Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Day 2017

October 31st and it's the last day for Halloween with Stampendous! Stop by the long list of inspiration at 31 Days of Halloween 2017.

Today I have a little masterpiece transformation for you! I wanted to create some creepy and as authentic looking apothecary jars as possible so I grabbed a kid's meal milk jug and vegetable juice container and searched the internet! 

I came across these witches bottles by Magia Mia and dead-end photos (the links went to a Pinterest that wasn't helpful), but I browsed the mixed media gallery at DecoArt Mixed Media Blog to get ideas.

Here are the supplies and instructions for creating these transformed bottles.


  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Chipboard
  • MEDIA Fluid Acrylic Paint by DecoArt® (Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Titan Buff, Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold)
  • MEDIA Interference by DecoArt® (Green, Gold)
  • Sand Texture Paste Medium by DecoArt®
  • One-Step Crackle Finish Medium by DecoArt®
  • Modeling Medium by DecoArt®
  • Ultra Matte Varnish by DecoArt®
  • Decou-Paige Matte by DecoArt®
  • Plastic Milk and Juice Bottle with Lids
  • Foam Ball (or another sphere craft project)
  • Glue
  • Clip Tool or Tweezers

  1. Remove the cap and security collar from the bottle and trim off the threads at the opening of the bottle. 
  2. Die cut 2-3 chipboard pieces of each label shape and glue same shapes together, then apply to bottle with modeling medium and let dry according to manufacturing recommendations.
  3. Spread Sand Texture Medium over bottle except for chipboard label in 1-2 coats, let dry.
  4. Paint bottle except for label in layers, giving time to dry in between. Start with Payne's Grey, then the rest of the paint layers watered down in Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Raw Sienna. The last layer of paint is highlights of Titan Buff mixed with a little Raw Sienna. Set aside to dry.
  5. Paint Titan Buff and Raw Sienna in random stripes onto kraft cardstock. Let dry.
  6. Stamp Halloween Labels with Onyx Black ink onto painted kraft cardstock, die cut and glue onto chipboard shapes on bottles.
Plastic bottle lid option:
  1. Attach Clip Tool to the rim of plastic lid and ink with Versamark Watermark Inkpad. Sprinkle with Aged Wine Embossing Enamel and heat set making sure to keep the tool moving so not to melt the lid itself. Repeat until desired coverage is met.
  2. Top bottle with plastic lid and then drip melted Chunky Seasonings above the lip of the bottle (more directions below ball topper option)
Ball Topper option:
  1. Attach a foam ball to the end of a skewer and a apply a layer of paper clay all around. Let dry
  2. Sand dry clay until smooth.
  3. Seal with Ultra Matte Varnish and paint a Raw Umber coat, let dry.
  4. Paint Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Blue in a random pattern sponging off some for soft edges. Repeat until desired, adding Titan Buff for highlighted areas and to create veins.
  5. Apply a thick coat of One-Step Crackle Finish Medium, let dry.
  6. Fill the cracks by sponging Paynes Grey onto the ball and rub into cracks. Wipe away excess immediately to the crackle layer. Repeat in areas with Interference Gold and Green. 
  7. Apply 2-3 layers of Decou-Paige Gloss all over ball drying in between layers.
Embossing Enamel drips
  1. Use a clip tool on a small aluminum pie plate or ashtray.
  2. Pour Embossing Enamel (Aged Wine and Chunky Seasonings) into aluminum container and heat from the back side to melt. Add Clear Embossing Enamel to make more runny, if desired.
  3. As you are heating, quickly move container over to bottle and drip until it needs to be reheated.
  4. A great resource for this technique is in Fran's Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z book.

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  1. Very cool project! I love the rich colors and the labels! Great look with the embossing enamels!

  2. Your bottles are fantastic. I have to give this a try. I've been collecting interesting bottles for years-your technique is perfect!


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