Friday 7 October 2016

Make It Spooky. . . . .

Good morning. Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Our host is the lovely, talented, Anne who asks us to 'Make It Spooky'. Here's what she has to say:

As we approach All Hallowes' Eve, we want you to create a vintage, shabby, steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween. Don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple: just make it spooky!

I just love making projects for Halloween so I knew this would be fun! I decided to use some very spooky images from the internet on mixed media boards. These could then be used as notebook covers, card fronts or even as part of a canvas, box, storage unit - the list is endless!

Here's what I came up with:

Love those spooky eyes! 

I created two backgrounds using media boards from Tando Creative. Each was prepared with gesso then completed using the products shown in the photos. If you have any questions just email me!

I found two vintage style images on Pinterest. The first image of the two girls (not including the die cut shape) was already coloured and just needed cutting out. The children in the second image came from two different photos. They were cut out and tinted using the colours shown. The black and white pens added details on the eyes - the spooky bit!

I die cut some embellishments and gave them a quick rust treatment using the products shown. These were cut up and shared between the two media boards.

One of the media boards was given a word made from die cut letters. The letters were made from a stamped background coloured with the product shown. The letters were arranged on one of the rusty die cuts. (A Seth Apter design).

A piece of the stamped card shown above was used to create a quote for the second media board. The letters are rub ons. The spooky eyes are made using pens.

A piece of card was folder embossed and given a crackled, antiqued finish using the products shown. The frame design was cut to fit the media boards and each was given a portion for embellishment.

Lots of little eyes are watching from the background design! Not quite sure where the two girls are looking. . . .

I love how placing the black dots in different ways appears to make the eyes look in varying directions.

Detail showing the letters and rusted die cuts.

Not quite so many eyes in this one but those pumpkin heads are very spooky!

I love the little pumpkin she's carrying. The Distress pens work well when tinting pictures - being able to dilute the colours to just the right depth is great.

Using masking tape and paint gives a great shabby look to the background. The yellow showing through is where paint has been wiped away before it dries. The Archival ink gives adds to the shabby look when stamped onto acrylic paint. For a perfect image I would use Stazon.

The rusted die cut finishes off the media board and adds to the shabby, antiqued look.

I do hope you like my spooky children on their shabby backgrounds - I had lots of fun making these so thank you to Anne for a wonderful challenge!

Need more inspiration? You must go and see the work produced by the other creative guides. Just click HERE to be taken to AVJ for more spooky fun! Can't wait to see how spooky you will get!