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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stirring up some Haunting Fun!

 Rustification is the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  You can take the idea of rust and create any kind of projects.  I knew I wanted to make something fun with a wood paint stick, I picked up at the home restoration store.

My son and I discussed what colors to use to create my rusty look and we decided to go with black gold and black again.

I stamped the fun images on white cardstock using black ink and colored them with distress inks. I added highlights using the white gel pen. 

Here are the step outs to create the rusty look:

1. Paint the wood stick with black acrylic paint: Let dry.
2. Smear Metallic Distress Stains - Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass randomly across the black paint.

3. Smear Versamark around the edges. Heat emboss using Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.

4. Smear StaZon Jet Black Ink over the surface of the gold embossing enamel.
I created a second spooky paint stick after the first one because the first one was fun! Here is the top half:

The bottom half

and the full stick!  I used some dollar store skeletons which got a touch of the tarnished brass rubbed over them along with some chain aged with the same techniques as the paint stick.  I attached the word Halloween using grunge board letters. The too were painted, embossed and stained.  They are hard to see in the picture but add another layer of dimension.

Products: Versamark Watermark Ink, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Adirondack Paint Dabber - Pitch Black, Ranger Archival Ink - BlackStampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Ranger Metallic Distress Stain - Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter, Graphic 45 Happy Haunting, Grungeboard Basics Alphabet, Ranger Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw

Play along with us this week in the challenge for a chance to win a $50 voucher from Simon Says Stamp
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  1. Oh, my word, Suzz! These are so amazing and fun! They'll make awesome decorations for Halloween! I would LOVE to watch you create sometime!

  2. that's absolutely brilliant Sue. I love the way you've created the texture and colour on the wood paint stick.

  3. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have made some incredible projects Suzz. Very spooky. So much texture

  4. Soooooo cooool! You and your son did an awesome job!!!! Could look at it forever!!!

    Greetings from Vienna,
    die amelie x

  5. Hi Suzz, love these, your rust technique is fabulous, I love the added texture from the embossing. Wonderful transformation and wonderful stamped details. Love the skeletons and was too and how everything coordinates beautifully. Tracy x

  6. Suzz...I so love this Happy Haunting decoration made out of a paint stick of all things! You are so clever! I love the texture you've achieved by using the Distress Stains on the black acrylic paint. Looks incredible! I also love your spooky skeletons on a paint stick. What great ideas!!! <3 Candy

  7. Suzanne, your talent just kills me. These are great. Thanks for sharing them online.

  8. You come up with the best ideas! Love this altered paint sticks, so cool, and very spooky. The background technique with the paint, stains, embossing powder and stazon ink is awesome. TFS!

  9. both of your paint sticks are very cool, I love the skeletons.

  10. Oh My Suzz! This is the greatest Halloween project ever...loooove it! I have this very same stamp set too, and you have inspired me to creat something with it.

  11. I'm loving the creative mediums you chose, Suzz! This is super fun & festive for the season!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Really cool that you've used a paint stick as your project! It turned out amazing! I'm in love with all the halloween embellishments! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Wow Sue, these are both fantastic! I love them. All the embellishments you have used are great and your 'rusty' technique is so effective. I am in awe of your soooo precise cutting out of the ribbons on the witch's hat.

    Lesley Xx

  14. UH, LOVE!!! This is soooo spooky and teriffic! Fantastic job!

  15. How spookingly cool are those! Fab tutorial, thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Brilliant idea! So "spooky" cool!!!!

  17. Coolest thing ever!!! A paint stick...who knew?!? It rocketh and rolleth...WOW!!!

  18. Oh, this is amazing!!! I don't care for Halloween at all, but this is so fascinating! I wonder what I could do with the new paint stick I picked up last week??? ;-)

    WOW these are great!! so clever you are, and inspired I am!
    Thanks for sharing, I will have to have a play!! Rustification??? ...I though no; but now ...yes!!

  20. This is gorgeous and outstanding. I love it soooo much

  21. You should sell these in your Etsy shop. They are so scary!

  22. Just yummy texture and atmosphere throughout this amazing piece of altered art - the dollar store skeletons look outstanding! Fantastic inspiration as always, Suzz, thank you so much!
    Alison x

  23. Oh Suzz the texture on that paint stick is amazing!! Thanks for the tutorial on how you created it!!


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