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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Orange and Black Breed Fun and Festive Halloween Treats with Anything But a Card Challenges No. 28

Happy Sunday! Today begins the THIRD and final week of Anything But a Card Challenges #28 "Orange and Black" Color Challenge. To see more fabulous work from my fellow design team members today over at ABAC, CLICK HERE.

Being part of the ABAC is quite fun and we have planned the challenges quite far in advance. I love creating Halloween projects and I have been patiently waiting to share these projects for this "orange and black" challenge... and they are full of Halloween goodness. So I am sharing two projects with you today. One has a how-to, and due to the length, the other has a link to jump over to another how-to. ENJOY!!!

Inspired by my orange and black stash of crêpe paper, I made a fun treat holder with handmade fringe, distress stained acetate, and a handmade acetate prize ribbon... with my Miracle Tape, assembly is quick and easy!

Also - I've made my own crêpe paper fringe with Miracle Tape! It's super easy and adds just the right amount of seasonal color and festive texture. First I layered an orange section of crepe paper {about 3 feet long}; then ran a stripe of 1/4" Miracle Tape down the center for the entire length. Then I repeated with black; then tape and repeated 4 more times alternating colors until I had six layers.

I added a stripe of Miracle Tape to the back of the first layer; then pressed everything flat to get good adhesion in the layers and folded the whole thing in half. The final stem is trimming small cuts at about 1/4" intervals to make the fringe.

I waited until after I adhered it to my piece to fluff it out.

Now for painting the acetate. I spread some Peeled Paint and Seedless Grape Ranger Distress Stains onto a craft sheet and rolled over with my brayer. This will make a nice drippy background.

I dragged the acetate through the puddles of distress stain, rolled a little with my brayer and repeated until I got the effect I desired. This particular acetate I'm using takes ink very well because it is recycled film from my imagesetter at work {please test inks on your inkjet or overhead projector acetate before trying with your final project}. I let it sit and dry for about a 1/2 an hour and while I waited, I mopped up the rest of this inky goodness with some blank tags and cardstock for use later. Before forming my cone, I stamped the creepy tree with Staz-On Black ink and accented the eerie eyes in the bat, pumpkin and stump with Sakura of America Souffle® 3-D Opaque yellow pen to make them glow.

I added strips of Miracle Tape to the length along the bottom edge and also along the short edge where the seam will meet. I formed it into a cylinder shape, exposed the tape and sealed my tube. This is a good time to secure with a couple staples for good measure.

Now a bit about the ribbon rosette... if you are going to attempt this in acetate - you need a hot glue gun and several hands {though I managed to do it with just two}. I reserved a section of stained acetate that was mainly purple and cut three strips using my Fiskars deckle edge scissors. I stamped the winner stamp on a scrap of green/purple stained cardstock and punched out with a tag punch. I gave it a shimmery touch with my Sakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Glitter Pen. The Stardust is my most used of all pens - it's sheer and gives a twinkle to everything. 

Two of the strips I accented with ribbon for the tails. The third section I scored at 1/4" intervals on my Scor-Pal® and accordion folded. Now for the tricky part. Form the accordion into a loop and secure the ends together with Miracle Tape, then lay it flat and form it into a circle. I had another punched tag ready with Miracle Tape to secure the back, but it popped off as soon as I let go. So I put loads of hot glue in the center and sandwiched the top stamped tag on top to hold it tight. I put a glass on top to keep it flat until the glue completely cooled {about 10 minutes}. When cooled I added a small dab to hold the tails on and it's all complete.

I added the fringe and fluffed it pretty; punched holes and laced some coordinating ribbon and filled my cone with candy corn - topped off with some green and purple paper fringe that makes the Prize Ribbon "POP".

This prize is ready to be awarded... or I've earned my sweet reward - LOL!


Supplies used: STAMPS - "Costume Contest Winner" #19211 and "Halloween Tree Silhouette" #19205. Other supplies: white cardstock; Staz-On Black inkMiracle Tape; Sakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Glitter Pens; Sakura of America Souffle® 3-D Opaque Pens; Ranger Distress Stains - Peeled Paint and Seedless Grape; Scor-Pal®; hot glue gun; Fiskars deckle edge scissors; recycled acetate; decorative paper shred, candy corn; and ribbon.


Now for my second project - a spooky fringed mini accordion book complete with a shaker box... the perfect home for all the fun seasonal confetti we crafters hoard for projects {c'mon... admit it - you can't resist all those fun festive confettis - I know I can't}.

This accordion mini book is full of inked and stamped goodness and is ready and waiting to house this year's Halloween photos. Please CLICK HERE to see the full-how to of how I created this book.

I hope you are inspired to play along with the "Orange and Black" challenge - you have a full week left to create! Thanks for dropping by to visit. Today I have my monthly art club and it's the last day I will have to tool around in my convertible MINI Cooper {crossing my fingers the weather stays nice}. Have a great Sunday!!! Sb


  1. Love the zinging colours of that treat back and great tut for the fringing.

  2. Thanks for sharing with how you did this--just beautiful!!!


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