Friday, 21 October 2016

"Spooky" guest post for A VINTAGE JOURNEY

Hello all!
Welcome to my page today!
So happy to share with you my guest DT project for AVJ where the theme is "SPOOKY"! Those who know me well and have seen my works, know I have not ventured in this style till date! Yes, this is my first make in this theme and I did have some sleepless nights when i had to so so.
However keeping my "recycling motto" intact, I decided to make a book box from a discarded packaging box. I used the lid of the box as the inside box for the book. I made the covers with chipboard and went about with my mixed media fun !
I covered the entire book and the box inside with black gesso and had fun with some sprays and stencils.

I got my new set of supplies from Deco Art and waiting to start work with them I have used the star stencil and sprayed in with some Deco art orange spray, dried it and then had a scrap piece of paper from the Lost and found pack. I scrunched it with water and then inked the edges with black soot DI and placed it in the center. There is some coconut coir beneath the paper for dimension, and the inks from the stencil found its place on the paper too!
 I wanted something spooky,(obviously) as the focal point. I got some alteration dies as a Secret Santa gift from AVJ and it was just perfect for this project. I cut the bat out from chipboard and gave a coat of orange acrylics.Then covered it with crackle paint from Deco art.

I added some black color to the crackle paint and as it dried, the cracks reveled the orange beneath.Fairly spooky...I was getting there, lol! I highlighted the edges with Burnished brass, metallic lustre from deco art.
 I slapped the remaining crackle paint here and there on the lid and sides of the box. I rubbed in metallic lustre green and brass on these too. Dry brushing these metallic lustres on black gesso background, gives an amazing natural texture.
 I just love that look.I think I have got the colors right here for the challenge. It was still not spooky enough! I altered a mini glass vial with crackle paint and hand wrote the magic word on it and then a spooky charm just added the final touch to the cover!
 The metallic green lustre gives a lovely effect to the cover all around. I have rubbed the edges with it.
 Once happy with the outside, I used jute twine for the closure and proceeded to make the inside. Are you ready????

I used some orange hand made paper and stenciled with black soot and some random stamping also. This became the inner cover for the lid. The box inside is bursting with some tags.

 I made 2 sets of tags. Got then as free printables on the net. I have mounted them on hand made paper, distressed the edges with the distressing tool and have inked them with DI rusty hinge.
 Here is the entire array of spooky tags! I just loved making this part...I could almost visualize the witch laughing here, lol!
 I bet she would have loved to hold them!
 And finally, just so to let you know how BIG my project was....

I had a great time working on this project, I admit was so relieved, when this was done! It is a great honor to be showcasing this project over at A Vintage Journey and I am glad the team gave me an opportunity to come out of my comfort zone and make this one. Will cherish project forever!
I would like to carry this box along to the following challenges...
Country View challenges- All things spooky
TIOT - Scary and Spooky

Сорок пятое задание "Gothic"- Gothic

Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and recyling.


  1. wow made the Witch super !!!!! but honestly, hats off to your creativity , love all the colors and this is a real special work !!

  2. An amazing project woth lots to admire

    Thank you for joining in at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. An AMAZING spooktacular project ! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  4. It is an awesome Spooktacular project with so many fabulous pieces.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's.

  5. cute box...sorry so spooky and scary..loved it

  6. Such a spookutacular project , Rupa! And I love the tags, so vintage and gorgeous!

  7. Wow, truely outstanding work, what is not to love? Stunning work on the box and the tags are a great finishing touch. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Boots Halloween Challenge.


  8. What a fabulously spooky creation Rupa, wonderful box and brilliant idea to use the antlers die cut for your bat! Love the tags inside as well, wonderful project and thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  9. LOVE IT!!! Absolutely incredible work... and where did you find the file for those great lables?

  10. What fun you have had Rupa and how much I have enjoyed visiting your blog. This is a wonderful piece of art, so creatively put together. Thanks for joining in with Country View Crafts.