Saturday, 16 October 2010


I am covered in black alcohol ink!  This is why:

I finally completed my entry for the SCD challenge this week, orange and black.
I just had to do Halloween as I found some skeletons yesterday which were perfect for this wooden frame.
The frame was painted with orange dabber and then distressed with wild honey and rusty hinge inks. I over stamped in several places with Tim's cobweb, paint splodge and greeting stamps then with the Artistic Stamper's chicken wire stamp. The tree is cut from black mount board using Tim's new branch tree die which I covered with clear rock candy crackle paint. The flowers are cut from black card and black sequin waste using Tim's new tattered floral die. The leaves are Martha Stewart autumn branch punch and the roses in the flower centres are from a local wholesale store made black with alcohol ink - hence my now black fingers! -
So to begin, I covered the skull stamp with orange paint dabber and stamped into the centre of the mirror. Once dry, I masked it and went over the whole thing with black alcohol ink - more black on my fingers! -  I then stuck some black lace all round the inside. I spread a thick layer of crackle paint to the place where the skeleton was to go, stuck the tree on plus the owl - some orange peel stickles gave him eyes - assembled the flowers and leaves then added some dried marigold distress stickles to various places such as the web. Finally, I glued some black and orange beads to the base of the tree in order to 'ground' it.

It looks better in real life and as I had no idea what I was doing all through the process, I think it's not bad.

Now, I'm not sure whether I can enter the Artistic Stamper Challenge twice, but if you use their stamps, you get entered twice anyway. No harm in trying eh?


Zoechaos said...

Wonderful just love that frame xx Zoe

Artyjen said...

Wowzer! That's a fab bit of fun you must have had this afternoon! Love the skeli and the owl in the tree is fabby.....thanks for sharing at SCD this week Joanne :) and also all those layers too so defo deserves to be entered into the Artistic Stamper challenge....good luck :)
xoxo Sioux
I've also been playing this afternoon ;)

Carol said...

what a fab piece! loving the way all the elements pull together....Thank You for taking part at SCD this week.

did you get the envelope??

Take care, xx

Heather said...

Love it! The skull in the centre gives it a real extra spooky feel too! And your Halloween ATCs for the monthly swap are wonderful in real life as well, I don't want to part with any of them! Heather x

Gez said...

Gorgeous everything about it! especially the owl in the tree! The flowers look amazing..xx

She said...

Love this Halloween and my very favourite colours too. Love S xxx

Laura said...

Great frame and love all the elements you have combined. The legless skelli made me laugh.Thanks for joining us this week.