Zombie Apocalypse by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
I'm getting into the spirit of Halloween with this Tuesday's make which hopefully showcases for you the Tim Holtz "Zombies" stamp set which he has released this year as part of his 2018 Halloween range.

Here's What I Did:

I started this entire project by making my planks. First I brayered up several shades of Distress paints onto mixed media card in shades of brown giving a mix of shades in the finished card. Over this I then stamped with black Archival ink, the planks. This stamp I stamp several times filling the A4 painted card. I then cut each plank so I had individual planks, each plank was then distressed on each of the edges with a paper distresser tool (a real labour of love) as I had worked originally with white card, which was now exposed, I then coloured every distressed edge with a Ground Espresso Distress marker (another labour of love). I then stamped the Zombies onto stamping card, coloured them with blendable pencils and cut them out. I followed the veins in their eyes with a red Distress marker and added Glossy Accents to the eyes. I forgot that using a water based marker would bleed when mixed with the wetness of the Glossy Accents but I quite like the bleed effect that this achieved once the Glossy Accents were dry. I also stamped the Zombie hand but wanted to have a pair of hands so had to reverse the stamped image, this I achieved by stamping onto a small Gel Press and then stamping the gel press onto a piece of card and hey presto a reversed image.

Next was to create my signs. The Do Not Enter was stamped using Versamark so I could then add embossing powder which I heated to emboss as I wanted to start off with a pseudo enamel look that I could then rust up. This stamp doesn't stamp the words it stamps the surround so leaves the lettering as a negative space so I added colour after it was embossed with black Distress ink. I then rusted it up by first added Texture Sand Paste which when once dry coloured using DecoArt media fluid paints Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey and some black Distress crayon.

Now the final piece before I put it all together, the sentiment. I wanted the words to look pressed into the sign and this was achieved by cutting a piece of card to size and then adding several layers of embossing powder by covering each layer with Versamark and adding a layer of powder melting with a heatgun then repeat, I think I ended up doing 4 layers. I then prepared the stamp by inking it up with Versafine Clair ink (as it isn't fast drying) I then heated up the embossed card piece to soften it again and stamped with the inked stamp into the molten embossing powder. I left the stamp on until the embossing powder had cooled again. After peeling the stamp of I then gave it the same rust effect as I did on the sign. I did go into the depressed letters again using a Black Soot Distress marker to emphasise the text

The final stage was to put it all together working out how to randomly arrange the planks which ended up using more than I thought but with a bit of creative cutting I 'just' had enough. The Zombies were added as I went along hopefully giving the impression that they are trying to burst through. The final touch was to add some barbed wire die cuts that I gave the same rusty treatment as above. This was then added to the front of a DL Kraft card blank.
I even added a touch to the inside, stamping the Happy Halloween sentiment from the 'Mr Bones' stamp set and trickled down Christmas Red paint as pseudo blood.

I have no idea what I am going to do with this Halloween card as I don't send them but it was super fun to make so that's enough for me. 

Here's What I Used:

Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain & Gathered Twig
Distress Markers - Ground Espresso, Candied Apple & Black Soot
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - 'Graze & Planks', 'Zombies' & 'Mr Bones'
Blank Page Muse Stamp Set - 'Urban Grunge'
Gel Press 3" x 5"
Stamping Card
Vanilla Embossing powder from my stash but many available HERE
DecoArt Media Fluids - Quinacridone Gold & Paynes Grey
Coloured Pencils - Similar blendable pencils HERE
Kraft Card DL Card Blank
Barbed Wire die from my stash

Have a fabulous week and I'll see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. Fabulous piece, loving the wood slats and the drips on the inside. ❤️❤️😘

  2. Ohhhhh they are scary, Amanda, - and the planks a gorgeous idea, looks fantastic ! Hugs, Dorthe xx

  3. Such a brilliant use of those planks - and the added barbed wire is beyond brilliant! Love your escaping zombies.
    Alison x

  4. Totally amazing spooky creation Amanda and the background of planks and the zombies look awesome.
    Fliss xx

  5. I love this. Just so relieved I’ll be safe from a zombie attack.

  6. A real labour of love with those planks.. love the barbed wire die cuts too. It sure is a Zombie attack, glad my brains are very safe hee hee!! Fab make and those drips inside are a very clever extra.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  7. Absolutely 'Knock out' creativity , Amanda. Design and execution faultless. Attention to detail spot on - the barbed wire a stroke of genius. Nothing but lots of spooky love for this ♥ x

  8. Wonderful but oh so scary card CC....Fred had to hide under the bed when he saw this lol
    Donna xx


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