Sunday, 4 October 2015

Mixed Media Halloween

Now I don't do Halloween - but as those who saw my post last weekend will know I am determined to use the Mixed Media projects in Craft stamper magazine to develop my techniques for card making and Art Journalling as I don't make altered or 3D objects very often. So because there are several Halloween themed challenges about at the moment I double challenged myself and chose the Curious Apothecary feature by Louise Crosby in Novembers issue for my inspiration. Here is the card I made -
I got so engrossed in this I forgot to take step by step photos - but I started by applying crackle paste coloured with acrylic paint through Tim Holtz Gothic stencil onto black card, once dry I added touches of treasure gold. While that was drying I rooted through my stamps and cutting dies for anything that looked remotely gothic/Halloweeny. I was surprised by how many things I had that I could adapt considering I don't ever make Halloween projects.    
The bottles at each end are Tim Holtz die cuts - I've cut them twice each, once on card coloured with distress inks and again in acetate stamped with a PaperArtsy numbers stamp. I then sandwiched Stickles glitter glue between one pair and bead gel coloured with alcohol ink between the other two. The bottle of 'blood' is a sizzix die cut and the feather 'quill'  a Craft Stamper freebie. 
The jar of frogs eyes are stamped eyes sandwiched between stamped (Artistic Stamper) jars - one is stamped and embossed on a layer of acetate coloured with alcohol ink and the other behind it is on white card. 
The skull is a Stamp Addicts stamp and the wings another Craft Stamper Freebie - I've added big blobs of diamond Stickles to the eye sockets. My Halloween card is by no means anywhere near as spectacular as Louise Crosbie's amazing Apothecary, but I  had an amazing time creating it (not sure my other half was so impressed though as dinner was an hour late).

I'm sharing my card here -

Craft Stamper - Take it Make it technique challenge
Mixed Media Monthly - Spooky Word search (Skull)

Mixed Media Mojo - Halloween (optional - Wings)
Our Creative Corner - Horror
Stamps and Stencils - Make it 3D

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting....Esther xx


  1. A fantastic Halloween piece Esther. Lots of interesting and spooky details, loved the jar of eyeballs. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this time.

  2. Oh, I LOVE your mixed media Halloween card, Esther!
    All those details and textures - and I love every single item you have lined up there! So imaginative and inspring! Thanks for sharing!
    Claudia x

  3. for someone who doesnt do halloween or much mixed media, you certainly have made a fantastic mixed media halloween card. (deserves to be on a canvas or in a frame really.).
    well done and thank you for choosing my project to take your inspiration from. It has made me very happy.
    Z x

  4. love all the layers and texture
    thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo

    Barb Housner (DT)

  5. Love all the details and the different techniques and layers. Thank you for joining us at the Craft Stamper Challenge :-)

  6. Very cool Halloween Project! Looks like you're an expert! Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  7. Hi Esther, I hope you are well, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Mixed Media Mojo, I love the frogs eyeballs.
    xxx Hazel.

  8. Great Halloween piece Esther. Lots of interesting details, loved the jar of eyeballs. Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo this time.

  9. Great background, and I love all these little jars... Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner!

  10. Fabulous Halloween project .... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ...... good luck! Linda xx

  11. Oops, really sorry I am so late with commenting.... this is amazing, what a wonderful project! Fantastic spookiness! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  12. Wow!! How awesome is this?!!? So many fabulous details to drool over. Love the skull so much. And your use of the cheesecloth is one of my very favorite tricks in mixed media EVER!! Great project! I'm so happy that you linked up with us on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. xo

  13. awesome project! keep playing with mixed media, you rocked it! i love the details you added to each of the bottles. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!



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