Monday, September 23, 2013

Gothic Tombstones and Halloween ATC Fairy Box

Is this just too much fun, or what?????
I had a blast making these little lovelies. I show you a few steps to them here.
The Gothic Tombstone ATC Swap is under way, and they need to be in by Oct. 7th. So get them in the mail people. There's still time.

 The box has been painted with Fresco Paints and stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.
A Label Pull Frame and 2 Victorian Flourishes are painted up and added, one to the back and one on the front.
I used the Raven Background stamp on the back and bottom of the box with some white pen accents.
The Fence was coated with Viva Bronze Crackle Paint. When dry I added Inka Gold - Green Yellow and Gold. This stuff is really cool!

The fence back is just painted white with Fresco Snowflake and stamped with the Raven again in an orange ink.

I added a few pieces of Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper on the ends - inside and out, and glued it together. Viola!

Now for the Tombstones...I LOVE how this one turned out.
The 2 Antique Skeleton Paper Cuts  are sitting on mini tombstones that are the punchouts from my Gothic Haunted House Shrine. Never throw away anything that looks interesting!
Paint the little tombstones and stamp them up. Too cool!
I'll try to show you how to make the fascinating background that I stumbled onto.
I start with 2 colors of Fresco Paint...I tried a couple combinations. And heat set to make sure it's dry.

Then I globbed (literally) on the Bronze Crackle and let it dry. It's supposed to dry over night, but here's the thing.
I thought it "looked" dry. So I tested it, of course. In the middle where it's thick, you can scratch some of it off as shown. When you like how the pattern looks....stop. Heat set it, or let it dry over night.
It leaves this really terrific pattern on the green paint.

Then to make sure more didn't come off, I added Metallic Glaze, or any clear glaze you'd like to seal it.

Now it has a glimmer to it, but I wanted more add some Copper Inka Gold.
Let it dry and buff to a shine.....amazing!
These are just 3 of the ones I used for backgrounds.

And this is the cute little stamp I used for the back of one of the Tombstones from the Mini Halloween Set 3 by Tim Holtz.
Inka Gold is added around the edges.
That's a lot of pictures, and a lot of fun to check out, so give it a go!
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Helen said...

this is wonderful Linda - I love the tombstone - the peeling crackle is fabulous!!

misteejay said...

Wow, what a fabulous project. All the elements in this create such a super effect.

Toni xx

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

So much Halloween eye candy!!! Everything is so amazing!!! xoxo

Annette Green said...

Oooh my love of Halloween has just intensified! I adore this project, Linda and love how the "mistake" became something really cool. This is great!

Corrine at said...

Cutest ever. You are making me really start to like Halloween! xox

Carol Q said...

your house must be such fun to live in Linda! :)

Sharon Y said...

So spooky and creepy. I love them. What a wonderful accident. Thanks for sharing.

Mo said...

I was already impatiently screaming "how did she make that cool background" when it was just a scroll down for me. I can't wit to try it. Thanks for all the photos, Linda, and the how-tos. Spooktacular!

Kathi said...

Wow. Totally fabulous! Thanks for all the photos and explaining your process!

Lori said...

The backgrounds are outstanding! Love the crackled, aged look! And your pieces for the swap are just amazing, as always!

Sandy said...

I think you are having way too much fun with Halloween!

Nina John said...

I am really amazed. Today I spent a lot of time searching for something interesting on this topic. Finally I found your blog. Thanks for that!
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Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Wonderful! Spectacularly gorgeous!! Yep, I love them hugely.

Kelly Neis said...

Fabulous creation, just amazing! I love the backgrounds and the characters to each tombstone! The box is awesome too. Thank you for the tutorial on the crackle now I need to try it out!

Theresa said...

Just love it. And the techniques. thanks as always for sharing.