Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bat Shadowbow Collage


Although it's an old post, when I recently saw Ali Edward's butterfly punch collage I immediately saw the possibilities for a creepier version for my home. Seems that Tatertots and Jello had the same idea for a series of three Halloween-themed collages and I happened to check blogger right before leaving for a trip to Michaels last night. Once I saw what she'd done and saw her helpful tutorial, I added a few extra items to my shopping list.

Irritatingly, the exact same frame she used was $1 more at our Michaels. I guess that's the price one pays for the privilege of living and shopping in glorious New Jersey, eh? As all of their frames were conveniently 50% off, I instead opted for a deep shadowbox that was also $5. I like having the option of standing it up on a dresser or tabletop since there isn't much available wall space in the house. I also splurged on Martha Stewart's bat punch, which was still $8 at 20% off. I'm sure I'll use it again so I can sort of justify that purchase. Perhaps one day I'll be lucky enough to own a Cricut or Silhouette Craft Cutter but until I find a spare $300+ I'll have to find other options.




To save money, I printed out my own funky designs to punch the bats out of. The background is some Martha Stewart scrapbook paper I got last year at a post-Halloween sale. I did have to go back and spend more to get small double-sided adhesive foam squares because I wanted a little height on my bats. Again, they were more than I wanted to spend but at least they were on sale too.


To make sure everything was spaced and lined up properly, I printed out a table made in Word to the same dimensions as my frame (5" x 7"), laid it on top of the background, and stuck pins through at each cross point. They left a clear mark once removed so I knew exactly where to stick my bats. Folded the bat wings a bit to make them look mid-flight and I was done!


This was a fun one to plan and even more fun to put together. I whipped it up in an evening and now have the perfect custom-made art for our spooky house!


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25 comments:

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Oh this is so wonderful! You did an amazing job!

posidanielle said...

So awesome! You did great!
I would totally die for a silhouette!!! It would be so wonderful to have. Maybe I can talk the hubs into getting me one for Christmas! haha

Fawn Teresi said...

Such a cute idea :) love this. Saw you on Paisley Passions!

Rebecca said...

What a cool idea-I just love halloween and this is really fun!

Missie said...

So cute! I especially love your printed paper.

Diane said...

Those are awesome! Kind of spooky! ;) Thanks for sharing at Paisley Passions! P.s. Ich liebe your blog title! (Do you speak German then?)
Following along, and I hope you have a great day!

Becky said...

Im so in love with this!

Young and Crafty said...

So spooooky, I love it!

I hope you'll link up to Scraptastic Saturday later tonight (if you want of course)!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Vivienne said...

This is a really great concept! Love the paper you used!

Mandi said...

This turned out so WONDERFUL!! This is fo sho going on my to do list!!

love your guts
mandi

southernscraps said...

Great job! I'm looking for the punch so I can make my own.

Colleen said...

So Fun! I just may have to make one myself!!!

Young and Crafty said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Bella said...

This is really cute, perfect for this time of year. Your blog is really cute too, I love sourkraut, so I guess I love you, lol. I didn't notice much german food on your blog, do you cook german food? I would love some great recipes, Im ROmanian, and we eat some of your yummy stuff, well at least similar. I would love for you to come and link up to my weekly party when you get a chance, its new, and I would love all the support. Thanks Bella :)

AmieAnn said...

I love this! What a great way to creep up your house for Halloween!

Anji* said...

Awesome! I love this!

Jenn Seratt said...

What a great take on this project. I love the use of the book pages for the bats. Would you consider linking this up to my next Sunday Art Therapy link party? I also have a Flickr group. You'd make a great addition!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

LOVE this idea :) Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Bella said...

Yayyy, I loved this, so thanks so much for sharing it with everyone over at **6 weeks 2 Spook** my special party, he he. Glad you came by, and can't wait to see more of you, Bella :)

The Queen said...

I just found your blog (link to a link to a link) and I am loving your creative spirit and projects.
I have you bookmarked as a favorite.

I am too cheap to buy those adhesive 3D squares so I use fun foam sheets purchased at the dollar store (3 sheets for a buck, various colors). Then I cut it out to whatever shape I need and use a glue stick. It works awesome.

Coco loves vintage said...

LOVE it!

Jami said...

Ummm. You are very talented. I hope you know that. I love the design elements in this. The Halloween part is just gravy. :)

Megan @ Polish The Stars.com said...

I love your version! Thanks for linking up to my Halloween Party!

- Megan
www.polishthestars.com

FrouFrouBritches said...

Alright, this is my favorite. I love it! I've seen the butterfly kind, but never bats. Brilliant!

whilehewasnapping said...

I'm going to have to try this. It's so neat! Thanks for linking these too!

Krista