walnut Stain, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Distress Crayons- Walnut Stain
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools and felt pads, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Detail Water Brush
Other- String, Stick, Floral Moss