Monday, October 6, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some very talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) is 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 continuation of the mini album that holds journal cards from yesterday's post.  So, I made this quick and easy journal card for another pocket in my album.
Stamp bats background over journal card with black StazOn.

Cut corner web using Silhouette.  Adhere to top corner of journal card and cover with Lime Green Stickles glitter glue.  I also smeared some Wild Honey distress ink over the background to break up the single orange color.
(TIP:  I found the best way to adhere these delicate die cuts is to use a ZIG 2 way squeeze and roll glue pen.  It has a ball point, like in a ball point pen, and dries tacky and removable, allowing you lots of time to adhere the glue to those delicate areas.  So, no hurrying involved.  If you apply it while it is wet, it adheres permanently.)
Cut a frame from black CS using the HOTP middle frame die.  Add a coat of Frayed Burlap Distress Crackle Paint and let dry.  Add Black Soot distress ink to frame to bring out the cracks.  Looking pretty grungy now, isn't it?
Adhere to collage image and trim excess, then adhere framed image to journal card.  Normally, I would pop dot this but I need it to fit inside the pocket, so no dimensionalizing on these. I have a solution, though, in the next step.
Adhere to journal card.  Use a charcoal pencil and blending stump around the frame, blend out to give the dimension needed.  It makes the image pop off the page without adding thickness.  (See finished photo above).


Card stock: Orange, Black
Altered Pages Collage Sheet:  AP 562 - The Other Side of Halloween
HOTP 3 Lacy Labels die
Silhouette machine and cut file (corner web)
Hero Arts rubber stamp: CG385-Bats Background
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Jet Black StazOn Midi ink pad
ZIG (Kuretake) 2 Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen
Frayed Burlap Distress Crackle Paint
Wild Honey Distress Ink Pad
Lime Green Stickles Glitter Glue
Charcoal Pencil
Blending stump

Have fun, and enjoy the hop!!!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Your journal album is going to be AWESOME... this is FANTASITC love all the details!!!!

  2. Barbara, I am here first! This is so great! The detail like the use of the ink to break up the orange and that spider web as well as the work on the frame are fantastic!!

  3. The webbing is beautiful and the frame is perfect around that image :)

  4. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing tips on how to get the dimentional look when you don't have room for depth.

  5. Wonderful! And thanks for the tip about the glue--I'm going to have to go find some of that!

  6. Gorgeous addition for your journal! Love the way you made the frame pop! Thanks for the tips! Have to track down the Zig pen!~kim

  7. This is turning out so cool! Thank you for sharing!

  8. the journal card is stunning and I love the placement of the spider web. And the sparkles don't hurt

  9. Fabulous journal card. Thanks for the tip on the delicate die cuts. I have always had a hard time with them.

  10. Great addition to your fab album. Love how you've framed the image and the batty background. xxD

  11. Fabulous journal card! I bought that web corner earlier today for a project - I love it with the lime green stickles though, what a great effect!!! Love the image and frame too! x

  12. Again I love all your instructions. Love the background and that corner web (especially with the lime stickles). the image just finishes it all off!

  13. What a fabulous card, love all the details and the touch of shimmer!

  14. Beautiful journal card! love the bat background.

  15. Wonderful journal card, love that bat background.

  16. You did a great job with this one and all those tiny gluing jobs! Turned out great, keep up the good work!