Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 DOH - Day 12 and Haunted Design House Challenge #177

You should have just left Roni's and are now here at Shoni aka Crafty Inknik's blog.  The lovely Jenn is next.  The Wicked Blogger list is on your left if you just joined us.

Day #12 of the 31 Days of Halloween event, held by Smeared Ink and the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  To start from the beginning, see daily winners, and for more info check out Terra's Blog. 

I will be entering this Day of the Dead mask to the Haunted Design House challenge.  Their  Challenge #177 is Dimensional Hallowe'en.  
"You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en 
based art piece that is dimensional in some way.  
Now foam pop dots are fine, but we are really hoping
to see you guys come up with some real dimension."
Pink is such a dark color...right?  Haahaa...Anyway it's got dimension and had to join the challenge before it ends. 
We had a small get together last night and I ended up making tamales for it.  Which inspired me, that and Sandy's (Shadows in the Moonlight)  wonderful projects, to create this Day of The Dead mask using one of Smeared Ink digital stamps from the set Calaveras.  This one is called Sugar Skull #2.
In between running to the store, cooking, and blog hopping, I rushed to get this mask finished by 4:30.  Love the hubby for all the cleaning he did and kiddos for staying out of the way!  I also apologize for the crappy second picture.  Did not realize it was so bad!
I used a skull purchased at local grocery store for $3 for the face under the mask.  Lots of impatient heat gun drying and so much more in love w/ my Aqua Painter (SU!).  Love having an idea and having it work out, even when rushed, right Monique?!  More deets below w/ more pics.  Have a Fab Saturday and get a hoppin'!
Details, Details...
Please click on pic to enlarge.

Printed out sugar skull image twice in red onto Very Vanilla card stock.
Color in both images with markers and Aqua Painter, so that one is my base and the other for parts.
Placed strips of quick set material, I got from kids art teacher, on Susannah - my skull (for you Steven King fans, the lovely lady made whole).  
Impatiently waited for it to set.  And yes, had to to use 2 heat guns to hurry up process!
Once set (not quite dry, heehehe), added White Gesso to mask and back of first image, which was fussy cut, and adhered image to mask.
Repeat w/ the heat guns.
Made flower bunch with premade flowers from stash and a gold brad, 6 total.
Added Gooseberry Pink DecoArt Americana paint to sides to help cover white of mask and blend edges of fussy cut image.
Heat Guns!
Re-do on colors with inks and Aqua Painter.  Added Cherry Cobbler Details onto face and center of flowers.
Adhered parts from second colored image, eyes and nose to mask.  Re-colored w/ markers and Aqua Painter.
Adhered flowers, spiders (from stash they were rings), and added Crystal Effects to eyes and teeth.
Heat Guns save the day!
Last, added netting (from stash) and top spider.
All materials used are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Susannah says "Think Pink this Month Ladies".  Thanks for hanging in there and see you for Day 12.


  1. Dude! That is awesome! What a great and stealable idea!!!! I love tamales (with ketchup)

  2. I havae thought about doing something like this and never had the nerve. Thank you for showing me how great it can turn out!

    Of course I can see then wanting to make a few more...
    maybe turning them into a garland...

  3. Holy crap, Shoni! You did all this AND made tamales? It boggles the mind. Every time I come here I say "I HAVE to try that". You're amazing! You actually used card stock rather than tissue for the stamped images. WOW. Oh, and BTW, pink is a great color for a DOTD mask. It's a festive joyous occasion, not morbid or creepy. Thanks so much for sharing this with HDH, too. xxD

  4. Shoni,
    I am diggin' your DOTD mask. I don't understand fully how you did it even-tho I have sat here for an hour reading your post. Oh well I guess I am a bit daft. Anyways, I love it. I am a Stephen King fan, a DOTD fan too. I think you did a great job. So now what are you going to do w/ the mask?

  5. Wow, that is a lot of work in such a short period of time. The skull looks awesome, and the bright colours are perfect.

  6. Wow, amazing project! The netting is a great touch too.

  7. So creative and a beautiful result! Now I will be looking at my skulls in a different way. I guess I need some plaster casting strips now, don't I?
    Thanks for sharing this awesome make with us at HDH!
    Now how about those tamales.....?

  8. Ooooo wicked cool sugar skull mask, nicely done!

  9. Wicked mask. Love all the deets on how you made it. Thanks so much. Wonderful colors.

  10. Awesome mask! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Totally awesome mask! I guess I don't understand how you got the colored card stock to go around all of the bumps and valleys but it's enough to know you did!! Wow!

  12. Wow this is awesome. Thanks for sharing how you achieved this great skullie. It looks great painted pink! Love the flowers and spider that you added!

  13. ohhh this is the colors and the spider!

  14. wow!!! that's fantastic!!! Love how made this, and i love the pink!! mo x

  15. This is FABULOUS!!! seems so easy, looks really hard. I think your colors are perfect for the sugar skull... Your dinner looks YUMMY!