Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 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

My project today is a free-standing home decor piece.  I thought this would be a fun little item to sit on your desk, too, and maybe add an October calendar on it to count down the days til Halloween.
 Trace chipboard pennant onto two print papers; cut out and adhere to both sides.  Trim edges.
Stamp and heat emboss flourish grid onto front with Versamark and black embossing powder.
Apply Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Evergreen Bough, and Spiced Marmalade over front.  Edge with Dusty Concord.
Cut piece of chipboard to 3-3/4" x 6", cover both sides with same print paper used on the back of the pennant.  Cut out with small easel die.  I knew I would find a use for this die!
This will be attached to the back later.  If you don't have one of these dies, you can purchase ready made stick on easels at your local craft store, usually in their framing department.

Fussy cut lady with owl on head from collage sheet, carefully ink edges with black Big Brush pen.

Cut "Beware!", raven, and black cat from black CS and ghost from grey CS.  Add blue Inktense colors to the raven.  You know how their black feathers have that blue-ish glow to them in the light.  Add white Inktense color to the ghost in a streaky fashion.

Add Versamark ink to the front of "Beware!" and brush on Wisteria, Purple and Jade Pearl-Ex powders.  The Versamark will grab the powders and bond them to the paper.
Adhere die cut pieces to chipboard, as shown in finished photo above.  I shaped the bird a bit and used a foam dot to raise him up a bit.  I also used foam dots to raise the lady.

To adhere the easel to the back, first adhere double sided tape to it, as shown.
 Center that taped strip on the back of the chipboard.
 Here is a side view of it in its opened position.
 A few closeups for you.


Momenta 12"x12" Halloween paper pack
Altered Pages Collage Sheet:  AP 562 - The Other Side of Halloween
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen: Black, White
4"x6" Arched Chipboard Pennant (Paper Accents)
Hero Arts CL425 Flourish Grids 4x6
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Small Easel Bigz Die
Silhouette machine and cut files (ghost, raven, black cat, Beware!)
Derwent Inktense Ink Blocks
Black embossing powder
Ink pads:  Versamark; Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Evergreen Bough
Pearl-Ex:  Wisteria, Purple, Jade

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun hopping!!!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Love this Barbara! What fabulous stamping of the gate and your die cuts rock! Wonderful project! xxD

  2. Beautiful embossing and and fussy cut images - fabulous :)

  3. very cool ghosty! Love the card too!

  4. Love the inking and embossing and thanks for showing the stand! Really fab project with so much color in a spooky theme!

  5. Fantastic décor piece. Love the elements and details.

  6. Nice job! Love the blue-ish raven and the lady with the owl on her head!

  7. Wonderful piece of art! I love the wrought iron stamp! It is gorgeous! Love the spooky ghost! Awesome step by step, thanks so much!~kim

  8. super wonderful piece- love that wrought iron gate and the embossing really makes it pop. I always forget about all these jars of PearlEx - now you've inspired me to remember them next project!
    I never knew what to do with that easel die either! Your solution is spot on!

  9. Fantastic! That totally looks like a gate with the stamps you've used! Like I'm not sure if she's going to a party of you really dont wanna go in there! lol x

  10. A spooktacular home decor creation! I love all the details!

  11. Woohoo I've got to you before midnight!! And what an awesome creation to finish hopping with! I love it - so much to look at!! The embossing then distressing looks brilliant!

  12. Thank you for the most excellent directions.
    I love the look of that embossed black flourish grid.

  13. oh oh oh oh I have to say I think this is my favorite paper crafts entry love it love it love it

  14. Fab home decor. This is lloks like so much work, but so beautiful

  15. Awesome project thanks for sharing all the pics.