Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Raven's Nevermore Halloween Vignette House

I'm back...said in a deep, raspy, scary voice! The Ravens (FYI...a group/flock of ravens are called an 'unkindness'...who knew?!! Thanks Juli!) all complained that they needed a party house to sing and dance in, so once upon a midnight dreary, I got in full contractor and builder mode to construct one using the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette House. They were so particular about the design, and stressed that they wanted an Edgar Allen Poe 'Nevermore' theme in accordance with Halloween, to pay homage to their dearly departed ancestor 'The Raven'. Talk about divas! But anyway, I did the best I could, and they ended up loving it. Grab lots of sustenance, as this post is as long as it gets. Enjoy!
Using the wood planks paper from Tim's new Halloween Paper Stash from Idea-ology, I embossed the paper with his Lumber Sizzix 3D Texture Fade (misted with water first and ran through machine three times for perfect detail and texture). The 3D Fades are fabulous.  I die cut roof pieces from the Village Rooftops Bigz Die using the black Deco Sheets from Idea-ology. Everything was inked with Tim's Pumice Stone (hooked on it again) Distress Ink from Ranger, and I ran the ink on top of the wood paper to further highlight the grain.
I added the orange foil damask looking paper to the back walls of the house, and the scratchy looking orange foil paper to the inside sides of the house. I added the pumpkin faces from the new Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs, to the Pumpkin Pieces, and inserted one in the top room of the house, then used raffia to cover the floor. Inside the Paper Stash are wonderful transparency sheets, and I used the one with the spider webs to cover the top room in the house for a window effect. I used the ravens Design Tape from the Halloween set to trim out the edges of house. Finally, I adhered the wood grain paper on the sides and back of the house, and added the rooftop pieces on, all with two sided tape.
I cut the photo of Edgar from last year's Halloween Paper Stash, and added orange glitter Design Tape to him, and then adhered more of the spider web transparency over the top of him, before mounting to a Foundry Frame. Then I adhered the Story Stick, using Clear Foam Tape from Ranger,  and Heirloom Roses to the frame. I die cut the raven from more Black Deco Sheet, using the Feather and Ravens Thinlets, and gave him a good inking. Then I adhered those inside the house.
For the base of the house, I made a courtyard using the largest Vignette Panel. I used pliers to bend the Metal Gates,  and then glued them along the edge of the panel with Multi Medium, allowing drying time between pieces. I glued the Mini Foundations to the corners of the bottom of the panel. Then I adhered Halloween Fringe along the bottom of the gate with two sided tape, and threaded fuzzy ribbon through the tops of the gate. I added metal pieces from regular and Halloween Vignette Accents to the house and panel, and then pounced on some Pitch Black and Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink on the metal pieces. I also added the 31 from Halloween Tokens onto the house using a Screw Eye, and glued on the spider from the Wicked Adornments to the transparency web.
I covered a scrap piece of cardstock with Distress Grit Paste through the Stone Layering Stencil from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous, and let that dry. Then I laid the stencil back over the stones, and pounced on Black Soot, Antique Linen, and Ground Espresso Distress Paints over them. I dried that, and then sprayed the stones with Walnut Stain Distress Ink Spray to color the parts in between the stones for grout, and wiped the rest off the stones. Then I wanted a little shine to the stones, so I added another layer over them with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste from Ranger. After I inked the edges, I adhered the stone path to the panel, along with the house.
I distressed the Tombstone with a little Black Soot Distress Paint, and let it dry. I used Remnant Rubs from the Apothecary and Halloween Set on the Tombstone of Lenore (the lost love from the poem The Raven), and then adhered more Heirloom Roses to it, and affixed the tombstone on the panel. I sanded the edges of the Black Alpha Dice a little, making the word Nevermore, and glued them in place. Then I covered the ground of the courtyard with more raffia, and added more jack-o-lanterns with the Pumpkin Pieces.
I had this heavy kraft cardstock tree in my stash, and inked over it with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival from Tim and Ranger. I ran it through the Lumber 3D Texture Fade , and then inked over the raised wood grain with Ground Espresso Distress Archival. It's so super cool! Then I adhered the tree to the back of the house.
I used more of the scratchy orange foil paper, and inked over it with Ground Espresso Archival, and then punched out leaves with the Medium Maple Leaf punch from Tim and Sizzix, and adhered some on the tree and throughout the courtyard. Then I added more glittered bats to the tree. Phew...that about covers it!!! The Ravens now have a home!
It's definitely a little dark in there...I should have added a light.
Thanks for stopping by, and for all the comments yesterday on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram...WOW!!! You guys make my day, and I sure hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. This is a great Halloween decoration!

  2. Your Halloween creations just keep getting better and better. WOW.

  3. How Halloweeny cute is that house with all the super details, great project Anita xxx

  4. I dont even have words!! So much creativity! Love that raven that's tucked inside!

  5. OMGosh!! How absolutely Fabulous Anita! This is just the coolest! I love that it is not full of blood and gore,but just delightfully whimsical!
    Jackie xo

  6. Lots of work and the result is spectacular !

  7. I am so glad those cheeky diva Ravens got their way because their Nevermore house is just perfect - just the right amount of spook with Mr Poe, but pretty funky too. I love it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. OMG ... you are too much !! This Nevermore "estate" ROCKS ... those details are so run ! #Partyheartyravens

  9. Fabulous piece, the Nevermore house is fantastic and I love all the spooky details. Tracy x

  10. Loving your totally superb make Anita!!!! You batted outta da park with all the wonderful ingredients! You and Halloween are a wonderful pairing! Nicola x

  11. Yes, it's spooky, but with that vivid orange it's also really cheerful - what a great combination! Fabulous details in every inch of this shadowbox... and that raven is a treat all by himself.
    Alison x


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