Monday, March 24, 2014

Macabre Monday # 184 Skullduggery

Our new Macabre Monday theme for the next two weeks:


The word 'skulduggery' is a noun,
meaning underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery.
Notice how we purposely misspelled it with two "l"s?
We're looking for SKULLS, but if you can manage to work
both the definition, and the skulls in,
then you have a win, win project on your hands! 

So, just to be clear, we want to see skulls. Lots, and lots of skulls

Also a new Minion in the Dungeon, Fiona Randall, go check out her awesome work

sooooo skulls it is, I made a skull shrine

Deco Art products used:
Dazzling Metalics Venetian Gold
American Acrylics, colours: Mocha, Sable Brown, Sand, Lamp black, Traditional Burnt Sienna
Americana GessoWeathered Wood Crackle MediumDura Clear Matte VarnishGlazing Medium
Elegant finish Metallics  in Renaissance Brown and Emperors Gold Metallic Lustres in Iced Espresso, Copper Kettle,  silver spark,  Black Shimmer.
Texture Fierro  Iron Green
The skull  is a Smeared Ink digi
The rubber stamps are from the Stempelwinkel, the skull/cross bone is a clear stamp, brand unknown
the shrine is made using the vintage cabinet card die and card board, and the fence is the die in the pic

I die cutted (is that a word?) the vintage card 6 times, 2 were given the same treatment as the Dragon Book, see how to here (as a matter a fact I die cutted those 2 from my test piece. I tried this aging  technique on the cardbord first before using it on the book. So glad I saved it cause it saved me a lot of work for this LOL)
The 4 other vintage cabinet cards were glued together. I glued one of the ages cards on the top (aged side up, doh!). Cut the hole out using a ruler and craft knife, safe the aged piece you cut out.
glue the other aged card on the back, (aged side to the back, so you see both aged sides)
see pic
the square aged piece you cut out the first card will be glued in the hole, aged side up, now all sides have a nice aged look and only the sides have to be aged (inside the hole and around the card) but first stamp all the skullies.

To age the sides I used Texture Fierro, apply using a palette knife. Let Dry and add some Elegant Finish Metallics
The flower is also a Tim Holtz Die, same as the ones I used for the Dragon Book, this was a left over from that I explained how to make them here.
The skull is printed twice , cut out and layerd using foam tape to create some dimension, distressed with glossy crackle accents and walnut stain distress ink.

that's about it, go check out the other minions blogs to see the amazing skull projects they made

I will enter the following challenges


  1. Fantastic shrine you made and great that you decorated the back of it too!
    I've read books about a detective called Skullduggery, they are fantastic! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. awesome little skully shrine Mo. TFS your technique xxxx

  3. Great piece - really like the aging on it :o)

  4. OMG, MO! What a fabulous shrine! Truly amazing finish and the details are above and beyond. Love, love, LOVE it! xxD

  5. Fabulous shrine! I also have the cabinet die and now I am inspired to make my own shrine. Love that fence and the dimensional skull!

  6. I would have never known it was a digital skull.. #inspired

  7. A wonderful project. You really have some imagination!

  8. This is amazing work! Loving all you are doing with your mixed media art. I NEED that shrine die! Thanks for enabling.

  9. This is so fabulous Mo wow..Your art is so amazing.Love this project.

  10. Very cool shrine! Fab colours and texture!

  11. Thank for joining us at LOC - Anything Goes! This is brilliant Monique! I do hope you will join us at LOC in future challenges!

  12. Stunning project Mo. Great texture on this. xx

  13. Amazing project with lots of nice inspiration - love it! I like such small shadow boxes, it's gorgeous!
    hugs serafeena