Saturday, 28 September 2013

Spooky Halloween Door

I wasn't going to join this swap as I've done a mini door swap before and found it quite difficult especially after receiving some amazing doors made from fimo, clay and wood! I'm more of a papercrafter but I was assured that it was fine to use paper. My swappee the lovely Jas, likes gore and Rocky Horror among other things. I came up with the idea of placing a door over the back of a small 7 x 5 stretched canvas and here is the result:

The gate opens....

Then the door opens to reveal...

arrrrrgggghhhhhhh..... :o)

I painted the whole canvas with dark blue and purple to create a dark sky feel. I cut the door and frame, cobwebs and gate out on my silhouette portrait. I attached wood-a-like paper to the front part of the door. I printed off the piccy inside, attached it all and smeared fake blood over everything.

and this is what the back of the canvas looks like:

I printed off a large orange moon and stamped, coloured and cut the Dylusions dead tree. The bat and witch were cut on my portrait machine and added at the end.

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Frankenstein's Laboratory

Frankenstein's lab? Yep that was the subject for the lovely Gill that I was to create from a chunky - which is a 3 inch by 2 inch wide and deep block of wood! Fortunately an idea formed and I went on to create my very own monster of a chunky...

So what have I done to this poor block of wood? Well I painted it silver, then I cut two strips of craft metal and attached Tim Holtz pulley wheels to them then glued the metal strips to the wood... I made two leather straps and attached Tim Holtz buckles to one side of the chunky and one end of the straps to the other. 

I pulled a leg and arm from a poor pound shop doll (my dogs thoroughly enjoyed pulling apart the rest of her!) and tried not to gag as I squeezed fake blood on them. I'm not squeamish about blood it's just the fake stuff I don't like eugh! I glued the leg and arm on once the blood had dried then fastened the straps.

I stamped and coloured Dylusions bones, splatters, eyeballs and lab jars (I know Gill likes Dylusions) and glued them all over, I didn't clean up the glue marks as I hoped it added to the messiness of a monster creating laboratory. Finally I attached fake blood smeared tools with some craft wire hung messily off one of the straps - an axe, hammer, saw and pliers - just what Dr. Frankenstein would need! :oD

I hope Gill likes it, it stands still but you can also wheel it around. The wheels aren't as steady as I hoped but they are secure enough to wheel around a table or a hard floor.

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The lovely Heidi on UKScrappers hosted an Inspirational Minibook swap and added an extra group for a cheeky quotes book too. I made one set of pages for the inspirational book and two sets of pages for the cheeky quotes book. Here are my pages:

For the inspirational book I chose to use my gorgeous new die from Tim Holtz of a crescent moon and stars. I cut 8 pages in white glitter card and made two pages from matt silver mirror card and added them all to black glitter card to suggest the starry night sky. I created the quote on Craft Artist 2 using a handwriting font and material from the Night Garden digikit.

My Cheeky Quote book pages were slightly different:

and my second quote:

I sprayed an A3 sheet of white card with a rainbow of Dylusions inks, then cut them up into 4 x 4 pages. Once they were cut I added stencils, stamps, my new favourite toy... texture paste which stays dimensional when you scrape it through a stencil/mask and remove the mask. I've used Dylusions quotes coloured in with promarkers - on the first set I've used another Dylusions stamp for the legs in heels and added various washi tapes and on the second set I paired the quote with an image from Joanna Sheen's very funny Viva La Diva craft CD. Finally I drew a black line around the edge using a black promarker.

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