Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Smeared Ink / Simply Betty Blog Hop - Zombie style

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Smeared Ink & Simply Betty DT's Zombilicious Blog Hop

What brought this on? A mutual love for Zombies, of course! Well, that plus Simply Betty is sponsoring 2 of the Smeared and Smudged monthly Challenges. If you enter these challenges you have a chance to win Simply Betty Zombie digis! Not only that but you will get a free digi image from Smeared Ink just for participating! How awesome is that?!

In addition to sponsoring the Smeared and Smudged challenges this month, Betty was generous enough to allow the Smeared Ink DT to work with some of her zombies. Hop around and leave some love then be sure to swing by the Smeared and Smudged forum to join in the challenges!

(totally plagiarized from Lady B - thanks sweetie!)

The digi I chose to work with was the Everyday Zombie Teen Lola. Thank you again, Betty!!!! Lola in all her many styles is my favorite, probably because she reminds me of my teenager dd Beccah; naive, kind, carefree & blonde. Well, I couldn't just have Lola on the card - she needs to be the center of attention yanno? So I have Simply Betty's Valentine Emo Teen Miller (he's a cutie too) totally in love with Lola. Love is blind, after all.

The images were colored with my new Derwent Inktense Pencils & Prismacolor Pencils. I also used one of Smeared Ink's digis, "gear Heart" from the Hearts set, colored them, then added some Brass & Rock Candy Stickles from Ranger. I then stamped "Do you feel lucky Punk?" senti from Smeared Ink's "Chicks Dig Guns" rubber stamp set in Staz On Black. Added a couple of embellishments from my stash, mounted everything on the skully sheet of DCWV paper from the Rock Star stack, then onto a base of cardstock. Hope you like it.

I really urge you to stop by & join the Smeared & Smudged Forum:
a. it's free
b. the artists there are awesome, welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable
c. lots of fun challenges & monthly freebies for participating
d. did I mention it's free?

Here's the list of participants in the hop. If you can leave them some love, and head over to the Smeared & Smudged Forum to join in all the fun! Now get to hoppin'!






Lady B


Dianne That's me!







Sunday, May 15, 2011

My "should've been" Saturday post w/Poe

On Thursday, whilst Blogger was down I had a chance to play in my craft room. I'd found Claudine Hellmuth's first DVD from 2005 while cleaning & had some fun with her techniques! I took a piece of Canvas panel, slathered it up with gel medium and placed torn pages of ephemera, in this case from a book written in Chinese. After it dried, I used a wash of various acrylic paints and dabbed randomly. While it was still wet I placed masking tape pieces side by side on the canvas and started ripping them off. Where the papers are wet will cause them to separate so you actually see the underside of the ephemera. Let it dry thoroughly then remove the remaining tape pieces. To keep it all down I covered the entire panel with matte medium & let dry. Next up was the peeled paint technique, using petroleum jelly randomly as a resist to a layer of red acrylic paint. When the paint was dry, you just take a paper towel & rub off the petroleum jelly & excess paint. I love how it resembles smeared blood. Made a second sheet using sheet music for use at a later date.

I then layered a piece of black mulberry paper & a piece of silk that I fringed. It's such a pretty pattern (yeah, I found that while cleaning too ), that I might move things around so I can see it better. Using one of Smeared Ink's digi stamp from the "hearts" set, I printed it along with the book title on a piece of Extrav-organza & distress them with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Distress Inks. The heart and Poe image are also from Smeared Ink, in this case the "Quoth the Raven" rubber sheet which is my favorite one of all!!!!! The heart was stamped using Fired Brick Distress Ink & a leftover piece of Extrav-organza (fun stuff to use sheer & printable). I secured the heart to the panel with a lovely pin from Scraps of Darkness. My beloved's face (of course I'd have to fight Black Dragon for him) was stamped on cardstock & distressed as well. I also added a couple of acetate pieces from K & Co's Que Sera Sera line.

I'll be using this on the box that houses my first day covers from Edgar Allan Poe. Hope you liked it.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Smeared and Smudged Members Blog Hop for May

Epic Fail on my part. This photo I found online explains it all.

Finished my project late last night, put it up on the shelf above the computer so the glue could dry. I awoke this morning prepared to take pics of my beautiful metal box & found the p.c. monitor hanging by its cord, stuff scattered everywhere, my glasses nowhere to be found, parts of the printer tray broken off and my little metal box smooshed. Embossing foil is not very sturdy, yanno.

My apologies to all, but if you're here, then head on over to Paula's blog Hopefully that works. I'll try to get back with something, that is, after I take care of some very bad cats.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Smeared Ink New Digi Release Blog Hop

Welcome to a new digi release blog hop from fabulous Smeared Ink. There are 2 digi sets being released today, May 9th, and for today only if you buy 2 digi sets you can get one free!!!

My image is from the VonBayros set, showing a lovely woman who is chained to a rock surrounded by birds. Franz Von Bayros was Croatian, brought up in Austria and part of the Decadent Art movement. But looking at the picture I am reminded of the Irish folk tale of Fionnuala and the Children of Lir, a woman and her brothers who were imprisoned by chains and cursed to be swans, in their case, for 300 years. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Pitt Pens, mounted & framed on cardstock with a touch of foil to represent the chains and a feather. I will be putting this card in my personal journal, just after the Brighid page.

Here is the list of blog participants and don't forget the sale!





Black Dragon

Lady Brayton