Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Collector of the Peculiar...

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you stopped by today!  I'm back sharing some spooky Halloween makes.  Tim Holtz Halloween Idea-ology is always so much fun to create decor projects with, it always has just the right amount of spook factor and vintage flare!  I call her Nellie and she a collector of the peculiar...she's probably one of my favorites from the ancestor paper dolls.
Let me walk you thru how I put this piece together.  The base is made of a vignette box and panel.  I painted the box and panel with black soot distress paint and dried.  Then covered with Halloween worn wallpaper.  The box was trimmed in Halloween design tape.  I gave the box and panel a good coat of distress collage medium matte.  Did a little shading of the box and panel with distress paints, then glued them together.
those pumpkins get all the heart eyes...
 The mini pumpkins were sealed with distress collage medium matte then shaded with distress crayons and I also attached real twigs to the tops of the pumpkins.  Thanks Tim and Paula, those tips and tricks really make the pumpkins look great!
I applied a thin coat of distress collage medium matte to the apothecary and corked vials and let dry.  Then applied some rock candy crackle paint to the vials.  I just love that awesome crackle, it never gets old!  I used some collage medium matte on the labels from the Halloween ephemera pack to attach to vials.  Did a little distressing with distress crayons
 The skulls and boneyard bones were distressed with alcohol ink.  I added real twigs from my yard through out the piece.  My sister had a fall rustic wedding recently, which I did all the decorating for and used a ton of twigs in various projects...so I'm still in that mode (wink).
I did some additional shading on the tombstone with distress paint before adding the Halloween remnant rubs.
 I cut the metal gate apart with some wire cutters and applied some distress paint and alcohol ink.  I applied the same treatment to all other metal idea-ology pieces as well, including those fun Halloween story sticks.
 This years design of the spider in the Halloween adornments pack is a total rockstar, I love it!  I added a little distress paint and alcohol ink to his belly.  I just cut the Halloween quote chip with scissors and did a little sanding.
 Mummy cloth...I sure wish you weren't seasonal.  I colored the mummy cloth with distress sprays and cut into pieces and picked apart a bit.  If you look closely in the left corner you can see a bouquet.  I added color with distress stains and distress inks.
I hope you give it a try!  I love adding new seasonal decor pieces I've made each year to my collection from previous years.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time and have a wonderful day! xx


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  1. What a wonderful piece, Bobbi!!! Love all the details and the dome with the Bones story stick is brilliant ...and how you have her holding keys too!! Love the pumpkins and the treatment you did to the box...yup, love it all!! ♥️♥️♥️

  2. I could list so many amazing details that had me ohhing and ahhing! This piece is truly fantastic Bobbi. I just love how she holds the keys, you really have thought of everything and the way you have combined the pieces to create such an awesome scene is really a testament to your amazing creativity! Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas! xxx happy halloween

  3. Fantastic Halloween piece! Love every detail!

  4. So cool, every detail! LOVE the wall paper use, and love that you call her Nellie. Just wonderful!

  5. Love every little detail of this spooky scene. TFS Bobbi!