Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween shadow box

We've had a couple days that were under 100 degrees here so Fall must be coming!  Time to start working on Halloween goodies.
I have had this box kicking around for some time.  I knew when I got it I wanted to alter it, but I was saving it for just the right project.

I started by painting the box with a very light coat of black paint.  Once that was dry I painted it with my Ten Second Sudios patina paint to make it look rusty.  Once the rust was dry I put on a coat of Crackle Distress Paint.  The crackle flaked off on parts, but I think it works perfectly with this project.
I added bits and bobs until I came up with this...

Creepy, right?!
I have a box of these little birdcages that I found at Goodwill.  The bird is white and the gold is nice and shiny.  A little black paint took care of that.  Now I had my raven.  
Next came Charlotte.  I have a couple of these giant Charlottes that a great friend gave me.  I haven't used one before this project.  I added a Remnant Rub spider to her shoulder.  
A skull in a corked dome. Evidence number 73362.  

The skeleton image was spritzed, crumpled, dried, and inked before being used in the back.  I stamped "nevermore" down the side.
A rusty finial and a painted bingo number complete the top.
The bingo part was red so I had to paint it.   You can still see some red peeping out.  I think it adds to the creepy factor.  
Check out that rusty, chippy, cracked paint.  Awesome.  

There you have it.  
Don't get too scared. 
What have you been crafting?
I am entering this project into a couple challenges.

Jess










52 comments:

  1. Jess, I have to laugh...each time I linked up you were right there behind me. Kind of on the same schedule tonight. Funnier yet, is that skull in the dome was what I was going to go with on my project until I found Mr. Skeleton in my Closet. I even have the dome and skulls in the bag they came in when I purchased them last week. AND, I had my piece to alter sitting around for just the right project...2 great minds...LOVE your project! The rust is to die for...I am going to look for that Patina Paint. Good luck in the challenges--I think you are a winner!

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    1. Sara, that house you made is INSANE! So much detail. The patina paint is awesome. I love it. Thank you for visiting.
      Jess

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  2. Wow! This is just incredibly awesome! LOVE this!
    The crackle, the raven in the cage, the top, the skull in the corked dome and the frozen charlotte...it all sits in and on that altered box sooo perfectly well! My favourite Halloween creation for this year so far!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

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    1. Oh Thank you so very much! I just adore your work. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to comment.
      Jess

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  3. Wow Jess this is just amazing the crackle effect is awesome and I love all the bits you've added

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    1. Thanks! The crackle is just the right amount of grungy and creepy :)

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  4. Wow Jess! Great little shadow box. Love the skull in the corked dome. Under 100 degrees. Geez, I'm just happy we don't have snow yet.

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    1. Yeah. It can be nasty here, but I don't have to shovel the heat! I just love the tag you posted today.

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  5. this us genius! well done in every detail! xo

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  6. What a fantastic assemblage piece. Love how you put this together.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  7. Awesome aging, love it! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you. It didn't turn out like I planned, but it think the chipping made it better.

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  8. AMAZING piece Jess!! Love the chipped paint and what a great find at the goodwill finding those bird cages, they are awesome! LOVE IT ALL!!! Karen.x

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    1. Thanks Karen and congrats on your CC3 win!

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  9. Creepy indeed!! In the best possible way. What a lucky find on the bird cages, I too love to shop at the Goodwill. The entire thing is totally fabulous. Great job and thanks for joining our travels on A Vintage Journey.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. I love shopping Goodwill and Savers. You know what they say about another man's trash!

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  10. Wow, I am just so loving this spooky shadow box! Great Halloween details and I think I will be off to the Goodwill store! Thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey.

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  11. I love the crackle effect you achieved on the side of your piece! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thanks so much. The crumbly crackle added a bit of extra spook :)

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  12. I love your super spooky shadow box, Jess! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funky Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  13. What messy creative fun you have had with this project Jess. Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this time - Julie Guest Designer

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    1. I did have a lot of messy fun here! Most of my projects tend to be messy. :)

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  14. Fabulous! This is very nicely done! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  15. great detail! very scary! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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    1. Thank you Melissa. I just loved making this shadow box.

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  16. Oh Jess this is superb! I love how you've really got the age and rust into this. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thanks Jenny! The ten seconds studios patina paint is just awesome.

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  17. so fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  18. This reminds me of a crypt in an old New Orleans cemetery. What a masterful job you have done here! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Oh it does look kind of like New Orleans! Thanks Kathy!

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  19. FABULOUS!!!! Love all the details and all the spooktacular elements. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

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  20. Such a super cool Halloween shadow box! Love the finish on the box and all the great and very spooky details.

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  21. I forgot saying: Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

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  22. I love this!! Fantastic! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  23. Very cool Halloween assemblage, I love it! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  24. Wow Jess ... this is amazing. Love the spider on Charlotte and that cage is so very creepy. Fantastic finds for this shadow box. I love your paint job on the exterior. Perfect eerie touch on a perfectly eerie Halloween make. Congrats on your spotlight over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Mary Elizabeth! I am beyond thrilled to featured on SSS.

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  25. Fantastic Jess, I've just seen your post in the Tim Holtz Addicts group. Congratulations on your well deserved feature on SSS. The paint effect to the exterior of your configuration box is awesome and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the spider on the fractured dolls shoulder and the skull in the dome. :)

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  26. Super creepy! What a great "shadow box"! It has been hot here, too and I am sick of it and wish for cooler temps! It is to heat back up this mid-week. Yuck! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  27. What an inspiring holiday project...it's fantastic! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!

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  28. Nice to meet you Jess. I love this piece. I saw it on Our Creative Corner's challenge. I like the way you got the rusty look. I've used Ten Seconds Studio paints and patina before but didn't think of the crackle over top. Love that idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs and Happy Crafting. Laurie Moore

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