Monday 20 August 2012

Haunted Design House Challenge

Evening all, or morning depending on where your at ;)
A slow week here last week, summer holidays and work still getting in the way of some good crafting.
However I have got this done, Its my DT piece for Haunted Design House
  This week our theme is 'Who are you calling a Succubus?'
And we are lucky enough to have KennyK sponsor us this week,They are Giving away 2 designs to each of our Gruesome twosome (top two)
Their Digi stamps are very cool, great characters, lots of styles and genres to have a look at,steam punk through to cutie glam chicks.

 So what's a Succubus???

In folklore traced back to medieval legend, a succubus (plural succubi) is a female demon or supernatural being appearing in dreams, who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse. The male counterpart is the incubus. Religious traditions hold that repeated intercourse with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death.
In modern fictional representations, a succubus may or may not appear in dreams and is often depicted as a highly attractive seductress or enchantress; whereas, in the past, succubi were generally depicted as frightening and demonic.

I chose the image 'Lady Victoria' from the Steampunk/burlesque set. I thought she made a great temptress?
It was another one of those challenges where I needed to use Copics (dang it) I love them but find it a real struggle, I am quite pleased with the end result but know there is a long way to go, If you check out my fellow DT members you will see what I mean. Some really cool stuff.
As Victoria was meant to be a demon I used shades of blue for the skin and other than a little red i went with the warm and cold shades of Copics for the clothes.
I did not want to do a card so decided to do a door hanger instead (maybe I need more friends who require cards??)  ;)
I am really pleased with the background, I used distress inks to stain the wood, I used the bright oranges and yellows with a tiny bit of red. The image is a 'cover the card stamp', I inked it with Sienna Archival
to give it a nice subtle back ground image and to keep it in the warm colours as the main image is Cold.I then went around the edges with black distress ink just to give it a shadow look and a bit of age.
I printed the phrase off and attached it with adhesive pads just to raise them slightly.Finally I used a red and black feather charm I had and pinned it to the door hanger so as to balance the  main image.

The photo's are not really doing justice to the colours, in some lights it has a really vibrant red sheen to it and in more subtle light it takes on the orange hues.

Please stop by the Haunted Design House and come play in the dungeon with us.  Its always good to let the dark side out for a bit ;)

Thanks for stopping by and or becoming a follower and reading the waffle. I love reading all your comments.

Thanks, Mark


  1. Oooh - Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS. She is a super stunner. What an awesome piece Mark and a great idea to make a door hanger. Your colouring rocks - you are self doubting..... STOP IT RIGHT NOW or I will be forced to jump through here and bitch-slap you (Hmmm - what would that be for a chap ??? Dog-slap ??.... snort)
    LUV Ya really xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Stunning piece, Mark. I love the background, that's too gorgeous, and the idea to do a doorhanger. Like the coloring very much, but I can't judge whether Victoria would make a successful temptress ;)
    Suzanne xx

  3. ...great piece Mark, loVe the striking colour, like a molten marmalade burnished deep in the wood and such a great platform for a temptress like Lady Victoria! who looks a dream dressed in her copic's!!...superb...Melx :)

  4. You are certainly right about Lady Victoria, she does look like a temptress indeed! I love the colours you have chosen for her, not overly devilish but not cute either. I think your colouring is coming along very nicely too. Love the background and that feather is just the perfect finishing touch. Brilliant! Anne :)

  5. Gorgeous fiery reds in that background, and I love the contrast with her cool colours... As for temptation - I suspect she'd have cold feet in bed!!
    Alison x

  6. Fabulous, especially the background, I would never think to even buy a background stamp like this, but now I will!


  7. I want this door hanger lol. The image colouring is fab - don't doubt yourself so much but it's the background stamp I covert as well lol. xx

  8. Gorgeous door hanger. Your colouring on this great image is FAB! :)

  9. Yummy background and fab coloring! Should have one for my door. Pretty sure the answer would be "No!" LOL xxD

  10. Love that background and always admire anyone who can colour images in like that! Great piece.

  11. Bet she will cause a few raised temperatures! Take care which door you chose to hang her on!! Great work, and yes, your colouring with Copics works so well, so stop with the self-doubt. Hugs, Buttons x

  12. She is really cool or should i say hot lol

  13. Hey Mark. Very cool door hanging! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the coffin. I'm not sure you could say that I'm totally comfortable with the outersanctum but I love Andy Skinner's techniques! I've signed up for the Outcasts class and think it will be so fascinating to learn about casting, etc. Really looking forward to that. I just want to do some more playing with his techniques and do something really nuts, ya know? haha Maybe I'm getting more in tune with the outersanctum than I thought! haha <3 Candy

  14. As you already know, you inspired me again with your DT Piece(:o)I'm a bit late and i came for taking a peak at your workdesk. What a bummer...but reading about futured outcasts participants is also exciting. Love Candy's artwork also.

  15. Great door hanging, super image (love your coloring), wonderful colors!!! You did a fab job.

  16. Great door hanger - saucy lady there!! I love how you've stained the hanger and stamped on it - it works beautifully.
    Great to meet you and Kelly today at the Craft Barn - I was the short dark one sat opposite Kelly!
    If you have time, do pop over and say hello on my blog.