Saturday, October 30, 2010

Altered Art Thursday---ON SATURDAY! LOL

hello, here is my last Halloween swap for the season. It is a 6 page mini album, you make all the 6 pages, send them in and get 6 others in return. Personally, I thought we should have been able to make and keep page 1, since it serves as the cover basically...however it is not my swap to run. Perhaps another time. 
We started out with the "my mini edgy album" in "licorice" by BO-BUNNY.  It comes with 6 chipboard pages in "licorice". These pages start smallish and each pages increases in length. Additionally each page has some kind of scalloped or decorative edge. It also comes with an acrylic page cover and 3 binder rings. I am thinking of dressing my acrylic cover up with a bit of alcohol inks and perhaps some stamping.  Anyway, I like these albums, they also make a larger one, and they make both sizes in "chiffon" which looks to be a champagne color.  The only con I found with them is: they really absorb the oil in your skin, even after washing my hands(which I always do before working with paper crafts. (I have this same issue with Bazzill card stock), another con, but maybe it was just me...the edges did not hold up to well to my sanding (with the Basic Grey filing and sanding tools), the paper sanded fine, but the corners bent very easily, and this was surprising as they are not thin chipboard. OK...

Here is the Album:
In the package
here are the 6 blank pages

Now for my transformation of the pages. the name of the swap was "Skeletons in the Attic" mini album. However we did NOT have to use skeletons on every page, just as long as there were some.
I prefer to call mine the "Creepy Halloween Mini Album". :D  I have another to make, and haven't decided to make it just for me, or to make it and save it for my Etsy inventory (which I am slowly building so i can actually open it and have things in there)  
What do you think I should do?

here we go, My "Creepy Halloween" mini Album:

 NOTE: 99% of all collage images used are from ALPHA STAMPS
 Page 1 front: used spider paper that is a grayish-greenish color bkgd. added the skull and raven collage image. mixed STAMPIN' UP Ruby Red Ink to JUDIKINS Diamond Glaze, then used my finger to spell out "Beware" and dripped some from the Raven's beak. Then I used RANGER distress ink in Walnut Stain and smudged it 
all over, and then immediately wiped some off the skull, so it wouldn't be too dark. The last touch was to hang some glass skulls beads(ARTchix studios) with a Mother of pearl like finish on them to the book page.

The back of the page, just covered in "eyeball" glitter paper (both of these papers are from CLOUD 9), then I used the Tree from PAPER HOUSE "Happy Haunting" glitter rub-ons.

 Page 2 I used antique diamond paper (MARTHA STEWART), a poison label and scientific study specimen from a  collage sheet. I used some of the "blood" I made (listed above) and had it pouring out of the "specimen". Once it was dry I used RANGER Old Photo distress ink and smeared it all over. I used distress inks in "Fired Brick" and the "Old Photo" on some cheesecloth, like an old bandage-bunched it and twisted it a bit and glued it down on the sides.
Red fancy German Scrap for a touch of Culture, Ha! ending with some cut-out bugs from a self adhesive border by MARTHA STEWART.

The back of the page, I used some grayish paper on, then a collage image of an astronomer, and some adhesive borders by RECOLLECTIONS.  I sanded it all a bit and then smeared the Fired Brick Distress ink all over it.
page 3 MARTHA STEWART paper again for the bkgd.Collage images and words, fancy gold German scrap. Scrap of MARTHA STEWART blood border and bug border. Mini glass bottle filled with thinned glue and STAMPIN' UP Green Galore ink. cork glued in place and collage label glued on, hung on green cording. All around the edges distressed and inked with RANGER Black Soot distress ink.
 extract of BELLADONNA leaves
page 3 back, MARTHA STEWART paper, PAPER HOUSE glitter rub-ons, collage words, stickles and rub-ons (red) by MAMBLY Screen Prints
page 4 paper by CLOUD 9, black and white collage imaged colored in with BIC MARK ITS!  Border by MARTHA STEWART  beads, gold German scrap, collage word and a 3D Halloween doo-dad. I covered the Skeleton images with RANGER crackle glaze.

Close-up of the skeleton image

 another view

 Page 4 back, no paper used, MARTHA STEWART border, collage image (This one is from COLLAGE STUFF), Arch from ARTCHIX studios, and gold German scrap

Page 5 paper by MARTHA STEWART, which has raised bats in a glossy enamel, skeleton collage image, collage words, glitter card stock by MARTHA STEWART that I used my creepy halloween fence Shapabilities cutter by SPELLBINDERS, repeated just the birds and cats with black card stock. A Halloon bat doo-dad hanging down. I used Fired Brick distress ink on the edges and the moon to make it like a blood moon.
 another view
a close-up of the words
page 5 back, again paper by Martha, gold German scrap, collage stage drapes and creepy spider-man-skeleton, and spider web lace ribbon from my stash.

Page 6, MARTHA STEWART paper, transparency borders by ALPHA STAMPS, hanging skull Halloween doo-dad, some of my home made "blood" listed under page one. Collage images and words. I also used a BIC MARK IT! and some RANGER Black Soot distress ink around the edges.
 close-up of words, the bottom says "fills me with artistic horror"
page6 back...Martha paper again, borders rec'd in Halloween prize pack I won on Tabitha Lenox Blog (Kim) 3D coffin shape made out of Masonite, collage images of creepy dolls received in a Halloween thank you pack from another swap by ALPHA STAMPS, German scrap, BIC MARK ITS! Black Soot distress ink, Milagros charm, and RANGER crackle paint in Fired Brick. I cut the eyes out of the dolls and the mouth on the big doll head. Cut out one bug from the same paper, and colored in the eyes and behind the mouth, then glued the bug coming out of the mouth. Sanded the dolls and used the crackle paint and the distress ink.

What do you think?  I am kind of sad that I do not get to keep one of my pages. That is why I am not sure what to do with  the second album...I do however get to do some decorating to the acrylic cover. I'll also add some ribbons and fibers to the rings once put together.


Sus said...

LOVE your book! You have an awesome sens e of style...I would love to be involved in a swap with you!!! Thanks for sharing your work!

Danise said...

Susan they all look fantastic!Makes me want to try this I have never made a chunky book and the pages in a package to start with.I didn't know you could get them like that.But... I'm out here in the BoooOOO~~~nies.Happy Halloween to you!

Deborah said...

Incredible!!! All of them are fabulous. Quite the talented one you are. I would have a hard time giving them away too. **kisses** Deb

Lyn said...

Oh my goodness - your creations are beautiful :-)

Kim said...

Hey Susan, LOVE how your pages turned out! I had to drop out of that swap...would have loved to have had one of yours. BTW, I got one of your Cemetery & Tombstone (or something like that) ATCs in the Sum the glow in the dark bits!

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Hugs!

trisha too said...

Ooooh, I like it, all of it!


Lisa said...

Gooorgeous work!!!