Sunday, 20 November 2016

SheepSki Designs November Challenge

Hi again - yes I'm back again so soon!!

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This time I'm here with my November DT inspiration for this month's challenge over at SheepSki Design Facebook page. I chose Skully Roses for my image and decided to attempt to create something dark and metallic looking from things that are more wood or paper based.

I started out with a thick MDF plain wood heart base and glued some cogs and bones from Things to Alter around the perimeter of the front with Ranger Matt Medium. I then covered the front and back with a thin layer of Matt Medium and affixed normal aluminium kitchen foil all over, pressing around the cogs with a spatula to get it in the crevices. Once dry, I covered with acrylic paint in Walnut Brown, then in Black. I used Liquitex Heavy Gesso and Tim Holtz Crackle Glaze stencil and added the effect in the middle of the heart. Once dry, I added gold crackle paint around the outer edge area and onto the cogs and bones.  I then added pink blush gilding wax and gold ink to the crackle glaze area and on the raised cogs and bones to further accentuate them.

Here's a close up of the image and crackle glazed area.
The image was coloured with Polychromos pencils in reds, pinks, greys and black and I used Ranger Distress Crayons in grey around the perimeter of the image plus a touch of Wink of Stella on the lighter areas of the roses, the teeth and top of the skull, then roughed up the edges of the image with scissors then added some gold ink and dark brown distress crayon with my finger to the edges before affixing to the heart with Matt Medium.

As a final touch, I threaded a red ribbon through the hole and affixed a Tim Holtz buckle with a brad to the ribbon and created a buckled loop for hanging.

I hope you enjoy my latest project.

I will be entering this project into the following challenges:
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - #16 AG 
Daisy Chain Challenges - #2 All That Glitters
Your Scrapbook Place - Fall for November Challenge
Dream in Darkness - November Grumbacher's here
Dark n Daring Challenges - #7 Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends - #45 Blossoms

Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle xxx


  1. Amazing creation Michelle, loving the dark look - my hubby is a big fan of what you've made too
    Andrea x
    SheepSki Designs

    1. Thank you Andrea - and thank you Mr Norris :D I'm a fan of the dark and gothic

  2. Fabulous creation, love the design and super colours.Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you back with again very soon. Jennifer DT
    PS why not enter this into the Dark'n'Daring challenge blog, it perfect for their challenges.xx

  3. Hi Michelle, I see you have joined us, I am so glad. Your creation is wonderful. The contrast of the skull against cogs is superb. Loving it. Thanks for joining us at Dark'n'Daring good luck in the draw and look forward to seeing you again. Jennifer DT member x

  4. Love what you have done with Skully Roses Image. Great design, turned out fabulous. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  5. Sorry, that should have read at the end of my comment the following....
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  6. Love love this! Fab skull! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! Nan, CT

  7. Wow, what a stunning project. I totally love skulls! Thanks so much for joining us at YSBP

  8. Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Susan DT for:-

  9. I love love love the amazing texture! Fabulous imagery. Fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Dream in Darkness!~kim

  10. Brilliant textures, love the metallic look and awesome image. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Dream in Darkness. We would love to see you again.

  11. The tinfoil technique is always a fun one to work with - makes a change from slathering everything in gesso first :) Thanks for sharing at Dream In Darkness

  12. Hello… Thanks for sharing your project with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… your project is lovely and fits perfectly with our ‘Blossoms’ challenge theme… hope you can join us for our next challenge and good luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  13. Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Daisy Chain Challenges :)

  14. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Caz DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

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