Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Haunted Mansion...

Hello friends ~ hope you're all having a great week!

Well, it's not often you see me here midweek but I've been working on something a little special for Halloween and today, I wanted to share it with you all and invite you to look around the haunted home of undertaker, Thomas F. Little and let your imagination take over!

Only the brave will walk up the moss covered steps and through the doors of this haunted mansion and take a look around...

...avoiding the bats that now live here, flying around to protect their property!
And then we have the back garden...hidden away behind the trees and who knows what might be buried amongst the falling leaves and mossy covered stones!
"For no mere mortal can resist the evil of the Thriller" ~ Michael Jackson

To create my manor house, I used the basic Village Die and the Village Manor die to die cut really strong card, approx 350gsm. The house is set upon a wooden base and the steps are created from driftwood, coloured with Distress Paint. 

Once all the pieces were die cut, I then covered the main house sections but not the roof sections, with Grit Paste and left them to air dry. Once the paste was dry, I then coloured it with a blend of Distress Paints ~ Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Hickory Smoke, using my fingers to blend the paints. Heat dry and then to create the mossy effect, I rubbed the Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over the surface.
For the main roof section of the house, I used a blend of the same coloured Distress Paints as on the house but created the look of wood.
The windows are die cut from textured card and coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint and then added onto the main house.
For the main tiled roof section, I used the Rooftops die to die cut sections of Woodgrain Card, which I then coloured by spritzing with Distress Spray Stains. Once again, heat dry the card and then layer the rooftop pieces onto your roof, trimming away the excess. Ink the edges of the roof sections and then attach the roof, the finials and the copper coloured chimney stacks to your main manor house.
I attached a skull and crossbones adornment to a memo pin, coloured it with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and then poked the memo pin into the rooftop.
Finally, I added all my embellishments, including the trophy cup, with glittered pumpkins, the die cut bats and the woodland trees, coloured with Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain, together with floristry sisal and dried moss.

...and that completes Thomas F. Little's Haunted Mansion.
I had so much fun creating this wonderful Manor House and it will now become the centrepiece to all my Halloween decorations...thank you so much Tim Holtz and Sizzix for bringing these wonderful dies to us ~ they are just amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again Emma x

Monday, 17 October 2016

Open If You Dare...

Hello friends...

Welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week our theme is all about Treat Boxes and Bags and with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time than now to start creating little homemade treat boxes that can be used for all these seasonal occasions!

I decided to create a favour box for Halloween ~ it's perfect to fill with chocolates and is just right for any Halloween table, ready to greet your guests!

and we can't wait to see what you create!

To create the matchbox, I cut one piece of black card, 9” x 5” and a piece of kraft card, 5” x 6⁷⁄₈”. Taking the kraft card, measure 1” from each edge of the card, score and fold along the scoreline.

With the scored card placed horizontally in front of you, make two vertical cuts along the folded scorelines at the top and bottom, cutting inwards and stopping at the 1” fold of the box.

Place adhesive onto each of the tabs and fold the end sections of the card inwards to form a box.

Attach a Hitch Fastener to one of the shortest sides of the drawer and then line the drawer with paper from the Materialize paper stash and then colour the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint.
For the wrap section of this box, take the black piece of card stock and place it with the longest edge, horizontally in front of you. Measuring from the left hand side, score vertically at 3¹⁄₈, 4¼”, 7³⁄₈” and 8½”. Fold along each scoreline and place adhesive along the ½” tab at the end. Attach the tab to form the wrap cover for your drawer section. You now have your basic matchbox.

To decorate the wrap section of the box, I used more papers from the Materialize paper stash and cut them to size before attaching them to my box, leaving a narrow border showing around the edge of each piece.

Now for the fun part of creating all those embellishments! For the coffin section, I used Tim Holtz's Coffin die and cut pieces of thick card. I wanted to create a wood effect to the box and for this I used Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Ground Espresso Distress Paints.

I started by covering the card with a layer of Walnut Stain and then just applied each layer of paint, blending them together to create the striations and give the box a wood effect.

Dry the card thoroughly and then assemble the die cut pieces to create the box.

As a finishing touch to the coffin, I added small brads to each of the joins and then added a smear of Antiqued Bronze Paint over the top to make them look slightly rusty.
Attach the base of the coffin to the top of your matchbox. I then added some torn pieces of cheesecloth which I dyed with Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain and attached the pieces inside the box but letting them overhang the edges.

For the lid of the box, I die cut a piece of silver mirror card using the shield die from the Tiny Bat, Cross and Shield Movers and Shapers die set. I then added a smear of Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface and attached it to the lid, together with a skull and a Metallic Label Sticker. I added the word Beware, from the Gothic Remnant Rubs set to the vial label.
Attach the lid at a slight angle onto the base of the coffin.
Now to create the leaves and for this, I used the Fall Foliage die to die cut sections of card, one section spritzed with Candied Apple and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain and a second piece spritzed with Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive. Once I cut a selection of leaves from both coloured pieces of card, I then inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and spritzed them with a little Mica spray to create a sparkle to them as if they'd been touched by the morning dew!

Attach the leaves around the base of the coffin, placing them together with some floristry fibres.

Remember the box will be seen from all sides, so decorate the back and the front!!

At this stage, I also added some of those supercute little pumpkins, some natural pinecones that I glittered by dipping into collage medium and then into the pot of Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust, some of those wonderful resin boneyard findings and a tiny tattered floral flower.

For the finishing touch to my little scene, I used the bat from the Hocus Pocus die and inked it with Clear Embossing ink before applying Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder over the top. Heat emboss the die cut and then attach to a piece of coiled wire and place amongst the cluster of leaves to give the effect that it's flying away.
Finally, I stamped the wording from the Beyond Regions Stamp set onto a piece of inked card, which I then matted onto gold card before attaching to the side of my box.
...and that completes my Halloween Trick or Treat box that will sit in the middle of my guests dinner plates and will only be opened ~ if they dare!
I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project and as always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Wire, cheesecloth, pinecones and floristry fibres from my own stash

Monday, 10 October 2016

Celebrating Día de los Muertos

Hello friends ~ it's time for a brand new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is Explore The World! I decided to interpret this theme by exploring the world of Mexico and celebrating Día de los Muertos ~ Day of the Dead and created a framed panel, combining many Tim Holtz products!

Of course, when I thought of Day of the Dead, there was only one stamp set that I could turn to and that was the fabulous new set from Tim and Stampers Anonymous! I've been looking for the perfect Day of the Dead stamp for a long, LONG time, so when I first saw this set ~ I was in heaven, they are just perfect and I hope you love my interpretation of this theme!

....and here's how I created this project!

To begin with I started by creating my frame and for this, I used Tim's Framed Panel. This panel comes in two separate pieces, the backing and the frame section, so I started by giving both pieces a coat of gesso. Once the gesso is dry, I then started to add some colour, a blend of Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints to the frame section and also around the edge of the backing piece ~ I also took the paint just over the edge onto the inside of the backing, just so that no raw edges show once it's put together! I dried the paint thoroughly and then using my fingertips, which I find is one of the best paintbrushes I own, I applied small amounts of Picket Fence Paint over the top, rubbing it into the recesses of the frame ~ if you apply to much paint, just wipe away with a kitchen towel or apply a bit more colour to areas that you feel aren't quite right. The white paint creates a beautiful worn effect to the wood but to give a little more texture, I added some Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink by just applying the ink to the applicator tool and then rubbing it along the surface of the frame!
I've now completed the frame and all I added was a piece of Harlequin designed paper from the Materialize Paper Stash, cut it to size and then attached it to the back section using Collage Medium. I then attached the frame over the top, aligning the two pieces and using Glossy Accents to secure it into place.
The next stage is to create the stamped image and I started by stamping the image onto the smooth side of watercolour card using Jet Black Archival Ink. I then coloured it using Distress Marker Pens, adding shading and blending the pens to create the perfect tones for my character. I also added some pearls for the eyes, just to give them a little more dimension.
To create a worn look to the background of the stamped image, I blended Old Paper Distress Ink over the surface and then used Hickory Smoke just around the edges of the card stock. Add some paint scratches of gesso and I also added some scratches of ink around the edge to create a subtle border.
I then added some Black Soot Distress Paint splatters, covering your artwork to ensure that no stray bits of paint hit that!

Heat dry to set everything before moving onto the next step of adding some gold shimmer around the edge.

For this, I applied light dabs of Collage glue and then with the shiny side uppermost, I added Vintage Foil Transfer sheets over the top of the glue.

I completed the background by adding some corners from the Gothic Remnant Rubs set and also the October 31 wording.
Distress the edges of the card before matting and layering onto a piece of bronze metallic kraft core, followed by a piece of red core'dinations card, each time leaving a border around the outside.

Mount the image onto the inside of your framed panel, using foam pads to secure this into position and to give some dimension.
Now for the flowers and for this I used a combination of the Tattered Floral die and the Tiny Tattered Floral die to create a selection of flowers, both of them dyed with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and then inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Once I created my dimensional both my tiny florals and my larger blooms, you can see a tutorial for the larger flowers HERE, I then attached them to the bottom section of my frame, placing them over the top of some floristry fibres and slightly overlapping the edge of the stamped image to create the look of the character holding the flowers.
I then tucked some pieces of moss in between the flowers and also added some bones, (I have loved using these bones on my halloween pieces, they are just so much fun)!

For the finishing touch, I used an Incantation word band, altered with Copper Alcohol Ink. I then just rubbed a small amount of Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon around the edges to create the look of tarnish.
I attach some wire to either end of the word band and then stuck it onto my panel, using foam pads and added two Nailhead Findings as the final detail.
Now all that's left is for me to pop this into pride of place, amongst all my Halloween decoration and hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project. As always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Dies: Tattered Florals, Tiny Tattered Florals
Tim Holtz Stamps: Day of the Dead 1
Distress Ink: Hickory SmokeOld Paper, Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Antiqued Bronze
Distress Marker Pens
Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon
Distress Spray Stains: Candied Apple
Wire and floristry fibres from my own stash


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