Monday, October 9, 2017

Grumpy Back Seat Driver - Halloween Hearse

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with more crafty projects already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

I got this idea to use the Tim Holtz "Home for the Holidays" car from Andrea Ockey Parr. She's one of the design team members for Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. She made a flying car with 2 of the trick or treaters from the new Sizzix "Trick or Treat" thinlits. I imagined it would be cool to have the car converted to a hearse by adding more windows in the back and to have a witch driving. The only problem is that all the witch stamps that I have face to the left and the car faces to the right. Well, it was pretty easy to turn the car around as opposed to mirror stamping which I have never done.

I figure a hearse is very shiny and well-polished so I embossed it with some ebony embossing powder then covered with 2 layers of ultra thick embossing powder. That also covered up some of the seams where I added the windows on the back. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I also added a fin above the rear bumper. The chrome is brushed pewter metallic stain in black cardstock. 

The witch from Tim Holtz "Haunted House" CMS308 by Stampers Anonymous. I think her funny, kind of smug smile works beautifully as a driver and the vulture in the back - the grumpy back seat driver is perfect as well. The sentiment - a strange thing happened (referring to a witch and vulture in a flying car) is from another one of this year's Tim Holtz stamps called "Something Monstrous" CMS307. 

I've never masked a background before. I've seen instructions for that technique online, but the specific one I used is from Bobbi of "Vintage Muse Designs" where she made a village graveyard card with a bright yellow moon in the background. I tried to make a background like Shelly Hickox did in this incredible interactive Halloween card, but it didn't look the way I wanted it to. I can use the two rejects for something else. The colors are all various Distress Oxides - Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Black Soot, Iced Spruce, and Wilted Violet.

I figured the witch in her hearse would show up better on the lighter colored background so that's the one I chose.. 

Here are the elements before they were glued on the background. 

The witch has to be flying over a city. I used various Cityscape buildings (leftovers from previous projects) with yellow glued to the windows. They were distressed with the same color Distress Oxides I used on the background - Black Soot, Iced Spruce, and Wilted Violet.

For the background piece below the frame I sprayed a piece of watercolor paper with Wilted Violet Distress stain and then inked over it with Distress Oxide Black Soot using the Stampers Anonymous "Batground" stencil.

Then I made a frame with multiple layers of paint and inks and stains (mistake, attempted correction, nope doesn't work, new layer, etc. etc) until I thought it would work. And finally some bats were added from the Tim Holtz Halloween Mixed Media die. It's the easiest way to cut out lots of bats.

That's the story of the Grumpy Back Seat Driver in the Halloween Hearse. I tried to make sure that I credited the people who inspired me for this specific project because we do not create in a vacuum - our inspiration comes from somewhere.

Thank you - to all you artists out there who continue to inspire me.

I am going to be sharing this project with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Not a Card". I neglected to mention that it is adhered to several thick layers of cardboard with a hole placed so you can hang it on the wall - it is not a card. Also I will share it with #holtzforhalloween and #timholtzhalloween2017 on Instagram and Facebook. 


  1. So cool! I am not into Halloween that much. But I do enjoy your talent and creative work on your projects. I learn so much from your pictures. I love art, paper, and all you do with it.

    1. Dots,
      I'm not really that into Halloween either, but I found that my style of crafting is well-suited to Halloween stuff - mainly that it can be kind of off-kilter and glue smudges don't matter too much, etc. You may notice that I don't do gory or bloody, maybe a little creepy, but that's about as far as I go.

  2. I love this! Your background is awesome and the moon is stunning. Amazing job! Thanks for sharing your talent with us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

    1. Thank you, Cathie. I love the Simon Says Stamp challenges. I do stretch my wings a bit when I do these challenges. I just want you to know that I do appreciate Simon Says Stamp hosting them.

  3. Love this Lucy! the way you gave it a glow to resemble night is fab! Also love the outside the box creativity with this, TFS!

    1. Thank you for the compliment on the night sky. It is one of my first attempts at making a night sky with a moon. I really think the Distress Oxides make it pretty easy.

  4. I'm sure you were right with the choice of background for this fabulous card - a glorious night sky - but I have to say I think all the backgrounds are scrumptious. I'm sure they'll come in handy very soon. Love that cityscape too - such lovely colours.
    Alison x