2016 Tombstones from Retro Cafe Art Gallery

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This year is the first time I’ve ever worked with any of the Tombstones from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  You see, every year, Kristin hosts a Tombstone swap and every year, I’ve always watched from the sidelines, always a bit nervous to commit and play along.

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Some of that apprehension was due to logistics in that I live overseas.  I was always nervous that my submissions would arrive late or not at all.  I was also worried about damage to them during the shipping process.

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I also worried about my level of talent.  I mean, I have seen most of the tombstones after they were altered and decorated and they were just mind-blowing.  To throw my little creations into that kind of mix was daunting, to say the least.

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Fast forward and here we are and it’s 2016.  I decided, “What the heck!” and decided to play along this year only it’s not a swap.  It’s a challenge.  And I’m not a regular participant.  I’m a design team member.  A much different perspective and the guise of participating under obligation is one heck of a motivator.  After all, I can’t be a spoil sport simply because I’m a scaredy cat right?

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So there you have it.  My 2016 Tombstones, all dressed right and purty for this Halloween shindig!  Wanna know how I did it?

Step 1:  Using the “Witch Hunt” digital collage, trace, cut and glue down your chosen designs to the tombstone.  I used Mod Podge.  If you don’t plan on painting or inking the paper, you can seal it with a coat of Mod Podge over the top.  I chose not to since I chalked my edges.

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Step 2:  Prep your embellishments with a coat of gesso.  I do this so that when I paint them, the color holds true.

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Step 3:  Start embellishing your embellishments!  I used paint and glitter over mine.  The Finnabair Crackle Pasts gives my zombie arms a nice, scaly look.  I dusted some dark brown mica powder into the crack and wiped clean with a baby wipe.

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This one, I covered in glitter.

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Step 4:  Wind wire around a skinny skewer and clue your mini bats and pumpkins to them.  Attach to the tombstone with hot glue.

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Step 5:  Finish your embellishing and assemble your tombstones.  I glued moss onto my bases and added some finishing touches.

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Be sure to jump in on the fun in the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Community and order your 2016 Tombstones today!  A $25 gift certificate to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery store is up for grabs with this year’s challenge.  Be sure to use #2016Tombstones in your entry post!

Supply List:
Gothic Tombstone ATC Bases V
Gothic Tombstone ATC Stands
Frame Silhouette Ornament (Spider)
Frame Silhouette Ornament (Witch)
ATC Witch Hunt Halloween Background Collage Sheet
Sugar Skull Cut Outs
Pumpkin and Jack-O-Lantern Cut-Outs
Mini Bat Cut-Outs
Broken Fence Cut-Outs
Gothic Fence Cut-Outs
Spooky Black Cat Cut-Outs
Zombie Arm Cut-Outs
VerDay Paint & Patina Set
Inka Gold (Lava Red)
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paint (Green Olive)

 

4 thoughts on “2016 Tombstones from Retro Cafe Art Gallery

  1. dixie in montana

    Like you, I have been hesitant to even attempt any of these, but your tutorial has given me the courage. I have the stuff…just not the nerve! Now I can’t wait to tackle the challenge! Thanks!

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