Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Altered Halloween File Folder | Part 1

Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here with one of my favorite altered projects--an altered file folder. These are fun to make in different sizes for a variety of subjects. Today's altered file folder will serve as a Halloween inspired recipe card holder. I will share this project with you over two posts...the first is today about the construction of the folder. The second will be in two weeks and cover the creation of the recipe cards themselves and the final details in the journal areas on the back side of the pockets.

For this project :

File folder/bone folder
watercolor crayons, brush and heat tool
assorted distress inks & markers
Picket Fence Distress Marker

Begin by folding file folder to fit your tags. I had 4 regular size pockets and one that was a tad short that served well to fold in and be a flap. With watercolor crayons base in where you want colors. Starting with the lightest first, activate the crayons with water. Work in layers adding drips, splatters and darker colors. Dry with the heat tool in between to capture some of your favorite drips/splatters.

Using background stamps. stamp in various shades of the colors you used to give a hint of visual texture on both sides of folder. For the back of the pockets, lines in picket fence were added to make journalling favorite recipes or sample menus easier. The tag shape was further enhanced with a black outline, mimicking the  real tags that will be added to the inside next.

Each pocket was stamped with separate "spooky" image--when i return next time the titles will be added to categorize each type of recipes that go there--for example: "entrees to raise the dead" or "Frankies favorite firsts [starters]". The last panel on the left is a flap rather than a pocket. It folds in first making the 2nd panel on the non-pocket side the "cover" of the recipe card holder.

I hope you enjoy my project! Thank you for looking~leslierahye


Sandra Strait said...

Ooh! I love your recipe folder!

Barbara Rankin said...

I love your project, Leslierayhe. And I also love all those stamps you used. TFS

Antoinette/Cultivate Life in Joy said...

awesome...love it and the colors

Morninglass said...

Love it! You never disappoint with a file folder. Also I think you made some great stamp choices, "may contain human flesh" was a nice and very creepy selection. Looking forward to seeing the next post about this project.

Glenda T. said...

wow, great use of all of those stamps!!! I need that chicken wire one!!

Lyneen said...

THe folder is a great idea... love the colors and stamps you used to make it SPOOKY!