I've always wanted a spooky necklace. I'm not even that much of a jewelry person, but I like Halloween so much that I think it deserves something a little special. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing when I started the project (like so many projects I begin), but I knew I wanted to use the Melody Ross Chip Art goodies from GCD Studios. With my huge Halloween stash, the “bling” wasn't a problem, and everything came together to make this fun necklace. I like it because it's fun without looking too childish. Here's how I did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Melody Ross Chip Art Pendant Kit (comes with the necklace and chipboard charm)
- Melody Ross Chip Art Tool Kit – I used the Chickadee Uppercase alphabet and the Mini Shapes Ornamental Stamps (just the star)
- Mod Podge Gloss
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Pure Black, Plum Vineyard
- Spray Paint – black
- Prima flowers – 3 of your choice
- Halloween embellishments – I used Jolee's Boutique and Making Memories stickers and brads
- Craft glue
- Paint brush
Here's the Chip Art pendant before and after. As you can see, I've hoarded a few of these. I spray painted the finished one, because the thought of painting the necklace by hand made me want to dunk my head in a vat of Mod Podge. If you are more patient than I, go for it.
Here are the Chip Art goodies – otherwise known as the “bangy tools.” For a great video on how to use these tools, go here. The point of the kit is to emboss chipboard with the sayings and shapes of your choice, and it works GREAT.
The embossing method starts with spraying the chipboard with water, getting it just a little wet but not soaked. Grab the mallet, shapes and letters and (doing each letter/shape separately) tap each with the mallet to emboss your chipboard.
The second part of the chipboard embellishing process involves layering color and is only slightly less fun that hitting something with a mallet. Paint the chipboard with a base color – I used Plum Vineyard. Allow to dry.
Dab the second color onto the top (I used Pure Black), especially directly where the chipboard is embossed. Take a damp paper towel (just a little damp) and smear the second color over the top of the piece. The black paint will go into the crevasses and you will be left with an effect like you see in the finished photo. Allow to dry.
This is a fun Prima flower tip! There are always some color flowers in the package that aren't your favorite. Paint them. I painted a few that I didn't like so much – one with Pure Black and the other with Plum Vineyard. I did have a black glittery one that I liked and kept as-is.
Coat the entire chipboard piece with Mod Podge to seal and for some shiny fun. I owe you an apology for my photos, by the way. Trying to take a pic left handed sometimes . . . doesn't work. I think I had just had some coffee.