Wednesday, 13 October 2010

An Altered State

Ooooh, Halloween will soon be here and I was talking to the young daughter of a friend the other day, who is planning a Halloween party with her sister and younger brother.  So I thought they'd appreciate today's project:

Image: Just Inklined, 'Bub Zombie'

Label: generated on my PC

This is my entry for the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge - 'Alter it' (and see below for how this project started!)
I've been waiting for ages to get dear old Bub coloured up. He's a sorry old sight, isn't he. Poor thing - he doesn't look well! (He-he.) I chose to colour a first layer of pale yellow and then to use warm greys to add all the shading - I reckon it gives him a really zombie-like pallor.

So, want to know how this project started out?  This is the beginning:

Yup, that's right - two empty sticky tape reels! These are exactly the same diameter.  See what happens next ...

With a piece of acetate I created a tube that would sit inside both reels - one at the top, one at the bottom, like so:

I didn't attach the acetate at this point - I needed to work on the reels themselves.  I coloured the edges of the reels black, with a chisel-end black Copic then covered the reels with black paper/card.   The bottom one is covered to the exact height of the reel; for the top one, I cut a piece of card twice as deep as the reel, plus a little for the punched edge.  I punched the edge before attaching the card to the reel so that it created a deeper rim. 

Then I cut two circles from black card, which were stuck to the reels to form a bottom and a lid, like this (this is the bottom). 

I popped the acetate back in place and secured it to the bottom with a couple of small pieces of double-sided tape, tucked just inside the base of the container.

I bought the eyeball chocolates from a local grocery store and filled up the container.  But it looked a bit bare, even though it was full, so I thought I'd try coming up with an appropriate label: 

If you want to use it, feel free - I'd appreciate a credit and a link back, though, if you'd be so kind.  (Just click on the image to enlarge and then save.)

 So with the label applied, it was time to add Bub to the container to finish off and I hope you'll agree that this makes a great Halloween gift for three very gruesome children!

(Whew - what a long one that was!  Sorry for the strange layout - I can never get Blogger to put my photos where I really want them to be and this new uploader crashes Internet Explorer almost every time I use it!  Thanks for persevering to the end!)

Happy crafting.


  1. Peri, you have such a grand imagination! My mind can go blank just making a card.... I am sure that the gruesome kids will get a big kick out of this.

  2. Oh this is toooooo clever! And your colouring is amazing too!!!!! What an awesome project!

  3. What a fantastic little project... and a great tutorial! I love your colouring... and he's definately scary! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage! Shelly ;)

  4. This is sooo good and different :)

  5. This is a lovely project, lovely colours & image, thanks for joining in at OSCC. Janet


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