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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creepy Manor - Chunky Book

I created this book for an Alpha Stamps Yahoo group swap.  The theme of the book swap is “Little Monsters”.  The base of the book is four Masonite house shaped pages.  I decorated the front and the backs of each page.  The style is a little creeper than my usual Halloween work.  I just keep hearing the theme to the “Adams Family” in my head while working.
FIRST PAGE FRONT
The spooky trees are Masonite that I painted black.  You can purchase them at Alpha Stamps.  I used a stencil and a product called “Texture Magic” to create the stone work.  Using a stonework stencil, I chose to apply the product to a piece of black cardstock rather than directly to the house.  Doing it this way meant that once dry I could cut the stonework into the shapes I wanted and glue it to the house.  In a future month I’ll be posting a tutorial in the on how to work with Texture Magic.

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SECOND PAGE FRONT
At the top of the house I mounted Masonite bats on wire.  You can purchase these bats at Alpha Stamps
SECOND PAGE BACK
The doll, crow and spider are in cages that I are rub-ons that I made using Grafix Rub-Onz transfer film.  Click here for the tutorial.  The bats flying out of the box are stamped.
THIRD PAGE FRONT
I used Alpha Stamps collage sheets for all of the people/dolls you see on all of the pages.  I used some of the doll heads for the back of this page which meant I had doll bodies with no head.  So I decided to use pumpkins which then made me think of the guillotine.  I used string and jewelry findings for the pull.  I added Glossy Accents to the blade to give it a shine.  I’m imaging the woman is saying something like “Honey the kids are playing with the guillotine again!”  I cut a wired ribbon of spider webs in half and along the design of the webs to create the garland.
THIRD PAGE BACK
I thought of this page as the family tree.  Here is where I used all of the doll heads.  The miniature frames are Melissa Frances resin frames painted back.
FOURTH PAGE FRONT
The chandelier is from a dimensional sticker sheet by Martha Stewart.
FOURTH PAGE BACK
The tree is cut from cardstock.  I used red acrylic paint to add the eyes.  The ghosts are painted using Making Memories translucent glossy paint which gives them a shimmering look.  I added the eyes and mount with a black marker.

FIRST PAGE BACK
I punched the fence from black cardstock using a Martha Stewart punch that I think came out on the market last year. 

25 comments:

Ephemera said...

OMG I'm astounded, this is amazing, so much innovative & intricate detail. It must have taken hours and hours. A very special piece. XX

Debi said...

WOW!!!! this is stunning- I can't believe all the detail- and it just keeps coming- WOW!!!! Debi x

ann said...

""WOW"" this is the most amazing work of creative art.
You are so very talented and I love to visit your blog xx

My name is Cindy said...

Such a lot of detail!! I'm not a great halloween fan but I love this!!!

Tolegranny said...

Oh my...this is gorgeous. Just love it.

Elaine A said...

Laura -

You have the most awesome imagination! This looks like it was a tremendous undertaking, but in my opinion, well worth the time. Amazing!

Elaine Allen

Barb said...

This is THE MOST AMAZING book!
I am not into Halloween but this has such a spooky look that I COULD become hooked!
AWESOME!

SusanLotus said...

Fabulous chunkie! I do not want to enter that house! Really scary!
You did an amazing job!

Kathleen Sigg said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

Marilyn Girling said...

I blown away! The amount of work you've put into this project is impressive. It turned out so well, I just keep going back and looking at it. Spooktacular!!

ImagiMeri said...

So amazing. I'm so jealous of your available time and physical ability to do all these fun things. This weather has been kickin' my butt and keeping me mostly in bed. Hopefully this weekend will be better and I can finally get some work done. You did an amazing job, it's just perfect.

Hugs,
Meri

Dorthe said...

You are a true master of making books, so amazing-
Hugs,Dorthe

Joanne said...

Seeing a piece like this just makes Halloween so much fun and I can feel the fun you had making it. Such wonderful ideas - again.
Hugs Joanne xx

Fabric Art said...

WOW this book is gorgeous I have never seen something like this, and your domino books are fantastic, love to visit your blog.
Anni

Linda said...

Very well done....a true artist.

Gina Peake said...

WOW! Whoever receives this is VERY lucky. The whole thing is just amazing. My favorite is the 4th page with all the pictures above the fireplace! Makes me want to go home and make halloween cards. I really think you need to publish a book of all your art and tutorials.

Karenliz said...

Wonderful! I love it. Page 4 is my favorite with the creep faces in the frames!

JoAnne said...

You did an amazing job on this book Laura!!!! I love every little bit of it.
I just made my second domino book-addictive, arent they?

Kim said...

I adore this Laura, thanks so much for posting detailed pics!

smokeysmom said...

What more can I add? The haunted house book is AMAZING! I love all of the details!

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Laura,
I absolutely love everyone of your pages, and 'm not usually into creepy. :) Gorgeous

Tami Roth said...

AMAZING!

whymsicalmusings said...

Laura I truly think you should look into writing and publishing a book! Your creative talents far exede mine and lots of others I know. Your willingness to share your tricks and talents is overwhelming. This is so amazing! I love the things you create they truly inspire!
XXXX
Becky

Donna said...

OMG......Fabulous job!!! It's hard to put into words how amazing this book is!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Ann Tate said...

Wow...totally absolutely amazing. I love it. Superb work:)