Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clear Scraps Haunted Castle

Happy Halloween All!!

When I was a kid my favorite scary movie was Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein.  I actually re-watched it last week....too funny!!!  I thought it was so scary when I was younger - now the only thing I find scary is the acting!

But I was still inspired by the classic black & white horror flicks to create this Haunted Clear Scraps Castle.  It was on the Clear Scraps blog last week, but in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well..

For this project I used Clear Scraps' Sandcastle Acrylic Album.  

When I originally got this album I had imagined something very frilly and sweet, but when I started to gear up for Halloween, this album just cried out to become a Haunted Castle.  And since my kids share my love of Halloween and odd sense of humor, I had a perfect set of photos to fill it with and keep the theme.

As luck would have it, I had recently left the lid off my Black Stazon Ink and dried out the ink pad.  This did not make me happy at the time, but it was perfect for creating the shadowed edges on the acrylic pages.  

After inking all the pages, my castle was already taking on a creepy look.

I went around each piece with a black sharpie to add more definition to each of the layers.

Then I took a fine-line Sharpie marker and added shingles and other architectural elements.  I am a natural-born doodler so this step was a lot of fun for me.  I may do an album just completely covered in doodles or Zentangles.  

Here's a closer look at some of the details.  If you are not a great doodler or free hand artist, here is a really great thing about Clear Scraps....THEY'RE CLEAR!!  I used a printed boarder for the square scroll pattern and simply traced it.  I also used a line grid behind the acrylic to make sure my shingles stayed fairly uniform or at least fairly straight.

The rest of the album was all about pictures.  I took some of the old Halloween pictures and edited them to black and white and printed some titles, years and captions in some fun fonts. 

There are a few splashes of color, like the red glitter "blood" on the Count's page.

I used some bling and ribbon trims from Want2Scrap and added Viva Decor Silver Pearl Pen "pearls" to accent the outline of the castle pages.

These Clear Scrap Albums are so much fun to put together!  I hope I've inspired you to try one!  

Be Safe and don't eat too much candy!!



  1. You did a great job on this, KC. It makes a very convincing haunted castle!

  2. What a great vision for this! All I can say is AMAZING!!!