Faux Metal Tutorial

This was so much fun!!! My page titled The Journey (above this tut) features this faux metal. Here are the supplies you'll need...

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Crepe Paper Carnations

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! Isn't this flower adorable!? I ran across this tutorial on the web months ago and it has been rolling around my head ever since. It is so versatile making it perfect for every one one of your gorgeous creations. Let's go!

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Calla Lily

I fell in love with this flower when I saw a video for it on the Heartfelt Creations website. So, if you don't want to read my tutorial you can click here to watch it over at HC. I did distress this up a little bit, which is not on the video. All right! Let's get started......

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Faux Leather Tutorial

Making faux leather is easier than you think. I know, I say that about a lot of my tutorials. Have I been wrong? LOL...

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Snowy Poinsettia

These flowers are just too cute! They are beyond easy to make too...BONUS!

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Emerging Color Stamping Technique

Ok, I'll admit it...I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar. Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Trick or Treat Mon Amour

Trick or Treat Mon Amour is the name of my Witch's hat.  I was just playing with paper yesterday and thought it would be fun to try making a Witch's hat.  I love this time of year!!  The smell of the leaves on the ground, the cooler air, the deep blue skies up against the colored trees and we can't forget HALLOWEEN!!!!  I love Halloween.  I have a collection of glamor witches, and old worn grandma-like witches that make their way out of storage to show their lovely faces for a month.  I saw the Broadway show Wicked and if you did, you know that Elpheba was anything but a wicked witch!  Love her!!!  I had a hard time getting a picture that does the hat justice.  At times I would look at the pic and say "that doesn't even look like a hat".  Hopefully you can tell it's a hat.

I'll get back to the hat LOL!  I used some paper from my September Swirlydoos kit.  This paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I don't have any formal instructions or a tutorial for you because I made it up as I went along.  I had no idea if it was going to work so I didn't take pics.  I'm sorry, but I will try to explain what I did.  I know that you can find patterns online if you search for them.  I decided to just wing it and was having too much fun to follow directions!!!

The first thing I did was grab a 12x12 of patterned paper.  I love the damask page from MME.  It's very glamorous :-)  I twisted it into a cone shape (about a billion times) until I was happy with it.  I used a glue dot to secure the bottom and then cut off the excess.  It wasn't a perfect cut and the cone sat a little lopsided , but who cares!  This is about having fun, and who wants a perfect hat anyway...boo!   Then I guesstimated what size the brim should be.  I cut an 11" circle with my Cricut on a coordinating piece of MME.  I also decided to cut a circle out of thin cardboard (the kind that comes with the paper you order) to glue the brim to in order to give it some strength and stability.

I used a wet distress technique on the top of the hat.  I worked the water in gently on the inside and outside of the hat.  I dipped my fingers in the water and worked both sides at the same time.  I did this to about 80% of the hat top.  I wanted to keep the bottom stiff so that it would be more stable.  The wet distress gives it an old, worn look which is what I was going for.  Then I took some Black Soot Distress Ink and lightly went over the creases.

I used Glimmer Mist on the bottom of the brim so that it matched the top and to give it some sparkle.  I used some more Distress Ink around the edges to cover the card board and then over the top to grunge it up just a bit more.  I started working the card board so that it was more flexible and added an up-curl to one side of the brim and a bit more of a wavy edge around the rest of the brim. I also distressed the edge.  My new October kit from Swirlydoos came with these really neat transparency doilies.  I liked the way they looked on my hat, so arranged them on the brim and glued them down.

Then I took little strips of scrap paper to affix the top of the hat to the brim.  This is where online instructions and patterns would have you cut a little extra on the hat and bend it out so you could glue it.  Not me!  I did this one the hard way.  LOL  It still worked out.  I took some gorgeous Webster's Bloomers Trim and went around the bottom of the hat where it meets the brim.  My dear friend Wendy made me some flowers and I used the big black one.  Isn't it pretty!!!  I had a feather spray in my stash that was perfect as well as some little flowers, doo-dads, and rhinestone flourishes. I had this spider web butterfly that I got at Micheal's and glued that to the top along with another feather.  The last thing I did was add a potion to an ATC card and glue that onto the hat.  In case you are interested the potion is how to get rid of smelly feet LOL!!!!

Well, I hope in some small way this has inspired you to throw out the directions and just play and figure it out as you go.  I had a great time trying and I'm sure that the hats I make going forward will get better each time.  TFL!!!


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WendyG said...

This is FANTASTIC my friend!!!! What a creative mind you have!!!! Love how the flower looks on the hat!!!