Sunday, 20 October 2013

Trick or Treat? by Lynne Moncrieff


The Tando Creative packs are good value for money with plenty of pieces for you to play with in each pack, you will usually get multiple projects from one pack. 

For this week’s project I decided not to use the wonderful cobweb arch that is included in the Layered Arch With Cobweb pack, opting instead for one of the plain arches to create this Halloween hanging which can be displayed on a wall or a door handle to welcome your visitors for Halloween.

EcoGreen Crafts Acrylics – Copper, Aged Gold and Black
Daler-Rowney Antique Brown
Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy
Embossing Powder – Sprinkle ‘n’ Sprinkle Rusty Nails (this is a very old pot of embossing powder. This one has the look of iron - substitute with any metallic embossing powder)
Jump Rings – various sizes
Foamcore Board
Ball Chain
Extras:- Black Lace, tassel, Walnut Ink Crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Stain), Bradle or other implement to create hole in the foamcore board



Apply Gesso to a Gothic Arch. You don’t necessarily need to apply Gesso but I find it always allows for truer colours of the ink/paint to follow.

Sponge Distress Ink Vintage Photo, blend with baby wipe. Apply acrylic paints, blending together. Dry brush more of the black paint onto the edges. Apply a sprinkle of Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes to the edge of the arch. This will catch the light beautifully.
Stamp bats with VersaFine and heat set.

Stamp and heat emboss the tree. Lightly brush away some of the embossing powder to create a slightly distressed appearance before heating with heat gun. 

Stamp and heat emboss the flourish.  

Create two holes with Crop-A-Dile on bottom edge of arch and attach jump rings. Then adhere lace.

Stain white cardstock with dissolved Walnut Ink Crystals (or Distress Stain Walnut Ink). Stamp and heat emboss the moon. Stamp woman, pumpkin and Halloween onto the prepared cardstock with VersaFine. Adhere the images to the arch.


Stamp flourish with Brushed Corduroy onto piece of prepared cardstock. Layer with Halloween and adhere to foamcore board. Create holes and attach to the jump rings. Attach tassel.  

Finally to allow the arch to hang, create a hole at the top of the arch and attach ball chain.


Until next week.


  1. Gorgeous tag Lynne, the images are fabulous... Love the background & fabulous embossing, The detail is amazing... Love it!! Hugs May x x x

  2. I love this arch set from Tando and love how you used the backing to create this gorgeous hanging. It is very elegant and shows the much nicer side of Halloween. Love that image of the woman and the moon looks amazing. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Another brilliant Halloween make, Lynne. Who knew brown could look so good! :-)

  4. I went for a look and wow it's gorgeous. Love your artwork :) Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

  5. Wow Lynne!! I love this Arch hanging!! Totaly Gorgeous!!
    Hugs Vada

  6. Gorgeous Halloween make Lynne. Love those OI stamps and you have created a wonderful background. The main image is perfect for this elegant Halloween make.


    Annie x

  7. So beautiful, my dear friend,-
    a wonderful Arch, and love the embossed tree and flowers.- oh and ofcourse Mr. moon :-)
    A gorgeous hanger,with the Halloween sign beneath , Lynne.
    Hug and smile, Dorthe

  8. What a wonderful arch! I love all the silver embossing against those warm colours!
    Alison xx

  9. Only you could makr Halloween sooooooo BEAUTIFUL... thanks for sharing..

  10. Absolutely love this, Lynne - what a gorgeous hanging... beautiful images and such a warm glowing colour palette - a great vintage look.
    Alison xx


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