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Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan

Candace 31 Days Conan's Shrine

Conans Shrine Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a wonderful holiday that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed.  One of the symbols of the holiday is the sugar skull, usually decorated in bright colors.   I wanted to use the sugar skull icon in a shrine for our dog that we lost early in the year, but I did not want them to be the focus.  I punched out skulls from colorful card stock and glittered them in monotones.

I started the shrine by covering  Conan’s bowls with handmade tiles, beads, baubles and all kinds of things that have meaning for our family.  It’s not a traditional mosaic process.  I glued everything on with hot glue and did not grout.

I made a polymer clay sugar skull to add as a finishing touch.  Let’s start with that tutorial and go from there.

Materials:

Polymer clay
Mark making tools – needle tool, pencil, craft knife
Glitter in several colors
Glue
Black felt pen
Card stick in several bright colors
Skull shaped punch – I used Martha Stewart’s
Glitter glue in the colors of your card stock
Silk flowers in bright colors
Hot glue

Sugar Skull 1 300x175 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan I was so happy to find Martha Stewart’s Halloween glitter kit!.

The little glue bottle has a tiny nozzle – perfect for delicate work.

To make the polymer clay skull – use my shape as a guide.

Shape it on your work surface to keep the back flat.  Bake as directed.

Color in the eyes, nose and teeth with the felt pen.

Sugar Skull 2 300x291 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan Add tiny dots of glue where you want one color of glitter.
Sugar Skull 3 300x243 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan Sprinkle glitter.  Tap off excess glitter.  Repeat for each color.

Allow to dry.

Dia de los Muertos Border 1 268x300 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan Now for the Dia de los Muertos border:

Punch out the skulls.

Outline and make designs with glitter glue the same color as the paper.

Allow to dry.

Dia de los Muertos Border 2 300x234 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan Here are the mosaiced bowls in a dimensional frame.  Due to the heavyness of the bowls, I glued and screwed them on the backing.
Dia de los Muertos Border 3 300x186 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan Alternate silk flowers and skulls all the way around the inside edge.

Dia de los Muertos Border 4 Dia de los Muertos Shrine for Conan


 

Return of the Birthday Zombie

Candace 31 Days Birthday Zombie

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This is a polymer clay zombie that I made for my dear friend, Beth.  She and her family love zombie movies, so I came up with an idea to make the gift as cheesy as a great zombie flick.Zombies+001 Return of the Birthday Zombie [Originally published in October of 2009 – spiritclay.blogspot.com]  I made the zombie using polymer clay.  I made him one half of an Origami box to stand in, but you could use any box. I used some Photoshop techniques on a photo I’d taken of a graveyard for the background. I tore the edges and browned them up with a sienna stamp pad and glued the pieces to the back and sides of the box.

Next I composed the following letter to go with it. If you’re a zombie aficionado you’ll see where this is going. If you’re not, I’ll say this: George Romero made the first zombie classic Night of the Living Dead – It takes place in a small town in western Pennsylvania – If you’re bitten by a zombie, you become one (some consider this the Zombie Virus) – Where ever zombies go there is mayhem – The most famous line from the movie is “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”.

Here’s the letter:

Dearest Beth,

I was looking on line and found this killer cake decorator, Barbara, who makes these fabulous cakes. She works at a place called Romero’s, in a small town in western Pennsylvania. I called her up and told her about you and the kind of things you like. I was so excited! She said she’d make something spectacular for you. So, yesterday I got this strange email from the owner of the bakery:

Dear Candace,

You should know there’s been a terrible virus going around our town. None of my staff showed up at all today. Barbara started your cake, but couldn’t make it in either. There are several fires in town and things are a mess. I called my delivery guys, who said they could go pick her up. I called her and said “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”, and she screamed and hung up. She never showed and I can’t get hold of the delivery guys, either. I’ve finished the cake myself and will deliver it personally. I hope it will meet your approval.

Sincerely,

George

So, in the process of moving to Utah and, yes, that’s my excuse – I missed Beth’s birthday. As I was putting together ideas for Alexa Westerfield’s Terrorific Tuesdays, I printed photos of the birthday zombie and made them into earrings. See the SugarSkull Bracelet & Bats in the Belfry Necklace, and Candy Corn Riot Earrings blog entries, if you want to use this idea. They have all the directions you might need for shrink plastic and earring making. With one exception – to make your earrings from a photo, you’ll need the inkjet printable shrink plastic.

Beth%27s+Earrings Return of the Birthday ZombieI figured I’d send along a note set up like a movie poster and title it:

RETURN OF THE BIRTHDAY ZOMBIE.

Now, I was looking around the house for a box to send the earrings in and then it hit me – I had some old DVD cases that I’d been saving for some scathingly brilliant idea, and finally I had one!

Here’s what I ended up with…

Zombie+DVD+Cover Return of the Birthday ZombieThe front cover says:

Return of the Birthday Zombie
Send in the Clones
The movie that no one wanted to see made
Has been Made!
See the zombie clones arrive late for Beth’s Birthday!
Well, they had a really long way to walk and zombies are slow anyway!
You laugh! you’ll Cry! You’ll hurl!

The back cover says:

This film has not yet been rated
Void where prohibited by law
Do not put on these earrings while driving
No zombies were harmed in the making of these earrings

Do not wear these earrings while squeezing your head through your stair rails as they are large and might sustain damageZombie+DVD+Cover Return of the Birthday Zombie Zombie+DVD+Back+Cover+and+Spine Return of the Birthday ZombieZombie+DVD+Inside Return of the Birthday ZombieHere’s what you’ll need to make your Zombie (or any kind of) Movie Gift Box.

A DVD case
A DVD

Photos that you can size appropriately
A heavy duty hole punch
Glue
Double sided craft tape
A scrap of card stock, any color
Scissors

 

If you don’t have a printer at home, make copies at the library or neighborhood copy store. Make extras for good measure. Speaking of measuring, you’ll need the measurements of the DVD case. This can be done easily by taking the paper out of the DVD cover and measuring it. Easy peasy!
I did mine with Photoshop, but I could just as easily done it as a collage. Just make sure that the collage will easily fold to slip into the DVD case, if you choose this option.
For the DVD, place a disc on your extra copy and trace around it. Cut the copy giving a bit of extra margin to trim. Now smear a thin coat of Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue on the disc and put your cut image on it. Trim the edges with a craft knife and cut out the center hole.
Punch two holes to put the earrings through (if you’re doing that) and tape the backs, so the earrings won’t slide out. Ohh, I just had an idea! Since the center of my DVD that got cut out was a cake, I decided to add it back.

Zombies+010 Return of the Birthday ZombieI got another copy of the photo and cut loosely around the cake. Next I used a double sided craft tape to stick the cake to a piece of card stock. Then I cut the cake out and used a sticky craft dot to attach the cake to the image just below the hole. Since the earrings are taped on the back of the disc, I want Beth to be able to take the disc out of the case. She’ll press on the cake to release the disc!

Now, go! Go make your DVD case gift box! You’re welcome to use the zombie letter and figure ideas, if you like!

I will post a zombie tutorial tomorrow!


 

Recycled Cardboard and Cardstock Basket

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Just finished this – made it out of a heavy cardboard mailer publishers send books in, and I wove it with some cardstock ads I got in the mail. This was my first attempt and I’m amazed at how sturdy it is. I’m going to use it to store craft supplies on my worktable. this will be perfect! And it’s upcycled! Visit my Facebook photo album!

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