Sunday 20 October 2013

Indigo Blu Challenge - Things with Wings - Hallowe'en Owl Shrine

On the Indigo Blu blog they are having a challenge to make something with wings. Last month I was lucky enough to be picked and it is such a generous prize - I chose two A5 plates, Hocus Pocus and Sarah's Choice. I thought the Hocus Pocus one would be fun for Hallowe'en as I don't have many suitable stamps and this one has an interesting mix, with a beautiful owl on it. I thought he would fit the bill as my 'things with wings'. I'm a big fan of Indigo Blu as the stamps always stamp up beautifully, and Kay is so sweet and helpful when you meet her at shows. I watched her Create and Craft shows on television last week and jotted down lots of tips and techniques to try and there are some new release stamps I have got my eye on!

I decided to make a wooden shrine and a number of things went Pete Tong along the way! I did the shrink plastic owl a couple of times as I painted the background and the owl, which looked lovely and I will use it on another project but it just didn't stand out enough as a focal point, so I redid it in plain black and white. I measured it carefully to get it to fit within the art mould frame, which I made up in clay, painted in various shades of brown, and highlighted with Ice Fire Treasure Gold.


I wanted my colourscheme to be Hallowe'en colours of purple and green but the purple background gave me a problem of other things not standing out against it. I mixed green paint with my Kroma Krackle for the base of the shrine and patiently left it a couple of days and all was fine, but once I had added the Ice Fire it was more gold than green, although very pretty, so I didn't really have any green in my project. I used more Ice Fire on the photo corner charms and the edges of the shrine as I had nothing to lose by this time! The spider got some too! I then found I couldn't do the gold embossing I had planned around the side edges as my ep was a true gold, so I used some orange K and Co trim which is really pretty, and decided on orange as my additional Hallowe'en colour instead of the green.

On the left hand panel of my shrine I embossed the 'Magic' wording with purple shimmery embossing powder and on the right hand panel, the spider and its web. I applied Croco Crackle in Blackberry through a Harlequin stencil in several places over the shrine and once it had cracked, applied a little Treasure Gold. I then stamped the script from Sarah's Choice, which is lovely, in Galaxy Gold Brilliance, which is a soft gold which goes well with the Ice Fire, to fill in all the gaps. I embossed some bats on black card using a Sizzix embossing folder and carefully cut them out and stamped them with the script in Galaxy Gold for a little twinkle.

I stamped the words 'A friend is like an owl, both beautiful and wise' in shrink plastic' and positioned them under the pumpkins which added a pop of colour. To finish off, I added some fake spider's web around the frame and dotted the bats around the piece.


  1. This is such a pretty shrine. I love the little bats and those spider webs. What a beautiful little owl with the castle in the background too. There is something quite fairy-tale about this project. I love it and the colours you chose in the end work perfectly. Julie Ann xx

  2. A fabulous shrine Lucy, lots of great texture and I particularly like the frame you made.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. This is fabulous - great choice of stamps too by the way. Thanks for joining in with the Forever 21 challenge again ....... good luck! Linda xx

  4. Great make, I love the textures, the colours and this great frame that really makes this wonderful owl pop !! Really gorgeous ! And thank you for your visit on my blog too Lucy. Coco x

  5. Who needs green?! I think your colours work really well, creating a really spooky atmosphere of faded glamour... fabulous shrine!
    Alison xx

  6. Wow so many details, Lucy.
    Maybe you had a different idea and colours in mind, but it ended beautifully! The crackle and shade are gorgeous, so the frame!

  7. Wow Lucy! Love the gorgeous frame around the owl! Fab texture! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. What a fun Halloween shrine--lots of great images and texture, Lucy!

    (Thank you for the congrats, I appreciate it!)


  9. Lucy! How wonderful! Just love all the spooky details :) Kim