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After waiting forever to find out when and where my husband had to report to serve his sentence ... with much sadness ... Tuesday was the when and Seattle was the where. I have now 319 days in which to fill my days with something that makes me happy and so Day 2 , I have begun to work on my Witches Ball 2016. I had previously decided not to go ahead with the party but this is something that I so look forwarded to doing and having all the Luncheon Witches come.

Before Hubby left, we were fortunate enough to spot some workmen getting rid of these huge pieces of cardboard from some display packaging ... so off to borrow my sons truck and we loaded up. Some of the cardboard was covered in a layer of styrofoam ... SCORE! So these pieces of cardboard will become my gothic windows, large picture frames and a mantel for a fire place. I have been searching this site for ideas on how to make the items I need and between several different projects people have done ... have to say these are some way talented people ... I will try to put together my version of these pieces.

I have drawn out my first of three gothic windows ... need to cut it out and then use it as a template for the next 2. The stain glass window ... there were so many different ways of making them but because of my budget I went with tissue paper, black bristol board and clear contact paper from the dollar store. After cutting out the bristol board in a diamond pattern, I cut out diamond shapes from the tissue paper and then rolled out the contact paper, laid the bristol board on top then put the tissue paper in place. Thought this would be a nightmare but it ended up being really easy and looks great. Once my son gets home from work I will try to post a picture.

So, now to finish my stain glass ...

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I am glad you are moving forward and looking forward to your Witches Ball. If you keep positive and keep your chin up I bet you find an inner strength you didn't realize you had.
 

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I think you're making a fantastic decision to move forward with the Luncheon. Not just for our benefit to be able to follow along, but because it's something that makes you happy. Can't wait to see what you come up with because, like Printer said before, your stuff is very impressive!
 

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This is how I decided to make the stain glass on my gothic windows. First I bought a bunch of the bristol board and drew the diamond pattern onto it. Then with and x acto knife cut out the diamond pattern. I bought contact paper, rolled it out, laid the bristol board on top and gave the lines a bit of a rub to keep it staying put. Then I cut tissue paper into diamonds larger than the pattern and applied glue around the edges of the bristol board. Then I carefully put the tissue paper down and pressed it onto the contact paper. Gluing the edges before you put on the tissue paper helps later so that the tissue paper doesn't tear when you handle the "stain glass". Super easy ... a bit time consuming cutting out the diamond pattern ... and it looks great. Inexpensive way of doing stain glass ... thank you someone on the forum for the tip!
 

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The windows need to get a coat of monster mud and get painted but I will save that for next week. Now I am going to start to get my invites done. This will be the text of my invite ... I am wanting to make the invite a scroll so I need to print the invite on legal paper, antique the paper and attach it to the dowel. I have also got my R.S.V.P. card text done ... needs to be on card stock and antiqued. When my invite is complete, it will be a box with old maps lining the inside, a divider that separates the scroll from the R.S.V.P.

Since this is a ball and I hope that the Witches will dress accordingly, I am going to send out a Save the Date a few months before to allow time to get their outfits together.
 

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The stained glass and the invites are gorgeous!

I hope the time passes quickly for you. I find having projects to work on really help me when things get hard, so I hope the same for you.
 

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Sure ... I just don't quite know how to do that ... It is on my Pinterest Page ... Witches Ball Invite Ideas.
 

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I have now finished spraying my my cardboard windows and have finished putting on the cheese cloth and monster mud on one of the panels. The weather was not co operating yesterday so it has taken longer to dry than I thought. Today I will try to get the 2nd one done. So meanwhile I started on the next project ...the '''Crest of Bones". I cut out the shape of my crest out of cardboard and now have to fill it up with bones. I used some dollar store modelling clay and made some bones to fit the space ... I think they will do. Need to pick up some more clay to finish the project Now I need to fill the rest of the crest , let the bones dry, age the bones and then paint the crest ... open to any and all ideas on how I can make this crest look good. Think of painting it black and using grey and silver as accent colours.
 

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