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Sunday, 28 October 2012

A Monster Mash

Hello there, Horace here for your delectation today. What awful weather we're experiencing here in Great Beartain. One good thing though, bad weather means more time in, which in turn means more time to craft.
While perusing challenge blogs for ins'bear'ation, I came across this fabulous challenge from Smudgy Antics, calling for a theme of Monster Mash, what fun. I do love their challenges, and racked my furry little bear brain for something suitable to submit. I was trying to think of rhymes for monsters, but my brain decided to freeze completely, and I didn't want to use the lines from the very famous song.

My brain was getting tired with all the thinking I was forcing it to do, so I decided to just start my project and go with the flow, sometimes I think too much and it produces a mental art block! Not good as by the time I'd defrosted my brain, the challenge had closed!!! Never mind, not to be defeated, I gallantly carried on regardless...

I decided to start by spraying some tags with Dylusions sprays, so out came the old faithful pizza spray booth. Wilbear makes us spray in the kitchen now, as we are rather messy bears, and the tiles are much easier to wipe clean than the newly decorated bedroom walls.
First I sprayed two tags with a little water

Then sprayed three Dylusions colours; lime, turquoise and purple

I pressed the tags together to distribute the mists, then dried them with the heat gun.

Once the tags were dried, Wilbear allowed me back into the bedroom, where the bears' craft desk is. I needed to decide which tag to use, hmmm. Eeenie meeenie....

I chose this monster stamp for my tag, this was stamped for us courtesy of our lovely friend Florence, who has her very own fab blog too.

I just needed to add some colour to the image with my pens. I carefully considered my monster colours.

All I then had to do was cut the image out once coloured.

Back to my tag. I decided it needed a little more decoration, so sprayed some water through a mask, directly onto the tag.

I waited a moment, then carefully pulled the mask off the tag, and dabbed off the excess water with some kitchen roll, to produce this effect.

I thought the tag still needed a little 'je ne sais quois' (ooh la la I've gone all cultured), so I selected some distress ink, in Dusty Concord,

some Andy Skinner stamps,

and rolled randomly over the tag (the stamp, not me, although many regular readers would probably not be surprised by either antic!)

Next, I typed and printed a sentiment, this printed onto white card, so I selected Shabby Shutters Distress ink

and inked over my white sentiment, for added definition.

Before adhering everything to my tag, I played with the placement of my various elements, until I was entirely happy. Then I 'Pritt Stick'ed away. Voila

And a close up. My sentiment reads 'Monster on a bed of mash' with the idea being that he loves mash so much, he even sleeps on it. It's so comfy, and if he's a little peckish during the night, he can have a little munch!

Hmm, for some reason, I suddenly fancy a big plate of sausage 'n' mash now. TTFN (time to find nosh).

With love from the bears.


  1. Love this tag! Shame you missed the deadline :) xx

  2. What a lovely play on the Monster Mash, Horace... so sad the deadline passed! Love your inky textures - great trick with the mask and the water... going to give that a try. Enjoy your nosh - hope you find some sausage and mash!
    Alison x


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