Monday, October 21, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Quoth the Raven

For those of you just stopping by today,
The Design Team over at Altered Pages is participating in a 
31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop
with Smeared Ink & the following is my 2nd project

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31 Days of Halloween 2013 Wicked Blog Roll

Terra | Black Dragon | Kapree | Shell | Kristy | Susan | Helen | Loren | Alison | Kelli |De Stempelwinkel | Monique | Karen | Airless Chambers | Jane | Jennifer | Emily | Lisa | Lyneen | Wendy | Altered Pages Art Sociates | leslierahye | Delicious Doodles | Roni | Shoni | Jenn | DominoART | Jessica | Sandy | Carolyn | Carla | Julia | Steph | Trisha | Brigitte | Lisa | Anna

"Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered, weak & weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore - 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door - 
"Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door -
only this and nothing more."
Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

While I was searching for inspiration for this project, I came across lots of really cool Poe projects & knew that I would like to do something with his images again...{My first one was published in Somerset Studios last year!}
...I decided to use an 11x14 canvas panel to collage the background on. I used various Halloween-themed papers, including G45's Steampunk Spells available at Altered Pages. I also used a 4x6 canvas panel from AP, painted it black, sanded it a bit; stamped it with a spider web design in white ink, then covered that with an image of Poe from the "Master of Macabre" collage sheet; cut out an oval frame in the purple patterned paper & used a polka dot from the G45 Steampunk Spells coordinating paper pack. I set that aside while I added various texture to the background of my board & rubbed black paint all along the edges & into any white space I had left after collaging with all the pieces of torn papers.
I used various stamps with ink & acrylic paint to apply texture to the background before I began embellishing it.
I used this great Gothic stamp set to create the "birds-eye cage" as well as stamped onto two dominoes I had previously colored with alcohol inks...
Available here

Look there behind the Washi Tapes from AP too! I used a Script, Music Notes & Newsprint patterns all available HERE!
I picked up a few wooden letters at Michaels & painted them the tops purple, stamped a few different textures onto them with paint; inked the edges & adhered them to the corner with a Raven & a Leaky Shed Cross.
The girl is a cut-out from a paper pack I had on hand that I outlined with a white pen, but the heart in the middle is a rhinestone embellishment (similar to these in the store). (The mirror is from a dollhouse store.)
That's it!
Hope you'll keep stopping by to see what the other designers have come up with for the month!

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 14, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 14

Beware the KiLLeR SWARM!!

Welcome to Day 14 of the 31 Days of Halloween Hop!
Hop on over to the Altered Pages Blog for a look at this "KiLLeR" card I made!
Hope you have a great week!
Altered Pages Supplies Used:
Dylusions Spray Inks in Cherry Pie, Lemon Zest & Squeezed Orange
Lifestyles Embossing Folders: Bee & Honeycomb

Mixed media paper for card
Red India Ink for "blood" drops
Digi-Stamps from Smeared Ink: "Queen"
Co'ordinations black card stock

Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Beware the Witch! Especially the cute ones!

“My world, my world... How can such a good little girl like you destroy all of my beautiful wickedness.

- Wicked Witch of the North” 

As many of you know, Altered Pages is participating in the Smeared & Smudged 5th Annual 31 Days of Halloween Challenge! The goal is to post a Halloween or Day of the Dead project EVERY DAY with some sort of stamping on it!

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31 Days of Halloween 2013 Wicked Blog Roll

Terra | Black Dragon | Kapree | Shell | Kristy | Susan | Helen | Loren | Alison | Kelli |De Stempelwinkel | Monique | Karen | Airless Chambers | Jane | Jennifer | Emily | Lisa | Lyneen | Wendy | Altered Pages Art Sociates | leslierahye | Delicious Doodles | Roni | Shoni | Jenn | DominoART | Jessica | Sandy | Carolyn | Carla | Julia | Steph | Trisha | Brigitte | Lisa | Anna

So, as promised from the AP Blog, here are some close-ups & instructions to make your own banner panel! (PS - These panels are so affordable! $3.25 for 3 & there are 2 different shapes if you want to make a large banner & mix them up!)
  • Enlarge images as desired & print (the raven & the girl were enlarged to 5x7 & my printer was acting up, so I had to color in her hat with a black marker & then I embossed it here & there.)
  • Type or stamp "Wicked Spirits" on white card stock for bottle.
  • Type or stamp "Are You a good Witch or Bad Witch?" onto metallic paper - ink will be wet enough to emboss if desired. Cut out with a label die or by hand. Stamp & emboss with Grunge stamp (Tim Holtz).
  • Paint banner panel with red paint; let dry
  • Stamp & emboss with Grunge stamp in black (Tim Holtz) & Chicken Wire stamp in yellow (Christy Tomlinson)
  • Loosely cut raven from collage sheet & glue onto chipboard; when glue is dry, fussy-cut raven out
  • Cut girl & skull from collage sheets. (She's holding a cat, so cut the cat away & snip thru her fingers a little to slip the skull through.)
  • Stamp & emboss with black onto metallic papers the bottles from Red Lead; cut out. Cut lid from larger bottle.
  • Arrange images & bottles onto the panel & adhere.
  • Add glue-drizzle from largest bottle to simulate pouring of the "Wicked Spirits" & apply glitter.
  • Attach lace seam binding to holes for hanging.

That's it! Now you have a fun little wall hanging for Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by & be sure to finish the Smeared & Smudged Hop for the day to qualify for the big prize at the end of the month!
I'll be back on the 21st with another project (if not before!), so I hope to see you then!
Cheers & Happy Haunt-Hopping!

Altered Pages Supplies:
Metallic papers in gold, silver & bronze
German Glass Glitter
Black embossing powder
Lace seam binding
Red paint
Grunge stamps from Tim Holtz
Chicken wire stamp from Christy Tomlinson
Halloween stamps from Red Lead
Framelits Apothecary labels from Stampin' Up