Wednesday 17 October 2018

Beware! Mid month inspiration for That's Crafty 'Spookilicious challenge.

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you are all doing good and are having a great week so far.
I've been busy creating my latest projects for That's Crafty- one I am sharing here today, the other will be over on That's Crafty blog tomorrow.
The current challenge theme at That's Crafty is 'Spookilicious' and as we are half way through the month the Design Team and Guest Designers are today sharing another piece of creativity inspired by the theme. 

Here's my Spookilicious Art panel featuring That's Crafty 'Drippy Skull' stencil 
This began life as a 'test run' trying out the stencil with texture paste, working on a blank sheet of mixed media paper taken straight from the pad. I wasn't sure where I was going with it or indeed if  I was going to use it so I it sat waiting in my W.I.P pile while I wondered........
It was while I was working with alcohol inks that it caught my eye again and so taking the stenciled piece I 'mopped' up the alcohol inks I had on my mat at the time. As I'd used mixed media paper and not yupo the paper absorbed the ink so the colours weren't as intense but they added some necessary colour to get the creativity flowing.
Its a shame I failed to take a photo at this stage as you would be able to see what I mean so much better with a visual.
Using some of the 'mopped up' alcohol ink colour tones as a guide I stengthen their intensity with distress inks applied with a blending tool so the panel had full colour coverage.
I felt the texture paste skull needed to be darker so I repositioned the stencil and heat embossed it with black embossing powder- much better! 
 I added background detail using stamps with Archival ink both around the edges of the panel 
(the branch - Tim Holtz Mr Bones stampset
and in and around the skull (text stamp from Tim Holtz Undertaker stampset).
I also added some background stenciling ( Tim Holtz Dot Fade leyering stencil)
some white highlights in the relevant places and of course some painty splatters!
 I'm not a  big fan of high gloss but I do think the skull is rocking the look!
 The four sides and corners of the panel were also heat embossed with black EP and the panel was spritz with Cosmic shimmer spray - the lens hasn't picked up the 'glisten' too well but you can see a few golden speckles if you look ever so closely.
Finally came the words: 'Beware!' (Tim Holtz Mr Bones Stampset) and 'creepy, kooky freaky spooky'
'chills and thrills' (Tim's small talk stickers). Thought they kinda suited!
The panel is mounted on white cardstock, kraftcore shattered collection and finally black mountboard to give it rigidity to display.
I hope I have offered some mid month inspiration with my Spookilicious 'Beware!' Art panel. 
Full challenge details can be found over at That's Crafty along with a gallery of Spooky projects created by the Design Team 

I will be back tomorrow with a sneak peak of the weekly project I mention at the start of this post so hopefully I will see you then and be able to tempt you over to That's Crafty's weekly blog to see the project in full. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today, for your follows and for your kind comments. 
All are very much appreciated. 
Wishing you all a wonderful day 
Take care 


  1. Fabulous Amanda, loving the coloured backdrop set against the black skull. Perfect. Tracy ❤️❤️

  2. Amanda, this is fabulous!! That stencil is my favourite of AALL & Create's latest release and you have used it beautifully (I am using it myself today too). The colours are wonderful and the white edging really shows that skull off to its best advantage! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. Thanks so much Anne . The stencil is actually one of That's Crafty though I do have the AAll and create one too. Did try it out . Looking forward to seeing how you have used it x

  3. This is inspirational! Thank you for sharing it...I may have to bring out my stencils now!

  4. Beautifully, spookily, brilliant!

  5. Wow, Amanda! I do think the skull rocks the embossing, or is it the embossing rocks the card! Either way, this is fabulous! Those colors are fantastic and I love the white highlights that make this piece come to LIFE! Wow, again! And thank you, too for playing along at Frilly and Funkie! What a Halloween TREAT for us! Hugs!

  6. Love this art panel, Amanda! Great color contrast, super focal image, and perfectly supporting text. I know it was a WIP for a bit, but it simply HAD to be fun to create!

  7. So very very cool! All that color is wonderful!

  8. Love the bright vibrant colors and how that skull pops with the black and highlight! Thanks for playing along with us at the Frilly and Funkie Haunted Halloween Challenge!

  9. Oh WOW Amanda!!! The drama, the impact, the clever design - it takes my breath away! Love it to bits. Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  10. this is sooo coool! thanks for playing along with us at STAMPLorations mixed media challenge!

  11. such a great Halloween project - thanks for joining us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

  12. The skull looks amazing over your fabulous background Amanda. The color combination is so interesting. Thank you for joining us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media October challenge and all the best. Look forward to see you in this month's challenge.
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  13. A-ma-zing... did you see my new nickname for you over at TC? Amazing Amanda!
    Alison x


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