Monday, October 20, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 20

Welcome to Day 20 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

I made another Halloween card using my Martha Stewart Vampire stamp set.  I sure am getting a lot of mileage from this little set.  That always makes me happy when I feel like I can get my money's worth.


I started with a black 5" x 6-1/2" pre-folded black card.  

Next, trim orange print paper from the Momenta Halloween pad just slightly smaller than the card.

The paper has a slightly darker outer edge all around, but when you cut it to size, you lose two edges.  That happens a lot when trying to use the larger papers to make a card.  I lucked out this time, as you will see in the following steps.

I first stamped all of my images from the Vampire set with black StazOn, i.e., the fence, birds, bags, and corner web.  I had preplanned where I wanted my focal image to be before doing all that stamping.  
Next, I stamped the row of tomb stones with VersaFine Smokey Grey ink at the bottom of the card, but I needed to stamp it once more to deepen the color.  Fortunately, these are clear stamps, which made it very easy to do.

To make the cut paper edges match the uncut edges, I sponged more Smokey Grey ink around the top and right edges, and used the blood drops from the set to add similar grungy effects.  
blood drops from Vampire set
I did this by inking up with black StazOn, inking off once and then stamping onto the edge randomly.  I think it turned out pretty well, don't you?  I can hardly tell it wasn't there in the first place. 

For the focal image, I die cut the witch from espresso glitter card stock.  

Next, die cut largest circle from mirrored card stock.  Remove protective film and dab Orange Zest ink pad over circle.  Let dry.
Dab Antique Linen distress paint over circle for moon craters.
After it dried, I adhered to the center of the card, adhered my die cut witch and added "O 'Hallows Eve" that I cut from a scrap of the MME Haunted paper below that.

One last thing was needed, so I used my black Pico embellisher to highlight the corner web and spider.  I love how it makes it pop!

Supplies:

Card Stock:  Black, Memento Halloween 12x12 paper pad, Recollections Espresso glitter card stock
Martha Stewart Vampire clear stamp set
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Orange Zest, Black StazOn midi ink pads; Versafine Smokey Grey ink pad; Irresistible Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher; 
Tim Holtz:  Mirrored card stock; Antique Linen distress paint; 
Sizzix dies:  Circles, Bewitching Hour 

I hope you enjoyed my bewitching card today.  Thanks for stopping by, and remember to leave a comment for your chance to win that Grand Prize!!!

Barbara Rankin


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 19

Welcome to Day 19 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

And today, I have another journal card to go into my mini album.  This is simple but pretty effective!
Cut paprika card stock to 3"x 5", round corners.

Trim print card stock slightly smaller, round corners, and emboss with Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Add scraps of graveyard black paper beneath die cut openings.  This will allow the black to pop through the design.
Hit the high spots on the design with Black Soot distress ink.  
Stamp Sin City Stamps grunge birds onto smooth white card stock with Black StazOn.  Lay embossed paper layer over image, decide what area you want to show through the opening, and trace around the top layer.
 Spritz the stamped image with the glimmer mists in this order:  Daffodil, then lay stencil over image, spritz with Cork, then Crushed Shells.  When dry, adhere print layer over image and cut off excess.
Stamp and heat emboss "Evil Ahead" with Versamark and detail black embossing powder.  Add four gem stickers in each corner.  See finished photo above.

Supplies:

3"x 5" Paprika card stock
Momenta Halloween paper pack
Sin City Stamps Urban Grunge stamp set
Martha Stewart Spooky Phrases stamp set
Graveyard Black card stock
Cuttlebug cut and emboss folder - Elegant Ellipse
Ink Pads:  Black Soot Distress, Black StazOn, Versamark
Tim Holtz Stencil: Shattered
Glimmer Mists:  Daffodil, Cork, Crushed Shells
Detail black embossing powder

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are having as much fun with this hop as I am.

Barbara Rankin

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Altered Pages and Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 18

Hello everyone, and welcome to Day 18.  Barbara here with an extra posting for Altered Pages, who is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors.  Our Design Team is participating in this month-long hop, so if you would like to hop along, the blog roll is on the side bar!  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.



To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Welcome to Day 18 of the 31 Days of Halloween
Be sure to check back each day and see what they create with our partner products from Art Anthology!  Also, be sure to post a comment right here  each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and AlteredPages.com.
Well, I seem to be on a roll making Halloween cards.  I just love them.  I had this cool stamp from the Altered Pages Mailbox Muse and have been dying to use it. 


Trim graveyard black card stock to 10" x 6-1/2", fold in half to make 5" x 6-1/2" card.

Trim purple damask print paper (Botanical Odyssey) just slightly smaller than the card.  Paint edge of paper with a thick line of AA Imperial (purple) paint.  This paint dries dimensional, so it looks like you heat embossed the edge with embossing powder.  
Die cut the largest accent tag from the yellow polka dot paper (Check-In paper) and highlight the embossed areas and around the perimeter by leaving the paper inside the die and inking with Milled Lavender distress ink through the die.  
Stamp stack of skulls image onto the accent tag with Gothic Purple StazOn.  I used a stamp positioner to ensure accuracy.

Make a mini rosette from purple multi-stripe paper (Botanical Odyssey) and ink edges with Milled Lavender ink.  Adhere Raven rhinestone to center.

Paint a chip tag with white gesso.  When dry, ink "Something Creepy for You" stamp with Versamark ink and black embossing powder.
Paint with Art Anthology Imperial dimensional acrylic paint.
Add a 4" ball chain through tag, and wrap around a foam dot placed where your rosette will be adhered.
Attach rosette to pop dot, and color giant rhinestone with a purple alcohol marker.
Lastly, I added black bling to the artisan tag, as shown in the finished photo.

Supplies:

Altered Pages:  Graveyard Black card stockKaisercraft Botanical Odyssey paper pad; Kaisercraft Check-In paper pad; Muse Gothic rubber stamps; Glitz Raven Giant Rhinestones; Bazzill Chip Tags; white gesso; black bling
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko:  Black, Gothic Purple StazOn midi ink pads; 
Tim Holtz:  Milled Lavender distress ink pad
Sizzix Mini Rosettes die
Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents die

So glad you stopped by today.  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win the grand prize on the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop.


Barbara Rankin

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sin City Stamps, Gelli Plates, and 31 Days of Halloween, Oh My!!

Welcome to Day 17 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. I am also posting this for the Sin City Stamps design team blog.  As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Today's project is a very colorful and a bit creepy card that I made using my Gelli Arts printing plate for a background.
While playing around with my gelli plate, I also made this same or similar background on a different color card stock to see what the difference would be.  Then I couldn't help myself.  I had to turn it into a  tag, or a card to slip into a pocket, or even used as a focal point on a card.  

I have prepared a bit of a tutorial for you using Snapguide.  All you have to do is click START THE GUIDE for complete instructions.

Check out How to Use a Gelli Printing Plate for Card Making by Barbara Rankin on Snapguide.

Supplies:

Sin City Stamps:  Urban Grunge stamp plate; Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul stamp plate; Metal Madness stamp plate; Entangled stencil; Honeycomb chipboard pieces
Gelli Arts:  5x7 gelli printing plate
5" x 7" pre-folded kraft card
MME Haunted 12x12 paper pad
Card stock:  Orchid, black, kraft
Ink Pads:  Versamark, white pigment, dark brown chalk ink,
Distress stains:  Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
Black distress glitter
Lime Green Stickles
Black lace ribbon
White gel pen
Clear acrylic squares (1" and 1/2") (from my stash)
Momenta wooden tickets
Detail white embossing powder
Glimmer Mists:  Dewberry, Olive Vine, Bittersweet

I hope you enjoyed my gelli printing plate project today, and that I have inspired you with all of the great products available at Sin City Stamps.  I also hope that you are enjoying the hop and gaining lots of inspiration from everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Barbara Rankin

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 16

Welcome to Day 16 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Today I thought I would give you a break from heavy reading and do another simple journal card.
Cut olive green card stock to 3" x 5" and round corners.

Cut print paper just slightly smaller, round corners, then stamp and heat emboss owl and spider web onto paper with Versamark ink and black detail embossing powder.  Edge with Peeled Paint distress ink.

Pierce hole through center of web and use tiny brad to attach clock face and small clock hands.

Place "31" plaque in center, pierce holes and attach with brads.

Adhere print paper to olive journal card.  Add animal eyes to owl.  Love those eyes!!!

Supplies:

Olive two tone card stock
Stampin' Up Nite Owl paper collection
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp sets:  Halloween Curiosities (owl); Mini Halloween3 (spider web)
Black detail embossing powder
VersaMark ink pad
Peeled Paint distress ink pad
Tim Holtz Idea-ology number plaques
Animal Eyes stickers (Rubber Nature Art Stamps)
Paper Studio metal clock face
Prima Vintage Trinkets clock hands

Hope you enjoyed my simple journal card today.  Have a great time hopping with the rest of the bloggers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Barbara Rankin

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 15

Welcome to Day 15 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

I have another Halloween card for you today.  As I said, I love making cards, and even better, the focal image is sized just right for an Artist Trading Card, if you are a collector of ATCs. 

Trim black card stock to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", fold in half to make top-folded card.

Stamp image with Black StazOn onto white card.  Adhere 1-¼" circle punch from a post it note to mask the moon area.  Apply Antique Linen over entire piece.
Apply Rusty Hinge over entire piece, keeping it darker around the edges, and lighter as you move toward the center.
Apply Black Soot around the edges, again keeping it darker around the edges and lighter in the middle.
Trim MME green herringbone paper from Butterfly pad to 3-1/2" x 4-3/4", edge with black soot and adhere to card front., then add 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" black magic card stock layer.  Scruff up paper edges with sandpaper or emery board.
Trim stamped image to size and adhere to black layer with fun foam or pop dots.
Trim second strip of paper from the green herringbone paper to 1/2" x 4-1/4".  Ink SCS border with Spiced Chai StazOn midi and turn paper over to stamp on reverse (solid green) side.  (TIP: Instead of trying to line up the strip of paper by stamping onto it, I laid the strip on top of my stamp.)
Adhere strip to card base, as shown.
Using the Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher, highlight the prominent portions of the tree. This really brings the tree image forward and makes it "pop".
Cut orange "31" and black bat from both dies listed.  Add Rusty Hinge to "31" to make the orange card stock coordinate better with the focal image.

Add Smooch Pumpkin accent ink around edge of numbers.
Add Smooch Green Apple accent ink for eyes to bat, then add 3D Crystal Lacquer over bat and the clock on the focal image.
While the lacquer is still wet, sprinkle very lightly with the Blue Water glitter.  All to dry.
Add these embellishments to card front, as shown in finished photo above.

Here is a pic of the products used to embellish those die cut pieces.
Supplies:

Card stock:  Black, Black Magic Core-dinations, White
MME Butterfly 6x6 paper pad
Sin City Stamps Metal Madness stamp plate
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz P4-1295 rubber stamp
IMAGINATION Crafts/Tsukineko:  Jet Black StazOn and Spiced Chai midi ink pads
Distress Ink Pads:  Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers dies:  Mini Spider & 31; Mini Bat & Skull set
Colorbox Smooch Accent Inks: Pumpkin; Green Apple
Art Institute Blue Water fine glitter
3D Crystal Lacquer

Please be sure to visit each blog listed in the side bar and leave comments for chances to win the big prize at the end of the month, and look for the Scavenger Hunt prizes each day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Barbara Rankin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 14

Welcome to Day 14 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Today I have yet another journal card for my mini album.   If you've been following along, I've been making journal cards to place inside my still undecorated mini album.  Here's another one of my journal cards to add.  Click here to see my previous post.

I cut a piece of white card stock to 3" x 5", and placed inside by box designated for spraying inks.  Spritzed first with the Bittersweet spray.
Layer stencil over card and spray with the Mantis mist.
Remove stencil to reveal your design.
Stamp Spooky Collage with Versamark ink and emboss with detail black embossing powder.  Trim  card stock to slightly less than the Olive Green journal card that has been cut to 3" x 5".  Round all corners and adhere.  Add strip of washi tape across top, and tiny pearl gems inside the design.
Cut "31" from the Tim Holtz die and black card stock.  Add to journal card and cover with Lime Green Stickles glitter glue.

Supplies:

Card Stock:  White, Olive Green two-tone
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers (Mini Spider & 31)
Memory Box Spooky Collage rubber stamp
Ink Pads: Versamark ink pad; Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pad
Detail Black embossing powder
Tim Holtz stencil (Latticework)
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mists:  Bittersweet, Mantis
Green pearl gems
Recollections Haunted washi tape (green)

Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!!!!

Barbara Rankin