Once this gate opens, you will literally be taken to "An Undiscovered Magical World". It is guarded by many frozen Charlottes from the past, a large Raven, and once you go inside, you will witness the Children of The Night. Do NOT look into their eyes!
It was nice to have a moment away, in a creepy yet wonderful place. And the whole thing came together so easily, which always makes for a special project. I started with a Mini 3x4.5 Shadowbox and knew that I wanted to add this new façade and wrought iron gate. A tad of Plum colored paint was all it needed.
My inspiration came from the new An Undiscovered Magical World papers that are available at Alpha Stamps. First I decided on what background I wanted for inside of the shadowbox. I also wanted to include the etched RIP Headstone and Acrylic Raven. Since purple was the main color that I chose, I added different elements that went along with that theme including some Purple Crepe Ribbon, Purple Dresden Borders and Burgundy & Mauve Flowers.
Don't you just love those tiny flowers. And that tombstone must be really old because it broke apart.
This purple paper matched my project perfectly and came from the Spring Posies Solid-Color Paper Set. But many of the colors go fabulously with a "Halloween" type project. Since it is a nice cardstock, it worked in creating my "hinged" wrought iron gate.
I marked the paper to cover the back of the shadowbox as well as the sides, and left an extension of about 1/4 of an inch.
After attaching the back and sides with liquid glue, I had just enough paper to attach the gates to.
I lined the edge of the gate to the edge of the extended paper and glued it into place. This created the "hinge" so that the gate can be opened and closed.
For the back of the shadowbox, because you know I ALWAYS decorate the back of my projects, and this castle scene from another design of An Undiscovered Magical World papers worked perfectly. I added another Etched RIP Tombstone, flowers and used a white gel pen to highlight only the left side of the castle image.
I used the same white gel pen to highlight the left side of other images to make them pop and add to the creepy vibe of the children. Notice that none of the white is perfect, it's "scratchy" because it's spookier.
Now on to my ATCs, which were super easy to create with this 8 1/2 x 11 page with nine of the designs from the An Undiscovered Magical World papers.
I used the above collage sheet, which is already divided into nine perfect ATC designs. Then, I used some of my favorite collage sheet images to create my "Children of The Night". I cut out images that I liked, matched them with one of the ATC backgrounds and when I knew I liked the placement, glued them into place and added highlights with the white gel pen.
Again, I added some purple and although very simple, the ATCs turned out great and look so detailed!
Click the Alpha Stamps link below to see all of the Collage Sheets that I used and many more. The selection is amazing!
Did I not SPECIFICALLY tell you NOT to look into their eyes! What have you done!
For the back of the ATCs, I attached them all onto one of the An Undiscovered Magical World 12x12 paper designs. The ATCs all together make a dragon puzzle of sorts. This is in honor of my Mom who loved dragons, Runes, and all things mystical. I love and miss you so much Mom.
Now go wash your eyes out because you looked into their eyes, and you KNOW what's going to happen if you don't. Don't say I didn't warn you.