Sunday, September 23, 2012

Anything But a Card Mid Challenge Texture Reminder

Skeleton Dance Triptych

We are now entering the second week of play for the Anything But a Card Challenge 2: Texture.    Be sure to pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the gorgeous projects the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

For my project, I wanted to play along with the Macabre Monday Challenge at Haunted Design House- which was to use something melted.

I should have taken pictures, but anyway.

I used scor-tape to tape together a couple of pieces of cardboard to make the background, and I painted it all with black acrylic paint on the front and back.  Then I used some Halloween paper from Recollections.  I stamped a Halloween fence from Martha Stewart. I love that stamp! And I burned the edges of the paper too.  I had ashes flying everywhere in the bathroom over the sink.  Tip: don't blow hard onto the flame to extinguish it.   Use water instead.  Ask me how I know.

The melted part was made by melting black, red, orange crayons onto the paper with a hairdryer.  I am sure there are better ways to do that, but it was fun! (okay, cleaning up the splatter was not so fun, and I have a nice blood-like splatter on one of my white t-shirts, but anyway.)  Then I added some punched card stock for the top, and punched some bats and mice out of another piece of paper that I had melted wax was a trial run.

The poem is The Skeleton Dance, and I used  a couple of stanzas. I edited on my computer to use a spooky font, then printed it.  I then tore it apart and distressed it and added Black Soot Distress ink.  Oh, and I also jammed my printer on the first try. I tried to use a heavier card stock and it rebelled.

The hanging skeleton and skull/crossbones are from one of my many Halloween shopping sprees at Dollarama.  The small set was on a necklace, and the larger one was part of a garland. I love taking things apart and finding a new way to use them!

I then spritzed the whole thing with Graphite Glimmer Mist.

So, now it is on my craft table where I can see it!  I think it may go with me to work closer to Halloween.

I hope you can join us at Anything But a Card!  


butterfly said...

Very cool... I love your burned paper banners - they look fantastic! Worth the ashes!!
Alison x

sandee said...

I haven't burned paper edges in years, it makes me want to do it again! I have read about the melted crayons a lot in Pinterest, nice to hear that it does work, but maybe do it outside and wear old clothes! lol I hope you do take it into work, it's a wonderful piece! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

mark gould said...

Very cool, So much going on, it's such a visual treat. the burnt paper banners look fab and who would not want to melt crayons??
thanks for joining us at haunted design house x

cbee said...

great project!! love everything of it!! ... burnt paper edges? I really never have done that - I always used distress to make it look like ... but I think I have to do it some time.

diane hasthorpe said...

Thank you for your feedback. This is an interesting project. Haven't meltd crayons with a heat gun; used an iron and a few layers of paper many moons ago tho'. This sounds an interesting way to get those special effects; should try it myself.

HappyCrafter said...

What a great Halloween decoration, bringing it to work is a great idea (note to self to start planning halloween decorations!).

Lisette Baker said...

Amazing, I love this. Cool, cute and macabre at the same time.

Andrea C said...

Very cool project x