Thursday, August 22, 2013

13 Days of Halloween

My favorite holiday is fast approaching, so you know what that means…CRAFTY TIME!  This year I am going to embark on a 13 days of Halloween craft challenge to myself.  I am going to start work on 13 different Halloween projects that I hope to have completed by October 13th.  These projects can be anything from scrapbook layouts, home decor, to making my costume.  To start my challenge, I decided to make a picture frame for my mantle decor. 

For this project I used black acrylic paint, a foam brush, a sheet of Echo Park paper from the Apothecary Emporium collection, Mod Podge, 3M sanding block, Chestnut Rhone Cat Eye chalk ink, and a wood frame from the $1 aisle at Michael’s.

For this super simple project I used my sanding block and lightly sanded the edges of this frame to smooth it out.  Next I painted the whole frame black with my acrylic paint.  While I waited for the paint to dry, I measured the frame and cut the paper accordingly.  I wanted the words at the top of the sheet to show so I cut the paper with this in mind.  As soon as my paper was cut and the paint was dry, I applied Mod Podge to the frame and then laid my cut paper on top of the frame.  I made sure the paper was smooth with no bubbles and then used the sanding block to adhere the paper to the frame.  After the edges were smoothed out, I inked the edges with some Chestnut Rhone chalk ink and then applied another layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper to seal it all in.  Here is the finished product. A Halloween picture frame that will display a 4x6 photo which will perfectly coordinate with my planned mantle display.   

So what do you think?  My lighting in my craft room is horrible, so I brought this over to the guest bathroom to take a picture.  I will take a final picture when I have my whole mantle decor up.  I am thinking that I need to add a red rose, or something to dazzle this, but for now, I am very pleased with the way it turned out. 

So that is it friends, I hope you have enjoyed my first installment of my 13 day challenge.  I will see you soon with project #2.  

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