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Saturday, 20 October 2012

a spooky challenge...with Michelle

well a while ago Michelle and i did a challenge thee..
.and here is another....
fab challenge...
now Michelle is the canvas queen...
and it was her choice so.. its a mini canvas board...
hope i come up to scratch...
so  we both make something on the theme decided using the same materials..
so here is the recipe:
canvas board
arts parts residence
Halloween theme
die cuts
distress ink
mystery ingredient..i used metal..
so here is my make:
i started by gluing my die cuts to the canvas board
and then covered in paints and
when dry lots of layers of inky yumminess..
using black soot, metallic distress stain and pumice stone
i left the tree so it looked like it was highlighted
i edged using a fab stabilo all pencil....recommended by Hels
(which can be blended in with a waterbrush!)

i added lots of layers of die cuts to the bottom,
i love this graveyard on the edge die..
and added layers of this coloured and distressed in different ways...

i also added the fab fence die, inked,
embossed and layered with more ink..

the house,
was covered in layers of embossed metal
and inked
i added a screw brad for the door knob..

finally for the stamped element
i added a Halloween tag stamp
oh and i added some flying bats!

make sure you pop across here to see Michelle's fab make...
and lets hope she is happy to do another challenge soon!

i love it, gets the brain cells going!!!!!


  1. AWESOME TRACE! I love the mono tone to it, it makes it all the more scary. And the metal looks totally cool. Those on the edge dies look great don't they, I love em! Can't wait for the next one. Love publishing them at the same time too, it's really exciting the anticipation! Lol. Michelle x

  2. Ooh, spooky! Love those subtle grays... and all the layered die cuts look fabulous - gorgeous enamelling on the fleur de lys(s)!
    Alison x

  3. What a cool canvas! Love the layers and texture... and that is a nice spooky color pallete as well! Off to check Michelle's...

  4. Loving the graveyard elements Trace, and my favourite bit is the smoky sky - that must have taken some messing with to get it just right. Great make. Hugs, Buttons x

  5. Oh Wow Trace! Not sure how to describe how I feel about this wonderful piece of art, it is stunningly creepy, elegantly coloured, masterfully put together - yes, I think that just about sums it up. I LOVE IT!! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  6. I'd say it comes up to scratch Trace - this is amazing - there's so much to look at - a fabulous scene! Brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  7. What a great canvas! Love the colours; makes it really spooky! Have been staring for several minutes before I wanted to leave you a comment... Love the textures that you made! Hugs, Gerrina

  8. ...loVe the moodiness of your canvas Trace, keeping the same colour palette was a fab idea, loVe your shades of grey, they really make this piece, great textures & embossing, the screw brad is a cool touch, superb eye candy Trace...Melxx :)

  9. Hey your cute thang you!! I hope you know that I used Southern United States talk here. I love this card and all of your creativity. You British Ladies just have sooooooo much talent and I love following you guys!!

  10. Cool! Love this on the canvas, and the monochromatic look is fab!!!

  11. Oooohhhh spooookkkkyyyyy I love it.


  12. This is so cool, Trace! Love all the metal and spookiness. Great job! Off to check out Michelle's :)

  13. Trace, I'm missing words, that's an outstanding Halloween canvas.

  14. Hi Trace, what a fabulous layout. love all the metal and embellies..

  15. Hi Trace, this is spooky and very beautiful. The monochrome is perfect for it. Nicola x p.s. your 3 children look gorgeous

  16. Hi Trace, Gosh you have been so busy since I last stopped by, and all so lovely and creative! I just love this one! Life is hectic here at the moment. Hope you are well and happy. Judy x

  17. Of course when I first saw this I did not realize it was a canvas - oh woe is me - sometimes I am so slow. I sure do love this!!


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