Tuesday 23 July 2013

Haunted Design House - Chunky ATC Challenge

Well it's time to get your freak on over at Haunted Design House, we are starting our new challenge, Chunky ATC's. The clue is in the tittle ;)
It's your basic ATC, only fat, the dimensions vary depending on where you look but it is roughly
3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches.
 This ATC is also part of HDH Throw Down team, the Throw Down is hosted by Smeared Ink and is a challenge for all the different Design Teams out there, Part of a team? the more teams playing the better, head on over and sign up.

 I have been wanting to make a chunky ATC for an age now ever since seeing some of the master pieces created by Anne.
 I knew I wanted to try something a little different with my Chunky so I set about making a 3d frame to house my angel.
I started by cutting several ATC out of mount board using the Tim Holtz die and then cutting the centers out with a cratf knife, I soon realised this was going to take a while so I swapped out the card for some foam sheets I had, this made life much easier in the cutting department.
All the pieces were ten glued together, once dry I gave the whole ATC a good coating of Gesso just leaving the back clear so I could stick the acetate down.
Our Throw Down piece needs to include a stamped image so I stamped the kneeling Skeleton from De Stempelwinkel and has been stamped with Stazon, the acetate atc was glued to the back of the chunky with some pinflair glue.
 Now the fun could start, for the top of the ATC I used a technique from the Book Of Ruination on line work shop by Andy Skinner and for the bottom I used one of my fave crackle mediums from Decoart, their texture crackle paste. When dry I used Decoart acrylic paints for both sections, using both washes and dry brushing techniques.
 The angel has been made from Tim Holtz's creepy little dolls, I kind of love them and hate them all at the same time, but I hate them for the right reasons lol.
I cut her legs off so she would fit inside, the wings are also from Tim Holtz and have been glued to the angel with pinflair glue. Once dry the angel was base coated with black Decoart paint and then dry brushed with grey.
To finish off I added the spikes, who doesnt love spikes? ;) These were found on ebay.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to see you join us in the dungeon over at Haunted Design House
Head on over to see what some of the other DT members have created for this challenge and for the Throw down, I am sure you will not be dissappointed, there will be more from the DT next Monday so keep checking back xx
The Throw down is open to any Design Teams, you just need to sign up and register with Smeared ink, but the forum is open to anyone and is a very friendly place to hang out.
And the result of the DT challenge is in the hands of the members so head on over and get voting ;) xx

I would like to enter this into the challenge over at the Bloggers Challenge, their theme is things with wings.


  1. Wonderfully inventive Mark, wonderful work, you sure are the king of cracks!

  2. Brilliant!!
    Love the 3D frame.

  3. So smart to have used the foam sheets for this. I was having a hell of a time trying to bore out the center of the wood block. Looks marvelous! That is a creepy doll. Wish I had one. Will have to troll ebay or Amazon for some.
    Love all the texture, too! Honored to have you representing HDH in the throwdown. Best of luck!

  4. I'm tellling you Mark, all that texture is giving me chills (in a good way!) Wow, wow, WOW! Lovin' the spikes and how that angel doll's wings are pointing down. She knows where she belongs... in the dungeon, with the MINIONS! WooHoo! Fabulous! xxD

  5. Such a clever and brilliant make! I LOVE the dimension of your shadowbox like chunky ATC! Very cool!

    Claudia x

  6. Great project,smart to use foam. Your angel is gorgeous, well done!
    Thanks for incorporating the kneeling skeleton! :-)

  7. Wow - what a stunner! You'd never know it was foam - amazing!
    Alison x

  8. Incredible work! Thank you for explaining how you did it. I think I may have to find some of that crackle paste.:)

  9. This is amazing Mark, such a clever idea to use foam but the end result is fabulous, I love the dimension and texture you have created - great use of the doll too - just love this chunky! Anne x

  10. BRILLIANT! Love the angel and the spikes are FAB. Good Luck in the Throwdown to you and our fellow minions :)

  11. Mark,
    Love the texture, love the Angel, and the spikes! Your CATC is Hella cool!

  12. Another awesome make! Love whatbyou have done with the doll, I am with you not sure if I love the, or not but still use them?! Great dimension and fab textures as always! Hugs x

  13. You are too much. This is just freaking brilliant! x

  14. Love this - fabulous texture and creativity! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  15. What a stunner! You rock, Mark I so love it ... ♥ Hugs, Suzanne

  16. your art is always so amazing and wonderful. I am always so happy when I leave your post and so amazed.
    susan s

  17. wonderful project and love the textures and colours-the punky points make it super
    Good Luck-Cheers

  18. Wow Mark this is brilliant, so creative, loooove all that texture and all in that tiny size, amazing work, thanks for sharing..

  19. Would have never though there was foam inside

    It's awesome!!