Monday, 9 October 2017

The Undertaker...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...

This week, our challenge theme is called ~ NOT A CARD and this is an easy one, because you could make something simple like a tag or bookmark, or be more adventurous and decorate a journal page or make a Halloween or Christmas decoration. Whatever you decide to make we will be looking forward to seeing your creation and hope you'll join us for our fun challenge...

For my project, and I think by now you know that I LOVE all things Halloween, I decided to get my "spook on" once again and create a project that can be one of two things, which you will see as I go through the creative process...but for now welcome to The Undertaker's parlour...

...and here's how I created this fun Halloween project!

To begin with I used Tim Holtz's Vignette Coffin Box and I wanted to keep the wood looking really natural and show the grain and texture but I did want it slightly darker, so for this I used Black Soot Distress Paint and just painted the coffin, inside and out.

I then wanted to create a lining for my box and I found the perfect paper in the Halloween Paper Stash. I cut each panel of paper to fit the bottom, sides and the top of my box and adhered them into place using Collage Medium.
To create a more worn, vintage feel to the wood, I dry brushed the surface with Pumice Stone Distress Paint and then added just a touch of Alchemy Wax around the edges.

For the finishing touch to the box, I added some Hinge Fasteners to create the handles, placing two fasteners on each side of the coffin. I then applied a small amount of Steampunk Copper, Gold Rush and Black Soot Paint around the outside of the fastener to give the look of rust around the metal.
Now for the top section and the embellishments...

To begin with I made my cobweb by die cutting black card and then embossing the web to create a more substantial structure. To emboss it, I dabbed the surface with Versamark Ink and then sprinkled over black and Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder which I heat embossed until molten and shiny. Repeat this for a couple more times.

I mounted the undertaker sign onto woodgrain card, coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint and then attached two mini brads to each side.
The cobweb, undertaker sign and the Halloween Ephemera piece are all attached to a piece of black card which I folded to create a cube shape of approximately 1.5 x 1cm.
This will hold the skeleton, lightly coloured and proudly displaying his Halloween Heirloom Rose and the cobweb securely in place, allowing them to stand upright and not bend or waver, it also creates great dimension to the finished project when stuck down onto the coffin lid.
I then added some sisal fibres and cheesecloth that is dyed using Peeled Paint and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, arranging the material and fibres so they are draped around my upright skeleton and coffin. Attach these to the lid using small amounts of Collage Medium to secure them into place.
I then added my idea-ology pumpkins, boneyard findings, a bouquet finding coloured with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and the skull.
I also added a roll of paper, tied up with string which I cut from the paper stash and then just rolled it up to look like an old newspaper. To complete the lid of the coffin, I added some moss and a little spider from the Halloween Adornments, which is just climbing out of the newspaper roll.
Finally, I added some chain to drape around the coffin and attached one of the Halloween Typed Tokens, altered with Copper Alcohol Ink, and placed it to hang from the corner section.
Now, as I mentioned...this can be one of two things ~ you can either add lights inside the coffin so it lights up from beyond....
...or it could be a candy box, filled to the brim with spooky chocolates ready to display on your halloween table!

However you choose to use your Undertaker's coffin, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process of how I made this project!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. Very spooky coffin Emma! the whole design of this is fabulous! I love the skull and the skeleton undertaker, there is so much to look at and admire here, spookylicious!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Stunning Halloween display! Love all of it!

  3. FABULOUS creation Emma!!! I love all the details and the dry brushing makes the wood look so rich! Plain spooky perfection!

  4. Stunning Halloween creation Emma! Thanks so much for sharing xx

  5. I couldn't wait to pop over to your blog and see all the details on this one, Emma. It's amazing! Each detail is done to perfection right down to filling it with eyeball candy. I love the look that the dry brushing gives the wood. So fun!

    Cathie ♥

  6. OMG this is really creepy! The light going out from the coffin is scary! I can't stop watching all teh mini details you put all around here. So many elements to look at. Amazing work. Hugs, Marzena

  7. What a perfect treat holder for Halloween! The detailing on this piece is so amazing! I love how you pieced it together :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Very spooky and wonderful details on your project!!!

  9. the "undertaker's parlor"- LOVE!!!

  10. Outstanding project Emma! Your Undertaker is absolutely many details I don't know where to look first...some eye-candy! (just like the creepy chocolate!!! LOL!)
    Gosh you are talented my Friend...and I'll never grow tired of repeating that...lots of love...Simona.

  11. Such a stunning creation! The lights inside the coffin are a lovely addition and there is so much to look at with all the details you added - amazing 😁. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  12. WOW!! This is amazing, Emma! Love how you have the skeleton rising from the coffin, and the lights in it, and all the fun details! You create such masterpieces of detail and fun! hugs, Maura

  13. Week after week, you stun me with your detailed and professional projects! They look flawless every time, yet they're so full of life and are "approachable" (which is a funny thing to say about a coffin scene)! The point is that I love your aesthetic and how you inspire by how incredible your work is, but you also give so many ideas that anyone can implement. This is another winner of a piece!

  14. What a fantastic project you made Emma So creative!

  15. amazing as always, so much attention to detail, who wouldn't want to receive this spooky creation full of treats...hugs kath xxx

  16. This is such a fantastic Halloween project, Emma. All the embellishments and details are awesome! :)

  17. Great projects, love your work!!!

  18. This is fabulous, Emma! Love the coffin and the lights in it and also creepy eyeball candy ! So much details and spooky elements! Just amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  19. My jaw hit the floor with this one , Emma. It's absolutely spectacular! WoW! Incredible! The attention to detail, the perfect positioning of all those halloween elements, the Undertaker- well he's just the 'coolest'- I'm sat here with the biggest smile (once I picked the jaw up off the floor, that is). You really have 'Nailed' this one .
    You really are a creative forse to be reckoned with .
    big hugs x

  20. This is one of my favorite projects of yours! Details are so many and I could spend hours to observe them! fab work! barbara


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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