Saturday, October 8, 2011

Trick Or Treat Blog Hop

           Welcome to the Trick-Or-Treat Blog Hop
                             October 8-10, 2011
Crafter's Workshop and Clearsnap have teamed up for the next three days to create hauntingly inspiring projects for this Halloween season. It's all tricks, treats, and techniques so join us on a fright night jaunt to remember, hopping from blog to blog. Leave your "Trick-or-treat" comment on each blog in the hop in hopes of winning candy, blog candy that is! For every 50 comments posted on this blog we're giving away a set of inks and accessories to spook up any crafter's projects!!! We'll choose the winners from the blog comments posted on all the blogs in the Hop. The prize includes Smooch Spritz in Frosted Grape, Green Olive, and Carrot Cake, ColorBox Pigment InkPad in Spooktacular, Glitter in  Grape Fizz, Design Adhesives in "Trick or Treat" and "Eeeeks!?", plus our new Design Foils in Lime Burst. That's alot of spook to go around!
Blog List:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - http://www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com/
Charlotte Jenkins http://suepup.blogspot.com You are Here
Mary Dawn Quirindongo -
Karen Grunberg- http://www.karenika.com/
Receive extra entries in the Hop for following us on Twitter and Facebook and for tweeting or posting on Facebook about the Hop - just post here afterwards that you have followed us or posted about the Hop to increase your chances to win. Happy Hopping!!!

Today I am sharing with you how to create  "Plastic Pumpkin Restoration" using Smooch Spritz, Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Premium Dye Ink, Smooch Pealized Accent Ink, ColorBox Pigment Ink, Crafter's Workshop Stencils, Top Boss Glitter and the Rollagraph Design Wheel.
Clearsnap Products

Other Products
Mod Podge
Crafter's Workshop Love Beads Stencil
Crafter' Workshop Henna Hand Stencil
Joann Fabric Holiday Decorations
Stephanie Barnard Stamp of LifeSpooky2Scare Stamp
Liquitex Gesso
Orange Twist Deco Art Americana Acrylic Paint 
E-Z Form Plaster Cloth Wrap

Directions
  • Cover your work area with a drop cloth, this is messy but fun! You will need an old container to place the warm water in for dipping the plaster strips.
  • Remove the plastic handle of the pumpkin. I cut the handle in half and pulled the handle through the hole.
  • Cut the plaster cloth into 7 strips, approximately 14 inches long.
  • Fill a medium bowl 1/2 full with warm water. Dip the strips into water one at a time and run fingers downward to thoroughly wet the strip. Turn the pumpkin upside down. Wet a 14" strip, starting at the center of the bottom, bring the strip down the side of the pumpkin and over the top, smoothing the strip as you go. Smooth out the air pockets and wrinkles with your fingers. 
  • Flip the pumpkin right-side up and fold the ends of the strips over the lip of the opening at the top. Trim the strip ends so that about 1" folds to the inside of the pumpkin, and smooth the ends against the inside wall.

  • Continue adding strips around the pumpkin, overlapping the strips by 1/4 covering everything but the face. Dip the 14" strip halfway into the water. Starting at the bottom of the pumpkin, in the middle of the face, bring the strip up from the bottom and tuck it into the crevices of the mouth. Add several strips in the same manner to cover the width of the mouth.
  • After the bottom of these strips has started to dry and conform to the mouth shape, wet the top half of the strips and cover the top of the mouth and eyes on the same manner. 
  • While the pumpkin is still damp and pliable begin defining and smoothing the pumpkins eyes, nose's and mouth's crevices with your fingers.


  • Wipe out the inside of the pumpkin with a damp cloth to remove plaster.
  • While the plaster is damp to the touch, peel the ends of the strips away from the inside of the pumpkin, trim them make them even and tuck them back inside to give the edge a neater, finshed look.
  • Paint the entire surface of the pumpkin with orange paint. Make sure the paint gets in the textured surfaces. The plaster really soaks up the paint, so do not use an expensive paint to cover the pumpkin.
  • Once the orange paint dries, antique the pumpkin by applying a thin layer of ColorBox Tangerine Stephanie Barnard Dye Ink using the ColorBox Stylus Tool.



  • Paint the eyes and teeth white. I used a white canvas gesso to paint these areas.
  • Paint the mouth, I choose an orange color and extend the mouth color beyond the original mouth, rounding the corners to give it a more vintage look. Using a small paintbrush start building more details by painting the mouth area with Smooch Molasses Accent Ink, Smooch Tuxedo Accent Ink and ColorBox Leather Mix'd Media Inks. 


  • To create the eye, I used the ColorBox Circle Stylus Pad. Tap the Circle Stylus Tip Tool on the ColorBox Blueberry Stephanie Barnard Dye Pigment Ink Pad to pick up a large amount of ink. Now using the Circle Stylus Tip, press the Stylus tip in the center of the eye. Paint another small white circle with the white gesso. Add a small black circle and build the outline and details with Smooch Molasses Accent Ink. Using a small paintbrush, I start painting more details on the face using Smooch Molasses Accent Ink and ColorBox Leather Mix'd Media Inks.
  • Tape the Crafters Workshop 6X6 Swirly Vines stencil down to the pumpkin. Using the ColorBox Stylus Circle Tip, apply Stephanie Barnard Licorice ColorBox Dye Ink to the collage's surface. Apply the ink using a gentle pounding motion, holding the Stylus straight up and down. Do not use a stroking motion.  This motion will keep the ink from seeping under the edges of the stencil. If your stencil seems to be lifting as you ink, use an awl or chopstick to hold the stencil down as you apply ink. I stenciled this on several areas on the pumpkin, stencil as many flourishes until you are happy.



  • You will need to create two 12X12 or one 24X24 collage.


  • Apply a thin layer of ColorBox Silver Foil Smooch Spritz over the entire collage. Gently shake the Silver Foil Smooch Spritz to make sure the mica is mixed completely with the ink. Holding your Smooch Spritz just a few inches from the inked paper, spray and coat the paper with a layer of Smooch. 
  • Using a permanent felt tip marker outline the stencil design.


  • Brush a thin coat of Glue Gloss on several of the blocks within the Crafter's Workshop Love Beads Stencil.  Sprinkle the Top Boss Sparkling Amethyst Glitter onto the Glue Gloss. Using a small paint brush, gently brush the glitter over the entire stencil block. Repeat this several times, filling in several blocks using the Amethyst Top Boss Glitter. When you are finished, carefully lift the stencil from the collage.  Carefully lift the picture collage and hold it perpendicular to your work surface. Gently tap the edge of the collage to remove any loose glitter.


  • Once the collage surface is dry, add additional color with ink. Do some stamping on the collage's surface I used the Stephanie Barnard Stamp of LifeSpooky2Scare Stamp, Doll Faces and WordsWords Jumbo Design Wheel.  Tape the 12X12 Crafters Henna Hands stencil down over the collage and stencil the image on the collage using ColorBox Wicked Black Archival Ink. 
  • To enhance several areas of the collage, apply Pumpkin Smooch Accent Ink inside the stencil blocks and circles.  Using the Lettuce Smooch Accent Ink and Tuxedo Smooch Accent Ink randomly apply the Lettuce Smooch on stencil design. 
  • Cover the entire surface of the collage with a cloth and apply a hot, dry iron with heavy and even pressure.



The Witch Hat Construction
  • Draw a half circle on the edge of a piece of the collage  of 12 inches in diameter using a mathematical compass and pencil. Cut out the half circle and roll it into a cone roughly the size of the opening of the pumpkin.
  • Place the cone on the pumpkin, and tighten or loosen the cone to fit; the cone can be stapled or taped into position. Apply glue to the seam of the cone, and press down from the inside of the cone to form a bond between the pieces of collage paper.
  • Measure the inside diameter of the cone using a ruler, and mark the diameter on the second piece of collage paper; the center point of the diameter should also be marked. Using the mathematical compass, draw a circle for the inside of the brim; a second circle should be drawn wider than the first for the outside edge of the brim
  • Cut out the outer and inner edges of the collage paper, and place the cone on top of the brim to make sure it fits. Spread glue on the inside edge of the brim before placing the brim over the top of the cone; the glued area of the brim should be pressed against the edge of the cone.
  • Allow the brim to dry onto the cone of the witch’s hat, and decorate the hat as required. I added Halloween Garland, Halloween Tag, Ribbon and lace around the brim.






 Happy Haunting. Thanks for Stopping by my blog.
Plaster Pumpkin Inspired by Lesie Brier

62 comments:

  1. What a cool project! So creative! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. Love this pumpkin and the hat!! Awesome tutorial!

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  3. Wow!!! The "creative chart" doesnt go high enough for this project!! Super job. P.S. Love your blog page-very pretty!!

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  4. This is GrEaT... love the techniques & the results

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  5. I have but one word: WOW! The pumpkin is beautiful, but that hat is absolutely amazing! I love how you've used the techniques and materials to create a hat that even a true fashionista witch would adore!

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  6. That is one of the coolest things I've seen! I am ready right now to run out and get me one of those plastic pumpkins and start to work! I feel totally inspired by your great work!

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  7. Woweeeeee Charlotte!! This is AMAZING!!!

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  8. WOW factor is way high on this. Your work is really beautiful. It must be awesome to Trick or Treat at your place. : )

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  9. Such a fun pumpkin you've made.

    Thanks for sharing.


    Wendy

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  10. I can't find you on Facebook? And I don't see a FB link on your blog...I'm following the Trick or Treat Blog Hop:)

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  11. I love your pumpkin and the witches hat! Great job

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  12. wow!! i love this tutorial, thanks!!!

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  13. wow! You totally used our templates in a way I've never seen before! You rock!!

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  14. oh true innovator, i marvel at your distinct creation! there's such beauty in its presence.
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  15. OMG so wonderfull !!! What a job you made !!!
    Absolutely wonderfull
    Thanks for inspiration xx

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  16. Looks like a lot of work, but it sure is cute!

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  17. Love this! What a great way to reuse and update something that you already have. This was a great blog stop! : )

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  18. WOW what a fabulous hat!!!! Thanks for the tut!!

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  19. wow, that is fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial with the glitter and I love the pumkin

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  20. Holy Cow! That's pretty amazing and wonderful. You're very talented!

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  21. oh my goodness, that pumpkin looks just like the vintage ones in antique store. Amazing job! I love it so much. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. yeah, all I can say is OMGosh! This is SO COOL! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. That is an amazing transformation. Just looking at it, I would never guess it started as a trick or treat pumpkin.

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  24. Wonderful project. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. Ok. I am totally going to have to try this project with my daughter. I love it!

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  26. What a wonderful redo. Great job.

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  27. Cool project! Great tutorial!
    DeniseB

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  28. Love this project, and the hat is awesome

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  29. what a cool pumpkin. have bookmarked the entry. the method will work well for other projects too.

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  30. Beautiful transformation! Love the hat too.

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  31. YIKES, so cool. I could never do that, but I love that you can!

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  32. I love the transformation! That hat is to die for!

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  33. It's hard to believe this is a plastic pumpkin, and the hat is truly a work of art. Your trick or treaters will love it.

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  34. Thanks for sharing the pumpkin tutorial. It looks marvelous.

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  35. Your project is amazing! I used to have one of those old pumpkins too! I love the Witch Hat.

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  36. What an absolutely fabulous pumpkin you have created!

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  37. Oh my goodness you did an amazing job!!

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  38. Wow gorgeous project! Love the templates and the way you have used them.

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  39. PS - am also now following on Facebook :O)

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  40. I'm new to using stencils and you inspire me to use them any way I can think of. Thanx for sharing

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  41. What an awesome set of examples! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. WOW! That was a VERY cool idea!!
    Thanks for the step by step tutorial!

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  43. I am blown away! Wow! Great tutorials. I love this idea, and am so impressed by your creations!

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  44. You are so clever and crafty. How amazing is this pumpkin/hat. It looks like something you'd pay $40 or more for at the store. I love seeing homemade projects like this one. Way to go on using the stencils in a whole different way and sharing with us how to do it.

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  45. Awesome Pumpkin & Witch Hat!! Thanks for sharing!
    Grandma Nancy Sapp

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  46. what an amazing project. thanks for taking the time to post the tutorial too.

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  47. Wow! What an awesome project! Really detailed, and I love the witches hat, really amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  48. Trick or treat!! I'd wear that witch hat, but it looks better on Jack O'Lantern. Thanks for an opportunity at giveaway goodies.

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  49. Stopping by again for a second time and still amazed by your artistic talent. On to the next trick or treat blog.

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  50. what an amazing project, beautiful!

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  51. The collage for the hat is wonderful. Love your blog!

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  52. oh yes. i neeeeed that stylus tool!

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  53. Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome. You are really a master
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