When I created this piece for the show I really, really wanted to color the skeleton green and add a little Christmas tree to remind me of this story. If it had been a project just for myself, I totally would have done it, but since it was for the show I knew that people wouldn't 'get' it. So white he is and no tree. But, I think after the show when this piece come home, I may modify it just a bit because the story about being flabbergasted still makes me smile, and who couldn't use a little decor piece that would remind them of such sweetness and happiness?
To create this little spooky piece, I started with the long rectangular Configurations box. I removed all of the inside boxes and used just the main box and lid.
I painted the outside of the lid with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber. After it was dry, I added a layer of Black Soot Distress Crackle Paint. When the crackle paint was dry I misted over the surface with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
I covered the inside back and sides with dark orange solid paper from the Seasonal Paper Stash. I used Glue N Seal to adhere the paper to the inside of the box. After the paper and adhesive was dry, I added a few blasts of Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist. I held the bottle close to the surface so that the application would be heavy and puddled. I sat the box aside so that the droplets would dry as they were (no heat or blotting).
The centerpiece of box is the hanging skeleton. He is from the Halloween Haunts Kraft Resist Paper Stash. (He is on the page with the witch, cat, and owl.) I used Picket Fence Distress Stain with a paint brush to color him white. After cutting him out I used a Perfect Pen (embossing ink) and clear embossing powder to add texture and shine to the bones. It is hard to tell in the photo, but only did this to bones that are in "front" (ie not the back ribs or sunken eye sockets). I did this to help add some depth. To make him a little more sturdy, I covered the back of the skeleton cut out with with clear embossing powder as well.
I hung the skeleton inside the box with waxed thread that is fed through a couple of screw eyes and tied off on the outside of the box.
If you untie the thread on the outside hook you can actually raise and lower the skeleton. The end of the thread is finished off with a Mini Tassel.
To create the two pieces of cobwebs in the box, I embossed two pieces of clear plastic (the plastic window that came in the box) using the Cobwebs Texture Fade. I painted each piece with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber on the raised side. I sanded the raised edges with a Sanding Grip to remove the paint and reveal the clear plastic. I cut each piece out closely to the raised design. I adhered the piece behind the skeleton with 3D Zots so that it would be out away from the back of the box. I adhere the corner web to the inside edge of the box lid with Super Tape.
I added a battery powered tea light inside the box in the lower corner. The glow of the light shines through the cobweb. I also embellished the corner with two stickers which were adhered to scrap paper and held in place with a Trinket pin that is pierced into the floor of the box. The Halloween lettering is a sticker strip from the Seasonal Salvage Sticker book and is adhered to the front of the box with 3D Foam Strips.
The lower right corner is embellished with a Corked Vial full of "Black Magic" (or black micro glitter).
The outside of the box is trimmed with fun shiny black metal accents. Each piece was painted black with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber. Each piece was sanded lightly to allow some metal to show through and then was dipped in a Melting Pot full of melted UTEE. The UTEE gives each piece a glass like finish. The bat is from the Halloween Adornments set. The borders, corners, and cornice piece are all vintage metal pieces salvaged off of vintage photo albums.
The paint and dipping extended all the way down to the feet of the box. A photo just can't do justice to how cool these Foundation Box Feet look dipped in Utee. They look like they are blown glass with a black core. If you have a melting pot, I am telling you, melt some UTEE and dip some stuff in it, it is so cool!
- base- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configurations 5.75"x10.75"
- paper- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Resist: Halloween Haunts and Seasonal Paper Stash
- embossing folder: Tim Holtz Texture Fades Halloween Cobwebs
- embellishments- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments: Halloween, Mini Tassel, Trinket Pin, Corked Vial, Foundations Box Feet; vintage metal embellishments (long borders, corners, center top)
- stickers- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Seasonal Salvage Stickers
- ink- Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot; Ranger Perfect Medium, Perfect Pen
- stains- Tim Holtz Distress Stains Picket Fence
- mists- Perfect Pearls Mist: Bronze
- paint- Adirondack Paint Dabber: Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Black Soot
- fibers- waxed thread
- fabric- Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas
- tools- Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Sanding Grip; Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Melting Pot, Heat It Craft Tool, Craft Sheet
- adhesives- Therm O Web Sticky Strip Runner, Super Tape, Zots, and 3D Foam Squares; Helmar 450 Quick Dry; Ranger Glue N Seal
- misc.- Ranger UTEE and Clear Embossing Powder; plastic sheet (from Configurations)