25 October 2016

Pumpkin Light

Once more Halloween is on my mind. This time it is a kitty with some carved pumpkins. By day, this cute little decoration is brightly coloured.

By night, the pumpkins glow with the candle lit inside, a spooky sight.


The Paper Shelter: Halloween
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Halloween
Penny's Paper-crafty: Halloween
Crafty Gals Corner: Be Fa-Boo-lous
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Autumn
More Mixed Media Challenge: Orange
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Scrappy Challenge: Anything But a Card
Aurora Wings: Anything Goes


Putting It Together

The 2am crafting struck again. I started this project before I went to bed with the stamping and embossing and the planning,  but it just wouldn't get out of my head and let me sleep. So I got up and finished the painting. For this 2am craft call, I did take pictures *laugh* (I forgot to do so when making the masque a couple days ago.)

It all started when I stopped by the grocery store after work. I needed to pick up a few things like creamer and orange juice. It was there I spied these cute little jars, 3 in a pack, and an idea began brewing. I tried a strip of vellum in the jar and.. oh yes, the brewing had fully begun.

Since I wanted to have pumpkins behind the kitty with his pumpkin, my first step for the stamping was making a mask using a Post-It and then fussy cutting it. Because the image is small, it fit entirely on one Post-It.

I built up the scene stamping and embossing on the strip of vellum. The pumpkins and bat I stamped with Versamark and embosses with a black powder with sparkly embedded colours. For the pumpkin faces, I used Clearsnap black dye ink and Curry powder embossing from Stampin' Up. These images by Becky Pearce for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps are just so adorable!

I dry fit the vellum strip in the bottle with a flameless tea light. Perfect.

And it was past the time I should go to bed on night before work so I did. I was planning to finish it up after work the next day, today. But the project had other ideas. At 2am-ish, I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking about the pumpkins. So, I got up and did some quick colouring.

First I painted the pumpkin scene from the front with the lighter colours, and then,..

...because it's vellum, I also painted darker colours from the back.

Painting from the back as well as the front, on the vellum, gives an interesting depth of colour. The lighter colours float on top of the darker.

I added in a bit more shading to the pumpkins, and then...

... looked at them with a light shining behind.

While painting the pumpkins, I notice the vellum looked like it was bulging a little with the watercolouring. I encouraged this by using a clay shaper to lightly emboss the pumpkins. It's not hugely noticable in the final, just barely a hint of dimension in addition to the painting.

I painted on some ground with abstract flicks of two colours: Pine Needles and Rusty Hinge.

I painted on a watery sky with Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, and Dusty Concord. With the watery application of the ink, the vellum kept trying to curl into a ball. I held it flat with my fingers which aren't all that inked up this morning (after several hand washings *laugh*). The vellum dried flat but a little crinkly which is okay. The vellum dries amazingly fast, even with a very watery application.

I looked at the panel with a light behind and was very happy.

I used removable adhesive to make the cylinder. Using removable adhesive, it will be easier to get the cylinder and light in and out of the oh so small but incredible cute little jar. The flameless tea light fits very snugly.

Then all I needed to do is slip the cylinder into the jar with the tea light.


  1. What a clever design and a great idea.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Penny’s challenge 300 – hope to see you again soon – Hazel DT x

  3. Oh, this is so cool, RIjacki! Love the Jack O Lantern! Looks cool with the light in it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, maura

  4. Such an amazing tutorial, thanks for sharing! Love it! Thank you for joining our challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

  5. OOOH, what a brilliant project, Rijacki! Amazing tutorial and fabulous outcome. Thanks so much for joining our ATG Challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  6. Fabulous idea, it looks great,Thank you for playing along with us at Aurora Wings, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  7. Great work. Thank you for joining the challenge at More Mixed Media. Hope to see you again next time.


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