Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Spooky Yupo Resist

Hi all! I haven't played along with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags for ages, but this month's technique is so amazing, I had to drop everything and try it this weekend. Yupo is seriously one of the coolest things I've worked with and I knew that this skull stamp from Tim's Apothecary stamp set would be perfect to use with the technique.

I discovered a little trick while I was making my project. I wanted to use the letters from the Halloween Words die, but they're so tiny, I knew it would be hard to place them/glue them down. To make it easier, I used Elizabeth Craft Designs wide adhesive to cover the back of my metallic cardstock, then cut it using the 'Oct.' die. The letters will stay in the die, so you just have to peel off the adhesive backing, then position the die where you want the letters. Use a pointed tool to press the letters out through the ejection holes, adhering them to the paper. So easy and the spacing will be perfect!

Last week, I found some really cool metallic paper plates at Hobby Lobby. I wasn't sure whether I would use them for food, or crafting. You can see above that crafting won out! I made my own word strip by cutting a strip from the paper plate, then die cutting it using the 'beware' die. I used Distress paints to give it an aged look. You'd totally think that was metal, right? I used the same plate to cut the 'Oct' from. I will definitely be using this trick more in the future!

The frame I used is from the dollar store. I painted it with gesso to give it more of a weathered look. I used Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint to paint the back of the glass and made it look old by rubbing away some of the paint. I thought it would look cool to add rub ons on top of the glass - I love how they look!

You can find the products I used at Simon Says Stamps, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


  1. Oh how fantastic and I was exactly the same loved the technique so just had to try . Your skull looks absolutely amazing. Love it Shelly x x

  2. I agree with you Shelly! That technique is awesome and this is a wowsa project! Swoon!

  3. Oh I'm swoooooning over this Shelly! Such a cool look. Love how you take such unrelated items and bring the together. Great tip on adhering the tiny die cuts. I just keep looking at it to soak in all the details.

  4. Oh my goodness! This is really incredible Shelly. Love the skull with this technique. What a fab take on Tim's September tag. -- Mary Elizabeth

  5. by far one of my favourite techniques for the 103 class and you did it as always bang on! i love this project and it makes me want to create a halloween piece!! and that tip is brilliant.. paper plate huh...must search!!!! thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  6. Completely awesome! I LOVE all the images you used!

  7. WOW ... so awesome, your pops of color with beware and Oct are fabulous ! love the Yupo... it's like magic !

  8. Love it!! Also loved the metallic plate idea and the way you did the letters for OCT.

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  9. I agree about the Yupo; it's really good. Your tag is sensational!

  10. A very cool take on Tim's tag last month! Wow! It's incredible!

  11. What is the silver shiney mat around the picture made of? You sprayed the mirror paint on the glass? Are the images under the glass?

    1. Yes, the mirror paint was sprayed on the back side of the glass. The stamped panel is adhered to the front of the glass with double sided adhesive. Hope that helps!


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