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September 26, 2011

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 2

Design Star:Denise O'Connor Week 2

 When we say; "Hallo" you  say: "ween" "HALLO" ..Ok, hopefully someone said it with us, because we are so excited for Halloween!!!! Today we have the lovely Denise O'Connor give us a step by step tutorial on a darling Halloween door sign! But before I continue to scare you all with cheesy introductions, lets go ahead and turn the post over to Denise for all the details!

Welcome back to another exciting week here on the eCraft by Craftwell blog! Weren’t the projects last week wonderful? This week the Design Team was challenged to create a project using an image from If you have not explored, make sure you do! There are a lot of images there available for purchase at a low price! Most images are less than a dollar!
For my project, I chose this image which you can get right HERE!

Notice that this image comes from the Banner Expressions SD card? This is one of the things that I love about Craftwell and what they are doing with If there is an image on a SD card that you want, but maybe you don’t want the entire SD card, it just may be available on How awesome is that? Not all the SD images are available, but there are quite a few that are!
I have to tell you that I got carried away with this project! I spent more time on it than I planned, but I just love how it turned out, and my 6 year old says that it is really spooky!

To start, I covered an 11”x14” canvas with paper from Echo Park Apothecary Emporium. I ripped up the paper and used Glue N’ Seal from Inkssentials to adhere it down. 
Next I added some Distress Crackle Paint in Black Soot to the edges.

I just love how you can see the paper underneath through the crackle! Now comes the fun part! There is a little hidden surprise on this sign! Can you guess what it is? Take a close look at the picture below!
Using images from Lettering Delights doodlebats Jack-O-Patterns, I cut these out of removable vinyl.
For all the vinyl on this project, I used a pressure setting of 2 with my vegetable cutting mat, blade cap on, multi-cut off
 I placed them sporadically on my sign, making sure that I had enough room for my title.

Next I used a new product to paint in my stencils, and I have to say that I am loving this stuff. I used Marta Stewart’s Glow in the Dark Effect from her new paint line (exclusively at Michaels). The Glow in the Dark is available in a few colors, but I just used the uncolored one so that my paper could glow. I added about 4 coats of the Glow in the Dark effect and then very carefully removed the vinyl. This next picture is not the best, and it really does not do it justice, but I hope you get the idea anyways!
This is why my son says that this sign is really spooky! But of course, I am not done! I still have to add my title to it! To do this, I decided that I needed to dress it up too! First, I made a shadow blackout layer in eCraftshop Pro using some white vinyl. After cutting that out, I covered it with some glitter paint from Martha Stewart’s new line. This paint is amazing. It works on glass, metal, wood, so I thought why not vinyl!
Notice in the picture above how the paint pools on the backing paper. This is a really neat effect. I added 3 or 4 coats of the paint until I got the orange color that I was going for and then I added that onto my sign with the extra paint pooling on the edges. After seeing the surface that the glitter paint left on the vinyl, I decided to cut the black layer out of outdoor vinyl because it adheres stronger. If I had to do this over, I might just do this in cardstock and use a strong liquid adhesive. Some parts of the outdoor vinyl did not stick as well as I would have liked them to and so I added a little liquid adhesive in some spots.

The eyes and toes on the owls were also cut out of vinyl. When you get the image from those parts are actually set to draw with the pen. In eCraftshop Pro, this is easy to change to cut instead and that is what I did here. I just love how you can take an image like this and change it around to suit your project! For a low investment, I got a one of a kind stand out title for my sign!
To finish the sign off, I used some Halloween embellishments that I got at Michaels and the black chain I got at Ace Hardware.

Hope everyone enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it! Make sure to stop by my blog Purple Paper Paradise for even more projects and videos. If you haven’t signed up to follow the eCraft by Craftwell blog yet, by all means do it now! The entire Design Team has projects all week long for you!

Denise O'Connor
 Thank you Denise for this cool project! We are soooo ready for Halloween! Are you?!


  1. UM WOW!!! This is fabulous. We must be on the same page because I used vinyl this week too lol. ;) This is so super spooky son is correct lol.
    Big hugs,

  2. I love this. You've given me an idea to "fix" my Halloween project. I wasn't happy with the glow from lights I used on my project. I'm going to look for Martha Stewart’s Glow in the Dark Effect paint and give that a try. Thanks for the idea. I'll have to scraplift this for next year. Thanks for sharing!


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