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Wednesday 1 October 2014

a spooky book of spells

Well the theme over at  Frilly and Funkie is Haunted Halloween and here is my spooky book of spells. I have had a ball making this and hope that it comes across.

Now I had lots of step by step photos but sadly I had a teensy accident and they are gone :(
So I will try to add the details for how I created this piece and if you have any questions please feel free to email me and I will try and help!

I started with a blank, hollow paperboard book which I covered with black soot distress paint and then added some of Wendy Vecchis yummy paste through a layering stencil.. The wording is cut from the wonderful new alphabet thinlits...a real must have

It gives such a great texture, I then painted over some more black paint and brushed over some treasure gold.

I also added a little shelf ( can just see in the top of the picture using one of Wendy Vecchi's arts parts.
Then onto filling with lots of goodies... I added some vials with great crackle..Apply glue and seal to the bottle, leave to dry then add a layer of rock candy crackle paint and leave to dry.Finally I added some distress stain and heated but alcohol inks work really well.

I also added some small skulls, altered with distress paints. I added more vials filled with white embossing powder and with a rub on on. Die cut some little labels and inked and stamped with script stamp to added detail and tied around bottle necks. I also added lots of cobweb stuff from a Halloween cobweb. ( I mean there are probably a few in the house but these look nice )

I added a spooky spider all glammed up by painting with glue and seal and then sprinkling with distress glitter...not too creepy!? I stamped some of the vials and added inside as well as some poison signs.

Here you can see all the details of the little art part shelf complete with poison and a skull, as all self respecting spooky shelves should have?

  another spider....

 and a few more bottles for good measure!

 and here is another spider who has squiggled his way onto the cover...

 This shows the spine of this spooky book...

  and lastly another rather cobwebby skull on the top of the thick book.

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keep those fingers inky!
trace x


  1. Oh my goodness this is so very you! I love the stencilling on the book and the array of altered potion bottles, and that sparkly spider is superb! Jenny x

  2. Fabulous make Trace! Love all the different textures and it is very obvious how much you enjoyed making this!

  3. this is really cool! I love the embossing paste cover!

  4. Trace, this book is fabulous! I've always wanted to make a spell book for Halloween and this is great inspiration!

  5. Such a fun make Trace, I LOVE it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Very spooky and so much fun to see! BOO!
    Sandy xx

  7. Wonderful book of spells, Trace! The cobby web treatment really adds to the Halloween theme. Love it!

  8. Breathtaking, I'm missing words.

  9. Wow Trace! Spookiliciously gorgeous. Really love the cover and spine, the little crackled bottles and all the cobwebs. Hate spiders so can't like those - but as they're sparkly perhaps I can make an exception! Lots of work in this too.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Julia xx

  10. A fabulous make Trace and you can certainly see how much you enjoyed making it. I bet the kids love it too.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  11. I just want to hold this in my hands and look at it from every angle (although your photos are great). There are so many wonderful spooky details--the crackle on the bottles, the poison in and on them, the labels and tags, and that cover is just craft-defying! It looks like real stone! Perfect in every way! And your spiders are so wonderfully tolerable! Thanks for sharing this with us...I bow to you!

  12. This is an AMAZING piece Trace! Wonderful stencilling. Love the inside too especially that wonderfully creepy spider. Karen.x

  13. You can definitely see how much fun you had! Love all those spooky cobwebs and the various poisonous green bottles - so cool!
    Alison xx

  14. Oooooh I am spookily way to in love with this book of spells, drool, drool, drool. The cracked glass bottles are awesome. Loved the Spider webs and most of all loved the spilled poison bit~!

  15. A fabulous book for all the bottles and concoctions for an eerie Halloween xxx


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