Friday, 18 October 2013

Halloween week - Neil

Neil's turn today with an altered Tando Creative coffin with cobweb. 
Love all the work on here: the colours, the stamping, the layering and the crackle. It all falls into place.... 
What do you think? Let us know in a comment below... 

I started off with the Tando Creative Layered Coffin with Cobweb. I've done a couple of preparation steps for you to make it easier if you want to create your own. 
The first job is to create a hinged lid so the coffin can be closed
Take one of the solid large pieces and the frame with the cobweb and place them side by side. Join them together using Tissue tape as shown. 

I use this tape because it is thin but strong, it doesn't bulk up the side so it's easy to close.

Close it carefully and put more tissue tape on the sides wrapping it all round. This gives you a good strong hinge.

Take one of the smaller inside sections and use texture paste to cover it. (I've used a Crackle Texture) Set aside to dry.  

Lastly, use one of the frames to create a template for stamping onto out of white card. Draw inside so you can see where to position your images.
Ok. Now we are ready to put everything together! (No photos for the following steps)

Take all the outer frame pieces and the top piece that you hinged and glue everything together. Paint everything black.
Choose your images for stamping. I used The Chemist plate from Tim Holtz.
Stamp the main image onto the card using the lines you drew in as a guide for placement. Mask it off and add the bottles to the bottom areas, masking off if needed to layer up. Mask the main image and stamp the background.
Colour with with Markers and I then used glossy accents to add shine to the "glass" elements. When you are happy glue it to the base and glue that to the rest of the coffin.
Stamp and cut out the sentiment "What's your Poison Sir?" onto card and cut out.
So, the inside of your coffin ends up like this 

Now to finish the outside.......
Take the smaller spider on a thread from the Tando Creative grab bag of spiders (really creepy these!) Paint it black and cover with a single layer of UTEE. Stick a gem onto it and cover everything with another layer of clear UTEE and you end up with this 

To finish the lid, use Black Soot Distress Ink to highlight the texture piece and glue that onto the main lid. Use glossy accents or clear UTEE to add shine to the black edges of the top. (I used UTEE but it is kind of fiddly so glossy accents would be easier)
Glue the spider to the top and you end up with this deliciously creppy, gorgeously textured piece. 

Tim Holtz - The Chemist stamps
Tim Holtz - Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz - Distress Markers
Clear UTEE and Versafine embossing ink

See you soon, 



  1. This is fab work Neil!! Love the crackle and the inside... not so sure about the spider...

  2. Fab Halloween creation, I've also got some bats that I brought back from the USA that might work for this ( as soon as I've unpacked & got myself straight)


  3. A great version of the layered coffin, love it Neil !! Coco xx

  4. A very stylish coffin ! I especially like the lid with the spider and the crackly texture.
    Corrie x

  5. Fabulously spooky design, just love that coffin! You could make fab invites for a Hallowe'en party if you were having one & all the guests would have something to keep afterwards.


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