Tuesday, 6 September 2016

"Holiday Jumpstart" with Eileen Hull

Morning and welcome, today Eileen Hull's Design Team are showcasing a whole range of products to kickstart the holiday season; that could be Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, whatever takes your fancy!
I was on a roll and decided to create three projects whilst I felt inspired! I decorated a Pumpkin, created an Autumnal card and created an ATB using techniques from Tim Holtz tag for September 2016 which you can find HERE.
Beginning with the card I used a few of Andy Skinner's techniques to create this rustic card. I began by applying DecoArt Media Crackle Paste over Tim Holtz new leaf stencil allowing to dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Once the crackle was completely dry I then applied a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Dark Grey Value 3. I simply added a small amount of paint to my non-stick craft sheet and then mixed with water. I then dried the first coat of the wash with my heat tool and then added a second coat of the wash; I repeated this process until I was happy. Whilst the paint was fluid and still quite wet on my third coat I added a few sprinkles of coarse sea salt and then allowed to dry naturally.
Once the salt/paint wash was completely dry, I removed any salt particles and then added a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold to give that rusty tone and to age further. I applied a couple of coats of the Quinacridone Gold, drying between each application. I cut two leaves from a separate piece I created and this time painted with a more concentrated mix of the same paints. I then used Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool to add the spirals of rusty wire behind the leaves for added interest and texture. To complete, I added an 'autumn' sticker. Black Soot Distress Ink has been added around the edges of the panel for definition.
I then moved onto the pumpkin which was so much fun to decorate! I began by once again applying a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Dark Grey Value 3 and then drying with my heat tool. I then repeated the same process several times and on the last layer I again added a few sprinkles of Coarse Sea Salt and allowed to dry. Once completely dry, I removed the salt and then added layers of a wash of Quinacridone Gold and then dried with my heat tool.
For added interest I then used Tim Holtz Leaf Stencil to add stencilled leaves around the pumpkin; applying DecoArt Media Titan Buff over the stencil; using a very light touch and then drying with my heat tool. I used Andy Skinner's Toxic stamp set to add a touch of background stamping using Black Archival Ink; stamping with the stamp as is and not applying to an acrylic block. Stamping is much simplified this way as you can bend the stamp around the curved areas. I repeated this process with the leaves from Tim Holtz Leaf Prints stamp set, again stamping with Black Archival Ink.
The Fig. stamp is from Tim Holtz Undertaker stamp set which I thought worked perfectly with the leaf imagery.
I love my rusty flower which has been cut from coffee filter papers using Eileen Hull's Flower, Romance die. I added Quinacridone Gold and Raw Umber Fluid Acrylic to a spritz bottle, added water and then spritzed the flower with the mixes. I scrunched the flower whilst wet and then allowed to dry completely. Once completely dry I added a touch more intense colour with the paints using my finger. I added one of Finnabair's rusty stars to the centre to add to the rustic tones. Once again I used Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool to add the spirals of rusty tin wire.
No pumpkin is complete without a spooky hand!! The hand is made from plastic and once again I coloured with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.
A touch more stamping adds further to the layers of interest.
I love the layers of colour that you can achieve from a few simple washes!
Now onto the ATB created using Eileen Hull's Block, Cube Die which I die cut from black mountboard. I then used Tim's techniques from his September 2016 tag to decorate each side; using the Undertaker stamp set and many stencils to add further interest. I also added further stamping using Black StazOn Ink.
I used Pitch Black and Latte on Yupo and the two colours together gave a purple tinge to the background which I loved. I then stamped the imagery on each side with Archival Ink and then used a soft cloth to remove the ink to reveal the resist.
I love the ghostly effect from the resist which works so well with a touch of overstamping for further detail, love it!
A touch of resist on this panel using a stencil and Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.
I added a jump ring to this skull for added interest; he looks rather dashing with his monocle!
I added touches of white paint to the edges of each panel to lift each panel a little from the black backdrop.
I added the same detail to the top of the ATB along with a plastic skeleton and a few bones from Tim's Idea-ology range.
I left a few drips of hot glue to add further to the texture.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Diana said...

all totally brilliant projects!! i must try that wash method on a piece!!

Redanne said...

Absolutely incredible projects Tracy, I love each and every one - especially love Andy's salt technique, it is so effective! Of course, the skeleton is brilliant and also the hand - beautifully altered!! Love these!! Hugs, Anne xx

Lesley said...

Love all of these honey!
Clever lady chops! X

eileen hull said...

Tracy every one of these projects is exquisite! Such detail and cool techniques! I love the skeleton's monocle :-) cool tendrils on the pumpkin and intense color on the flower too!

Unknown said...

Fabulous projects Tracy. Love all the different techniques you showcased here - thanks for the inspiration as always xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

I am over the moon with these projects Tracy. Wow!!!!!! I love all the amazing fall colors(and eerie purple Halloween hue you got on the yupo). That jump ring monocle. Seriously so many amazing details. Love the leaf card. Stunning. And your pumpkin with the eerie hand at the top ... inspired. LOve love love them all. Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

Julia Aston said...

Wow Tracy! Three wonderful fall projects! LOVE the deep crackle on the leaves, the dark colors and decorations on the pumpkin and the wonderful images on the sides of your ATB - the skeletons are spooky fun too!! Julia xx

Candy C said...

Tracy...these Halloween projects are over the top cool! My gosh...so many great techniques. You did a fabulous job on each of these...all so unique. The ATB's ghostly resist is perfect for a Halloween piece. Love the pumpkin and crackled card, too. And...thank you for stopping by my blog! I am doing great and now that school is back in session, I hope to get around to see everyone's blogs more often.

Sue said...

Wow Tracy, every one of these is a masterpiece, how do you think of it all! xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Holy smokes Tracy! I don't know where to begin! This post is jam packed with so much goodness! Love all the textures and techniques! I have to stare and take it all in! Thanks for the inspiration!

Juls said...

Wow!! Such stunning makes xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Completely amazing projects Tracy, wow, wow, wow, - you certainly were on a roll, fantastic in every possible way!! What a way to start Eileen's holiday season, LOVE these projects, all of them!!

Jean Bullock said...


A Pink said...

A terrific collection of Halloween themed projects ! Tracy Lots to love here- wonderful altered pumpkin with that gorgeous flower and skellie hand , lovely crackle leaf stencilling on your card and a fab ATB with a real ghostly feel .
Thanks for treating us
Hugs x

Tonya said...

Tracy I love all the different techniques, textures and colors used in your projects! Wonderfully done!

Barbara said...

Masterpiece! This project is outstanding! Love love love, the details and all the techniques you've used are fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us! barbara

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE that you did the technique on a block! Gorgeous crackle...just a yum! Beautiful project!

butterfly said...

Wonderful autumnal and spooky makes - those crackled leaves are my favourite part of course - but there are so many inspirational ideas here. Fabulous post!
Alison x