Thursday, 22 October 2015

Poe knows.....Curiosities

It's getting spooky over at the Emerald Creek Dares Blog ~ be sure to check out some 
of the weird and wonderful creations from the Emerald Creek Design Team

My creation is a  shadow box made from a wood frame I bought at my local dollar store.
I started by first painting the entire frame with black acrylic paint (probably bought at the dollar store too). I then applied Ground Espresso Distress paint with my fingers along the sides and in the corners to grunge it up a bit & added a bit of texture paste through the 
Harlequin & Speckles stencils by Tim Holtz.

The bats are made using the Batting Practice stamp from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies - I stamped them on cardstock then cut them out. They were a perfect addition to Mr. Poe's 3D Box of Curiosities.

To add some texture to the inside of the frame I peeled back the outside layer of a piece of cardboard to expose the corrugated part. I painted this using the same products as the outside of the frame.
Mr. Poe's skull is from The Graphic's Fairy - which I downloaded, resized and printed onto a piece of canvas that I then grunged up using Ground Espresso inks & stains.

 My favorite part of this whole project was the glass vials. The larger one I bought, where else, the dollar store & the smaller one is from the Apothecary Vials set from Tim Holtz.
I first painted the large vial layer of Patina Green Antiqing Cream from DecoArt Media then when that dried painted on a fairly thick coat of clear rock candy Distress Crackle Paint. I finished it off with a bit of Ground Espresso stain to bring out the gorgeous crackle finish. I also stained the corks with Ground Espresso.

The final touch was sprinkling on some Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder on the sides and in the corners of the frame. It gave it that grungy & dirty feel I was wanting.

Products Used:

Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder - Exclusive to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies
8X8 Regions Beyond Paper Stash by Tim Holtz
Curiosities Remnant Rubs by Tim Holtz
Frightful Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Be sure to check out the blog posts from the rest of the Emerald Creek Dares Design Team for a lot more Halloween Themed inspiration!

Diana Hetherington - missusgmoments
Cathy Potosky - Amethyst Dragon's Alcove
Karon Hughes - Karon's Krafty Korner 

Don't forget to check out the Emerald Creek Dares blog for your
 chance to win a $25 gift certificate to
Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

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  1. OMG this is aaaammmmmazing! Love all the attention to details!!!!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks so much Karon! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

  3. Love it!! The Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder is perfect!!

  4. Wow! This is fantastically frightful! I love those vials; the crackle over the antiquing cream is amazing and of course, the Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder is at the top of my Emerald Creek shopping list! Love this shadow box!

  5. Very cool Halloween frame!! Love all the awesome details...thanks for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks xoxoxo

  6. Pretty spooky. Especially that eye. Love the vials and great tip for colouring the corks. Hugz

  7. I LOVE this project! Such great details, particularly the imposition of the half-skull canvas over Poe's visage.
    This looks like a perfect candidate for the current Quoth the Raven, Nevermore challenge:

  8. Such a great idea and I love the finished project to bits!
    Love Mr. Poe as well as those vials! Wonderfully spooky!
    Claudia x

  9. This is amazeballs and so creatively mysterious! What a fantabulous makeover and such texture! Those vials are awesome sauce! Wowzers design! ~Niki

  10. Fantastic project and very spooky with all the eyes peering out. Poe's skull makes me think of the Phantom of the Opera. The vials are super and give just the right amount of colour to this dark and wicked piece. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Oh my goodness Julia this is awesome! I love the texture in the frame, Poe's skull and all those vials! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  12. I came back for another look, and just had to tell you how freaking amazing I think your Halloween frame is! I had to add it to my Halloween Pinterest board, but I think it may just move on over to my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!

  13. You project is all kinds of awesome! You have MAD SKILLS! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

    1. Thank you so much, Zoe! That means so much coming from you ~ I'm a big fan of yours!

  14. Very awesome project! I love the poison bottles!

    1. Thank you Tia! Those are my fave too!


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