Friday, 24 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 24

Hello folks, and it’s day 24 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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Today's card is  made with one of Karen Burniston's  pivot accordion dies for Elizabeth Crafts, papers from Graphic 45, and the spider stamp from Tim Holtz's Mini Halloween set.  It's the same shape as the Alterations spiders - which look really good covered in black Distress Glitter.








I cut the web from double-sided adhesive using my Cameo and sprinkled clear Distress glitter onto it.

Karen has a really good YouTube tutorial showing how to put the card together if you want to see how it's assembled.








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Thursday, 23 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 23

Hello folks, and it’s day 23 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.


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A nice simple tag today, with stamps from De Stempelwinkel (the fallen angel) and Visible Image (the tattered fishnet)

I water-bleached the fallen angel, but that was about the only technique I used for this one.  The black cog is just because I can.  








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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 22

Hello folks, and it’s day 22 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

Today's card features Broomstick Bella from the Stamping Chef.  I've coloured her digitally and printed three copies so I could decoupage the image.  The background was created digitally as well .
This is a pull-the-tab mechanism -



While I was printing out the image, I printed out an extra strip of card in the same colour as the background  about 1cm (half an inch) wide, across the width of the sheet.  I cut it out and then cut a piece 6 cm (3 inches) long.

I scored it at 1cm (1/2 inch), 2 cm (1 inch) 4 cm (2 inches) and 5 cm (2 1/2 inches)
Then I folded it up so it looked like this - 
I cut a slit in the card and threaded the folded piece though it so that the "legs" were at the back ( a bit like the legs of a brad)

Then I made the "pull" strip by sticking the rest of the coloured strip onto another strip of card (for strength) and glued one end onto the folded card.  (I also glued some narrow strips of card over the pull strip to stop it wiggling about).  This diagram shows what I mean, I hope -



I glued the decoupaged Bella to the other side of the folded piece and then cut the pull strip to size before stamping the message onto the bit that sticks out when the card was pulled.

I stuck the topper to the card with foam pads so that there was room for the mechanism to work.
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 21

Hello folks, and it’s day 21 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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Back to the action cards today (there seems to be a theme developing here!)  This one's a pocket pop-up, based on a BCE template.  I like this style of card a lot and when I saw Sheena's A Little Bit Magical Phantom Ship  stamps I thought they'd be just right for what I had in mind.


Pull the tab at the bottom









I wanted a very eerie, ghost-ship effect for this one.  I stamped the ship once on paper with London Fog Memento ink and once onto acetate (packaging material again) in Stone Grey Staz-On.  Then from the paper copy I cut out the parts of the ship that I wanted to be opaque (the hull, sails and so on) and stuck them carefully on top of the acetate. 

Looks nice and ghostly, don't you think?

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Monday, 20 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 20

Hello folks, and it’s day 20 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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After all the action cards of the past few days, today it's just a simple tag - 



The skellies are from De Stampelwinkel.  After I stamped them onto the white rage I went over them with a Versamark pen and then covered them with clear embossing powder to create a resist.  Then I got busy with the Distress inks and the background stamps (and my faithful Artistic Stamper swirl stamp).  The letters were cut with the Spooktacular alphabet die from Sizzix.







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Sunday, 19 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 19

Hello folks, and it’s day 19 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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Here's today's card, which is held closed with a simple wrap.


Remove the band to reveal the window (the stamp is from a set by Kanban).
Open the flaps and...

...reveal the magic (and more stamping, - stamps from Kanban and The Artistic Stamper).  The picture is from G45's Steampunk Spells collection - my very favourite ever.  I have one set to use, one to cherish, and another just in case. You can get an idea of the way it works here.



I learned how to make this kind of card from this YouTube video.


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 18

Hello folks, and it’s day 18 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

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This altered MDF shape was originally a project that went wrong.  I'd covered it in Kroma crackle medium, coloured it with Dylusions and made the flowers out of cold porcelain.  The intention was to stamp a sentiment onto tissue paper, which would also help to stabilise the crackle (which will continue crackle and eventually fall off if you don't seal it)  The only problem was that the sentiment didn't really show up enough, so I put it away and came across it again recently.  While rummaging through my bits box I found the die-cuts that I'd made for another project but never used.  I'd stamped out a few images from a set by De Stempelwinkel onto tissue to use during the blog hop.  I started playing with the pieces and this was the result.  I love it when I can use something that originally went wrong, don't you?

I'm entering this in The Mirror Crack'd blog challenge.








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