Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hello and welcome,

BOO!!! Halloween is just around the corner....actually if you just scroll down its closer than you think......

I wanted to create a piece to sit on our dining table. I am hoping my cheeky 2 year old doesn't pull it apart, so it will be interesting to see how long it lasts in one piece.  My Graveyard has been entered into a couple of challenges...........

1st Challenge A Vintage Journey!!
The challenge this fortnight is Heavy Metal. If you have a minute to pop on over to see all the amazing entries, you wont be disappointed.

My Tim Influence: To make something look very very old, I have used one of his techniques called Painted Industrial from page 46 of Compendium of Curiosities 3.  I have also used some of Tim's Found Relatives and many other Tim products....some listed below.
Distress Paints: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Brushed Pewter.
Alcohol Inks: Pitch Black, Mushroom, Espresso & Rust ,
Grunge Paper, Foil Tape, Frosted Film, Industrial stickers-Borders,Metal Legs, Metal Key, chain & hook, Black Gesso, Black Embossing Paste
Crackle Accent, Glossy Accents, E6000 & Scotch Quick Dry
Embossing Folders: Small Umbrella Man, Halloween & Clock
Dies used are: Bewitching Hour, Headstone, Alphanumeric, Iron Gate, Luminary 3D & Styled Labels
Other Dies used: Branch & Leaves
Stencils: Christmas, Cargo, School House, Brick & Small Script
Inks: Vintage Photo & Black Soot
Stamps: Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween

The sponsor is Country View Crafts offering a 10 pound voucher to one lucky winner.

2nd Challenge Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!
The generous people here are offering one very lucky winner a $50 gift voucher. The challenge this week is O. I have chosen October with my Halloween Graveyard. Here is the link for they're shop too
Simon Says Stamp shop

Welcome to the Graveyard!! 
Enter if you dare....hahahaha

What really goes on after dark.....in a cemetery???  Here there seems to be secret gatherings. A good witch hiding from a bad witch, a couple of  skeletal remains remain after drinking some poison. There's also is a hidden key in one of the pillars....does this key fit the key hole under the skeleton and what does it open???? A young boy visiting his mother perhaps? Is that the grounds keeper with his umbrella lurking behind the headstone??  What is the young girl hiding behind her back?? The girl in the white dress seems to be floating as she has no legs.
Anyway....I hope you enjoy my newest creation.

For some of the headstones I covered the Grunge Paper with Foil Tape then added my image and then Frosted Film which I haven't used before and just love the shimmery effect it gives.

Then I die cut

Add a little paint at a time and wipe with a paper towel as this dries extremely quick on the frosted film.

Both of these headstones have Frosted Film. What has she behind her back, I wouldn't be hanging around to find out that's for sure.

The one on the left has Frosted Film. The one on the right has had Tim's Painted Industrial technique. There's the grounds keeper too.

The one on the left has Tim's Painted Industrial technique and has had another piece added around the top of the headstone. The one on the right has Frosted Film.

I have also added some clock pieces. The 13 was made made using Tim's new Alphanumeric Die. The headstone on right here has had the middle cut out and an embossed piece inserted.

Here I am gluing two headstones together.

This is the base of the Graveyard.I have covered the whole piece in black Gesso. When dry I added the paints. After using the Black Soot and Walnut Stain I added the below colours also.

Here I have added some texture paste using a brick stencil, then some metal feet.

Erecting the fence with Glossy Accents

Using empty garbage bag rolls for my posts. I have covered them with black Gesso then some Black Soot Paint and the Industrial Sticker. For the clock which sits on top I have applied Tim's Painted Industrial technique then added underneath a hook and chain with the hidden key attached.

Here I have stamped some crows onto white card stock then added Frosted Film and fussy cut them out.

I brought a 20 pack of battery operated Tea Lights from the Reject shop and just added Black embossing paste.

Here comes that cackly old witch from the west.

Back view

Thanks so much for stopping by, there were a lot of photos. Enjoy the rest of your day!!!


Dagmar said...

Oh wow - it's fantastic - so spooky :-) great work!!!!!!

Astrid Maclean said...

OMG, what an amazing project Karen, wow, spooky and beautiful all at the same time and so cleverly designed, fantastic, love it to bits! Your 2 year old will probably not quite appreciate it yet, so fingers crossed!! Put it well out of his reach lol, he will love it in a few years time...

Thanks so much for adding it to A Vintage Journey!!

Redanne said...

Wow Karen - this is a fantastic and very spooky graveyard creation! I love all of the different techniques you applied to the gravestones, the found relatives all look quite menacing - perfect for Halloween. I like the way you treated the lights too - very clever. I love this whole piece.

Thanks so much for joining in our Challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne x

Inky and Quirky said...

I just adore your 3d creations Karen,the level of detail on them all is amazing. This is really stunning,deliciously creepy

Donna xx

Meggymay said...

Wow, an awesome project, the details look fantastic, definitely a spooky place.

Sara Barker said...

Oh, Karen! You are the BEST! I love Halloween and graveyards! You have really done this one justice! Thanks for the step by step!

Anguree said...

Hi Karen, wow this is cool, in a freaky kind of way. Love your work. Perfect for Halloween

Terry said...

Oh this is a spooky delight. I love your graveyard and what a festive table piece!!! I hope your curious 2-yearold is kind to this centerpiece. Love it much and all the Halloween Heavy Metal details. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

Shari Trumbull said...

Fabulous, Karen!! Oh, don't worry too much about your 2yo...it might be adults who you'll need to keep away ;) I know I'd want to touch and peek and creep all over your graveyard :) Your details are awesome & scary!! Good luck with your challenge entries!! XOXO-Shari T.

DogsMom said...

Frightfully spooky.
Thank you for so many detail photos and the great instructions.

S@ndy Diller said...

So creepy in a good way of course.
Love the details in each section.
Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

Maureen said...

Awesome Karen! What a fab table decoration - all those details are wonderful and spooky. Love the frosted film technique - I have some of that and have yet to try it out... Great Halloween project!

Pops Origami said...

this is great well done love your work

Julia Aston said...

What a marvelously spooky creaton Karen! Love all the ways you decorated the gravestones - the fencine and overall ghoulishness!!

butterfly said...

Absolutely brilliant spooky make - a total Halloween treat! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison xx

Ruth said...

What a fabulous and inspired piece, one of the best Halloween creations I've seen, just love the graveyard, so spooky! Ruth x

Emma Williams said...

Wow ~ this is absolutely fabulous ~ I love it, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :) xx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Karen! This is nothing short of GENIUS! I had no idea that something so...dead could look so vibrant and intriguing. The attention to detail is incredible and you used so many clever techniques! Thank you for the heaps of inspiration here! I'm so glad you shared this with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog folks!

Buttons said...

This pushes spooky to a new level! It reminds me a lot of those old Victorian graveyards and the photos of the dead that were so popular back then. So pleased you entered at A Vintage Journey with this. Jenny x

Sara Barker said...

Hi,Congrats on your pinworthy spot over at Vintage Journey! So pleased you won! Sara Emily

Angela Radford said...

Well done at making Pinworthy over at A Vintage Journey, great project, Angela @ Felix the Crafty Cat x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Seriously ... I hope this amazing make has survived your two-year-old's curiosity over the last couple of weeks. There are so many fabulous details. Love the fence and the Ravens and the key hole and the floating girl (awesome blogging ... totally helped me see all the cool details). Definitely sets the Halloween mood! Love it! -- Mary Elizabeth

iGirlZoe said...

This is incredible! So creepy in a lovely vintage way. Covering the tea lights with black embossing paste was a stroke of genius! :)