Saturday, March 31, 2012

Challenge - Grimm's Grimmest

It's time for another Haunted Design House challenge - this week is Grimm's Grimmest, in which we get our inspiration from one of the 200+ tales from the Brothers Grimm.

The one that immediately popped into my mind, was The Goose Girl - where the Princess, who has a talking horse 'Falada', is forced to trade places with the maid and becomes a goose girl.  To keep Falada from telling anyone, the maid has her killed.  The Princess pays the butcher to mount her head on the bridge so that she may see her when she tends to the geese. 

So, here is Falada's head, hanging on the bridge, with the phrase she speaks to the Princess every morning. 

I spent some time fussy cutting an internet image and layered different parts of it three times.  I colored the eyes, nose and neck red for blood and mounted her on a shield die-cut.  I added the three rhinestones at the bottom of the sentiment to signify the three drops of blood that the Queen gave to the Princess when she left.  (That seemed to be a huge thing for the Grimm's - they were a tad strange...)

Here's a close up of Falada's head. 

On a side note, I have to give thanks to hubby for his willingness to decapitate a toy horse (which he did, but I couldn't get it to work) for my art.  SWAK!

Enjoy! Or, you know, whatever it is you do with a severed horse head.


DonnaMundinger said...

WOW! How cool to find out more about creepy tales I'm unfamiliar with. Fabulous work and kudos to your hubby. No matter what I do he say's "that's cute, dear", even my creepier ones for HDH. LOL Thanks for joining us this week. xxD

ike said...

Brilliant creation - love your fussy cutting. Shame about the toy horse... I bet it wasn't very impressed at all :-) LoL Thank you for joining us at Haunted Design House. :-D xx

Andrea C said...

This is one classy card. Love it so haunting and brilliant. Thanks for playing along with haunted design house x

Suzanne said...

I wondered what happened to the horse head! Yay Dan for being supportive and trying!! And yay you for finding an alternative that worked fabulously! I'm good and creeped so you must have hit the mark! ;0)


Croms' Cubby Hole said...

fantastic! wow at all your fussy cutting.