Hello and welcome to the Smeared Ink Reunion Blog Hop. For all you Smeared Ink Fans out there here is your fix of some of the wonderful stamps that were available from this awesome company and which I was Honoured to be a part of as a member of the creative team. Myself and all the other participants listed in the blog roll below have decided to dust off our stamps and have a little reunion. I hope you enjoy all the wonderful projects and Inspiration to follow. Happy Hopping folks.
For my contribution I decided to create a little journal using one of Smeared Inks ATC Backgrounds as my focal point.
I just love the mystery of all those wonderful faces.. I created my journal using Eileen Hulls Passport Die by Sizzix.
The front and back cover were given a coat of DecoArt Media Black Gesso and then dried. Once dry a coat of DecoArt Crackle Medium for Chalky finish paint was applied and allowed to dry. Once dry a coat of DecoArt Chalky finish paint in Treasure was applied and all the lovely cracks appeared. The sentiment was stamped on the side of the front cover using Andy Skinners Unexplained Stamp Set using Black Archival Ink. Next a chipboard circle was given the triple Embossing Technique and Stamped into while still hot with a stamp from NStudio Designs from Stampendous. Once cooled a coat of DecoArt Metalic Lustre in Iced Espresso was applied to highlight the raised areas and applied to the front cover. Next I gave a chipboard heart a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in gold. Once dry the heart was stamped with the Smeared Ink Faces Stamp with black Archival ink. Then a coat of DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze was added to give the heart dimension. Once dry this was added to the front cover. To finish The journal was assembled and the signatures hand bound with wax thread. I love how this has turned out and will be making a lot more of these little journals.
The blog Roll is listed below so I do hope you hop on over and see all the wonderful projects created.
I'm showing you a little Sneak Peak Teaser today of my 2nd project as part of Andy Skinners Creative team. I do hope you will pop on over to Andy's blog where you will find the full rundown on what I created.. Hope to see you over there.
And for those that missed it. Here is a shot of my first project as part of this immensely talented bunch of individuals.
Been playing around altering a box using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Andy Skinner Stamps this week. I decided on a Travel theme incorporating a compass die I have in my stash as the focal point on the box lid.
I started by base coating the bottom of the box with DecoArt Chalky finish paint in Treasure. Once dry stamped with black Versafine ink using the scratch stamp from Andy Skinners Toxic Stamp set.
For the box top I cut a design on my scan n cut using 300gsm cardstock and glued to the box top with Decoart Decoupage Medium. I then gave the box top a coat of DecoArt Media Texture Sand paste applying with a stencil brush using a stippling motion. Once dry I gave the whole box top a coat of Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic in Titan Buff. Once dry I applied DecoArt Media Antiquing cream all over the whole of the box in Raw umber and wiped back with a baby wipe. Finishing with a coat of DecoArt Media Matte Varnish to seal. I die cut the compass and medallion shapes. Gave both a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Metallic Gold and when dry applied DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams in Black and Patina respectively and wiped back with a baby wipe. A coat of DecoArt Media Matte Varnish was applied to seal. The elements were then glued to the top of the box lid. To finish an ornate clasp was added for a closure.
A very good friend is Fanatical about the TV Series Game of Thrones as am I . She was particularly ooing and ahhing over the dragon eggs in the show, so thought I would make her some of her very own using DecoArt products of course.
Wooden box to alter.
Embossing Folder ( your choice )
Antique bronze latch clasp.
Foam and crushed velvet fabric ( to line inside box )
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints:-
Prussian Blue Hue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
For the eggs
Blue Green Light
DecoArt Liquid Glass.
DecoArt Satin Varnish.
I started by Painting the box inside and out with Carbon Black and set aside to dry.
I then embossed some 300gsm cardstock and cut to size to make panels for all four sides of the box. A piece was also cut for the box lid with a circle cut out in the centre to make space for the Insignia.
I then gave all the embossed panels a coat of metallic silver fluid acrylic and left to dry. Once dry a wash of paynes grey was applied and whilst still wet sprinkled with salt, A technique learnt from Andy Skinner on Hochanda ) some areas heavier than others. Once dry the salt was rubbed off to reveal a cool grungy effect. A wash of Prussian Blue Hue was then applied and left to dry. Once dry a wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide was then applied ( wonderful greenish hues ) and left to dry. Finally a wash of quinacrodone gold was applied to all panels and left to dry. Once dry all panels were edged with Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and attached to the box with DecoArt Multi Matte Gel Medium.
Now onto the insignia for House Targaryan. A free stencil from the internet was downloaded, resized and cut on my brother Scan N Cut. This was then given a coat of Metallic Gold Fluid acrylic and once dry was attached to the box lid with Gel Medium and given a coat of DecoArt Liquid Glass to seal.
The box was then given two coats of DecoArt Satin Varnish to protect. Once dry the Antique bronze clasp/latch was attached as it looked far nicer than the brass clasp that came with the box.
Now onto the inside of the box. A map of Westeros was printed and attached to the inside lid. Foam was cut to size and covered in Black Crushed Velvet fabric and inserted into the box for the eggs to sit nicely protected.
Onto the Dragon Eggs themselves. These were made following a tutorial I found on You Tube
Once the eggs were completed it was time to give them a coat of paint. One Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic, one Blue Green Light Fluid Acrylic and one Pyrrole Red Fluid Acrylic. Each egg was then dry brushed in areas with Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic and once dry given a wash of Raw Umber Fluid Acrylic and finally a coat of interference Gold Fluid Acrylic.
Quite pleased how this turned out and my friend is absolutely ecstatic.
I am currently enjoying playing around with Box Frames and am enjoying the creative process. Here I have created another incorporating my passion for all things Xenamorph from the Alien Movies using DecoArt Media Line.
DecoArt Media Line White Gesso.
DecoArt Media Line Modelling Paste.
DecoArt Media Line Black Antiquing Cream.
DecoArt Media Line Ultra Matte Varnish.
DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics:- Carbon Black Quinaccrodone Gold, Metalic Silver, Phthalo Green Blue.
Andy Skinner Stencil:_ Evolution.
Hot Glue Gun.
I started by creating the main focal Image ii Photoshop and printed out . I then cut from heavy chipboard my outer and inner frames. The outer frame was given a heavy coat of DecoArt White gesso and while still wet stippled and added glass beads to give an organic texture and left to dry. The inner frame was stencilled using Andy Skinners Evolution Stencil and DecoArt Modelling Paste. Once dry out came the hot glue gun to add the details. When this was dry the whole inner frame was given a coat of the Metalic silver paint and once dry the whole piece was coated with DecoArt Black Antiquing Cream and wiped back.
The main outer frame was then given a coat of Phthalo blue green and when dry a couple of washes of Quin Gold and carbon black was applied all over and left to dry highlighting all the lovely organic texture. The frames were then applied to the main box frame and mini cast xenamorph heads were applied to all four corners. A coat of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish was then applied to finish. Love how this turned out, think I might do more maybe a box next time.