Hi friends! Happy Saturday! We are beyond delighted to welcome back special guest Emma Williams with this gorgeous globe project! Read on for all the fabulous details, and enjoy!
Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be back on the SSS blog today and can’t wait to share all the details of my Halloween project, a dreadfully wicked display snow globe, complete with tiny lights and made using idea-ology products from Tim Holtz and mediums from Ranger Ink.
So, let’s begin ~ it’s time to get spooky…
For this make I used the Tim Holtz Display Snowglobe, mounted on the medium sized square vignette box and began by cutting panels of the beautiful Halloween Backdrops paper, to fit each of the four sides, and a panel for the top of the square box.
Using a Collage Brush, I adhered each panel onto the box with Matte Collage Medium. Don’t worry if you haven’t got this set of papers, because there are similar designs in the previous Halloween Backdrops packs. Sand the edges of the covered box with a sanding tool and then apply a layer of the medium to the surface to seal the paper before running Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the edges of the box and blending out any harsh lines with your fingertip.
Using a drill or boring tool, make a hole through the top of the box, for the tiny lights to be threaded through.
Now for the fun part, we need to add the lights that will illuminate the finished scene…
Take the box with the lights threaded through and place the cork base from the snow globe on the top, don’t attach anything at this point, but make a hole through the cork that will align to the hole in the vignette box. Thread the lights from the box, up through the cork base, then through the hole that is pre-drilled inside the cat bowl which is from the Trick Or Treat set (editors note: These cuties are gone for the season but a fabulous replacement are these Jack O Lanterns). At this stage, you will be left with quite a long strand of lights but I only placed 3 bulbs inside the bowl, so take a pair of scissors and snip the excess wire, cutting away the remaining lights on the rest of the strand. Secure the battery box on the underside of the wooden vignette box. Using Matte Collage Medium, adhere the cork base from the globe to the box, then the cat to the cork base before setting to one side to dry. Once the pieces are securely fixed into place, I tucked the tiny lights strand down inside the cat and secured it with a dab of hot glue.
On all four sides of the box, I added embellishments, starting with the front of the box and the metal quote band, ‘Something Dreadfully Wicked” which I covered with Black Soot Distress Paint.
Heat dry the paint before applying Sterling Foundry Wax to accentuate the raised areas. Heat set the wax and then gently apply a small amount of Statue Foundry Wax over the top. You don’t want a block coverage, you want some of the silver to show through but just allow the wax to touch some of the raised areas. Heat set the wax…
…and then attach the band to the front of your box.
Use Matte Collage Medium to attach a Machinery Head painted with Black Soot Distress Paint to either side of the box.
On the back, I used a Halloween Ephemera piece, “Shake Well Before Use” and adhered it into position with collage medium.
With the box complete, we can start building the scene and I began by adding idea-ology Bubbles and Confections inside the cat bowl, placing them over the top of the lights. I coloured the bubbles with Alcohol Ink, placing a selection of various sizes inside a zip lock bag. You can also use a plastic cup, but the ink will stain so make sure that this is something that you want to discard once you’ve finished. Add a couple of drops of the Valencia Alcohol Ink into the bag with the bubbles, make sure it is closed and sealed tightly and then gently shake from side to side to colour each bubble.
Tip the coloured bubbles out onto a kitchen towel and once touch dry, start adhering them to the bowl using Glossy Accents, making sure that the placement doesn’t compromise any of the lights. Cut the black and white confection sticks into half and run the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the top to give them more of a vintage feel before attaching these into the arrangement, again adhering them into position with Glossy Accents.
The next step is to add the flying bats which are from the Baseboard Frames and Transparencies pack. Using two bats of different sizes, I pierced a hole into the bodies of each one and then threaded florist wire through the holes, applying a small amount of glue behind each to secure them. The wire I used is very thin and can be easily twisted and manipulated and I just placed the wired bats into the centre of the bubble arrangement, adhering them with a dab of Glossy Accents.
Moving onto the embellishments for inside the globe, I started with the woodland tree and used the medium sized tree for this make, and spritzed it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stain. Wrap a piece of kitchen towel around the tree to remove any excess stain and either carefully heat dry with a heat gun or allow to dry naturally before moving onto the next stage.
When the tree was touch dry, I used my fingertip to apply the lightest touch of Black Soot Paint to the tips. You don’t need a lot of paint, just enough to knock back the brightness, but you want orange to remain as the dominant colour. Paint the base of the tree with more of the Black Soot Distress Paint and once dry, use gesso to add white stripes.
Making sure all the paintwork is completely dry, squeeze a small amount of glossy accents onto a non stick craft sheet, spread it out and then gently roll the tips of the tree into the medium. Working quickly, sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over the tree and then tap away the excess and leave to dry.
Once again leave to dry before attaching to the cork base, placing it to the right of the cat.
Place another of the bats onto a piece of wire and then wrap around the tree to secure it into position.
The globe needs to look as good from the back as the front and behind the cat bowl, I placed a Drippy Candle on a Candle Stand. I used the larger size of stand and altered the metal by adding Foundry Wax. I started with a layer of Statue, which I painted on with a brush, then heat set the wax before pouncing small amounts of Sterling over the top. Again heat set the wax. Pounce some Mushroom Alcohol Ink around the edges of the Candle Stand before finally applying Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface, making sure it seeps into all the nooks and crannies. Wipe away the excess paint, allow to dry and then attach the drippy candle with Matte Collage Medium.
Attach the candle stand to the globe base, placing it behind the bowl and attach two further candles to the right hand side of the bowl.
Attach moss around the base of all the pieces inside the globe and add dots of Glow Paste to each candle wick.
We’re nearly there and it’s time to colour the baubles and bubbles. I used Valencia, Pitch Black and Moss Alcohol ink to colour various sizes, applying each ink separately using the same method as in step 9.
Rub Glossy Accents over the surface of half of the coloured baubles before rolling them in Rock Candy and once dry, arrange them onto the cork base of the globe, attaching them with Glossy Accents.
Arrange and attach the remaining coloured baubles on the left and right of the globe.
Place the glass dome over the scene and use hot glue to attach curly moss around the cork base.
Finally, paint four Hardware Heads with Black Soot Distress Paint and attach them to each of the four corners on the surface of the box.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this Halloween Globe tutorial and you love the finished piece ~ it’s so much fun to make and now all that’s left for me to do is place it on my shelf, ready to display for Halloween!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again soon…Emma x
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and to Emma for being our guest!