Monday, 15 October 2012

Hallowe'en Part 1 From Hels

Hellllooooo and happy *nearly* Hallowe'en from me.  As you will probably be aware, the DT have been playing with those  amazing All Hallow's Eve papers from Carta Bella and those scrummy Hallowe'en Blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz for our DT kits this month.   I got myself all excited when I first saw the papers... they are L U  S H!  But when I felt them... well, I got all unnecessary because they are very finely textured and an absolute dream to work with.  The other thing that I really loves about them is that they are not orange.  I know orange is a traditional Hallowe'en colour, how refreshing to have papers that haven't got that though, brings in a whole new way of looking at things.


My first project this month is an altered papier mache H.  H is, of course, for Hallowe'en and I do love to do 3d alterable stuff so this little fella was perfect.  I chopped up some of the papers (I know, I had to be very brave for that part) and then randomly glued them all over the H.  Once the H was completely covered, I popped some Traditional Tan paint onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then smooshed it all over the H with some Cut & Dry foam.  This dulls down the over all patterns without obscuring them and just gives the piece a smoother overall look.


Once that had dried, I whizzed around the edges, every so casual like, nothing needs to be perfect for this kind of altered piece, with some Pitch Black Paint Dabber.  Once this was dry I got some Ranger Glue & Seal and painted the H all over.  Glue & Seal is a brilliant product, yes it does exactly as the name would suggest, it is a fine paper glue but I use it more for sealing my paper projects.  This protects them from fading and from getting grubby but it also means that you can add spritzes and sprays without fear of it soaking into the paper too much.


Talking of spritzes... I used my ever so favourite Black Marble Dylusions spray to add some cool black spiders blood streaks and splatters... the closer you spray, the better the drips will be... and I also sort of shook the bottle at the H, the residue of the black in the nozzle will drop out to add some more splats too.


The black looked good but it needed something else... something a bit rusty looking... so I used Ancient Copper Cosmic Shimmer Spray and spritzed up close to the surface for an intense hit of rusty blingyness.   All that done I got on with the embellishing.  The bats are from the stamp set, stamped onto Grungepaper with Archival Ink, cut out and then inked with Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Ink.  I curled their wings a bit to make them a bit more flappy.  The spider is from a goody bag I got in the £ shop for...erm... 99p (ahem, quite)  He is a big old ugly looking thing and I positioned him so he was creeping up over the side of the H.  Using a glue gun to make a web for him was the genius idea from Gillian (credit where it is due and all that!)


The finishing touches are some clay pumpkins I made and the skelington... he is a dandy looking chap isn't he!!!    I am really chuffed with how this turned out... better than I had expected... and it is all down to those gorgeous papers, they are the basis for my ideas and inspiration.  For more info about the DT kit and how to get your hands on a set, please CLICK HERE because Snazzy's are now selling the exact same DT kits we are given...and... even better... there is a 10% discount if you order them together!  Do scroll back through the month too because all the totes-amazeballs projects that the rest of the team have made are all here for you to see too. 


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Thanks for looking... I will be back later in the week with my other offerings :O))  TTFN



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17 comments:

Rea' said...

Looks like yhaving great fun here... the details are amazing can't wait to see the rest !

inkypinkycraft said...

A brilliant make, love your pumpkins and the glue gun idea forbthe cobwebs is fab!!! A great makes!! Trace x

Carole Z said...

Oh wowzer Hels....spooklyliciously fab...mwah..ha..ha.. back to you, lol Carole Z X

Buttons said...

How much fun did you have doing this?! Love the papers and what you have done to all those little extras:) Looking forward to seeing the rest now. Hugs, Buttons x

Barb Cady said...

This piece is great! Love the idea of using an H, and the cobweb is fab! Terrific as ever Hels! x

craftimamma said...

What a fantastic idea Hels (and Gillian for the brill cobweb)! I'd love this piece on display for Halloween but I'd probably have to hide it from my DD who luuuurrrves Halloween otherwise it would mysteriously disappear, lol. The papers work so well for this project and there are some fab designs on them. I can just imagine how much fun you had putting this together.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Aquarius said...

Is there no end to your talents? This is amazing and the skeleton, pumpkins et al are brilliant additions to this altered H. Fabulous. I don't 'do' Halloween but would certainly display this piece and probably all year too!!

Astrid Maclean said...

LOVE your treatment of the papers on this piece!!! Great stuff!

snazzyoriginal said...

Love this project, didn't realise you had made the pumpkins, ooh my!-apologies, was clearly too distracted to admire fully yesterday, and v. sorry I didn't catch up with you properly. Will do soon xx

rachel said...

fabulous hels and i know what you mean about the orange - this is just brilliant xx

Stamping in Pink said...

fabulous Hels! thank you so much for explaining how you made it too! that spider is a bit too realistic as i've a terrible phobia if them, but the project as a whole is fab! hugs Karen x

Redanne said...

Those papers are fabulous Hels and so is your wonderful creation. A x

Minxy said...

Totes-amaze-balls I think is an understatement, Love it

Gillian .... said...

This is a fab project and got the pleasure to share it with you, the clay pumpkins are too cute for words and the cobweb looks great. Thanks for a FAB weekend:) xx

Alexandra said...

This is sooo cool and spooky, mwha..hahaaaah!! The glue gun web is genius, and I always thought these threads were just the annoying bit of using the glue gun too, tfs, Alexandra x

Craftychris said...

Awesome project! The glue gun wed idea is inspired! xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, Hels! I love the papers, and how you've treated them... a really great H!
Alison x