DISCLAIMER: My husband and I are not usually this hideous. It takes many days of Halloween preparation to appear this unpleasant! :-)
As soon as I saw the "Weird" tag in Moxxie's All Hallows Eve die-cut collection, I knew exactly which Halloween photo I would scrap with it. Add in the beautifully dark, moss green "Arachnophobia" paper, and what else could I do but...ZOMBIES? As chance would have it, my family had gone all out Zombified last year and I had plenty of disgusting pictures to choose from. The trouble was, my mind was seeing monochromatic, bio-hazard green with a touch of horror movie thrown in for good measure. My photos were decent, but none of those things!
I began with the photo editing program in iPhoto and cropped out anything "normal" in this photo of my husband and me. I added an edge blur and black vignette effect to the cropped photo. Finally, I adjusted the tint to an eerie green cast I was happy with.
Of course, I'm not really happy until everything looks like the set of Walking Dead, so I printed the image on thick parchment cardstock to easily tear and sand it. I brought out the distress inks and went to work with a variety of colors. Be sure you first apply the inks to a test spot on a scrap piece of the cut photo - you never know how different printer inks will react to the moisture and it may be a learning curve to figure out how blurred things can get.
Moxxie's "Masquerade" and "Nevermore" papers were the perfect accents to the resulting colors in my photo. The die-cuts are always so easy to embellish with and I had a hard time deciding which to use. I probably could have used an entire sheet on this one layout but decided to use them as accents to a black flower bouquet grouping instead. I think the black really helps the Moxxie designs and the photo pop off the page.
As a sufferer of arachnophobia myself, I faced my fears and added an uninvited, slightly hidden spider and web to the distressed corner of the layout. My daughter and I had woven plastic spiders in our hair last Halloween, so it seemed fitting one should live on the layout too! I hope this project and Moxxie's All Hallows Eve line have given you all some inspiration to go to the dark side in your work and try some drastic distressing techniques to get that rotten, "zombie chic look". :-)