I started with one of those really cute and sturdy boxes that jar candles come in; this one I found at Target. The bonus is that after I took out my candle to use, the box still smells like it! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Bamboo Juniper, I'll get to enjoy the scent every time I open it up...
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A coat of paint went down first, and then I cut my scraps of paper to fit each side and top. I used inks to distress and age the box (after paint dried) and papers, and then once again stamped with my crosshatch stamp from Quoth The Raven (Smeared Ink). I attached the papers to the top and sides of the box and modge podged. For the bottom of the box, I distressed and stamped with the spider web from Lonely Boy and Puff, then also covered in modge podge.
My main images come from our As Death stamp set, and features a great scene of a skeleton king hypnotizing his subjects...or maybe he's cursing them, who knows. But I love the image! Because it is slightly bigger than the sides of my box, I stamped each image a little off to one side every time so it looks like the pic is panning from left to right as you turn the box to see the four images.
I distressed these images as well, and then modge podged them to the sides of the box. Finally, I decided to make my life difficult by punching holes up each side of the box with my awl and stitching all the way up with black embroidery floss. Not only was it difficult, but I slipped and drove my awl half way into my finger. Ouch!!!! Oh well, sacrifice to the skeleton king I guess!
So, that's it. This guy will be going on my mantle with other skeleton goodness once I lug out all of my Halloween decorations, maybe this weekend. Eventually I'll share a pic of my house all done up; probaby toward the end of the month when I'm done with all my projects. Until then, have fun hopping through the Wicked Blogs today, and don't forget to leave a comment if you're a Horrifying Hopper. If you need a refresher on the 31 Days Rules, scroll down two posts and read all about it. See you tomorrow!!