10.02.2012

halloween flashback: amy from h is for handmade

hooray, october is here! i love halloween. i'm out this week attending the greeting card association national convention, so while i'm gone you get a ride back in time to check out some of the awesome halloween paper projects created by some guests of the stationery place. this post originally ran in october 2010. 

Hello dear readers of The Stationery Place! Here is a really simple and inexpensive craft to do for the upcoming holiday: Halloween!



Materials that you will need:
8" wooden plaque (found at any craft store)
exacto knife
foam brush
Mod Podge
paint
scrapbook paper (1 sheet)
graphics (provided below) printed from your computer



There are so many talented artists and graphic designers in this world and it is always exciting when one of them offers a piece of their work for free! These graphics are copyright free and the artists have given full permission to use them. The children are from a greeting card designed by A Fanciful Twist. I absolutely love it! The other images are from a variety of free graphic sites.

Print out these graphics at 100%. If your wooden plaque is a different size than 8", then you may need to print them off at a different percentage.



Begin by turning your plaque upside down and tracing around the top of your plaque. Cut your circle out and set aside.



Next, paint just the edges of your plaque. You may need 2 coats. Allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes. It's o.k. if it gets a little messy and you happen to paint on the top. It will be covered up anyway!



While your paint is drying, start to cut out all your graphics with your exacto knife. Make sure you get as close as possible to the edge of your image. It's tedious work, but it doesn't take too long!



After your paint has dried you are now ready to apply your backdrop. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface of your wooden plaque and lay your circle of paper on top. Allow to dry completely.



When the Mod Podge between plaque and paper has dried, you can now apply your graphics. Mod Podge dries very quickly so you will need to work fast and with precision. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the area where you are laying your image down and then position your graphic. Do each one individually so that you are not too rushed. Once images are placed down with Mod Podge allow to dry for another 15 minutes. When it is done drying, apply another layer on the top of your plaque covering entire surface.

You are done! Add any kind of embellishments (i.e. glitter or ruffle some streamer paper around the edge) and a ribbon to hang it from the wall.



Now hang it up and brag about all your coolness!

Thank you to Lyndsey for allowing me the opportunity to part of your blog! I am honored to have made a little appearance and teach your savvy readers a new craft!

thank YOU amy! you are one of the most creative girls i know...and this craft gives halloween a bit of a chic makeover. love it! readers, be sure to check out more of amy's talent & skills at h is for handmade.

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