You know how it is, once you get everything out to make a little Halloween one thing leads to another. For the past month or so I have been collecting cute Halloween stuff for Ava's treat bag. She and Elise are really getting crafty, so I made both of them a Halloween Chunky to put in the treat bag. Nothing better than Hand Made Halloween! These chunkies could be used as a place card on your party table too. I know that Elise will ask "how did you do that?" So here are a few of the techniques, and some tips too.
Copic Markers make colorizing black and white images so easy. I kept it real simple with no shading on the images - it's all about the color. The copic marker colors I used are Cadmium Yellow Y15, Orange YR68, and New Leaf YG23. Don't forget to use laser color copies because ink jet copies will smear. The spooky tree is a Red Lead rubber stamp. As mica is one of my favorite materials to work with I think it works really good for a kind of cloudy-spooky-halloweeny embellishment. Cut the mica with scissors in a irregular shape about 1" larger than your stamp. Stamp with either Staz-On or Ranger Archival Ink. The Archival Ink needs to be heat set. Sand the edges of the mica to create a cloudy effect. (Oh wait-I forgot to tell you to dry brush the black painted chunky with antique white acrylic paint as the very first step.)
Here is how to make a chipboard embellishment with your colorized black and white images. Make sure your colors are completely dry. Glue the colored image on to chipboard with a uhu glue stick, and burnish the image with a bone folder. You want to make sure the image has no bubbles. Let the glue dry for about an hour. Sand around the edges removing a bit of the color. Squeeze on enough Diamond Glaze to cover the image and sprinkle some ultra fine glitter around the edges. The Diamond Glaze will dry completely clear and the the glitter will sparkle. Let dry for a couple of hours. You now have a chipboard embellishment that will add more dimension to your chunky. Everything that you need to make the Chunkies is at Red Lead in St. Louis or on our website. Here are a few freebie images for you to colorize for your Halloween projects. Have fun - make art!
-be true- Chris and Sharon