Thursday, October 9, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 9

Well, it's Day 9 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop, and still counting. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some awesome 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

By now you must realize that I love making cards, so my project today is a card I call "Look Into My Eyes!"
1.  Stamp owl scene with black ink onto watercolor paper.  Use Fantastix applicator to pick up colors from the distress ink pads to color the image.  A small makeup sponge was used to color the entire owl image with Antique Linen, then the water brush was used to pick up some of the color while quickly dabbing the moisture with a paper towel.  This brought some of the color back to white for the owl's feathers.
2.  Frayed Burlap was used sparingly with the water brush onto the castle for shading.

3.  The sky was colored entirely with one single Fantastix applicator.  This tool really works well for blending.  It does not hold a lot of ink, which allows you to simply wipe off any excess ink onto a paper towel before picking up another color from the ink pad.  Like the blending sponge applicators, it will not contaminate your ink pad, even though it stains and looks dirty.  Mind you, if you add a re-inker to it, it will soak it up like a sponge.

4.  Trim purple print paper from the 8x8 pad to 4-1/2" x 6".  Curl two corners opposite each other.

5.  Punch out a piece of beige paper from the 6x6 paper pad, and fussy cut the two rows of diamonds from  the purple print sheet.  Layer onto card, as shown.

6.  Punch a small spider from the Core-dinations cs, sand a bit, and use a large ball stylus to "puff" the spider up. Add to card with a couple of pop dots.

7.  Tear around stamped image and ink edges with Black Soot.  I like to use sheets of fun foam, trimmed to fit behind images that I want to raise off the page.  
Adhere foam to back of image and then to card front.  Gives a nice dimension to a card or page, and supports the entire image, unlike a gazillion pop dots.
Add animal eyes to the image, as shown in the closeup below.  I have had these in my stash for probably a decade, so I am not sure you can get these any more, but they are so realistic and fun to use.
Add a tiny amount of Black Diamond Stickles to spider.

Black 5"x6-1/2" card
Core-dinations Black Magic Collection cs (black with yellow)
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 8x8 paper pad and matching 6x6 patterns and solids
Fabriano 90lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Indigo Blue Hocus Pocus rubber stamp set
Distress Ink Pads:  Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Forest Moss, Black Soot
Martha Stewart spiderweb and spider punches
Animal Eyes (Rubber Nature Art Stamps)
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Fantastix applicator; Jet Black StazOn
Water brush
Fun Foam (black)
Black Diamond Stickles

I hope you are enjoying the hop today, and thanks for stopping by!

Barbara Rankin


  1. Fabulous! Love the altered spider ad the owl looks amazing!

  2. I love graphic 45 paper it is perfect for all things creepy steampunk and crazy. Thank you for the little tutorial on how you colored the owl. It gave me new ways to use the inks I already have and new things to buy

  3. Love your card, colouring looks great using the distress inks, also love the owl!

  4. Lovely water coloring. I enjoy reading your tutorials so much. Fabulous stamp. Gorgeous project. xxD

  5. This is an amazing card! The use of distress inks is awesome! And the spider! I have to use plastic ones and it looked like that only better and I saw it was paper!! The curled ends of the paper are also fab! This is really terrific!!

  6. Fabulous instructions! Thank you.
    I may need to add a ball stylus just for making spiders and other creepy crawlies.

  7. Great card. Love your coloring and details.

  8. Love the owl, so gorgeous. Awesome tip for the spider and Fantastix applicator, will have to play!
    Great project!

  9. This card is FABULOUS! One of my favorites of the day! The way you used Distress Inks to color the owl image is wonderful, and I love those eyes you used--makes the owl look very real!

  10. One close to my Owl loving heart! Those eyes! You really made them POP!

  11. Ooooh This is stunning! I love the stamps you've used! the MS punch is near impossible to get here, missed the last one on the auction site! And the G45 paper looks fab here. Love the painting technique you've used too! Love it!! x

  12. Thanks for all the instructions - this is an amazing project! Love that spider!

  13. Awesome, thanks for sharing the how to.

  14. This is spectacular! Love that owl.

  15. i love owls and i adore your card! xo