Tuesday, 7 May 2013

All work and no play...

Hello blog friends, and thank you for stopping by!  Those fiendish folk at Haunted Design House have challenged us to make something with a Stephen King theme, and as you probably know, there's a lot to choose from.  After much thought, I've based my tag on The Shining.

I haven't seen the film;  but I remember very vividly where and when I first read the book.  I'd been to York on a British Rail day trip.  It was a long journey back to South Wales so I wanted something to read.  A friend had recommended The Shining, so I bought a copy, and then read most of it on the journey home, scaring myself silly in the process.


Stephen King was inspired to write the book after a visit to the Stanley Hotel, which is reputedly haunted. For my tag, I've used a Clarity stamp to represent the hotel.  (It's actually a castle).  I wanted a silhouette so I stamped it and then went over it with a black marker and blended in some Black Soot Distress ink some way down the tag.  For the upper part of the tag, I brushed on some Fired Brick with my Inkylicious Colour Dusters and added some Aged Mahogany and Barn Door around the edges.  I typed "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" repeated  over and over and printed it out, trimmed it to fit the tag and distressed it by crumpling it, tearing it, and blending DI's in Tea Dye and Walnut Stain all over it.

I used a Docrafts Chronology key and a Tim Holtz enamelled tag to represent the key of the haunted Room 217, and coloured a white trainer lace with Distress Stains (Crushed Olive and Tea Dye) to look like a fire hose, with a bit of gold card around the end to look like the nozzle. (In the book Danny, the little boy, is chased by a fire hose ) I had a bit left over so I tied it onto the tag. 

And there you have it!  I do hope you like it. 

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

12 comments:

Nan G said...

Fab tag! Great depiction of a spooky read and spookier movie.

Creepy Glowbugg said...

LOVE IT!!! Great transformation of the castle stamp, and brilliant use of that shoelace for the possessed fire hose! Thanks so much for joining us at HDH this week!

DonnaMundinger said...

Absolutely BRILLIANT! Understated but bone chilling. WOW! I love it. thanks for joining us at HDH. xxD

Matney said...

Love looking at all the details in this tag. Wonderful piece.

Redanne said...

This is such a clever idea and for anyone who has seen the film, like me, it has a certain chill to it - perfect for the challenge! Hugs, Anne x

Buttons said...

Seriously creative and atmospheric Keren. Love the way your mind has worked here. Hugs, Jenny x

Gita said...

Love your interpretation of The Shining. Love the words typed over and over.

I Don't Do Straight said...

Great tag! Love the key and the room number tag......FAB! Thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House :)

Andrea C said...

WOW this is a fabulous idea, how cool to have the typewriter style with the all work and no play (genius). Love that movie and your tag is just amazing work. Thanks for sharing with us at HAunted Design House x

mark gould said...

This is such a cool and well thought out tag, love the shoelace and the printed words.thanks for joining us at hdh

ike said...

Excellent - brilliant creation. So well thought out. Thank you for playing along at HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE
IKE x

Jolanda said...

What a great tag - I love the background words(such a great touch)
xx