Happy Horror to You

HELLO OCTOBER!!  WOO HOO!!  It’s going to be a fun month here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and it begins with a new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!!  I’ve really been looking forward to this challenge, to let my inner dark side come out for a play, with our Hostess Laura’s, theme this month–HEEEEERE’S Laura!!

“Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins….We want….


For this Halloween, share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines. 

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments, or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.  Reach for the grungiest colors and textures–Come over to the dark side of Halloween.

Can you scare us?”

Well, I’ll certainly try, Laura–


 I took Laura’s theme to heart, that of the darkest kind it seems, and created this art journal page full of macabre, with a bit of black humor, too, to soften the blow, so to speak.  I’ve got just a few photos of what I did to put this fiendish page of grisliness together….if you dare to look?


I’m working on a page in my 6″ x 8″ art journal.  I started with spritzing my page with water, then I sprayed a couple of Distress Spray Stains over the surface and heat set, but I don’t remember which colors these were–Could be Pumice Stone & Antique Linen?


I spritzed Hickory Smoke DSS directly to the bottom, spritzed with water, then heat set.


I applied WV Embossing Paste through my Brick stencil and let air dry.


When the embossing paste was dry, I stood the journal upright then sprayed Fired Brick & Barn Door DSSs at the top and let it drip down and pool at the bottom of the page.  I roughly painted Black Soot DI with my water brush in between the crevices of the bricks, then stamped the image of Penelope into place, so I know where future placements will occur.


I rubbed a layer of DAM Gold Interference over Penelope’s stamped image with my finger and laid down a strip of TH design tape.  In the grand scheme of things, I want an aura, of sorts, around Penelope-as if she could be standing under a light source, or illuminated by something from within, maybe?


I added a fussy cut shadow image of Penelope and rubbed Black Soot DP over the strip of tape.  From here on out, I didn’t take pictures of the stamping, heat embossing, water coloring and such going on behind the scenes, sorry about that….


…But, how ’bout that quote?  This devilishly, delicious quote–I cannot take credit for!  I am a fan of witty dialogue and snarky banter and this little gem is from an American comedy (no longer on the air) called Arrested Development (…narrated in season 3 when Michael meets Rita).  That show was chock full of hilariously snarky dialog that I just loved (and still do)!

Anyways, I digress–I printed the quote out from my computer, cut into word bands and treated to its crackly finish with DAM Crackle Glaze.  The Union Jack is found in the London Underground stamp set that I had colored directly with DMs, spritzed with water, then stamped upon coffee stained vellum.  Oh, those cobwebs!!  That’s an image from the Haunted set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped it onto tissue paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed.  I carefully fussy ripped each cobweb out and colored with my Pumice Stone DM.  The embossed image acts as a resist, so the marker only colored the tissue paper and not the cobweb.


Penelope’s hat & spiders are from Tim Holtz’s Undertaker set.  Those were stamped with black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper, heat embossed then fussy cut.  The announcement of deaths behind Penelope is also from the Undertaker set that I stamped onto coffee stained vellum and cut out.  I carefully burned the vellum in places and added a few of my faux rusted brads in place.  I water colored Penelope with my water brush and Distress Markers and her little arachnid friend is hanging from a piece of cotton string.


Before I started layering all of the images onto the page, I spritzed the cobwebs with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a shimmery appearance.  After adhering everything onto the page, I gave Penelope and the word bands a little extra shading with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I can tell you, I’m having a bit of a giggle with this page!  Or maybe it’s more like an evil cackle?!

And, as this is an art journal page created to inspire for our Our Creative Corner Horror themed challenge this month, I dare not forget to mention this month’s sponsor, Nicecrane Designs!


Nicecrane is sponsoring our challenge with a $20 voucher to their online store, to one of our randomly chosen participants.  They’ve got some great vintage Halloween images…..

Well, there you go–My creative start for the month of October.  If today’s creation is an example of what’s in store this month, you’re in for a ‘bump in the middle of the night” kind of ride!!

Thanks for joining me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 6″ x 8″ Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum
  • Stamps:  Penelope (Stampotique); Undertaker (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); London Underground (Artistic Outpost); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Pigment Inks (Colorbox); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Embossing Powder (my stash); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Texture Sand Paste, Gold Interference, Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Brick Stencil (My Favorite Things); Cotton String; Design Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife; Scissors;

25 thoughts on “Happy Horror to You

  1. Oh Shari, to be honest, I totally adore this piece, really I do, but it made me smile, because, even though you obviously tried really hard to meet Laura’s horror theme, I think you are just way too nice a person to create something that really portraits horror….. It’s a totally brilliant page and I love how you have woven the techniques and elements together, but sorry that girl just makes me smile like I said…. Happy October to you!!

    • Thank You Astrid!! 🙂 🙂 I really laugh at this AJ page, too!! I didn’t know how it was going to be received while creating it, but I said -GO FOR IT, bring some old timey horror into play by mentioning Jack the Ripper, but then turn it funny!! And Penelope does look kind of innocent, but I think those scissors give her away 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad to have brought a morbid smile to your face, Astrid!! 🙂 🙂 That makes me feel Horrorful–or should I was Wonderful!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  2. Oh I love this Shari, the way you have done the bricks makes them look so realistic and I just love the image you chose. I love Halloween horror and Penelope does look a bit worrying with those scissors in her hand….. Apologies for missing some of your posts whilst I have been taking a break, I am trying to play catch-up now…. Hugs, Anne xx

    • Hi Anne!! So glad that you popped over for a looksee!! The scissors that Penelope are holding were the capper for me to use her on this page 😉 🙂 I thought she evoked just the right amount of playful horror for our OCC challenge this month!! I’m so glad that you like my AJ page 🙂 🙂 Thank you for coming over, Anne!! It’s always nice to have you!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Shari, hello, I`m home from Copenhagen again, and ready to be intertained with your fantastic creations, This scarry piece ,made in so many steps, is a wonderful horror card.
    The bricks filled with blod ,the glittering spiderweb, and the “sweet” spider running with his thread, so many gorgeous details. It is a wonderful card !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

    • Hi Dorthe!! Oh, I could use a spot of time off in Copenhagen 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you’re back and safe at home!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for coming by to see my horror filled AJ page 🙂 I really giggled the whole time making this…not quite sure if others would see the black humor in such a terror filled point in UK history–bringing up Jack the Ripper and all! 😉 But, Laura wanted horror and I hope I delivered?! 🙂 🙂 Thank You soooo much for stopping by!! XOXO-Shari

    • Lys–You got it!! The “If” says volumes….will she, won’t she…Hmmmmm…. 🙂 🙂 LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping in for a closer peek!! I hope I didn’t scare you away?! 🙂 🙂 Happy Horrorful October!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Shari – I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT. The texture, the arrangement, the colours and the funny quote, I am not even going to tell you where my mind went….-Candice-

    • Hi Candice!! Thank You!! Oh, gosh–don’t even get me started on where my mind was when I was crafting on these days!! LOL!!! I had ‘mood’ music on during these days–Bauhuas, The Cure, Shriekback, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Ministry–you know, good Goth music to set the tone!! LOL 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like this AJ page! I’ve got a wickedly dark sense of humor and this page may just show a little bit of that side of me!! 😉 🙂 But, it’s all good fun, too!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by Candice!! XOXO-Shari

  5. Jam packed with amazing attention to detail and what about that fabulous texture you created, the brick wall is quite brilliant, the most perfect colour. I love the spookiness of this but with a generous dash of quirkiness. The spider suspended from the web is so fabulous.
    Love this!

    • Thank You, Lynne!!! Even though this is a horrorful page, I had to inject humor into it, too, but that’s just me!! LOL 🙂 🙂 I should have used silver thread to suspend the spider from!! Of course, hindsight is always 20/20 right? 😉 Hmmmmm…I think I’m going to have to make something else with those spiders and cobwebs, so I can use silver thread!! Thank you so much for stopping by and having a look at my macabre offering!! Happy Friday to you, Lynne!! XOXO-Shari

  6. Some very black humour and some very quirky creativity – wonderful blood red brick wall, and I certainly wouldn’t want to meet Penelope and her scissors on a dark night in an alleyway!
    Alison xx

    • Oh, I know! I’ve turned crafty Penelope into something else entirely!! She’s not scary, really she’s not—OR IS SHE?! MWAAAHHHHHH!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for popping in, Alison!! Happy Friday to you!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Shari…this is over the top cool! I love your urban brick background. Very cool!! Your stamped image if Penelope is great placement. Love the way you colored her! Your sentiment is perfect for this theme and also for your art piece. Great job!!

    • Thank You Candy!! Oh the horror of it, right?! I know not the nicest of subjects, but add a little humor, and this AJ page was born!! I’m so glad that you like it!! I giggle every time I take a peek at it!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for coming over, Candy!! Happy Friday!! XOXO-Shari

  8. A fabulous piece Shari. I love the crackle with glaze behind the word bands and the bricked background is perfect for this scene. I also love what you did with the vellum, burning it in places. VERY COOL! Karen.x

    • Thank You, Karen!! Morbidly cool, right? I just have to have these creative moments sometimes–Can you tell I’m not politically correct?!! LOL 🙂 🙂 Oh, and I took a page from you and my crafty friend Lynne, and stained my own papers!!! Oh gosh, and burning that little piece of vellum—I almost caught the whole thing on fire!! 🙂 🙂 Next time, I’ll start with an uncut piece, add flame, then cut down to size!! 🙂 🙂 Happy Friday to you, Karen!! Thanks so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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  10. Hi Shari, what a great Hallowe’en page for your journal. Those cobwebs must have taken ages to create! Love them! The Ripper is not a cool subject in the UK but I like your interpretation. Hugs Jan x

    • Hi Jan!! I don’t think ‘the Ripper’ is cool anywhere, but I had to invoke him for my horrorful AJ page! I couldn’t resist–I’ve got a very dark sense of humor! LOL :):) Oh, the cobwebs—easy peasy…heat emboss in white on tissue paper carefully, then carefully color with the side of a DM and heat dry again. I colored the tissue so it would blend in better and only expose those spooky webs! 🙂 🙂 I do wish I had taken pictures of those when I was making them…they turned out pretty cool!! Thanks for coming by, Jan!! HAPPY OCTOBER!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Shari, I had to laugh when I first saw this…forgive me…but she reminds me of my daughter. When she puts the clean dishes away, and happens to have a knife she sings in a sinister sing song…”Lauren’s got a knife, a knife!” You have to be there, but it’s real creepy!

    Anyhoo, but I have squeals of delight over this! I love your brick background, so artsy fartsy, and those fab. cobwebbers! So cool!!!! And that one final perfect touch…the death notices! You are brilliant!

    • Oh, Sara Emily–I want to hear your daughter’s song!! 🙂 🙂 LOL!!! I’m glad that you got a chuckle out of this AJ page–it’s a compliment to me that this page took you to something personal!! Well, that’s how I’m going to take this!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

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