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Monday, 8 October 2018

In Memory of.... the Undertaker

Hello Friends

Oh how I love Halloween!  When Tim Holtz came out with his new  Etcetera Tombstone Tag set I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (or two...).  I will say this, it was a complete nightmare to photograph but I think you will get the idea (I hope!).

I don't have many process pictures but I can show you how I started off!
After painting the elements in Black Soot Distress Paint, I applied a lighter colour with a brayer.
I then brayered a whole range of Distress Paints over the elements to create an aged 'stone' look.  I used a few of Tim's texture stamps to add some interest and then I flicked/splattered  a range of matching paints over the whole surface.

Next, I assembled the pieces, not with any plan in mind, although I was certain that I wanted the  Zombie hand to hold the light.... and the Trophy cup to hold some Halloween flowers....
I followed Tim's instructions for adding the 'hand' to a project by drilling a hole in the Tombstone.
At the bottom, I added a Trophy Cup, which I first covered in black Gesso and then stippled it with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint, to age it.  I created some flowers using Tim's Tiny Tattered Florals die.  I also used one of Tim's Garden Greens dies and also the new Tangled Twigs in the background.  The Raven was a last minute addition.
The 'Undertaker' was added to Tim's Ornate Frame and the words are from the new Halloween Quote Chips.
Finally, here is a view of the Tombstone unlit, and lit up, it looks really good in the dark!

If you are thinking of making a large piece of home decor for Halloween, the Tombstone is ideal, it is really quite large when completed and would be ideal lit up in a window on All Hallows Eve!

Edited:  I realised, (a bit late in the day) that I could enter That's Crafty's Spookalicious Challenge this month HERE....

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

32 comments:

  1. Wow Anne this is fabulous, a great product but what you've done with it is even better! Have a spooky week, Sue xx

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  2. Fabulous Anne, love the hand holding the light and the ornate metal gating is gorgeous. Fantastic piece. Love how you incorporated the trophy too. Tracy ❤️❤️

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  3. LOVE it. It is one of the very best I have seen this season. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Anne, this is just way too cool! Love your weathered stone effect on the tombstone. Everything about this is so clever and creative.

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  5. This is brilliant Anne, and so very spooky cool! I LOVE the hand and the urn of flowers...so crazy fun, every bit!

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  6. Wow, oh wow, oh wow!! This is spectacular, Anne!! Oh my gosh, I love everything about this!! The hand holding the lantern is amazing!! Every detail is stunning!! What a perfectly spooktacular Halloween project!! I love, love it, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. Great project Anne but not surprising as I know how much you love this time of the year. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

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  8. WOW! What can I say .... this looks STUNNING!!! Your attention to detail is always amazing and I just love the hand holding the lantern xx

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  9. Wowsers!! This is spectacular Anne!! Love the weathered stone finish on the tombstone and the hand holding the light looks awesome! The undertaker is suitably spooky and I love the iron fence at the base! Everything looks totally amazing!! hugs xx

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  10. Amazing Anne, what a fabulous piece! Perfect with the iron fence, the hand with the light and all other pieces making this so great for Halloween! Hugs Susanne

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  11. I'm lost for words Anne, this is so life like, love how achieved the look of real stone and love that it lights up for a spooky decor piece. I agree about the photography, crawling around on all fours trying to capture it at the right angle. Another stunning Halloween project from you my friend xxx

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  12. Spectacular Anne! A really spooky Halloween piece! Jennie x

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  13. Anne you are an amazingly creative lady - I love it xxx

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  14. In memory of the undertaker - now that funny. Fantastic make and I love the hanging lantern. You need just a room to display all of your fantastic 3D makes - especially the ones you do for Halloween!!
    Sandy xx

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  15. What an amazing Halloween tag my friend, that aged stone technique is fabulous and then all the spooky elements that you have layered and incorporated have combined to create a masterpiece of the macabre but with a brilliant sense of humour. I absolutely adore the hand carrying the light and the clever tombstone garden at the bottom. Brilliant xxx

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  16. Oh my goodness - how fun is this Anne! Love that hand holding the lantern (that lights!!) great coloring techniques on all your pieces - what a great decoration for Halloween! xx

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  17. I was only thinking the other day that I'd not spotted one of your 'Queen of halloween' bigger projects this year and then you share this amazing piece. It really is 'Epic', Anne and your love of halloween really does shine through in your masterful creativity. Thanks for sharing , delighting and alwasy inspiring. ♥♥♥ hugs x

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  18. Ooh wow, wow and wow again! Anne, this is awesome! Every single element is dripping with spookilicious amounts of creativity and cool! The hand holding the lamp is superb! You have excelled yourself, if that is possible! You can tell how much you love Halloween - you poured all that love into this piece! Hugs xxxxxxxxx

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  19. Oh, this is magnificent, Anne... from the speckled paint effects of the stony tombstone to the fabulous curved iron railings, the urn with its wonderful floral arrangement and the brilliant zombie hand holding up the lantern, this is full of imagination, invention and intrigue! A wonderful piece of Halloween decor - bravo!
    Alison x

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  20. What a stunning piece Anne - I love the look of the stone - and that hand really is amazing! Brilliant art Anne - love it! Hugs rachel x

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  21. WOW... I am addicted to these tombstone! This does not disappoint! Great Halloween inspiration!

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  22. Oh Anne! You make me want to buy, one or two! lol
    This is so very very cool!! Creepy,yes, but cool! What a brilliant make! I love the zombie hand holding the lantern- genius! And I'll bet it looks so creepy at night! Omgosh! I just love it!
    Bravo!!
    Jackie xx

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  23. Wonderful and so very creative. Love all the fun elements and enjoyed reading the process. You look like you had so much fun and what a unique and amazing creation x.

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  24. Jeepers, creepers, this is indeed deadly Anne!!! Extraordinarily scary and fun! Genius creation as always! I reckon Halloween after dark in your house is superb. Nicola x

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  25. Another fabulous & intricate Halloween project! Just had DH come look, and he was awed just as much as I! So many little extra details, lots of dimension and ghoulie embellishments. Your ideas are just awesome, (even without a plan! they seem to come together perfectly!) and the final result is always stunning. It's so easy to see this is your favorite season to celebrate. Amazing that it even lights up too! What an eye for detail you have! TFS & Hugs

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  26. Ooooh, Anne, I do love it when you put your creepy hat on! This is a fabulous piece of Halloween home decor, and such a creative display of Tim's new festive products! You've done a fantastic job of painting the headstone, and the trophy cup is a brilliant idea! Yes, those big projects are a real pain to photograph, but you've done a wonderful job of it! Sending love and hugs and apologies for not being around. I am breathlessly trying to get around to see the blogs, but I'm falling way short.

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  27. Love Halloween and that is the perfect decoration to have in your home. What inspiration you give!
    Everything I want to say about it has already been said so I will just say "it is wonderful"
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  28. Absolutely Fabulous! Elaine xx

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  29. Holy Hallow's Eve, Annie, how long did this take you? You should charge admission to look at it! That ghoulish hand and trophy cup, the way you painted the headstone, the photograph, and the fact that it all lights up just makes my eyes pop out! Maybe you could do a video with your camera of these large pieces to give us more of a 3D view? No, wait, I think that would be too scary for me, lol!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  30. An absolutely amazing tag Anne, it deserves to be on display for longer than Halloween. Smashing details and a great use of products.
    Thank you for taking part in this months challenge at
    That's Crafty!
    Helen x

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  31. No idea how I managed to miss this one Anne, thanks for directing me over xx
    The tomb tags look superb assembled, I was wondering what they were all about. Such a creative scene you have created and your use of the trophy cup is so clever, those flowers fit so well with it. The raven is a perfect addition. Hope you have somewhere safe to keep it until next year.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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