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Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 Days of Halloween - Day 13 - Return of the Birthday Zombie

It's day 14 of Smeared and Smudged Forum's 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!  Yea!  This is an  ancient post, but I just had to bring it back for the Smudgy Antics weekly challenge.  The theme this week is Movie Madness.

Below are all the fabulous bloggers:
This is a polymer clay zombie that I made for my dear friend, Beth. She and her family love zombie movies, so I came up with an idea to make the gift as cheesy as a great zombie flick. [Originally published in October of 2009 - spiritclay.blogspot.com]  I made the zombie using polymer clay.
I made him one half of an Origami box to stand in, but you could use any box. \
I used some Photoshop techniques on a photo I'd taken of a graveyard for the background.
I tore the edges and browned them up with a sienna stamp pad and glued the pieces to the back and sides of the box. 
Next I composed the following letter to go with it. If you're a zombie aficionado you'll see where this is going. If you're not, I'll say this: George Romero made the first zombie classic Night of the Living Dead - It takes place in a small town in western Pennsylvania - If you're bitten by a zombie, you become one (some consider this the Zombie Virus) - Where ever zombies go there is mayhem - The most famous line from the movie is "They're coming to get you, Barbara". Here's the letter:

Dearest Beth,

I was looking on line and found this killer cake decorator, Barbara, who makes these fabulous cakes. She works at a place called Romero’s, in a small town in western Pennsylvania. I called her up and told her about you and the kind of things you like. I was so excited! She said she’d make something spectacular for you. So, yesterday I got this strange email from the owner of the bakery:

Dear Candace,  
You should know there’s been a terrible virus going around our town. None of my staff showed up at all today. Barbara started your cake, but couldn't make it in either. There are several fires in town and things are a mess. I called my delivery guys, who said they could go pick her up. I called her and said “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”, and she screamed and hung up. She never showed and I can’t get hold of the delivery guys, either. I’ve finished the cake myself and will deliver it personally. I hope it will meet your approval. 

So, in the process of moving to Utah and, yes, that's my excuse - I missed Beth's birthday. As I was putting together ideas for Alexa Westerfield's Terrorific Tuesdays, I printed photos of the birthday zombie and made them into earrings. See the SugarSkull Bracelet & Bats in the Belfry Necklace, and Candy Corn Riot Earrings blog entries, if you want to use this idea. They have all the directions you might need for shrink plastic and earring making. With one exception - to make your earrings from a photo, you'll need the inkjet printable shrink plastic. I figured I'd send along a note set up like a movie poster and title it:
Now, I was looking around the house for a box to send the earrings in and then it hit me - I had some old DVD cases that I'd been saving for some scathingly brilliant idea, and finally I had one! Here's what I ended up with... The front cover says:
Return of the Birthday Zombie
Send in the Clones
The movie that no one wanted to see made
Has been Made!
See the zombie clones arrive late for Beth's Birthday!
Well, they had a really long way to walk and zombies are slow anyway!
You laugh! you’ll Cry! You’ll hurl!
The back cover says:
This film has not yet been rated
Void where prohibited by law
Do not put on these earrings while driving
No zombies were harmed in the making of these earrings
Do not wear these earrings while squeezing your head through your stair rails as they are large and might sustain damage Here's what you'll need to make your Zombie (or any kind of) Movie Gift Box.
A DVD case A DVD Photos that you can size appropriately
A heavy duty hole punch
Double sided craft tape
A scrap of card stock, any color
If you don't have a printer at home, make copies at the library or neighborhood copy store. Make extras for good measure. Speaking of measuring, you'll need the measurements of the DVD case. This can be done easily by taking the paper out of the DVD cover and measuring it. Easy peasy!
I did mine with Photoshop, but I could just as easily done it as a collage. Just make sure that the collage will easily fold to slip into the DVD case, if you choose this option.
For the DVD, place a disc on your extra copy and trace around it. Cut the copy giving a bit of extra margin to trim. Now smear a thin coat of Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue on the disc and put your cut image on it. Trim the edges with a craft knife and cut out the center hole.
Punch two holes to put the earrings through (if you're doing that) and tape the backs, so the earrings won't slide out. Ohh, I just had an idea! Since the center of my DVD that got cut out was a cake, I decided to add it back.
I got another copy of the photo and cut loosely around the cake. Next I used a double sided craft tape to stick the cake to a piece of card stock. Then I cut the cake out and used a sticky craft dot to attach the cake to the image just below the hole. Since the earrings are taped on the back of the disc, I want Beth to be able to take the disc out of the case. She'll press on the cake to release the disc! Now, go! Go make your DVD case gift box! You're welcome to use the zombie letter and figure ideas, if you like! I will post a zombie tutorial tomorrow!

  Be sure to see the Smudgy Antics DT work for this week


  1. Your zombie figures and shrinky stuff is wonderful but omg, I'm laughing my head off and other things as well about your stories and labels and letter! Beth is one lucky gal to have you as a friend!

  2. Old post or not, absolutely fantastic. Lots of talent. Thanks for sharing a part of yourself.

  3. I love zombies! Fabulous, fun project! I really like the digi card you've made for this tutorial as well. You've made a great scene and since the card is new and contains a stamped image, it definitely counts towards a prize.

  4. omg...way cool...i love everything about this project. thanks for sharing the tut with us...you are very clever!

  5. What a fab project, love the zombie, great job! :)

  6. OMG!!! All the work that went into this! WOW andDOUBLE WOW! Can I be your friend? I love Zombies too! LOL xxD

    1. Thank you, Donna! Yes!!! You can be my friend! Let's play!

  7. love your birthday zombie
    hugs xxx

  8. Fabulous! I LOVE your clay birthday zombie and those earrings are to die for!

  9. Really fantastic make, brilliant idea, love it
    Lindsay xx

  10. Birthday Zombie is FABULOUS!!! LOVE the earrings!

  11. Wow! I love that little birthday zombie! What a fabulous idea!

  12. OMG this is great too! Love your Zombie and cake! You do such awesome work!

  13. Ha, you are such a riot! Awesome birthday zombie. He's such a creative gift.