Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glitter on my Skull

Hey People!  I hope you are taking the time for some creativity over this long holiday weekend!  As for myself, I get to reminisce how I was in actual labor with the Youngest Kiddo.  Yes, the Labor Day jokes get over used every year!

Staying true to my procrastinating nature, I am just now finishing his card.  But, hey!!  In my defense, I was called into work every day this past week, which makes my mojo go into hiding.  Aaaannnd!! I did get the card done before the family party this evening! WhooHoo!! Bonus points for me! LOL!!

I usually have some idea as to what type of card I want to create for my kids on each milestone birthday.  This time around, I REALLY struggled.  I don't know why.  I just couldn't come up with anything.  Maybe it is my sub conscience way of trying to avoid the fact that my kiddos are bulldozing towards adulthood.

I finally decided to make a card based on one of his favorite things:  Skulls.  I have NOOOOO idea where he got that fascination (wink).  For those of you new to my blog~~I just so happen to like skulls.  And skeletons.  And no, I do not think that they are evil, satanic or morbid.  I think I found them incredibly fascinating while in Anatomy and many years later, I am still drawn to them. 

ANYHOOS!  I digress!  I have had TenSecond Studios Day of the Dead mold in my stash just waiting for me to buckle down and use it in a project.   Combine that with the inspiration from a project that Cheryl did for CHA last year, this is what I came up with:

Can I just say that I would have to use two of the hardest elements to photograph in this project; glitter and metal!!

I started by using a 3 3/4" x 5" piece  Rock Star Black metal with the Day of the Dead mold.  After embossing and detailing the image, I sanded off the raised sections with my sanding block.  I then used Glossy Accents to glue the various sugar coating glitters from Doodlebug Designs and Art Glitter into the recessed areas.  Because I was lazy, I chose not to fill the back of the image with Spackle or embossing paste.  I think that the way this particular image is created, I don't need to worry about the raised areas getting smashed down.  I then used Humungo Sticky Tape to adhere the image to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" top folding piece of White Pure Luxury card stock.  Tip:  though the metal is very light weight, you do want a stronger card base to keep the card from buckling under the weight.

And here is the inspiration piece that Cheryl made

Pretty cool, huh?!

I haven't forgotten that I still need to post my ideas and projects using Claudine Hellmuth's paints and canvas.  I just need to try and remove some of the glitter that would be in every nook and cranny of my office (and me).    Till then..................


Sylvia said...

Love your card, Starla! I am not much into skulls or skeletons, my 39 yr old daughter is, but they are surprisingly very good when used in crafts. My creative side flows when I use them. Yours is so magnificent and I am sure your son will love his card. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Happy birthday to your boy! They must look forward to your special card creations for their birthdays. You are so good at this!


Happy birthday to your son! Love what you came up with, of course anytime you work with metal it is a magical thing!

Carolyn King said...

wow...girl you are just an all around artisan! This is amazing. YOU are amazing!