Halloween: Part 3 : DO NOT OPEN!!!

If opened, these mystical and very ornery little creatures will wreak havoc to no end. They will fly around, pinch, bite, break things, scream in your ear, torment your pets and throw food all over your home. They are incredibly strong and vicious! Just don’t do it. No matter how sorry you feel for them. There is absolutely no way to capture them again. If you do open, don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

These are for Amy’s Haunted ATC (artist trading card) Swap. Not exactly the Halloween post I had originally planned, but that sun has a way of quickly disappearing over the mountains. Anyway, I made these little creatures with pen, pencil and watercolors on watercolor paper, cut them out, sandwiched them between a clear plastic sheet and paper then sewed all around with silver metallic thread. I used craft aluminum sheets for the lids and stuck them on with double sided tape. They also have glittery little ribbon wings, which you can’t see very well.

Here is a little helpful tip for machine sewing with metallic thread. I really like the effect of sewing on paper, especially with metallic thread. I usually have a really hard time with the tension and the thread breaking. This time I found something that worked. I practiced for a while on scrap pieces with similar thickness of my ATC. I noticed that the spool was unraveling much quicker than needed, so here is what I did: First, place the spool of thread in a bowl (somewhat heavy), place it on the right side of your sewing machine and thread the machine as usual. This allows the thread to unravel at its own pace, without getting caught up in your machine. To keep it from breaking, fiddle with the needle tension until it sews smoothly through the paper. The bowl thing is really what helped the most. Has everyone already known to do this? I’m so happy I finally figured it out before throwing things and being in a foul mood, which is what usually happens.

Before I go, has anyone ever seen this? It’s bizarre. If you watch it for a while it’ll switch directions on you! (works best if you have high speed internet)

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16 Responses to Halloween: Part 3 : DO NOT OPEN!!!

  1. raesha says:

    These are awesome!!!! I hope I get one:):)

  2. Heather says:

    OMG! These are SOOO cute! I love everything you do and then sometimes you really blow me away. Thanks so much for all your creativeness and posts… you keep me inspired. =)

  3. Charli says:

    These remind my of what I always thought the little pixies and such in Harry Potter look like!

  4. I love your little bug/creatures! I always caught fireflys in NC when I was a kid growing up- kept them trapped in jars! I love what you’ve made! I am going to explore more of your Blog. Come visit mine, too!

  5. bunny says:

    Your cards are great! I am going to keep your idea for metallic thread in mind. I have not used any on the machine yet. I keep hearing it is difficult. My Hubby showed me the spining girl last week. It drove me nuts.

  6. Michelle says:

    Oh. my. goodness. They are too too cute (and ornery and mischievous, of course)! My favorite is the little girl imp in the lower right corner. The attitude in the pose, the grumpy face, the pigtails. C’mon, you can tell me… did you model her after my youngest daughter?

  7. Rebecca says:

    Wow…those are fantastic!!! hugs

  8. ellen says:

    These are AWESOME!!!!!!!!
    Btw the left brain/right brain thing was fascinating.

  9. Anastasia says:

    these are SO creative Regina!!!
    that would have been a fun swap…

  10. kristin says:

    such creative little critters. i’ll keep my fingers crossed for one of these 🙂

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  12. futuregirl says:

    Love these little guys! They are great!

    I also enjoyed the dancer silhouette. My husband and I both looked at it and saw it opposite ways – which was exactly spot on! It was also switching for me. Thanks for the link! 🙂

  13. kathy says:

    I’m in LOVE with these characters. The expressions at being trapped inside the jars are exquisite. Each one a work of art in themselves. They’d make a great set of cards.

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