4th Friday – From Ghoulies and Ghosties

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
                      ~Scottish Saying


It's time again for another 4th Friday challenge from Paper Garden Projects. This month we want to see your Halloween tricks and treats. Cathy is offering a super cute Halloween sentiment cling stamp to be drawn randomly from those of you who link up your projects at Cathy's place by Saturday, October 2nd. You can see all the rules and that adorable stamp set here, at the Paper Garden Projects blog.


I found this little unfinished coffin at Michaels a couple of years ago and pulled it out to work a little black magic on it.

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Step 1: I took off the hardware and then painted the whole thing, inside and out, with Making Memories scrapbook paint (acrylic) in Asphalt black.

Step 2: There are a lot of different crackle mediums out there. I've tried quite a few of them and I always just go back to the cheap Delta Ceramcoat brand you can find in Michaels and Hobby Lobby. So, after the Asphalt layer completely dried, I used a bristle brush to apply a coat of crackle medium along the top and sides. I let the crackle dry until there was an overall sheen to the surface and it felt sticky/tacky to touch. If your crackle is too thick and wet when you put on the top coat, the top coat will just mix with the crackle medium and not crack. If it’s too dry, you’ll just get an unaffected top coat.

Step 3: Then I painted the coffin with the Making Memories Wisteria (purple) paint in long even strokes over the sticky crackle medium. It started cracking immediately – it's so fun to watch. I got large cracks where the crackle medium was thickest and small cracks where I had the most thin layer of crackle medium.

Step 4: Finally, after all that dried, I sponged Black Soot Distress Ink along the corners and edges.


I checked out some of the tutorials at the Copic Creations Challenge #35 for shading on and around images to color my skeleton. Of course, I had so much fun with the glitter, you can't really see my shading very well, but, well, it's there.

Here are the Copic Markers and the rest of the recipe.

  • Fibers: May Arts ribbon
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic  markers (see below), Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Black Soot, Stampin' Up! Only Orange
  • Paper – Neenah and Prism Card Stock, 
  • Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics Happy Halloweenie cling stamp set
  • Tools: Nestabilities
  • Misc.:  Making Memories Scrapbook Paint in Wisteria and Asphalt, Delta Cremacoat Crackle Medium, Junkitz Flowerz, German Glass Glitter, Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter.


I hope you'll add your projects to our Halloween tricks and treats – I'll be watching. 



Sweet Comments

  1. What a fun project!  Love the shading and the added sparkle!!  So glad you joined us at Copic Creations!

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