Monday 9 September 2013

In Your Face - Halloween with HDH

Morning everyone.
Week two of the Haunted Design House challenge, sponsored by The Octopode Factory, has begun. Lily has graciously donated the Gloomsville images to allow the Minions to create with. Awesome or what!
"Surprise me!" I said when they were being distributed and was excited to receive the set of three Ghosts and Vampira, the voluptuous vampyre.
The challenge itself is
Halloween in your face!
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en based art 
piece to start celebrating for the upcoming holiday by making it 
all about Halloween, colours and images, etc. 

I made a couple of decorations.
The first is take two. My original plan of stuffed fabric ghosts did not go to plan. When I painted them with glow-in-the-dark mod podge they went very grey looking and not pleasing to my eye. In the end I made them from just plain white card and painted this with the glow-in-the-dark. Unfortunately, the pics I tried to take did not come out well at all. You'll have to take my word for it that they look kinda spooky. Floating green tinged ghosts in my hallway. During the day they reflect any sunlight around due to the beads attached to give them some weight.

There are nine "ghosts" in three sizes. Wire sandwiched between the two layers so that they could be suspended and for the bead weights to be attached. The spider web suspension frame is part of a Hallowe'en decoration from last year. It's a wooden die cut that was painted with florescent orange paint.

My second piece is an altered CD
 More colour in this as you can see. The word "FACE" kept haunting me. What else has a face? A clock. I nearly made this into a clock actually but changed my mind at the last minute.
The CD was covered with card that I had stamped a "Melting Clock" stamp (Cherry Pie) onto and dry embossed with a "clocks and watches" folder. I could only fit eight images on and this influenced my change of plans although there are twelve holes punched.
Brushed with Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge DI and then painted with rock candy for a cracked finish.
Green organza ribbon wound round doubles up as the hanger. Some purple satin ribbon stapled on and some tiny watches stamped onto lilac card, cut out and glued in pace. Our Vamp was coloured with promarkers, cut out and glued into place with pinflair silicon glue.

You have another 6 days to get those Hallowe'en projects linked into the challenge at Haunted Design House so that we can come and be inspired.
See you soon


  1. I love that ghost mobile, very cool. FAb work on both Helen xxx

  2. Two great projects Helen, but I'm with Andrea, the mobile is FAB! :)

  3. You always come up with the coolest decorations, Helen! Love them both! Sure would love to see those ghosties glow in the dark. xxD

  4. Love the makes Helen, the Ghost mobile is absolutely brilliant.way to think outside the box x