Friday, September 30, 2016

Halloween Mini Book - Guest Designer Spot for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Oh, I love October!  It was a wonderful surprise to be asked to be a guest designer over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog and when I realized it was for the month of October (my favorite month!) I was extra pleased.  When I ran across a Halloween poem by Jack Prelutsky I jumped at the chance to turn it into a mini Halloween book.

I started with 8 playing cards which I covered with torn paper scraps.  (Apparently I got very into the project because I only remembered to take two pics!)

I gesso'd both sides of the cards and on some of them I applied modeling paste through a stencil.  Once those were dry, I painted all the cards.

I used stamps and die cuts to decorate each page to go with the lines of the poem.

 I like the way the paint moved around the stencilled parts.  I used crackle glaze over the moon and when it was dry I rubbed some Distress ink into the cracks and Inka Gold around the edges.

I turned my buddy, Cecil, into a ghost by stamping him on vellum and then heat embossing so the ink wouldn't smudge.

Spooks made spookier with tissue paper ...

...and watercolor crayons.

 Jillian is all fancy with her glitter eyeshadow and rhinestone spider.

There is something about this Sizzix die that I just love.  Probably because Halloween is my hands-down-favorite holiday and I secretly want to dress up and go trick-or-treating.  :)

Oliver and Pigtales make a delightful, if grim, Halloween couple...

The tricky part was trying to determine what type of binding I wanted to use.   I really thought I was going to go with the Bind-it-All but decided to simplify and go with the chain instead.

This was a lot of fun to make and I loved digging into my stash to use things that had been collecting dust.

Many thanks to the Mixed Media Challenge Blog for letting me play along with them this month.  How abour you playing along, too?  Simply create a project based on their October mood board.

Happy Halloween!

Products Used:
Playing cards
Gesso (Art Alternatives)
Archival ink (Ranger)
Dye ink (Memento)
Crackle glaze (DecoArt)
Inka-Gold (Viva Decor)
Stampotique stamps (Cecil, Spiral, 3 in a Round, Heads, Oliver, Pigtales, Web, Jillian)
Acrylic paint (Americana)
Stickers (Karen Foster)
Gel pen, white (Signo Uniball)
Alcohol markers (Copic)
Watercolor crayons (Caran d'Ache)
Light modeling paste (Liquitex)
Distress inks, paints, sprays (Ranger)
Grungeboard (Ranger)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Texture paste (Art Extravaganza)
Stickles (Ranger)
Tissue paper
Sequins (Recollections)
Stencils (Ranger, TCW)
Dies (Sizzix, Cricut)
Rub-ons (unknown)
Book pages


  1. Oh, my, these are fabulous and remind me that I have playing cards that I bought for a project that, um, i forgot I wanted to someday do. Enjoy our Indian summer--yesterday might have been the last day!

  2. Wow wow wow.....suberb ! Love love love them! Really should get my playing cards out, have loads of them......

  3. These are amazing!! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month!!

    1. Thank you! I was so pleased to be the GD. Great motivation to get a project completed that had been mulling around in my brain for ages. :)

  4. absolutely gorgeous! And such a great way to use the playing cards too :)

    1. Thanks. They've been sitting here for a while waiting for a project. :)

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS! This is so delightful for Halloween it makes me giddy, haha. I keep looking and looking at your photos. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  7. Hi Julie, Love your Halloween book. I too love the month of October for many reasons. The change of weather, fall leaves, and my wedding anniversary just to name a few. Thanks so much for sharing your process. I need to invest in some distress inks. Love the look they create.

  8. So many reasons to celebrate in October! Thank you and yes - you do need to invest in some!


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