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A Forsaken Cemetery

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Grimsley Village, Halloween, Laura Carson, Sale, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Laura’s artwork is here.

Forsaken Cemetery by Laura Carson

Wow! This is such a great Halloween project! Laura started with the new Wrought Iron Cemetery Gate (also shown at left), Arch for Cemetery Gate (with the word CEMETERY spelled out), and 4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence — and the project grew (and grew)! I’ve zoomed in on the photo (below), so you can see the new gate and arch in use (and I highlighted a piece of the gate on the far right so you can see how Laura painted it — and secured it with chains and a padlock).

It’s a very good thing that Laura has provided a video tutorial. I’ve picked out a couple examples of how she made parts of the cemetery in photos below. More photos on Laura’s blog post. And here’s a link to the extensive Supply List and/or check the Giveaway below for another highlighted section that you could win!

I love this little angel shrine, in the top left corner of the cemetery. Laura used the Arched Shrine Shadowbox as the building (with the Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox in disarray), and see the preview pics from Laura’s tutorial on how she mounted the angel from her NEW Forsaken Cemetery Digital Images Download Set (mounted on chipboard for strength and on a painted tea light as a base, so you can remove the whole unit to turn the light on & off). That particular image is not in the related (and new) Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet, but a ton of tombstones and statuary are included.

Finally in my mini preview are all the colors of the new Elements Art Glitter! All of the color options are fun, woodsy/lumpy mixes (just a bit glittery). Perfect for adding texture to landscaping or trees. And as they include botanicals, they smell wonderful! (Each is different, from cumin to cloves to lavender). I love how Laura used them as textures on the chipboard trees, and as soil in the grave (in the center of the wide photo below)… that would be the grave of “Anita Shovel”. Yes, many puns are in evidence… check out the whole project in Laura’s blog post.



Hooray for the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway!

With so many fab options, I decided to zoom in on the left corner with the angel shrine. I picked out some supplies used in Laura’s artwork (and in that photo at right) to include in today’s Giveaway:
– 4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence – New! (over at far left of the angel shrine, and all around the circumference of the cemetery)
– Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet – New! (Anita’s headstone, and that buzzard, too)
– Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
– Arched Shrine Shadowbox
– Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
– Lanterns Half Collage Sheet (for the lanterns hanging on either side of the top of the shrine)
– Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing (lower right of my photo, around the shrine with a gargoyle on top)
– LED Tea Light (there is one behind/at the base of the angel).

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

To enter the Forsaken Cemetery Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, September 18, 2017).

AND tell me: Are you brave enough to tackle the entire cemetery? OR: What will you make with all of these goodies? OR: What is your favorite technique from Laura’s Video Tutorial? There are so many options I have not highlighted, from using mini leaf punches for the vellum Autumn leaves, to using the leftover pieces from the wrought iron fences to make multiple items, like gate hinges and a tiny coffin stand.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Sugar Skull Pinata Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kitty T! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, September 17th, 2017

60 responses to “A Forsaken Cemetery”

  1. Barb A says:

    Love the entire cemetery scene, would have to age it a bit more to make it look more abandoned, the gates and shrines are awesome!

  2. Verna says:

    I adore all of Laura’s Halloween magic! I have wanted to try recreating one more of her scenes and ths one is too fun. Thanks for the opportunity! And thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Deanne D'Aloia says:

    I love everything about this kit: cemeteries are intriguing places and I often use angel statuary images in my work…gates and doors are some of my favorite motifs. I might tackle the whole cemetery or use the items to make an eerie portal to another time and place.

  4. M. C. Sparks says:

    Entire cemetery!!

  5. Winnie says:

    So scary! I love it I think. I would just make the angel shrine. It will be the centerpiece for my Halloween tablescape.

  6. Pat says:

    Wow. Halloween is coming up and here is a fabulous scary cemetery from Laura! My favorite technique from Laura’s video would have to be creating Dracula!s coffin with Dresden pieces, paint and a chain. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Jen R says:

    OMGosh this is fantastic! I would love to try one of my own!

  8. Marykay chisum says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! The WHOLE THING! I would definitely make the entire cemetery!! It’s simply fabulous!

  9. Angela Bowling says:

    this cemetery is so cool. I know I wouldn’t be able to complete the whole thing, but the House of Usher would be #1 on my list to complete.

  10. Carla says:

    Love the wrought iron! Loving all the Halloween themed ideas!

  11. Kimberly says:

    I like how Laura uses the negative pieces to create more elements!

  12. Nadine says:

    Oh Yes! I want to make a cemetery!

  13. Anne S says:

    I love this cemetery. I would love to make the whole thing. Just have to scare up the time to do it!

  14. Traci says:

    Love the cemetery I would definitely make it-great halloween decoration. >^..^<

  15. Barb macaskill says:

    This cemetery makes my heart go BOOM 💥 💥 💥! Absolutely breathtaking and spookaliscious! I will definitely be trying to create something similar to the amazing cemetery scene! TFS!

    Love the new glitters ✨✨✨✨✨✨! Congratulations Kitty on your win!

  16. Lorna E. says:

    Laura has done it again with another mind blowing Halloween project!I live with a Poe fan so I think I’d make the Usher shrine.

  17. Catharine McCammon says:

    Of course I’ll set up a tribute to my busted-up and bashed garden toad. A proper place in my patio garden! Wonderful!

  18. Gay Cormier says:

    What a fun project! Halloween is a popular event always and would love to tackle this for my son.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. barbj says:

    Laura, you rock!!! I love all of the different items you create and I especially love the different ground coverings you have!!!

  20. Randi says:

    I think I would like to do the angel shrine. I love how one of the doors is off the hinges. Needs more leaves and creepy dead vines. I love it.

  21. Laural says:

    I am in Heaven with this cemetery..Laura has outdone herself again! I would be happy to take on this brave project 🙂

  22. Laura says:

    Laura has done it again! I love this scene. If I won these supplies I would have to attempt my own version of this. It would be a great addition to my Halloween village.

  23. Rebecca says:

    I would make a spooky fairy garden cemetery!

  24. Babette Metheny says:

    This is right up my alley! I would take elements of this to create a cool scene inside of a lantern.

  25. Kee Ostler says:

    This is so amazing! I think that I would tackle an entire cemetery to add to my Halloween decorations. So much inspiration here….

  26. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love this cemetery !! I would have to tackle it all!!!

  27. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – so very cool! I would love to try a project like this! Thank you for more amazing inspiration!

  28. Jo says:

    love the cemetery – so spooky cool!

  29. Jan K says:

    I would make an author themed graveyard with Shakespeare, Poe, E. Dickinson, and maybe a couple more. Love this idea!

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous!! I would make the entire cemetery! It would go along with the Halloween carnival with I have made and some or Grimsley Village I have made! Love Halloween!

  31. Marilyn B. Hughes says:

    I LOVE Laura’s creation. She is extremely talented and on a personal level I have found her to be extremely nice, kind, and sharing. I would definitely have to make the entire cemetery; couldn’t just make the shrine.

  32. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’m totally brave enough to try the whole cemetery!

  33. Kim R says:

    Spooktacular! I would makr the whole cemetary. Awesome creepiness

  34. Sandra Bolliger says:

    Ooh, I would have to tackle it all. Love the cemetary

  35. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    There’s an old cemetery very close to where I live and it looks very similar to this one. What a neat Giveaway.

  36. Amy says:

    Sure would like to give the whole cemetery a try. This is a nice start.

  37. Jessica says:

    I’ll do the whole cemetery, as a tribute to The Graveyard Book

  38. Mary Mac says:

    Just the the angel shrine. Love the idea of the whole cemetery and love to keep it in black and white.

  39. Marilyn Ray says:

    Been wanting to do a creepy cemetery. This would be a great start. I want to make the whole graveyard but I will definitely start with the angel shrine

  40. Bobbie Kangad says:

    I love the idea of the stone paint for Draculas tomb. This is amazing, I can add it to my haunted house. It’d be great to live (or die) next door.
    Bwahaha! Thanks for a chance to win.

  41. Gwen K says:

    This would go perfect with the haunted house my sister and I are creating.

  42. Lisa says:

    That angel in the vault is awesme!!

  43. carolyn g sullivan says:

    I love every last detail of this! my bff and I enjoy trips to old graveyards. this is exquisite!

  44. chris v says:

    This is definitely something I would do. Graveyards are on my list of Halloween decorations and this is better than perfect!

  45. Janet Tu says:

    Wow. I love the cemetary theme. I don’t know if I could do the whole thing but I would sure like to try.

  46. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome! Love that cemetery project and I would definitely tackle it!

  47. Malinda says:

    I love this!! I would love to *try* to make the whole cemetery, even though I am totally new at this sort of thing. Halloween has become my favorite holiday, and I love the spooktacular ideas that the creative minds at Alpha Stamps are always coming up with.

  48. teri sager-pease says:

    Laura has done it again with another wonderful Halloween extravaganza. It is right up my alley and where my head is this year. Cant wait to make my own

  49. Pat Fultz says:

    Halloween! My favorite holiday!
    I love this diorama and would love to incorporate some of its components in one of my pumpkin dioramas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. I love it just the way it is!

  51. Jennifer Forish says:

    I’m making a haunted dollhouse for halloween. Definitely going to use her Dracula coffin in one of my rooms. The whole cemetery is awesome!! What a creative mind!

  52. Michelle says:

    I love the cemetary, I think I would tackle a smaller version.

  53. Della says:

    I love this! I think I would try to tackle the whole thing! Love the Elements Glitters!


  54. Patty N. says:

    I like the entire cemetery. I think it would look spooky on my mantle.

  55. Cat Insley says:

    OMGOSH!!! I’ve gotta make a crypt with that Arched Shrine Shadowbox and Wrought Iron Gate! I’ve always wanted to make a cemetery scene! LOVE Laura’s version…reminds me of New Orleans. She’s the best for inspiration!

  56. Carol Feiner says:

    I am a cemetery aficionado (to look at, not live in!) and the crypts are awesome!

  57. Barb D. says:

    This cemetery is just fantastic! The detail is amazing, I love the chain and lock on the gate! The crypts and angel shrine are amazing! Such creative work!

  58. angela hinze says:

    I would love to make on e of these up for my desk in my medical examiner’s office where I work. this is AWESOME!@!!!

  59. K Toews says:

    I love the angel shrine too! It reminds me of New Orleans. I would only take on one item like a shrine – just don’t have the time for an entire cementary.

  60. Mindy Winchester says:

    I hadn’t considered a cemetery scene before, but Laura’s work inspires ! I am reminded of a couple different “black angels” in cemetataries here in Iowa, and visions of a very eerie gravesite are coming to mind!