Friday 25 October 2013

Halloween Shaker Coffin.

      I think it's the combination of black and orange that has got me hooked on Halloween, after all it's not really something we do that much in the UK, but it is fun to create something quite different from the norm.
     This didn't start out the way it's ended up, it was always going to be a tag but when I found some Halloween confetti I got carried away with the whole shaker idea, then I found a glow-in-the-dark skeleton and the rest, as they say, is history.
     The tag has been coloured with Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany. Then stamped with a Tim Holtz image from his Rockstar set using Lava Black embossing powder from Creative Expressions, it's black with a hint of dark red.
      The coffin is cut from light brown card using a template from a treat box left over from last year, I had to make it a little bigger to fit my skeleton inside (still had to trim his toes back though!). Rather than fight with foam tape I chose to make a shallow box which will contain all the spiders and beads inside. Before folding the box up I used an Alterations die to cut the word 'Imagine' in the front, then I coloured it with Faded Corduroy ink and stamped it with a woodgrain stamp in Gathered Twigs. The back of the box is purple card to show off the skeleton and his crawling friend, I have added a few caviar beads to the confetti to help it keep moving when shaken.
     The tag is finished off with a few bats die cut with my friends die (thanks Avril), a cobweb from the same confetti pack and a skull from a necklace I found in my local charity shop. The orange ribbon has been stamped with Chocolate Baroque pumpkins and bats in Stazon. Thanks to the position of the skull the tag will actually stand up.
     I would like to say Hello and Thank you to all of you for the lovely comments you leave and a big Hi to my followers old and new.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Halloween
Try It On Tuesday - Halloween
Cards For Men - Halloween
Country View Challenges - Something Spooky
Our Creative Corner - Tag It, Halloween
Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Halloween / Colours


  1. What a fantastic project Rocky and a serendipitous ending too! Love that there's a glow in the dark skeleton inside! Thanks for sharing with us at Sparkles this month, hope to see you again soon.


  2. So this is a veeery three dimensional tag then ;)
    But I LOVE it! Great idea with the shaking thingie!

    Thank you for joining us at OurCreativeCorner!

    Claudia x

  3. Once more me, Rocky,

    saying thank you for also joining our challenge at TIOT!

    Claudia x

  4. Hi Rushanne. I've missed you too! How are you? Love your blog posts. Next retreat will be October 2014. Date to be confirmed. Keep an eye on altered paperie website if you're interested. We got booked up really quickly this year. Would be lovely if you could come along next year. Xxx

  5. Would so love to see the shaking in action! Cool idea to have the skeleton in the coffin (sorry to hear about his trimmed toes!). Thanks for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  6. thank you for joing us atIOT with such a striking idea, really like the colmbination of layer sna d colours.EE

  7. A great Halloween creation, fabulously made too - thanks for joining in this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  8. A clever project, perfect for our challenge. thanks for sharing with us this month at Sparkles. Caz

  9. LOVE this, Rocky! The theme is PERFECT and I LOVE how you used the paper!!! HUGS and hope you have a great rest of your week! :) Mynn xx

  10. Love your tag Rocky, fab! Thank you for adding your sparkle to our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

  11. A clever take on my challenge this month! Wish I could see a little more of the background but I love the way you've constructed it. Pity I can't see the shaky thingy!
    Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner.


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