Wednesday 9 May 2012

Haunted Design House NEWS

A BIG HELLOOOO to all my followers......

I don't know if you noticed, but a few weeks ago I applied for the exalted position of a Minion over at Haunted Design House.
Guess what.... Together with Fiona over at I Don't Do Straight, I share the honour of being one of the new Minions in the Dungeon. How fantastic is that?!!

The first challenge I get to join the team with is GOTHIC MAKE OVER

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that includes a cute or non-scary image that has been made over in a GOTHIC manner.

Put your thinking caps on, dust off your photoshop or coloring skills,
and get busy turning something sweet into something sinful.
We are being sponsored by Krista at Saturated Canary and her etsy shop should be checked out. Also check out her blog post here - Shop is moving premises
The winner this week gets to go shopping for two of her great images.

I got to play with Gothica.
Coloured with pencils. I seem to be having a little run with these at the moment, don't I?
I followed the sketch over at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge and made this card.
I was going to do red but the purple seemed to want to take over!

I'll be back later with the deets. Work beckons.
OK I'm back.
A question put in one of the comments asked what kind of pencils I use. I use a mixture of water colour pencils and sakura pencils. Depends on the colours I want. For this image though it's the water colours. But I use baby oil and a paper stump to blend. For the extra black I went for charcoal pencil.
The edges of the image layer, after colouring were ink distressed with milled lavender and black soot DI. then layered onto distressed lilac core, black coredinations. The purple/black panel - that's purple card embossed after rubbing my black DI over the folder first, again matted onto more distressed black coredinations. All then onto a lace covered piece of card with a length of purple ribbon. Some black feathers and black rose buds in one corner, 3 card candy spots (coloured with purple promarker) and a trio of brads up top with a little bead/skully charm dangling. The sentiment was computer generated and matted onto yet more coredinations.
All this was then stuck to a black cs base.
This card was chosen by my son to give to his g/f for her birthday, so it's gone to a good home :D

I'd like to enter this into one or two challenges
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Their Sketch
Craft Room Challenges - Emboss It
Lexi's Creations - Use Lace and Ribbon


  1. Congrats! Fabulous makeover. Love it!

  2. Love THE purple And the colouring is gorgeous

  3. What type of pencils did you use? Your colouring is tops. Love your card too very cool and great to have you share the dungeon with us x

  4. Gorgeous creation!!! So thrilled to have you on board!

  5. Fabuloous coloring and amazing detail! Guess we're gonna have to keep you. LOL Welcome aboard! xxD

  6. very cool gothic card :-) thanks for joining us at craft room challenge, Debi x

  7. fabulous interpretation the sketch this week at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  8. Great shading on your image....congrats on your good news too! Looks as though well deserved. Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room "Emboss It" challenge this fortnight! Suzanne :)

  9. This is fabulous, and I love how you've coloured the image. Thanks for sharing your card with us at the Craft-Room Challenge, and good luck in the draw.

    Maria x

  10. Black lace, purple ribbon...... you made this for me...didn't you LOL
    FAB make over Helen.....Love it :)

  11. Wow - how gorgeous is she???! This is a lovely card, great colours and your image has been coloured beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations for our "Ribbon and Lace" Challenge. Helen x (DT)

  12. Oh she is a doll..she looks like she could just walk out of the paper..awesome art ..I am going to have to come to your house just to snag my fav's
    susan s.

  13. WOW! Stunning image coloured beautifuly . Thank you for joining us in our emboss it challenge at craft room challenge. Good luck. Hugs. Nikki dt

  14. Gorgeous the colours and great embossing, fantastic colouring too..Thanks so much for joining our Craft-Room Challenge..Esther xx