Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gargoyle Luminary

Howdy All! It's that time again - Gruesome Guardians is the theme this time over at Haunted Design House and you have to create a dark, Gothic or Hallowe'en based art piece using gargoyles, gryphons, dragons, leprechauns, fairies, etc.

I love gargoyles, so I had to go with them and after 3 other failed attempts, I have a beautiful antiquish luminary. 
I have some really cool gargoyle collage sheets on CD from Collage Stuff and I knew I wanted to use them on a transparency.  I dinked around until I had formed a box from a sheet of  plain black paper.  I ended up cutting the top with a fancy schmancy edging die and then using an embossing folder.  I went over the entire thing with some silver Brilliance Ink and buffed it with a towel to give it an antiquish look and then cut out the windows with a die. I added a different image to each window and sealed it up.  
Of course, I had to add my favorite burnt flower thingies that I can't stop making.  At some point I'm either going to set myself on fire or pass out from the burning polyester fumes.  LOL!  Too keep the candle hidden, I dropped a rolled tube of heavy weight white vellum inside. And ta-dah!!
Here's a fabulously blurry photo of it lit.  (Sorry, my dark photography skills are not up to par.)
 Here's a view of the other sides.  

I will also be entering this into the following blogs:

...Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Hotshot Craft - Anything but a card!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

HDH - Famous Last Words

I'm back.... I was actually back two weeks ago, I was just too scattered after the holidays to post.

Of course, I'm jumping right in with a new Macabre Monday from Haunted Design House.  This time we need to use a famous last line from a favourite book, poem, or movie.  Go even one better, and use a death bed confession or last utterance.

I decided on Emily Dickenson; her last spoken words were "I must go in, the fog is rising" which is kinda creepy.   I wasn't sure what to do, so I went with a memorial type photo that someone might have on their wall of a deceased loved one.

The frame was originally white, which I antiqued with some brown stain.  But then I dropped it and it broke. <sigh>  When I put it back together, you could see the seams, so I painted the entire thing matte black.  UGH.  Sadly, I didn't have anything to make it shiny again, so I rubbed an old chapstick all over it.  Gross but it works.  I added a little bit of gold burnish to the edges and the  flower, which I made with some extremely flammable material and a candle. Yay me for not burning down the house!  Done!  And.... wow, kinda boring. 

So, back to the drawing board.  I decided to go to my favorite movies for inspiration.  One of my Top 10 Things Chriss Loves to Watch Over & Over is The Omen.  Who doesn't enjoy a little antichrist now and then??  And inspiration struck - remember this little piece?  It's my scrapbook page of Damien - so I made another.  I may have to put together a book...

I love it! I used the Nanny's last line "It's all for you!" which she says right before she hangs herself as Damien's birthday present. 

I made the background in Word, using the prophecy that Bugenhagen recites and is used on one of the film posters, added the biblical quote, 666 and printed it on a lightly stamped background paper.   I love my graveyard die cut and the sparkly ribbon added just the right amount of fun for me. 

A friend saw it, said, "Oh, that's really pretty" and then "Wait, what the hell is going on?"  That's my favorite sort of creepy - the kind that slips in under the radar.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!