Saturday, 11 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11

Hello folks, and it’s day 11 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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Today's offering is a dissolving card.  




Here's a Vine of the card in action.  You can download a template from here and there's a YouTube video which may help to explain how it all goes together.  It is a bit of an awkward one so I recommend trying it out on some rough paper before you start chopping up your treasured card stock.

The stamp is by Visible Image and it's from their French Revolution set.  It made me think of a nightmare, which is a bit spooky.  It also reminded  about an old custom in South Wales, the Mari Lwyd.  Halloween wasn't a big deal when I was growing up - Guy Fawkes night was the big celebration.  Halloween was known as Ducking Apples night (we floated apples in a bowl of water and the game was to get an apple without using your hands) and my grandmother used to talk about the Mari Lwyd, which was basically a horse's skull on a pole, decorated with bits of cloth and taking round all the houses.  The story used to frighten the life out of me when I was a little 'un.

Apparently the custom was associated with the new year, so perhaps my grandmother was mistaken about associating it with Halloween - however, Samhain was the old Celtic new year so maybe Nana was right after all.  At any rate, there's an example of a Mari Lwyd at the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagan's, near Cardiff.

I'm entering this in the Visible Image blog challenge- Get Spooky.








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20 comments:

ike said...

Totally AWESOME !!! What a brilliant construction. Lovely frame and I LUV the half horse image :-D
Thanks for the links xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

NanB said...

I watched the Vine 20 times and can't figure it out! It is freaking magic! This is the most awesome scary magical thing I have seen! Love the frame too! Still shaking my head!lol

maureenjscott said...

Awesome!!! I love the card - going to add to my to do list! Fabulous stamp and definitely something spooky about the whole thing! mo x

TangledBlueRose said...

Spooky magic for sure! Great image and the gold embossing, love! I love your Vine clips, so awesome for all the awesome makes your share with us. Thanks so much for talking about the Mari Lwyd, I love learning so much from these Hops, so exciting!
I have to learn to make this card and more about Mari Lywd.
~kim

Steph said...

Wow, that is so cool!! I might have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

DonnaMundinger said...

EEEK! What a spooky story! Definitely the stuff of nightmares! Great image and fab card. Not sure I could figure this one out but I'll keep trying. xxD

DogsMom said...

I am not familiar with this type of card. Thanks so much for the Vine showng it in action. I hope you do another one or two of this type before Halloween.

Loved the historical information too.
I enjoy learning new customs,

Sarah Bales Strom said...

This is sooo great! I love everything about this card! That horse stamp is especially wonderful, and fits so well with the "dissolving" motion of the card.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Wow. This is great card. I don't think I have ever seen this type before. You have done a wonderful job.

Julia said...

Fabulous creation, love watching the vine!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Ooooo what a wicked cool card, love it and will have to try it! I love learning about folklore and tales of monsters, I haven't heard of Mari Lwyd and look forward to reading up on it! Thx for sharing!

craftings said...

Wonderful creation!

Susan Renshaw said...

Enjoyed reading about Mari Lwyd - and will definitely have to try a disappearing Card. Love yours - fantastic image!

Rebecca pettit said...

so fabulous thank you for giving us the links to the template and the YouTube video

Sarah Nancarrow said...

I have got to try one of these cards!!! What a fantastic effect, and perfect for the magic of Halloween!

Matney said...

A lot of time and work on this. Very appreciated and TY so much for the links. Great negatives and love the falling apart on bottom half. Frame rocks.

Anne Chilvers said...

Enjoyed reading about the Mari Lwyd, never heard of that before. Your card is very clever, not seen one of these before either. Good Luck :o)

Sue Joseph said...

Great make, thanks for entering the 'get spooky' challenge at Visible Image, good luck :)

Christine Kiehl said...

your talents have no boundaries. I am going backwards from the days I missed over the weekend and your projects keep getting more detailed and difficult in either daily direction I visit! You simply amaze!

Kim Robertson said...

Lovely card Keren. Good luck in the Visible Image challenge. Kim x