Monday, June 24, 2013

Dripping week 2 with Smudgy Antics

Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!  For this challenge we want to see how you ladies and gents can incorporate DRIPPING into your projects.  The more creative and out of the box the better!  We want to see how far you can take this challenge.  
 The more imaginative, the better your chances of a win. 

If you have no clue what to do, you may use any medium that drips (faux blood, water colors, paints, enamels, etc).  You can use an image that has dripping on it (a zombie with dripping blood, a monster with dripping saliva, etc).  You may even use punches or die-cuts with a dripping edge.  There are so many ways to apply dripping to your projects so there is no excuse NOT to play along with us.

Here is my offering for the DRIPPING CHALLENGE.

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I used the "Excavation Skull" from Smeared Ink's June Rubber Stamp set "Morte" which has images drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  This set is only available through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  After coloring with copics and scanning to my pc, I printed and fussy cut several layers for dimension and adhered the layers with silicone glue.  I added black stickles to the eye, nose, and mouth openings.  
For my dripping element I used Smeared Ink's rubber stamp set "Prints" which is also only available from the rubber club.  I inked the stamps with embossing ink and used ranger embossing powder in deep red and heat set for a bloody look.

Be sure to head over to Smudgy Antics to get more inspiration from the Smeared Ink DT.

~Lady Brayton ~

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Happy Weekend everyone! 
This is Lady Brayton here to give a reminder that some of Rick St. Dennis' darker images will be available in deeply etched sheets of unmounted red rubber measuring 8.5" x 11".  That is the size of printer paper!  The stamp set, Morte, will only be produced and sold by Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  

If you can already do amazing things with Rick's digital images, just think what you can do with rubber!  Embossing, masking, using the images in clay, using the stamp with embossing ink for resist techniques and using the images directly on a project with no fussy cutting needed.  Oh, the possibilities are endless!

For those that do not stamp well with rubber or are allergic to it, no worries.  You may not be able to get the Morte set, but you can get plenty of skull images here and even more creepalicious images here.

Here is a project I made with one of the images from Rick's rubber set.  The image is named Autumn Window.  BTW, these images will only be available to the public in rubber form.  These will NOT be sold as digis.

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 For my project, I colored the "Autumn Window" image with copic markers and scanned it to my pc.  From there I used digi paper from Crafty Chaos Designs (out of business), digi spider webs and glowing pumpkin faces from Lotta Designs on Oscraps, chains from deviant art.  Sorry, I forgot the source :(  I used skulls from Itkupilli, iron flourishes from Smeared Ink's "Glam Vamps" digi set and a sentiment from Smeared Ink's "As Death" Set which is now only available in rubber from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The sketch is from the "Very Sketchy" card challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum.
~ Cheers ~

Monday, June 10, 2013


Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!

For this challenge we want to see more than just paper, glue and ink.  We want to see TEXTURE and lots of it!  

We want you guys and gals to create projects that make us want to reach through the computer screen and touch everything we see!  The more creative the better!  We love it when you guys and gals think outside of the box and make something with that extra "WOW" factor!

I went WAY out of my comfort zone this week and made my first canvas.  I had no clue what I was doing, other than adding as much texture as I could.  Heck, I'm not even sure if I like it yet.  I may have to look at it for a few days before deciding whether or not it's a keeper.

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The first part of my process was picking the stamps I wanted to use.  Smeared Ink red rubber of course!  Using some techniques I learned in Andy Skinner's workshop "The Outcasts", I made casts of a few stamps.  I broke  one, but I still had the cool skull from "Quoth the Raven" and one of the hearts from Smeared Ink's "Heart Wings" rubber set.  These items can only be purchased from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.

I started out with some canvas board.  I used molding paste and whatnot to build up texture on my canvas.  I also used stamps from Smeared Ink's "Urban Decay" rubber set and pressed them into the molding paste.  The trick with this is to use a thin layer of molding paste and have a glass of water nearby and rinse your stamp after each impression you make.  This cleans out whatever paste or paint that gets into the deeply etched grooves of the stamp so you can continue to get nice impressions.

I attached my plaster casts of the skull, heart, and flourishes with Spackle paste (joint filler) as I ran out of my little sample jar of molding paste.  In hindsight, I would have attached these pieces at the end AFTER painting my textured canvas.  I used a variety of Deco Art Paints.  In some spots I had watered down black paint and allowed it to drip down the canvas. This was the anxiety producing point for a control freak like myself!  Hell, this whole project had me on edge!  I felt out of control the whole time, but it was fun...and messy.

I couldn't seem to find a color or a finish I liked for the wings of the heart or the flourishes, so at the end I added Stickles to them.  I know, grunge and Stickles really don't go together, but what the hell....I did it!

Thank you if you read this massive book i just wrote.  Please head over to Smudgy Antics to get inspiration from the rest of the DT gals.  Be sure to play along with the texture challenge.  You have until midnight on Saturday the 15th PST.  

~ Cheers ~
Lady Brayton

I will add my piece to the following challenges:
Make It Monday: Anything goes
Love to Scrap: Rubber stamping, no digital images.  I used Smeared Ink Rubber Stamps which are listed in my overly long post.
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things with wings.  The heart has wings.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop with Smeared Ink

Hello, Skully Hoppers! I'm Lady Brayton. 
 Welcome to my blog and welcome to the Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop sponsored by Smeared Ink.  The hop goes live June 4th at 9am PST.

You should have arrived here from Susan's fabulous blog.  If you found my page by accident and would like to hop along, click here to start at the beginning.  There are prizes to be found along the way.  Your next stop on the hop is the magnificent Black Dragon.   For your convenience  I have posted the entire blog roll at the bottom of the page in case you get lost. I think this may be a record year for the hop as we have 45 bloggers!  To learn more about Skull Appreciation Day, please visit Skull-A-Day.

I made a few projects for this hop.  I love skulls and just couldn't help myself! For my first project, I used techniques from Andy Skinner's "The Outcasts" online workshop.  The main materials consisted of clay, plaster, and Deco Art Americana paints in Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067-3), Titanium (Snow) White (DA01-3) and Burnt Orange (DA016-3). With these, I made the awesome frame you see below.  I showed Rick another excavation piece I made earlier in the year and told him my concept for Skull Appreciation Day and he drew the most awesome skull ever!  The skull appears to be coming out of the ground which I knew would look perfect with my frame!  I printed several copies of the skull and fussy cut various parts and adhered everything together with silicone glue for extra dimension.

 BTW, this excavation skull stamp was given to me in digi form to make a sample, but will only be available for purchase through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.   Rick is the newest designer for Smeared Ink Rubber which consists of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of deeply etched unmounted rubber.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this set, "Morte", in rubber!!!  For those that prefer digital stamps, Rick St. Dennis also has lots of other skulls in his shoppe which can be found by clicking this link.  You may enlarge any picture by clicking on the image.

I decided to do a digi project with the excavation skull as well.  Truth be told, I prefer rubber for embossing and using in clay and art journals, etc.  Anyway, I colored and assembled everything in PSE8 and used the scrapbook sketch from Smeared and Smudged's "Very Sketchy" June challenge.  
Forgive the red watermarks through the images, but online theft has been a huge problem lately.
Below is a picture of the "Morte" rubber set (blurred and watermarked for protection) which can only be purchased by members of Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  If you are not a member yet, you will definitely want to join as these are some of the best quality stamps I have ever used!  Overseas peeps, don't be afraid to join, especially those in the UK.  Smeared Ink will work with you to find the cheapest method of shipping possible.  Join the rubber club to find out more :)
Since Smeared Ink is hosting this hop and will be selling the lovely rubber with Rick's skull designs, I felt it necessary to share some love with them as well.  Below are two photos of a shrine I made using Andy Skinner's techniques from "The Outcasts".  The shrine is painted with DecoArt paints.  Forgive me as I did not keep track of the colours of paints. The focal image is Smeared Ink's "Bride" calavera from their "Calaveras" digital stamp set.  The bride was colored in PSE8 and printed ATC size several times, fussy cut and layered, adhered with silicone glue.  I touched her up with some copic markers, spica gel pens, and stickles.  Click images to enlarge.  Once again, sorry about the watermarks through the images, but I found it necessary to protect the image from theft.

If you enjoy Gothic or alternative stamps, be sure to check out the vast line of digital stamps that Smeared Ink has in their shop.  Smeared Ink also sponsors a fortnightly challenge over at Smudgy Antics and they run a forum, which is free to join, that has several monthly challenges as well as monthly member blog hops, ATC swaps, holiday swaps, and more!
Thanks for visiting my page.  Have fun with the rest of the hop!
~ Lady Brayton ~
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

June's Freebie Saturday with Airless Chambers and Sparkle and Glitter

It is the first Saturday of the month and that means it is Freebie time on both of Rick St. Dennis' blogs, the darker
Airless Chambers Blog and the Sparkle and Glitter Blog.  The freebies will be up on both blogs June 1st and June 2nd only so hurry up and grab them while you can!
Here is my sample for the Airless Chambers Blog using the Voodoo Skull Man Freebie. Click image to enlarge.  

Below is the project I made for Sparkle and Glitter with the freebie, Desdemona.
There is another Freebie challenge this month going on through June 21, 2013.  Make sure to visit Sparkle and Glitter as well as Airless Chambers to find out the details on the challenge.  There are prizes to be won and plenty of eye candy to see.

~ Lady Brayton ~