Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Alpha Challenge - V

The Craft Barn Blog has set a new challenge for 2013 - the alpha challenge!  All the details for the first challenge, which is the letter V, can be found HERE

I went to a few charity shops hoping to find a largish hard backed dictionary for the challenge but was out of luck - but I did find an ok sized one that was hard backed so not too bad!  This is the first time I've ever altered a book or anything for that matter so I'm looking forward to seeing how my altered pages progress throughout the year :)

So my chosen word for the letter V was vampire:

I started by masking the vampire definition then giving my pages a light coat of gesso then I used distress stains in mustard seed, tumbled glass and faded jeans - moping some of the ink up with kitchen paper as I went so my pages didn't go too dark.
I used pumice stone distress ink around the edges of my pages and on the vampire definition.  I drew in the gravestones and the bats with a black micron pen and added the border around the whole double page.  Finally I printed an image from The Octopode Factory and coloured him using distress markers then fussy cut him and added him to the pages.

Thanks for stopping by, Claire x


  1. This is great, love your chosen word and your vampire.

  2. Great choice of word and the pages look amazing.

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. What a cutie ;o) Like the way you did the background, wonderful pages.
    Best, Suzanne

  4. Fab page Claire, love the stamps! Your tombstones complement your layout perfectly too.
    Hugs x

  5. Another vampire entry :-)
    Not as scary as the first one LOL... love how you altered the pages. Great job.
    Looking forward to seeing more
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn

  6. I love your pages Claire! i had trouble finding a dictionary in my local charity shops too & ended up buying a cheap one! I look forward to seeing what you do next time & thank you for joining us over at The Craft Barn x

  7. Vampire but so fun and cute!! Love it, Claire!

    Thank you for joining the challenge at Craftbarn :-)

  8. Lovely spooky effect and such a cute vampire.

  9. lovely pages and great images, it has a real fun feel about it.I really like the way you have white washed the pages out.

  10. This is so fabulous, love the images you have used
    Lindsay xx