Thursday, 16 October 2014

It's Halloween @ Artist Trading Post Exchange

Welcome great to have you visit x
It's my turn to host the second challenge over at ATP Exchange and the theme for this fortnight is 'Halloween'. 
We are a Mixed Media Challenge and a very important rule is that you must also include stamping in your entries to be in with a chance of winning a £10 gift voucher to spend online at the Artist Trading Post Store. 
Here is my project and I really had such a great time creating it as I just love these Decoart Paints and of course my Tim Holtz Distress Products and Dies. 

The Recipe
First of all I took a picture frame to make a shadow box, painting it twice with  Decoart Chalk Paint in Carbon. The background was also made with the same paint in Rustic and Whisper and I used the Decoart Crackle in between the layers of paint, ensuring they were properly dried. Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress Inks were then applied over the paint and a layer of matte spray varnish was used to seal everything.
 Tim Holtz Rickety House die by Sizzix was cut out using my Sizzix Bigshot and I used a combination of photos from Tim Holtz Laboratorie Paper Stash and rubber stamping using Tim's Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry Stamp Set in the windows. They were all adhered with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
 I had some MDF Pumpkins and die cut a few more using Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Acorn and Pumpkin Set
The die cuts were all covered in Decoart One Step Crackle Finish and left for a couple of hours to dry before applying Black Soot Distress Ink, which I rubbed off leaving colour in the crackled areas. 
They were then edged with the same Distress Ink to gain definition around the edges.

I then cut out Tim Holtz  On the Edge Die- Townscape by Sizzix 
 I had some skeletons in my stash ( not my closet!!) and decided to take them apart, applying them to the frame using Ranger Glossy Accents. The word 'Halloween' was from Tim Holtz Seasonal Salvage Stickers
 Below is the pumpkins before and after the Black Soot DI was applied and you can  clearly see the definition :-)
 I wanted to create layers of pumpkins/greenery in front of the house and decided to use Tim Holtz  Layered Leaf Sizzix Die and Embossing Folder. 
I also used some muslin cloth which was dyed using Mowed Lawn DI, smooshed on my mat and sprayed with water. ( sorry ..forgot to take a photo)
 Here you can see how I layered up all the elements, creating further depth to the shadow box.
Don't you just love Tim Holtz Scaredy Cat Die
 And again more close up details and a view of the spiders web purchased from a pound store.

  Thank You for staying right to the end as this post is rather picture heavy :-)

For more inspiration you can view the other DT projects created by my uber talented DT Roomies  HERE

To purchase many of the items used in this project please click on the links available within the post, which will take you directly to the online store.  You can also visit the ATP Online Store by clicking HERE  
If you live near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, or are visiting this beautiful area, I would recommend a visit to the shop/workshop.  A list of classes can be found HERE

I do hope you can join in the fun at ATP and we look forward to viewing your projects. 

Have fun and best wishes xx

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  1. What a fun piece! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Fabulous Annie, what a great make! Love the photos behind the windows in the Halloween house! You have put this together so well, it looks great!

    Thought you might just want to know that I'm off to the Papeterie today, to meet the lovely Kath :) (Well and no doubt do a wee spot of shopping too...)

  3. loving your spookilicious scene much scary detail...hugs kath xxx

  4. and guess's raining cats and dogs for Astrid's visit...sound familiar hugs kath xxx

  5. Fantastic Halloween project. I love the frame and the crackle finish. All the elements work so well together! Love the people peeking out the windows!

  6. Brilliant shadow box Annie and like Astrid I love your spooky windows with the photographs. Great crackle background. Where did you get your skeletons from ?
    Julie x

  7. Love this Halloween project and of course the house with the people looking through the window. It takes some time to cut them out and fit them in doesn't it? Love all those pumpkins and bones about! Hugs!

  8. How cool - that's a fantastic project.

  9. What a Magnificent creation. Just looking at it is scary and really spooky looking. Like Julie I love the skeleton and the fabulous house. Hugs Mum xxxxx

  10. Your Mum is right, this is a magnificent creation, I love that it is so spooky, the skeleton parts are fabulous and I adore the wonderful pumpkins you made. Love this.... a lot! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. A fabulous Halloween box, all I have seen everything.
    Yvonne x

  12. A spooky cool neighborhood scene! LOVE the big old house and all the pumpkins! COOL skeleton frame too! And of course LOVE the crackle!

  13. Anonymous10/18/2014

    Fabulous Halloween project Annie! Love the crackle you've really got that down to a fine art, stunning! The pumpkins and leaves are fantastic and the faces in the windows are the perfect touch! Sue C x

  14. Anonymous10/18/2014

    Stunningly Spooky!
    The way you added the photographs to the windows, well that is such a clever idea.
    A project brimming over with details, fabulous.

  15. Such detail, great project Annie, love how the pumpkins and leaves just add that pop of colour. Ruth x

  16. Ohh wow, Annie! This is such a great piece! I love Halloween and love the spooky details you've created! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Wow Annie! how totally spooky and fun! A wonderful collage of die cuts, skeletons and icky spiders!!

  18. A lovely haunting scene! The people peeking through the house windows are an awesome touch.

  19. Wow, this looks fantastic. Love the vintage photos behind the windows in the haunted house.

  20. Halloween with humour - love how you dissected your skeletons to trim the frame to this wonderful scene and those deep orange pumpkins are a joy. Jenny x


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