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Saturday, October 1, 2016

At Your Service Halloween Mixed Media Plaque

Hello and happy October!  Can't believe I am typing those words, where in the heck has this year disappeared to?!  But it is indeed October 1st so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo and this month our theme is Spookiness with the added twist of Bats.

Do you think my Halloween creation fits the brief?

Bwa-ha-ha-ha!  Oh how I love Tim Holtz's Undertaker stamp set - James Fallon, Undertaker, at your service.  When I was making this plaque back in August I hadn't yet received any of Tim's new Halloween stamps or dies and only had a few of his Idea-ology releases but James Fallon came to my rescue admirably :O)

Manila cardstock was cut to 5" x 7" and coloured with Distress stain - Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord, Ground Espresso.

The inked background was stamped with the Halftone background stamp and the Undertaker stamp set (obituary) with Jet Black Archival ink.  The Batground Layering stencil was added here and there with Ranger Matte Texture paste coloured with Jet Black Archival reinker.

The 'orders' phrase from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto manila card coloured with Distress inks - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy.

The phrase was cut out and adhered to the background with Distress Matte collage medium along with elements from Tim Holtz's Frightful Ephemera pack.  The edges of the background were distressed with the Tonic Distress tool and the edges and collaged elements were shaded with Distress Crayons in Black Soot And Walnut Stain and with a Black Soot Distress marker.

The background was then spattered with diluted acrylic paints (Americana Mulberry, Ebony Black and Heritage Brick).

The large skull from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossed on manila card coloured with Antique Linen Distress ink, Old Paper Distress stain and Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist Van Dyke Sepia.

The skull was fussy cut and the eye sockets were cut out.  Glossy cardstock was coloured with Red Pepper and Rust alcohol inks and adhered behind the cut out eye sockets.

Idea-ology Wicked Adornment spider was coloured with Black Soot and Mushroom alcohol inks.

Idea-ology Incantations word band was coloured with Distress crayons - Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Seedless Preserves.

James Fallon Undertaker stamp from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped onto manila cardstock.  The card was coloured with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo Distress inks and stenciled with a Crackle FolkArt stencil and Ground Espresso Distress ink.  Label was die cut with Spellbinders Labels Eight die and covered with clear UTEE, the label was cracked once the UTEE had cooled and the cracks emphasized with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

Obituary stamp from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped lightly onto copy paper coloured with Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress inks.  The edges were torn and tattered and inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink.  'Blood' spatters were stenciled over the obituary with the Speckles Layering stencil and Rusty Hinge Distress ink.

Back piece of the plaque was made from a 6" x 8" piece of corrugated cardboard.  The top layer of the cardboard was torn away around the edges to reveal the corrugations and finger painted with white gesso and then coloured with Black Soot and Ground Espresso Distress inks around the edges and spattered with diluted acrylic paints (Americana Black Soot, Warm White, Mulberry and Heritage Brick).

Time to assemble!  James Fallon and the undertaker sign were mounted onto black fun foam for dimension.

A piece of jute twine was coloured with black acrylic paint and tied to the spider so she could hang down from the top of the plaque.

Rusty wire was twisted onto both sides of the Curiosities word band and wrapped around the edges of the plaque to keep the word band in place.

Here are a couple of more closeups.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how I put my Halloween mixed media plaque together, it's my favourite time of year to create for, so much spooky fun!

I also hope that you will join us at Mixed Media Mojo this month and link up your spooky creations (with or without bats!), can't wait to see what you make.  Happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. This definitely fits the brief Deb, gorgeously spooky, wonderful colours, brilliant embellishments, excellent design - everything is amazing! Love this, love Halloween!! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. This is incredible!! I'm just starting to love Halloween & i need that stamp set!! LOL You did an inspiring project as usual Deb!

  3. Beautifully designed Deb, love Mr Fallon and all the bats behind him, very spooky indeed xxx

  4. Yes, it fits perfectly. I love everything about this.

  5. I am so loving this Deb, he is super scary. Have a great crafty week, Angela x

  6. Love this Halloween make! Great elements, and so fun!!!

  7. Deb, there are some fab techniques here.I love trying what you show. I am learning so much!

  8. Just back to say thanks for joining in on my Halloween Giveaway post with this amazing creation. Hugs xxx

  9. Yep this definitely fits the bill, its amazing! So many gorgeous touches, especially the crackle. Have a great week xx

  10. This is so great!! Love all the layers.

  11. Glorious, glorious creepiness!!


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