Friday, 7 October 2016

Make It Spooky. . . . .


Good morning. Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Our host is the lovely, talented, Anne who asks us to 'Make It Spooky'. Here's what she has to say:

As we approach All Hallowes' Eve, we want you to create a vintage, shabby, steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween. Don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple: just make it spooky!

I just love making projects for Halloween so I knew this would be fun! I decided to use some very spooky images from the internet on mixed media boards. These could then be used as notebook covers, card fronts or even as part of a canvas, box, storage unit - the list is endless!

Here's what I came up with:

Love those spooky eyes! 




I created two backgrounds using media boards from Tando Creative. Each was prepared with gesso then completed using the products shown in the photos. If you have any questions just email me!


I found two vintage style images on Pinterest. The first image of the two girls (not including the die cut shape) was already coloured and just needed cutting out. The children in the second image came from two different photos. They were cut out and tinted using the colours shown. The black and white pens added details on the eyes - the spooky bit!

I die cut some embellishments and gave them a quick rust treatment using the products shown. These were cut up and shared between the two media boards.

One of the media boards was given a word made from die cut letters. The letters were made from a stamped background coloured with the product shown. The letters were arranged on one of the rusty die cuts. (A Seth Apter design).

A piece of the stamped card shown above was used to create a quote for the second media board. The letters are rub ons. The spooky eyes are made using pens.

A piece of card was folder embossed and given a crackled, antiqued finish using the products shown. The frame design was cut to fit the media boards and each was given a portion for embellishment.

Lots of little eyes are watching from the background design! Not quite sure where the two girls are looking. . . .

I love how placing the black dots in different ways appears to make the eyes look in varying directions.

Detail showing the letters and rusted die cuts.


Not quite so many eyes in this one but those pumpkin heads are very spooky!

I love the little pumpkin she's carrying. The Distress pens work well when tinting pictures - being able to dilute the colours to just the right depth is great.

Using masking tape and paint gives a great shabby look to the background. The yellow showing through is where paint has been wiped away before it dries. The Archival ink gives adds to the shabby look when stamped onto acrylic paint. For a perfect image I would use Stazon.

The rusted die cut finishes off the media board and adds to the shabby, antiqued look.

I do hope you like my spooky children on their shabby backgrounds - I had lots of fun making these so thank you to Anne for a wonderful challenge!

Need more inspiration? You must go and see the work produced by the other creative guides. Just click HERE to be taken to AVJ for more spooky fun! Can't wait to see how spooky you will get!

26 comments:

  1. These really are spooky, and so COOL! How fun!

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  2. The eyes on this are SO scary!!! wonderful backgrounds and textures and super images on your wonderful spooky tags Julia! Julia xx

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  3. VeRY spooky !!! Those eyes are amazing! I love all the details in your wonderful backgrounds Julia and I bet you did have loads of fun creating these! Have a great weekend xxx

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  4. You certainly had a thing going with those eyes, they give your boards such an eerie and spooky feel to them. Love the designs and techniques Julia, brilliantly put together xxx

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  5. Wow, these eyes ... Really spooky, and I love them (sort of ;-) ), as well as your wonderfully crackled frames and the rusty lace elements!
    Tamara/herzkoeniginspapertales.com

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  6. And the Mistress of the Crackle did it again! Yay!
    LOVE your Halloween pieces, Julia! Creepy AND delicate at the same time ...which makes them even more creepy in a way...lol...if you know what I mean! ;)

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  7. Oh wow Julia, those eyes!! The eyes really do have it - they are so wonderfully spooky and they really do seem to follow you around. The crackle on the bases looks fantastic and I LOVE the effect you created with the Texture Fierro product, it really does give an ancient rusty appearance (now on my wish list...) with the addition of the Quin Gold. You have managed to give me a shiver down my spine with your fabulous spooky project! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Oh wow Julia, those eyes!! The eyes really do have it - they are so wonderfully spooky and they really do seem to follow you around. The crackle on the bases looks fantastic and I LOVE the effect you created with the Texture Fierro product, it really does give an ancient rusty appearance (now on my wish list...) with the addition of the Quin Gold. You have managed to give me a shiver down my spine with your fabulous spooky project! Hugs, Anne xx

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  11. Julia, my apologies, every time I try to go out of the site, it just repeats my message - so sorry! xx

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  12. Brilliant tags Julia, and truly spooky with those scary eyes, - such a cool idea, and of course your crackle and rust effects look amazing too!

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  13. These are so cool, Julia - the subtly unsettling images leave a really haunting impression, and I love the textured crackle and that rusty lace - brilliant!
    Alison x

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  14. Fabulous! Julia and eerily spooky with those eyes . Love how you added some into the background imagery of the angels media board. Very dark creative concept with a real spook factor .
    hugs x

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  15. Too funny. Very spooky indeed. Thanks for all the tips.

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  16. Fabulous textures and these eyes give a really scary atmosphere.

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  17. Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those Peepers!!heehee
    These are fab Julia- creepy little scarry kids!! I love how you did their eyes!! Cool idea cutting the board as well! good to see you creating again! xx

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  18. Creepy little eyes all over the place on your two beautiful made panels! I love the skulls in the background and your rusted pieces look like they've been rescued from my garage, where everything turns to rust! Gorgeous work, Julia! Hugs!

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  19. Totally love these Spooky panels Julia xx love the way you altered the eyes and created the background/adornments xx

    Tfs and hugs xx

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  20. Spooky and eerie Julia, those eyes! Fabulous textures and love those images,thank you for sharing them! Deb xo

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  21. These are truly spooky!! Love, love, love. S@ndy xx

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  22. Those eyes have me positively freaked out Julia! It feels like there is a very sinister presence watching whilst I surveyed your wonderful vintage makes. The attention to detail as ever is sublime. Love them even if they scare me! xx

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  23. Your media boards are DELIGHTFUL in a SPOOKY way Julia!! I ADORE them. Scary eyes... for sure... and my mind is trying to figure how such scary eyed could have wings - ehehehehehe!!! Definitely creepy but in such a FABULOUSLY FUN way. PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for the make it spooky challenge!!! Xj.

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  24. These are just fantastically spooky. The creepy eyes did it for me. I kept thinking of the shining.

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  25. Awesome tags - love them and the eyes on pumpkins and kids x

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax