Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Only One Way In and One Way Out - Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 29

Welcome to Day 29 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. Not too much longer before the big day!!!  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 used this same stamp on a previous post in a different way.  This time, I made doors that open using it.  You have to wait til the end to see what awaits inside!  There's only one way in, and only one way out!!!

Cut orchid card stock to 7" x 10", fold in half to make a 5" x 7" card.

Trim blue Iron Works print paper from Provo Craft Slab XI to slightly smaller than card front.

Stamp flourish grid twice onto white card stock.  I used VersaFine black ink and silver embossing powder.  I wanted the two colors to mix when I heated the EP, so it would look like weathered iron.  The bottom half, or doors, only need to be stamped a second time.
Add tabs to one of the door pieces, as shown in the photo below.
Cut the door pieces out and use the door piece without flaps to measure an opening on your top layer of printed card stock.  These two pieces are just laying on the paper for me to gauge where to trace around the doors.
Cut out opening in the blue Iron Works print paper, as shown.
Score along the tabbed edges.  Center and adhere second door piece, making sure they both go in the same direction.  Ink edges with Faber-Castell Black Big Brush Art Pen.
Blend Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, and Salty Ocean on both sides of door pieces.  Color the half circle door topper the same way and set aside.
Cut through the center of both pieces to form the door.
Stamp Urban Grunge image onto white card stock with Spiced Chai StazOn ink and trim.
Use an ink blusher to apply Radiant Neon ink in Electric Orange and Electric Yellow, blending the two colors where they meet.
Align the image through the window opening and adhere to the reverse side of the blue print paper.  Adhere only the top and bottom of the image to the frame.  Leave the left and right sides open so you can slip the tabbed doors through in the following steps.
Slip each tabbed door through the opening and adhere, ensuring you have not covered up the score line.  You want the doors to be able to open freely.  The picture below shows the left door being inserted into the opening.
 Here, both doors are inserted and adhered, one door open for your to see.
Stamp long border twice from the Metal Madness stamp set onto white card stock with Black StazOn ink.  Color blend with Gathered Twigs.  Trim to size, edge with  Faber-Castell Black Big Brush Art Pen and adhere over door.  Add door topper on top of that piece.  I later added the second stamped border to the bottom of the door to "ground" it so it did not look like it was floating.
 I added a couple of tiny metal stickers to the doors for door knobs.
 I used the shatter stencil in both top corners and sponged some brown and black soot ink through it.  To bring out the webs a bit more, I added a white charcoal pencil to the web lines.
 I stamped "One Way" from the Urban Grunge stamp set with Emerald StazOn ink onto white card stock, then punch with a decorative label punch.  Adding some more of the Radiant Neon ink in Electric Orange and Electric Yellow again gave it that look, and edged with a bit of  brown distress ink.  Pop dotted the label for dimension.
 I added a couple of dimensional spider stickers to the web and beneath the One Way sign.
 I felt it needed a tad bit more embellishing, so I die cut these black roses from black glitter card stock with a Cuttlebug die and added them to each side of the doors.
 And here is the scene you see when you open the doors.  If your a a fan of "The Walking Dead", this barbed wire fence with black birds flying overhead, waiting to see if it is safe to go eat some of the rotting flesh below, is what I was thinking when I saw this stamp image. Not a pretty sight when you think of it that way.  Bwaaaahaaahaaaa!


Sin City Stamps Metal Madness and Urban Grunge stamp sets
Hero Arts Flourish Grids 4x6 clea stamp
Card stock:  Orchid, white, black glitter, print paper from Slab XI
Mark Richards 5mm Nailheads stickers (Black Nickel)
Distress inks:  Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge, Salty Ocean
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Tim Holtz Shatter stencil
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Black StazOn, Spiced Chai StazOn, Emerald StazOn, Radiant Neon Electric Orange and Electric Yellow, Ink Blushers, Black VersaFine
Silver embossing powder
Embellishments: 3D Spiders (Recollections)
Cuttlebug 2x6 dies:  Poppies and Honeycomb set
Label Punch (Stampin Up)

Thanks for sticking with me through another long post, but I hope you enjoyed it and that maybe I have inspired you to play and look at what you have in different ways.

Only a few days left til Halloween, so have a wonderful week and hope to see you til the end!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Oh this is gorgeous, Barbara! Love those gates and the beautiful inking and stenciling. thanks for the fab tut. xxD

  2. Love the gates and wonderful colouring!

  3. Fabulous card. Thanks for showing giving us a quick tutorial on these doors.

  4. Awesome card - love all the details. Yep, I watch the Walking Dead and definitely understand what you mean about the crows and barbed wire fence.

  5. So wicked and haunting. Absolutely spellbinding! Perfect card.

  6. Nicely done! I have a similar stamp for which you have inspired me to use soon!

  7. Absolutely great card. Love your talent and attention to details.

  8. We don't mind a long post when you share all the great details and the finished product is so amazing.

  9. What a spooktacular card, so rich in detail and colour! Love every inch of it!

  10. This is gorgeous! Love all the elements!!

  11. Beautiful!!! Love how it opens to a wonderful scene.

  12. Love the details...gave me ideas!! Awesome card...fantastically frightfully delightful!!

  13. to fabulous all of the details are stunning. Wonderful wonderful inspiration thank you

  14. Another wonderful creation, Barbara! Your work is so beautiful and your craftsmanship is just superb.

  15. This is fabulous! Love the colors and the images, how cool that you created the gates to open to show the eerie scene.