I decided to use her - Shoe 3D die - and I had all intentions of making a sweet little baby boy shoe for a friend who is having a baby boy in a few months. But something dark and ugly came over me and this is how my shoe ended up!
Kent says it looks like Frankenstein's shoe and, yes, I guess that is the look I was going for! I left the ribbon hanging instead of tying a bow as it looked more sinister somehow......
I have several step by step photos to share just how this all came about! First I die cut the shoe out of Little Sizzles Cream Matboard. Then I assembled it. Next I covered the outside with Graphite Texture Paste using my palette knife. It has a rough sandy texture and a little glitter in it. I poked a wooden barbecue skewer through the lacing holes to clear the paste out of them. I left the shoe overnight to dry.
I used the shoe die to cut out pieces to line the shoe with - I just had to cut them down a little bit to fit inside. I trimmed the side pieces along the bottom edge so I didn't mess up the lacing holes.
I painted around the inside seams and along all the edges of the shoe and any other parts that the cream matboard showed through.
and then I fit the lining pieces inside - being sure to match up the lacing holes. On my finished shoe - you can't even see the lining! (but I know it's there!!??!) The papers are from Paper Stash - Regions Beyond.
I colored a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers. Tim showed us this technique on his July Tag. Then I spritzed it with water so the colors blended.
I crunched up the ribbon and dried it with my heat tool.
I threaded the ribbon through a large eye needle (that I made sure would fit through the hole before forcing it!) and laced up the shoe - being careful when I pulled the ribbon through the holes that they didn't tear.
Then I started preparing things I wanted to put on my shoe. I colored the Crossbones and Oddities Spider by dropping Espresso Alcohol Ink on them - purposely not covering them completely so some of the silver still showed.
I dabbed Espresso and Butterscotch Alcohol ink along with Blending Solution on this Oddities word tag.
I filled the shoe with orange/black/white basket shred to hold the tongue of the shoe up. I folded a piece of cool spider web ribbon in half and stuck it into the shoe against the back, I added the spider to the web with a jump ring (see it there?!) I backed the ephemera moon to a piece of black card stock and stuck it into the back of the shoe on a Memo Pin. I glued the web to the back of the moon to help keep the web up. The ephemera skeleton is just sitting on the edge of the shoe.
I used Alpha Parts/Newsprint to spell out BOO on one side of my shoe. I adhered it with Multi Medium.
and with a 'nod' to the fact it's supposed to be a baby shoe - I spelled out 'mummy' on the other side (a little double entendre!) Since the letters are black - I rubbed some Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain over them with my finger so they stood out a bit better against the black shoe.
I attached the Oddities word charm to the lacing with a Loop Pin and adhered the Crossbones and Ephemera 31 with Multi Medium.
I really love how my Halloween shoe came out - I think it will be a fun decoration for my kitchen windowsill! My little shoe measures approx. 1 3/4w"x4d"x2h" - perfect size for a little party favor.
This month we can win a Sizzix Prize Pack! Check out all the details at the Art with Heart Blog.
I'm also linking my creation to:
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Get Texty
Paper: Little Sizzles Cream Matboard - Sizzix, Paper Stash/Regions Beyond - Tim Holtz
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories: ScorTape, Shoe 3D die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Espresso, Butterscotch and Blending Solution, Brushed Pewter Ranger Distress Spray Stain, Idea-ology - Alpha Parts/Newsprint, Adornments/Crossbones, Oddities, Crinkle Ribbon, Loop Pins, Frightful Ephemera, Jump Rings, Memo Pin, Ranger Distress Markers Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade, Multi Medium - Ranger, Graphite Texture Paste - Prima, Spider Web Ribbon - May Arts, Umber Acrylic Paint - Dina Wakley.