Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #5

Time again for another kick-ass challenge from The Burtonesque Dolls.  They have weekly challenges so feel free to join in the fun.  I started playing along with their challenges a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked!  Being a Smeared Ink DT member, I love all dark, alternative, and Gothic art. The Burtonesque Dolls is a good fit for me.

Here's a blurb from the Dolls' site:  "And now, on with the show. For this week's challenge we are taking a stroll around Sleepy Hollow! Your Burtonesque mission is to create a card or project with Sleepy Hollow-ish scenery.. think funky trees, pumpkins, and elements from these photos and put your hero/heroine in that scene."

Here is my take on Challenge #5.  I didn't get as dark as "Sleepy Hollow", but I did use trees and a twilight sky for inspiration.  My scanner didn't pick-up the colors accurately.  The sky has more purple and looks duskier IRL, but I still like the way it looks.  The trees were made using Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" rubber stamp set as were the flowers and swirling leaves.  I think they go perfectly with my illustration!  The focal image is a new one for me.  Say hello to "Pinky".  She is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks and is oh so cute and fun to color.  Cute and Goth!  I totally love this image!

My background sky is my version of watercolor.  I spritzed 140# watercolor paper with water, smeared various distress inks randomly, pad directly to paper, and then spritzed again with water to let the flowing ink work its magic.  I did slight blending with a blending stick, however I would recommend a brush as the swab stick is a little too abrasive for the wet paper.  Being impatient, I dried the ink with a heat tool.  I used the same technique for the foreground.  A friend, Black Dragon, informed me that Distress reinkers can be drizzled into a palette and used like watercolors.  Of course I don't have reinkers, but when I get some you can be assured that I will give it a try!  The shadowing and details, as well as "Pinky" were colored with my ever-so-dry copic markers.  I must, MUST, get refills STAT!  What's up with me having absolutely NO refills on anything?!  Naturally, I'm waiting on a sale so if anyone can recommend a good place to buy I'd appreciate it!

Whew!  Sorry to talk your ears off, but I was so excited about my new inky technique and my new stamped images!  I just couldn't wait to share.  I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I tend to be my own worst critic.  I hope you enjoy what you see.  Hopefully, I've inspired any lurkers to get involved, get creative, and get crafty.



  1. Darned brilliant background.... your art is always breath-taking...coloured to perfection.

  2. Oooh I just love this one. You've done a fabulous job. thanks for playing along with the dolls in this weeks challenge. xo Jackie

  3. This is ridiculously gorgeous and stunning!! I LOVE TI's stuff. Everything about this rocks. The background is gorgeous...the image amazing...rock on girlfriend!!

    You might want to try the TI challenge this week too!! It's right up our alley! ;)

  4. excellent card, love the bg on your blog it is great x

  5. I love it, so bright and cheery! Your cards are always so great! Thanks for joining us this week. I always love seeing your cards!

  6. Gorgeous background and I'm hooked on Tiddly Inks too. Fab card! xxD

  7. Wow this scene is FABulous!! I love the techniques you used and the trees are perfect! I also like your flowers and path. So happy you could join us this week at TBD!!

  8. I just love your style.....this is fantastic. :)