Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Eileen Hull & TCW Collab

Hey, Crafty Friends! I'm back with the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team and we are thrilled to be working with The Crafter's Workshop for this entire month of October. 

In today's post I'll be working with Eileen Hull's line of stamps along with TCW's stencils and luscious "Stencil Butters" to create this card...

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull- Wonderful World of Flowers Stamp Set (Marker Forte)
Eileen Hull- Button Cards & More Stamp Set (Marker Forte)
6x6 Stencil- Skeletal Leaf (TCW)
Stencil Butter- Marigold, Gamboge (TCW)
Versafine- Onyx Black (Imagine Crafts)
Alcohol Markers (Diamond Press)
Distress Oxide Inks- Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
MISTI (My Pretty Petunia)
Mint Tape (Scrapbook. com)
White Cardstock 
Palette knife
Heat Gun
Blending Brushes

I started by taping down paper I planned to Stencil on. I found some in my stash that looked like aged newsprint and taped it down with strip of Mint Tape. This tape is low tack and will not rip or damage the paper when removed. You can reuse several times (as you can tell in my pictures) so save those strips for later 😉. You can keep reusing them till they run out of tack- less waste.

Once my paper was secured down,  I took the TCW Skeletal Leaf Stencil and spread Gamboge then Marigold Stencil Butter over the design using a palette knife.

I used my heat tool to speed up drying time and to my surprise and delight it did not bubble whatsoever! It held up to heat very well!

Then, I shaded in the Leaf with Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink using a Blending brush. With the raised surface area created by the Stencil and Butters it was just more easier using a brush versus a sponge. The bristles of the brush move through the raised areas easier and can get in between all the little nooks- whereas a blending sponge or dauber could have issues of being torn from the ridges.

Next. I cut my paper down to 5.5

5"x 5" and then inked around the edges with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.

I matted and layered fall shades of patterned paper together using my Xyron Mega Runner and attached them onto a 6" x 6" cardbase. 

I used the library card stamp, from the Eileen Hull Button Cards and More Stamp Set, in my MISTI and stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I then did the same with the Flowers from the Wonderful World of Flowers set onto white cardstock and the quoted label from the Button Cards and More Set.

Then colored the in using my Diamond Press alcohol ink markers.

I fussy cut (handcut) all my stamped images and added a huge Rhinestone to the. Enter of the larger flower.

Then I attached these embellishments to the front of my card surrounding the Leaf. I also added a bit of foam adhesive  behind the large flower and quoted label cutouts for more added dimension. 

And here is my finished card...

I really love how this turned out, especially this color combo! Teal is Eileen's favorite color and it really pops off those fall colors!

This would be a great Fall/ Thanksgiving card or great Anyday/ Everyday card!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!

And until next time...


Friday, October 22, 2021

Eileen Hull 2021 Halloween Screaming Skull Journal

Hey, Crafty Friends!! It's that time of the year again! My favorite season, SPOOKY SEASON... Halloween!! And you know I just had to continue with my tradition of making a creepy-cool Halloween journal. So here is my new 2021 "Screaming Skull"!!

This year I kick it up a notch because this one lights up!!

Let me show you how I created this horrifically haunting masterpiece...

Supplies Used
Black Gesso (Golden)
Mint Tape (
Plastic Skulls
Black Netting 
Plastic Halloween Toy Bugs
Spider LED String Lights
Chipboard Frame
Quick Dry Glue
Bone Folder
Paper Trimmer

I started by making the base, the journal cover. For this, I used the Eileen Hull Full Size Journal Die. I trimmed a piece of 12" x 12" black chipboard down to 8-1/2 " x 12". Then laid it over the die and ran it through my Big Shot Plus Machine. This die has to use the Big Shot Plus or Pro Machines. It is a very large die and will NOT fit in the other smaller machines. 

To make a single journal you must cut the die out twice.

Once you have all your pieces cut, take the two cover pieces and attach them together.
 Add glue to the spine portion and overlap the spines. I like to use clothespins while the glue is drying to keep them in place.

When the glue is completely dry, I ran the entire cover (FACED DOWN) through my Xyron Creative Station. Then I burnished the protective film thoroughly to get maximum adhesion before peeling.

Then I peeled the protective film completely off and immediately covered it with the black netting.
I trimmed off any overhanging excess with kitchen sheers... this stuff is pretty thick.

I found a chipboard frame and painted it with black gesso then attached it to the front of my journal cover using quick-drying glue.

I bought these cool "spider" string lights from the dollar store and really wanted to incorporate them into my journal but it has a big battery pack so there was no way to hide it IN the journal itself... so I hid it in plain sight by adding it directly to the cover.

Keep reading to see how I disguised it!!

And it is important to note that I placed this pack with the switch facing down toward the bottom of the cover. You'll see why.

Here's how I did it... I used the skull head!

These plastic skulls are hallowed. I cut off the entire backside of the skull and sliced it in between the lower and upper teeth to create a separated jaw.

Then attached the upper part of the skull over the battery pack with more quick-drying glue, concealing it. Once I liked the position I attached the bottom portion of the jaw to the cover as well.

Then draped more netting around the skull to cover the rough edges and any gaps.

I strung the light around the skull around the back cover. Then glued on an assortment of plastic bugs. I used more black netting to conceal the wires and glued those over them. It's ok if they faintly show because the next step will completely hide anything else showing...

First I used mint tape to cover the lights. And added some black netting into the skull's mouth.

Then I painted over EVERYTHING with black gesso. And when I say EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING!

The skull, hands, bugs, and yes, even the netting itself!

Once the gesso was completely dry, I rubbed a bit of Rose Gold Luster wax over everything. It really highlights all the raised areas and really brings out all the gorgeous textures.

Once it was completely covered here is what it looked like!

Remember, I placed the battery pack inside the skull...
So to turn it on and off you actually have to reach inside its mouth!! Ewww!! LOL!

This was why it was important for me to place the switch in the direction I did... So you could access it through the mouth!

It was worth it because here it is all lit up...

I am obsessed with it! I think this is my favorite creepy journal I have made so far!

I hope you enjoyed my process!!

Thanks for stopping by!

And until next time...