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A Colorful Day of the Dead Canvas-Turned-Shadow Box for ColoriQue

Who doesn’t love a splash of color, especially during this time of year?  I know I’m a sucker for color, skulls, Fall, and anything Day of the Dead inspired.  You know what else I am?  I am a hoarder of all the cool things because I swear, at some time, **THE** perfect project will come along and I’ll have just the perfect idea for it!

Such was the case for this wood skull, sent to me by my iBFF, Jess Mutty.  She sent about a year or two ago and I’ve held onto it, just waiting for the “AHA!” moment to strike.  And boy did it!  Using one of the thicker canvases I had stashed away, I came up with this piece of decoration that just sings to me.

Take a flat, one dimensional wood cut and give it life by enhancing the features with rolled out Easy Sculpt clay and my signature bead work.

And just look at that vivid, lush color!  That, my friends, is courtesy of the amazing ColoriQue inks by Lisa Jimenez.  These inks are high impact, bold, bright, and absolutely blendable too!

I’ve used them on the clay detailing of the skull, but I’ve also used them on the Papel Picado from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  Just look at that blindingly beautiful pigmentation!

 

In all honesty, I could’ve also colored my metal milagros charms with the ColoriQue ink (because it’s multipurpose as all get out!) as well, but they just looked marvelous in their bare, naked state.  And yep!  I’ve been hoarding those gems for a couple years too.  ::wink::

Add in some colorful glass seed beads to finish off the framing and I can call this bad boy DONE, SON!

Supply List:

ColoriQue Inks by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Turquoise Mountain, Avocado, Honeybee, Ruby Slippers, Grape Vine, Poppy, Black Diamond

Retro Cafe Art Gallery:  Papel Picado Cut-Outs (15 pieces)

ETI:  Easy Sculpt epoxy clay

Liquitex:  White Gesso, Black Gesso

Fire Mountain Gems:  Seed Beads, Undrilled 1mm Round Beads

Ribbon trim

Milagros charms

 

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Jackolynn the Pumpkin Witch

I admit it!  I’m a sucker for pretty paper!  The paper I used for this Halloween gem for Retro Cafe Art Gallery I have been holding on to for years.  You see, I started out as a scrapbooker so I had built up this massive stash of paper.  Fast forward a number of years and I realized that I am probably done with the scrapbooking arena and have my feet firmly planted in the realm of mixed media.

However, the urge to play with paper comes along every now and then and I have to dig through the very little paper I kept and put it to good use.  This piece uses K & Company’s “Que Sera Sera” paper pad.

One of my favorite things to do is to make the simple look complex and complicated.  Jackolynn was constructed using the simplest of techniques.  You’ll be amazed.

Step 1:  Grab that paper you’ve been hoarding and get ready to hack into it.  Trace each piece and cut them out.  Glue each cut piece to its substrate.  See that file in the photo below?  It is THE key to get nice, flush, and fresh edges.

Step 2:  Use an ink pad to ink your edges.  Ready for the mind blower?  Embossing powder!  Get your embossing pad and powders and go to town on those edges!

Step 3:  For the base, add moss for an instant upgrade!

Step 4:  Assemble your pieces and admire at how simple it was to do!

Supply List:

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Articulated Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll Kit
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Pumpkin and Jack-O-Lantern Cut-Outs
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Mini Bats Cut-Outs
Iced Enamels Relique Powder Carnelian
Piccolo Embossing Powders: Gilded Rose Gold, Shamrock Dreams, Girls Night Out, Mossy Glen
Embossing ink
E6000 adhesive
K & Company “Que Sera Sera” patterned paper
floral moss
printable face

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