Monday, 10 September 2018

Mr Bone's love story

Hello friends and welcome to a first Halloween project from me....
Now to be honest, I am not a huge fan of Halloween and last year I managed not to make a single Halloween project.... This year however, after watching a Tim Holtz Facebook live where he showed some of his new Halloween products, I fell in love with some of the stamp sets... So I ordered 3 of them (ouch), so now I feel obliged to use them of course, so you can expect to see a few more in the coming weeks....

Let me give you a quick run through of this journal page....
I paper pieced the skull, i.e. I stamped it twice, first in black archival and then in Antique Linen Oxide ink.
I cut of the hat part of this second one, coloured the skull part with Distress markers and a Stabilo All pencil and then glued it onto the one stamped in the black Archival. For a bit of fun I added the two roses, because Mr Bones is desperately in love and trying to make a statement to his loved one.... (leave you to guess who that it)...
The Spiderwebs were done with emboss resist. I expect most of you know how to do that, but in case you don't:
Emboss resist:
1. stamp your image using embossing ink.
2. Emboss with clear embossing powder
3.Colour the background with any medium (aside from acrylic paint as that will dry on top of your embossed images).
4. Cover your project with kitchen roll and iron with a hot iron. The embossing will melt into the kitchen roll and you will be left with a beautiful white resist.

My background panel was done by blending different Oxide and other Distress Inks, but I think I used too many layers, because it turned out much flatter than I envisaged.
I embellished my page with another stamped image, some alcohol lift ink leaves left over from a previous project and some little flowers created with the Funky Florals dies, also by Tim Holtz.
I mounted the skull on two panels embosssed with a couple of 3D embossing folders and added two phrases from the clippings stickers by Tim that would suit my theme. The little spiders were from a free set that came with a magazine. I just stamped and fussy cut them.

I will add this page to Art Journal Journey where the latest challenge is A World of Fantasy , and like usual, thanks so much for coming by today!


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic page Astrid. I love Halloween, and am busy 'sorting my bones' to get ready....Glad your problems have sorted themselves out. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. Well this Halloween card looks so amazing and I actually like Mr Bones too. I don't do Halloween cards either. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Hugs Rita xxx

Annie said...

A fabulous Halloween card Astrid and Mr Bones really made me smile with that rose in his teeth !! :-)

Love the spider webs and of course that Apothecary stamp. Your textured layers are perfect addition too xx

TFS and huge hugs
Annie xx

My name is Erika. said...

That's gorgeous Astrid. I also bought the the spider web stamps. I am not a gothic kind of gal, but I do think Halloween is a fun time to let go and make some weird art-yours is NOT weird however. it's a fantastic piece. Hope you got your blogger posting fixed. All kinds of weird thing shave been happening there for sure.On some websites I can't comment if I am the first person to comment. But if not, then I can comment just fine. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen said...

This is a Halloween wowser with all the fantastic details and the clever techniques! The sewing adds a fantastic effect as well! What a fanciful entry for our collection at AJJ! Your participation is as always much appreciated dear Astrid!Thank you very much!
Great to hear your promblem with blogger is fixed! Sometimes it is a very troublesome job with blogger!

Happy new week!
Hugs, Susi

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Redanne said...

I love Halloween so your page is right up my street - it is fabulous, I love Mr Bones! Adding the rose to his mouth just made me smile - very clever. The cobweb background looks amazing and the industrial embossed backing behind Mr Bones really show him off beautifully! Hugs, Anne xx

Dorthe said...

Wow , this was an elegant Mr. Bone - lol- wonderful with the cop web Astrid, and that amazing background for the Mister - love your text :-)
Thank you for your comment today, I`m glad the commenting is possible, again. I had the same this morning, but it seems gone now, luckily .
Hugs, Dorthe

Susan said...

Well, I am so glad you ordered the stamp set. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I absolutely LOVE this Journal page. I think Mr. Bones is such a 'cutie'! I have some plans for him

Thank you so much for sharing your work. It's great.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Astrid, I'm loving Mr Bones you clever lady. He is the cutest skull I've ever seen. I said that I was not going to buy any more Halloween stuff and then saw these new cobweb stamps and just had to get them.....will it never end! Have a great creative week, Angela xxx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Cute Cute Cute! LOVE his whimsical face!

Meggymay said...

Mr Bones looks so smart in his top hat. It is a fabulous journal page Astrid, the techniques and detail look awesome. I can see how you were tempted to getting all of the new sets, there is such a super variety of images.
Thank you so much for adding this page to the theme I chose at Art Journal Journey.
Yvonne xx

Jeannette said...

super halloween page,the rose and all deatils are great.

hugs jenny

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I'm in love with this Astrid, the resist looks awesome on the background. Mr Bones looks very romantic with that rose between his teeth hee hee!!
So glad I managed to catch this amongst the madness in my world.
Big Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Glad you got the comment issues sorted it's all been very frustrating.

Jackie PNeal said...

ooooooooppp Scary Mr.Bones! heehee
Astrid, I really like the way you colored in your skellies face, it really aged it and gave it an old wall paper look- very cool!
And I am digging that resisting technique- must give that a try!

And finally, your quote of the day is just perfect and so speaks to me!

Jackie xo

Rosie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Halloween artwork, Astrid.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in awe of this first Halloween journal page you have created. I'm rather ambivalent about Halloween, but I know lots of my friends love it. Mr. Bones is exceptional. I love his rose and I love how you colored him. I'm SO glad you chose to share how you create the emboss resist. It made those spider webs pop. Thanks for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey.

Let's Art Journal said...

Mr.Bones is fabulous! I love the rose in his mouth and the TH stamps are wonderful 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

butterfly said...

Love how you've painted Mr Bones - he looks so eerie, but with a touch of romance added by the rose... nice to know there's a chance for love even after death! I also gave in to those cobwebs... aren't they gorgeous?
Alison x

WendyK said...

For someone who is not keen onHalloween, youhav made a super job of it. Love MrBones with his rose.

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