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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GRIMSLEY VILLAGE - FORSAKEN CEMETERY - NEW IMAGE SETS - VIDEO TUTORIAL

Halloween would not be complete without a trip to Grimsley Village.  Last year we visited Dr. Deranged (the Mad Scientist) and this year it the town’s Forsaken Cemetery.
The cemetery gates have been locked for years, no one goes in and no one comes out.
Buried behind the gates are some infamous characters like Dracula and the members of the Usher family. 
Thankfully, Dracula’s coffin is chained and locked.
Ghosts float in an out of the tombs, crypts, and mausoleums.
Looks like Anita finally got a shovel but it seems that she has left some of her parts behind.
It’s rumored that a werewolf stalks the ground.  The locals lock themselves in their homes on a full moon.
This project is packed with all kinds of goodies.  Most of the large pieces are made from kits making the project easier.  The fabulous front gate is new and really sets the stage.

I’ve used a cool product called Elements to line the open grave, give texture and sparkle to trees and vines. 

Would you believe that the lighted columns are made from toilet paper tubes and tea lights.

To complement this project I have a new “Forsaken Cemetery” collage sheet and digital image set.

This sheet is packed with gruesome statues, tombstones, gargoyles, and creatures of the night.

This collage sheet contains 15 different lanterns with two of each style of lantern for a total of 30 images.

This set includes all of the gruesome images from the Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet and many more for a total of 54 images.  Included are:
14 Tombstones, 10 Statues, 4 Gargoyles, 6 Stone Plaques, 9 Tomb Entrances, Doors, Roof & Other Architectural Pieces, 6 Creatures, 2 Stone Drapes, 2 Moons and 1 Shovel

Sit back and relax as I reveal the secrets of the Forsaken Cemetery.


VIDEO TUTORIAL




OTHER VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES

DETAILED SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS
Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet
Forsaken Cemetery Set Download
Lanterns Collage Sheet
DRACULA RELIQUARY
House Ornament Base
Castle Towers Reliquary – Triptych
Half Scale Coffin with Lid
Black Ornate Leaf Dresden Scrolls
Mini Floral Dresden Borders
Baroque Dresden Borders
Half Scale Gothic Trestle Table
Tin Bronze Pad Locks
Metal Candelabra
Ceramic Bat Bead
Vintaj Metal Patinas – Nouveau Silver
 HAUNTED MAUSOLEUM
Chipboard Mausoleum Full Kit
Stair-step Shrine Base
Dolomite Stone Embossed Paper
Chipboard Gothic Border Trim
Mini Chipboard Gothic Fence
Half Scale Coffin with Lid
9v Battery Converter for 12v Dollhouse Lights
Red Demon Eyes – LED Lights - Large
ARCHED ANGLE SHRINE SHADOWBOX
Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set
House Ornament Base
2.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence
Granite Stone Embossed Paper
LED Tea Light
Cherub Metal Box Feet Set
Cherub Pendant – Bronze w 2  Holes
CASTLE TOWERS RELIQUARY
Castle Towers Reliquary – Triptych– Also used piece for Dracula’s Reliquary
Latin Stone Scrapbook Paper
LED Tea Light
Acrylic Black Sitting Cat Cut-Outs
 SKELETON MINI HOUSE SHADOW BOX
Little Folding House Shrine
Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
Half Miniature Skeleton Figurine
 TOMBS
Plastic Skeletons
Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing
Gargoyle Pendant – Brass Oxide
 TOMBSTONES
Miniature Reliquaries
Narrow Blank Matchboxes
Large White Turquoise Skull Beads
Tiny Paper Roses – Black & White
 Mini Rose Buds - White
 BASE, ENTRANCE & FOLIAGE
Wrought Iron Cemetery Gate
Arch for Cemetery Gate
4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence
Antique Bronze Skull Connector
Cobblestone Scrapbook Paper
Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
Sheet Moss
Creepy Tree – 8 Inch
Creepy  Tree – 5 Inch
Elements Art  Glitter – Good Earth
Elements Art Glitter Sediment
Elements Art Glitter - Pecan
Tiny Felt Bat Stickers
STONE PAINT COLORS
Krylon Stone Texture - Obsidian
Krylon Stone Texture - Black Granite
Krylon Stone Texture - Pebble
Krylon Stone Texture- Charcoal
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Pebble
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Sienna

Saturday, September 2, 2017

WHIMSICAL TRICK-OR-TREAT DOUBLE SIDED ATC TRIPTYCH

Trick-or-Treat
Smell My Feet
Give Me Something Good to Eat
This Halloween themed ATC triptych is inspired by the new Halloween Darlings, Little Demons & Halloween Dress Up Collage Sheets at Alpha Stamps.  I love the whimsical children with pumpkin, animal and skull heads.  There were so many great images that I decided to decorate both the back and front of the cards.

To complement the children, I created a NEW Halloween Bags & Balloons Collage Sheet.
The bag images have tabs that you can fold; add some ribbon and you have 3-D Trick-or-Treat bags.
To dress up the kids outfits, I used 4mm orange buttons, a miniature buckle, green acrylic carbochons (as eyes) and a black crescent moon bead.
I glued wire to the balloons to make them look like they are floating.
The bases of the cards are made up of wrought iron chipboard sets.  I decided to cut-up the decorative overlays and paint them to compliment the paper.  
To embellish the cards, I added black acrylic bats and a cat.
I used Halloween Black Foil Stripes Scrapbook paper for the background and glued the hinges in place before adding the paper.


DETAILED SUPPLY LIST
SUPPLIES – FROM SEPTEMBER LITTLE GHOULS KIT
Halloween Darlings Collage Sheet
Halloween Dress Up Collage Sheet
Wrought Iron ATC Card – Spider Web
4mm Orange and Black Button Mix
Ribbon Set

OTHER SUPPLIES
How Sweet the Moon Collage Sheet
Halloween Black Foiled Strips Scrapbook Paper Set
Little Demons Collage Sheet
Wrought Iron ATC Card – Staggered Points
Wrought Iron ATC Card – 5 Points
Black Crescent Moon Beads
Green Acrylic Cabochons
Acrylic Black Sitting Cat Cut-Outs
Acrylic Black Bat Cut-Outs
5mm Bronze Buckles
Small Black Jack o Lantern Ceramic Bead
Small Gold Hinges with Screws