Wednesday 26 September 2012

Halloween Blog Hop

Time for our monthly Artistic Outpost blog hop and this month our theme is HALLOWEEN. I decided to create a little something using the newly released GOTHIC 31 plate.
I have decorted a wooden arch using one of Andy Skinner's techniques which he refers to as chipped rusty iron, I love it and think its perfect for a Halloween creation. I have added my image to an ornate frame, stamping onto acetate so that the edges of the images appear to blend into the background. I love the foliage stamp on this plate, its a perfect filler stamp as I call them and looks great stamped in the background, quite eerie and adds to the atmosphere of the piece. I have stamped 31 onto acetate along with Happy Halloween to the top of the arch.  To add a little more dimension and interest I have also added a mini skull to the bottom, adding acrylic paint with my finger.
I love the rivets at the side of my arch and I love the whole chipped paint effect, reminds me of rusty chipped iron gates that appear around a grave yard perhaps.  Can you tell I am enjoying the whole Halloween experience lol!
The inside has been stamped with the foliage once again, adding the creepy spider to the top along with the mini skulls, again stamped onto acetate.  I have included a key and lock, stamping Halloween onto my key for further interest. Oct 31 and All Hallows' Eve have also been added.
The border at the bottom of the arch is also from the GOTHIC plate, stamped onto white card, coloured a little with Distress Inks to blend into my background.
A little more stamping has beed added to the back of my arch along with a mini coffin decorated with the mini skull and the Happy Halloween sentiment. I love the rat, which I have stamped onto acetate and added to the bottom of the coffin. I have added a mini spider, cut from white card using a Memory Box die and coloured with Distress Inks.

Why not join in and get in touch with your dark side and create some Halloween pieces, they are great fun!

My fellow Design Team members have created some fabulous pieces, pop along and be inspired along the way.

Artistic Outpost are also holding a fabulous Referral Program, the theme being ANYTHING GOES/ANY OF THOSE AO IMAGES. Why not pop along HERE for all the details and there is a fabulous prize on offer too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy the rest of the week. Tracy x x 


Sandy said...

Oh wow really spooky your wooden arch.
Brilliant design.
Love all the little details.
Perfect job.

Terry said...

HEy there Tracy, really love your wooden arch, wowzerss fabulous colors and decorations are just great thanksss for sharing hugs terry xxxx

Claudia N. said...

Your "little something" really looks absolutely great!!!! Love!!!!

Greetings from Vienna,
die amelie x

Paula Whittaker said...

loving that colour and paint effect.

Karenliz Henderson said...

Love that paint techique! Great creation! Love it.

Kezzy said...

Fantastic arch I really love the goulish paint technique :-) Kerry x

Sandra said...

Very cool wooden arch! I so like Andy Skinner's techniques! And that stamp set is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

Shelly Hickox said...

When I saw this on the AO blog, I knew it had to be yours!! It is totally incredible. Love the technique you used!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I love this silhouette skeleton on this plate best of all. What a cool design she is, and you've so brilliantly used her! I love the colors and shape of this...fabulous!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Love your piece and the technique! Very creepy if you ask me! lol

Words and Pictures said...

Ooh the rusty iron is such a perfect Halloween technique - all decaying and unsettling! Great stamping - the rat is fabulous on acetate!
Alison x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Really spooky, love the techniques how you made this fantastic creation!
Hugs Anja

Runs with Scissors said...

Creepy! I love it. It's the card that keeps on giving with your page after spooky page. The background divine and the color so right for the card.

Suzanne C said...

Love that rusty effect on your arch. It makes me think of a creepy tomb with the vines growing up the sides and the cool skulls!

Brenda Brown said...

Great techniques, fabulous piece.
hugs {brenda} xox

Michelle Webb said...

Wonderful Tracy, I love these stamps. Michelle x

Lisa Somerville said...

Fabulous altered arch! Love the technique done in yellow - works nicely with the new Gothic 31 images!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh you really are getting into the Halloween grove this year Tracy. What a fabby fun wooden arch!
hugs Lynn

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, Tracy, that chipped iron technique is totally awesome and so absolutely perfect for a Halloween card! It looks amazing with all the wonderful images from this new plate. What a cool piece of Halloween decor you have created here!

Hope you are having a great week.