Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quoth the Raven meets Oh the Horror

It is time again for another tribute to the Master of the Macabre.

The challenge this fortnight at QTR was to create a piece in the image of the Master.

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used a portrait of the Master as well as a skull image and merged the two, thus showing the raw darkside of the Master.  I used stamped imagery from Smeared Ink's "Quoth the Raven" digi stamp set and arranged this collage piece.  I hope I have made the Master proud.  I will also be entering this into the Smeared and Smudged "Oh, The Horror" challenge.

~ lady brayton ~

Monday, January 30, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Sketch It

The Smudgy Antics challenge for this week is a sketch challenge.

I love sketch challenges! Half of the work is already done.  You just follow the sketch and make it come to life!

Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:

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I used Smeared Ink everything for this card!

The background is from Smeared Ink's "Holy City" digi set
The baby is from the "Babies of the Damned" digi set
The ripped open corpse is from the "Gross Anatomy" digi set
and the Tasty is from the "Mistresses of the Dark" digi set.

Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.

Head over to the Smudgy Antics blog for prize information as well as to get more inspiration from the DT.

~ Lady B ~

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sale at Strange Skin

Strange Skin is having a 50% off sale until February 2, 2012.
The sale prices are on the etsy store so click this link to stock up on gothic and alternative digi stamps.  

Here is one of my favorite projects using a Strange Skin digi:
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I used the Zombie Attack digi collection for my project.  This was printed at 8.5x11, colored with copic markers, mounted onto 12x12 DCWV cardstock and papers, and shaded with Distress Inks. This baby is going in a frame to be displayed year round in my home.  I heart zombies!

Here is another Strange Skin image from the Fangtastic Vampires collection.  Once again colored with copic markers and distress inks.  I used 7 gypsies pp and DCWV navy cardstock with this one.

Above and below are more of my favorite Strange Skin Zombies, both from the Zombie Attack collection.

On Strange Skin's etsy store, only the sets are listed, but if you convo Pam you can get any single image you want at the 50% discounted price as well.  With prices so low, why not get the whole set?  There's more!  Not only is there a rockin' sale going on, but on February 1st Strange Skin will be releasing new images and sets!  The new sets won't be included in the sale price, but you'll definitely want to check them out as they are some of the most unique images out in blogland!

I just stocked up on my images so I'm sure you'll be seeing more Strange Skin work in my future posts.  Why not head over to the store and stock up  on some images for yourselves?

~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, January 27, 2012

Get Lost- HDH 117

Ugh!  I've been struggling with my mojo lately, but wanted dearly to play along with HDH MM this week. Hopefully I can come up with a better project later, but at least I managed to crank something out.  We were challenged to use a map of some sort in our projects.  While searching for maps of Hell, I found that there is a tiny town in Michigan with the name of Hell.  I think the town has an inn, a bar, a post office, mini-golf, and an ice-cream shop.  That's about it.  Anyway, I chose to use the Hell, Michigan map and one of my favorite Delicious Doodles images.

  Here is what I came up with:
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The DD Devil was colored with copic markers and scanned to my pc.  I found the map online.  Everything is composed in PSE 8.


~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 23, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Tall, Dark, and Gruesome

The Smeared Ink DT has another weekly challenge over at Smudgy Antics.

This week's theme is Tall, Dark, and Gruesome.

Here is my take on the theme:
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 Background: Itkupilli
Vampire: Smeared Ink's "Glam Vamps" digi set.
Dead Body: Smeared Ink's "Gross Anatomy" digi set.

The dead body was colored with copics and scanned to my pc.  The vamp was colored digitally in PSE8.  Everything was assembled in PSE8.

Be sure to head over to Smudgy Antics for the challenge details and to see more inspiring art by the DT.

~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, January 22, 2012

HDH again

Image: Delicious Doodles

Sentiment: Smeared Ink Zombie Pinups digi set.

Here is another quick entry to  HDH 116 Freaky Chics.

Zombie colored with copic markers and scanned to my pc.  Added zombie and sentiment to a random dungeon background.  Is this not the most bad-ass zombie ever?!


Lady Brayton

HDH-116 Chick Freaks

I will make this fast because I'm almost out of time to enter HDH 116 chic freaks.

Well, It doesn't get much freakier than this!

Here is my piece:

Images: Smeared Ink
background: Itkupilli

Lady B

Friday, January 20, 2012

Smudgy Antics meets A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

The challenge at Smudgy Antics this week is masking.  I choose to do a masking technique with my rubber stamps (Smeared Ink and Bombshell Stamps) and combined the challenge with three of the prompts over at A year in the life of an art journal.  

ie: along the lines of One Little Word, choose one word that embodies the way you want your year to be LIVED.
THE STUFF: Imagery
ie: Use images, clippings... all to create the FEELING of the word you choose.
ie: paint and doodle on your images to further create the emotion of your word.

I made a half journal page, although it more like a quarter sized journal page.  My journal is going to have miss matched page sizes that I will add as I go.  I used scrap paper to make this.  My word for the year is fearless/fearlessly.  When I read the prompt asking how I want to live my life...I want to life it fearlessly!  

Imagery was the second part of the prompt.  I used one of my Goddess rubber stamp from Smeared Ink"s "Elementals" stamp set and the Sacred Heart from Bombshell Stamps using a masking technique to apply the images to my white cardstock with Memento ink.  I colored the images with copic markers and distressed the edges of my tiny journal page with Ranger distress inks.  I then simply wrote a little phrase on the journal page using my word for the year and doodled a little heart (doodling or using paint was the third part of the prompt).  The little starbursts are from Smeared Ink's "A Little Skelly Christmas" stamp set.  (which sadly is no longer available).

Here is my creation:

~ Lady Brayton ~

Quoth The Raven - My First Quest

Have you checked out the Poe themed challenge blog, Quoth the Raven?

We were challenged to use a raven or ravens in our projects.

Here is my take on the theme:

The images are from Itkupilli.
The images were arranged to create this scene in PSE8.

I am playing just for fun this week and not for a prize.  

~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 9, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Recycle Something

This week the girls at Smudgy Antics are challenging blogland to
 "Recycle Something".

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I saved an empty bottle of mead because I loved the shape and color of the bottle and just knew I could use it for something.  I swear, crafting is turning me into a hoarder!  I save so many things that most would toss into the trash in hopes of using said items in my projects.

Anyway, I am a lover of Halloween and figured I might as well get started on some new decorations.  Who am I kidding?  A good majority of my Halloween collectibles stay out year round!  I decided to turn the mead bottle into a potion bottle.  I found a cool cave/dungeon pic online to use as the backdrop for my Zombie Serum label.  The Zombie is from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Head Shot" digi stamp set.  Everything is colored and assembled in PSE8.  I printed the label out on adhesive glossy paper and stuck it on the bottle.  I was debated whether or not to add some twine to the neck of the bottle.  What do you think?  Twine or no twine?

For more challenges, why not head on over to the forum?  They have monthly challenges with prizes and monthly freebies just for playing along.  Smeared and Smudged will also be hosting a three day "Bloody Valentine's" hop and will be holding a Valentine's Secret Sister gift swap.

Other cool stuff to know, Smeared Ink is converting their retired rubber into digi stamps.  Check the store for details.

~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, January 6, 2012

Painting with Perfect Pearls

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on painting with Ranger's Perfect Pearls.
This tutorial will be posted soon on the Smeared and Smudged Forum.
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Sorry about the bad cell phone pics!

Supplies: Versa Mark or other embossing medium, Ranger Perfect Pearls in various colors, Black cardstock, embossing powder, rubber or clear stamp, paint brush, water, and heat tool.

The Versa Mark or embossing medium is what makes the embossing powder stick to the paper.  It will go on clear, but glossy/sticky.

Although Versa Mark is clear, you will see a "watermark" of your stamped image.  You may use other colors of cardstock, but the Perfect Pearls show up better on dark colors.

 Apply a generous amount of embossing powder over your stamped image.

You can see how the embossing powder has stuck to the Versa Mark.

The excess embossing powder can be reused.  I like to put the excess embossing powder back in the jar prior to heat setting to prevent blowing the embossing powder all over the room. 

The nice thing about embossing your image prior to painting is that the embossing powder makes a raised outline that helps keep the paint mixture in place.

For making the paint mixture, I would not recommend using the lid of the Perfect Pearls jar as I did.  Any moisture left in the cap prior to closing the jar will cause your Perfect Pearls to make a hard, dry clump.  You can mix your Perfect Pearls and water on a water proof craft pad, a glass table, a plastic or glass plate, on a palette, etc.  Just use whatever you have around the house.

A thinner mixture will yield a translucent look while a thicker mixture will be more opaque.  Play around to achieve your desired effect.  You can mix various colors of Perfect Pearls to create new colors.

I didn't include a step-by-step here in order to save space.  Basically, use your Perfect Pearls and water mixture with a paint brush and get busy!  Rinse your brush between colors.  Also, when making your paint mixture, just make a little at a time as it goes a long way.  I literally made a small to medium coin sized batch of paint mixture for the white above.  I used just a drop for the lips and eyes, and 2-3  drops of water mixed with blue perfect pearls for the shirt.  The above image is Lonely Boy from Smeared Ink.

I mixed a bronze perfect pearls (pp) with white pp to achieve the fair skine tone shown above.  All the other colors were straight from the pp jars and mixed with just a touch of water.  The green was probably mixed with just a drop or two of water.  I made my pp mixture thicker because I wanted a more opaque look.  The image above is one of Smeared Ink's "Elementals".

Above is the same technique using Smeared Ink's "Morbidly Adorable Tarot" set (set created by Misty Benson).


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Smudgy Antics weekly challenge - Wheelie Good Time

The theme over at Smudgy Antics this week is "Wheelie Good Time". 

Any project using any stamped image will qualify for a prize.

For placement in the coveted Top Three, you must use a Smeared Ink image.

Here is my take on the challenge:

A bit uncharacteristic of me, huh?
I'm a bit sick and too tired to be twisted.

Background: Itkupilli
Smeared Ink Stamp sets: Shift My Gears and Smitten.


I Hath Pledged the Oath...Will You?

There is a new Poe themed challenge blog offering up some wicked blog candy.