Monday, October 28, 2013

COLOUR CHALLENGE With Smudgy Antics WEEK 2 of 2

Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!  This fortnight at Smudgy Antics we have a COLOUR challenge for you. 
 Use at least three of the colors in the sample below.

Get creative and don't be afraid to think outside of the box.  We embrace all forms of stamped art and love seeing original and diverse projects.  You may enter cards, scrapbook pages, tags, ATCs, altered objects, mixed-media projects, etc.  The more creative you get, the more likely you are to be the chosen winner of the challenge.

I tried my best to use all of the colours in the sample above.  Here is my creation for week 2 of the colour challenge. 
 Click image to enlarge.

I used stamps from the "Morte" and "Prints" rubber stamp sets which are sold exclusively as "past offerings" in the Smeared Ink Rubber Club.  Past offerings can be added to your monthly order and by ordering more than one set at a time you can save money on shipping.  I know 3 sets can fit in those flat rate envelopes at a time and possibly even four.  Join the Rubber Club to get awesome, deeply etched sheets of 8.5" x 11" unmounted rubber goodness and tell them Lady B sent you there :)  

Be sure to head over to Smudgy Antics to see what the rest of the Smeared Ink DT has made for your inspiration.
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, October 25, 2013

31 days of Halloween day 25 with Lady B Representing Airless Chambers

Hi!  I'm Lady Brayton. Welcome to day 25 of the 31 days of Halloween organized by Smeared and Smudged.  I am lucky enough to represent Airless Chambers today.

Airless Chambers is also a Cryptkeeper in the Halloween countdown 2013, for the complete list of 192 Cryptkeepers joining the countdown to Halloween, see link here.

Today I have a few simple makes to share.  The two below both utilize images from Rick St. Dennis' "Voodoo" rubber stamp set which is sold exclusively in the "past offerings" section of the Smeared Ink Rubber Club.  Click images to enlarge.

The images were stamped onto Copic X-Press-It paper with Memento ink in Black and colored with Copic markers.  The backgrounds use various colors of Distress Inks.  I used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot. I then poked holes in the paper and sewed a decorative edging with colored floss.

My third and final make uses Hedwig Halloween.  She is a sassy witch and hasn't made it into the shoppe yet, but you can find many more cool Halloween images drawn by Rick by clicking here

I first printed my digi stamp and colored her with Copic markers, fussy cut the image, and outlined the cut edges with a dark gray marker.

My second step was painting my tag with DecoArt Americana paint in Lamp Black (DA067-3) and allowing it to dry. After the paint dried I applied DecoArt Weathered Wood (DAS8-9) which happens to be my favorite Crackle Medium.  I allowed the DecoArt Weathered Wood (DAS8-9) to dry naturally.

After the Weathered Wood Crackle Medium was dry, I painted the tag with DecoArt Americana Premium Multi-Surface Satin in Lipstick (DA506-30).  The multi-surface satin paint has a beautiful satin finish and comes in 40 gorgeous colors.  I used the paint on paper, but this paint is designed to adhere to almost every surface without the need for a primer or a sealer.  I'm looking forward to making some home decor items with this paint :)

For a final touch I added some mesh from a bag of fruit and stapled it to my tag then I adhered my image to the tag with DecoArt Americana Decoupage Matte (DS106-45).  

Did you know Rick St. Dennis now has a tutorial blog?  Be sure to check it out and become a follower.  The blog name is Tuts and Comments and there will be new tutorials weekly. 

Your next stop on the hop is Jane's blog.

Monday, October 21, 2013


Welcome back for another fortnight challenge 
This fortnight at Smudgy Antics we have a
 COLOUR challenge for you. 
 Use at least three of the colors in the sample below.

Get creative and don't be afraid to think outside of the box.  We embrace all forms of stamped art and love seeing original and diverse projects.  You may enter cards, scrapbook pages, tags, ATCs, altered objects, mixed-media projects, etc.  The more creative you get, the more likely you are to be the chosen winner of the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge:

I used Dia De Los Muertos 1 digi single drawn by Ike exclusively for Smeared Ink.  Everything was colored and assembled digitally.

Be sure to head over to the Smudgy Antics blog to see what the rest of the Smeared Ink DT has created for your viewing pleasure.

~ Lady Brayton ~

How to Make A Creepy Halloween Tag by Lady Brayton

Hi! I'm Lady Brayton.
Since Halloween is approaching, I thought I would show you how to make a creepy Halloween tag and give some tips on adding textural interest to any tag or ATC you make.  This tutorial is also featured on the New Rick St. Dennis Blog "Tuts and Comments".  Be sure to check out the blog for other cool tutorials.  While you are there, why not become a follower of the blog?  You never know what interesting techniques or projects will be taught.

Items needed:
Mesh or netting and fibers of choice
Stapler and staples
Staz-on Ink in Jet Black
Stamps, I used both digi and rubber by Rick St. Dennis.
Markers or pencils to color your stamped image.
Paint brush/brushes and a palette knife.
I used a 3/4 inch flat brush.

Deco Art Products as listed below:
Texture Primer/Sealer (TXFP07-43)
Texture Crackle in Colorado (TXC05-51)
Decou-Page Matte (DS106-45)
Americana paint in Alizrin Crimson (DA179-3)
Americana paint in Lamp Black (DA067-3)
I have linked the DecoArt products to the DecoArt Store, but if you live in the states you may have a retail craft store that sells DecoArt Products.  Click this link to see if there is a DecoArt supplier in your area.

Step One:  Apply DecoArt Texture Primer/Sealer (TXFP07-43) to tag and allow to dry. This product assures good adhesion of the DecoArt Texture Crackle.

Step Two:  Apply Texture Crackle in Colorado (TXC05-51) to tag with a palette knife and allow to dry.  I like to apply some thick areas and some thinner areas for extra interest.

Step Three:  While the DecoArt Texture Crackle is drying, pick out a focal image for your tag and color.  I used the "Snake Woman" drawn by Rick St. Dennis and colored her with my Copic markers, fussy cut the image from the paper then lined the edges with a dark gray marker.  Lining or inking the edges of a fussy cut image really helps the image pop from its background.  You will see the colored image shortly.

Step Four:  Once the DecoArt Texture Crackle is completely dry it is time to add some color washes.  A color wash is basically paint diluted with water so it makes a very thin stain.  The washes get deep into the crevices and work great to add depth and dimension!  I first did a wash of Americana paint in Alizrin Crimson (DA179-3).  When dry, I did a wash with Americana paint in Lamp Black (DA067-3), just going over the edges and some of the deeper cracks and bulges.  See how the tag below already has a lot more interest than the tag above with only the Texture Crackle in Colorado (TXC05-51) applied?  

Step Five:  Stamp the tag with background images.  I used my "Voodoo" stamp set drawn by Rick St. Dennis which is available for purchase exclusively as a "past offering" through the Smeared Ink Rubber Club.  I picked a cool looking snake stamp, inked it with Staz-on ink, and stamped randomly. 

Step Six: I think the one thing that really makes a tag interesting is texture.  We already have a bunch of texture going on, but there is room for more.  This is where the mesh or netting comes into play.  I took gold netting from a bunch of apples I bought.  To attach the netting to my tag I used my stapler and then trimmed off any excess with scissors.

Step Seven:  Apply your fussy cut image to the tag with DecoArt DecouPage Matte (DS106-45).  I also used the Decoupage to seal my tag.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

Step Eight:  Apply fibers and any other embellishments you wish.  You may substitute with ribbon or twine.  Just use whatever you have on hand that blends well with the tag.

That's all folks!  Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment.  Also, these same techniques can be used for tags, cards, or ATCs for any occasion just by changing the  focal image and the colors you use.
Happy Crafting!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, October 18, 2013

Representing Airless Chambers for Day 18 of the 31 Days of Halloween

I'm Lady Brayton and I'm the lucky gal to represent Airless Chambers for the 18th Day of the 31 Days of Halloween.
I made an all digital project using the following images from Rick St. Dennis: Calista the WitchBatculaand the Fairy Queen's Palace Scene digi

 I also added a cat and glowing pumpkins from Lotta Designs sold by Oscraps and a Beware sign by Kitty sold by Oscraps.  The background is a photo I took at dusk. 
 Click the image to enlarge. 

  If you found my post by accident, be sure to head over to the Airless Chambers Blog as Rick and the EDT have a Halloween Surprise for you :)

If you want loads of Halloween inspiration, check out the 31 Days of Halloween Hop sponsored by Smeared and Smudged.  The hop starts here and goes on through the whole month of October.  Even non-participants can win prizes.
Click here for details.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, October 14, 2013

Use Only Smeared Ink Images with Smudgy Antics Week 2 of 2

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

The theme for this challenge is 
to USE ONLY SMEARED INK STAMPS in your projects. 
NO OTHER STAMPS ARE ALLOWED. You may use rubber stamps or digi stamps or a combination of the two, but you may ONLY USE SMEARED INK STAMPS in your creations in this challenge.  This is the last week to play so hurry and get your projects linked!

If you don't own any Smeared Ink images, 

you can purchase some digi's in the Smeared Ink Shop.
If you don't have money to spare, you can join the Smeared and Smudged Forum for FREE and pick-up the freebie for the Freaky Freebie Challenge and combine that challenge with this challenge.  This challenge can be combined with 
the 31 Days of Halloween as well.  There are no excuses!  
Get a Smeared Ink image and play!

After looking at my project, please be kind and head over to Smudgy Antics to see what the other Design Team Gals have created for your inspiration.  

I altered a mini wooden coffin and topped it with the gorgeous Calaveras Bride from Smeared Ink's Calaveras digital stamp set.  Click pics to enlarge.

The Bride was colored with copics, scanned to my pc, printed 6 times and fussy cut.  The various layers were attached with silicone household glue for dimension.  To brighten her colors, I painted her with DecoArt Crystal Gloss Enamels in Turquoise (DAGT10-30), red (DAGT04-30) , brown (DAGT11-30), and white (DAGT01-30) . While the paint was wet I sprinkled some Glamour Dust Crystal Glitter (DAS37-3) for some shimmer.  

Below are the DecoArt products I used:
(the pic shows Texture sand which I usually use on my projects, but for this coffin I actually used modeling paste.

Texture Primer/Sealer (TXFP07-43)
PaintableTextures - Modeling Paste (TX02-51)
Americana Paints in Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067) and Snow (Titanium) White (DA01-3), and Turquoise Blue (DA268-3)
DecoArt Crystal Gloss Enamels in Turquoise (DAGT10-30), red (DAGT04-30) , brown (DAGT11-30), and white (DAGT01-30)

Other Products Used:
Alcohol Markers
Glossy Accents
Glitter glue in Black
Copic X-Press-It Blending Card
mini wooden coffin
various sizes of paint brushes
Okay.  I didn't take all the pics needed for a proper tutorial, but here is how I made my coffin.  First I had my decoupaged Calaveras Bride colored, painted, glued and dried.  While she was drying I primed my wooden coffin with DecoArt primer/sealer (TXFP07-43).  This product assures good adhesion of the paint and also prevents the wood from sucking the paint in which would make multiple coats necessary.

Once the sealer dried, I traced my Calaveras Bride onto my coffin and applied Modeling Paste (TX02-51everywhere except the outlined area.  This assured that my Bride image would fit after all the texture dried and was painted.

When the modeling paste was dry, I painted all the textured areas a medium gray (I mixed Lamp Black(DA067) with Titanium White DA01-3).  I painted the inside of the coffin with Lamp Black (DA067).

More drying time.  Next I applied washes of color.  A color wash is basically paint diluted with water so it makes a very thin stain.  The washes get deep into the crevices. First I did a wash with Americana Lamp Black (DA067then I did a wash with Traditions Quinacridone Gold (DAT07-35to add an old, rusty quality to my coffin.  At this point the coffin looks gross, but fear not!

Now comes the part where I got so into my project I forgot to take pictures.  This step is dry brushing.  I used both  medium and light grays that I mixed.  To dry brush, you get your paint onto your brush and wipe almost all of it off onto a paper towel or a rag so the brush is dry and has just enough paint on it so you can drag the brush across your project and it will only color the peaks of your textures and won't seep into the deeper crevices   This helps to add dimension and really brings the texture to life.

On the inside of the coffin, which was previously painted Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067)  I added a coat of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (DAS8-9) and allowed it to dry.  Weathered Wood is my favorite of the Crackle Mediums!  When dry, I added Americana Turquoise Blue (DA268-3paint to match my Bride Calavera.  Although the crackle was nice, the inside looked too pretty and finished to match the outside of the coffin so I decided to grunge it up with an Americana Lamp Black(DA067color wash.  Unfortunately, since I did not seal my crackle before doing my color wash, and because the undercoating was Lamp Black, the crackle is not evident unless you look closely.  Live and learn.  There are no mistakes in art, just creative opportunities!  Also, I did achieve the grungy look I was going for. 

Lastly, I applied my Calaveras Bride to the coffin with glossy accents.  I would have preferred silicone glue, but my tube became empty.  I must remember to always have an extra tube on hand as silicone glue will stick to anything.

Thanks for Stopping By My Blog!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, October 11, 2013

Representing Airless Chambers for Day 11 of the 31 Days of Halloween. .

Welcome to day 11 of the 31 days of Halloween organized by 

I'm Lady Brayton and I am honored to represent Airless Chambers today with my 5" x 7" canvas.  I used Rick's amazing "Lady Greystone the Castle Ghost".  She can be found here in Rick's Etsy Shoppe or you may find her HERE on Zibbet.  If you haven't checked out Rick's Zibbet Shoppe, you really MUST!  It has way more images than his Etsy site and is much easier to navigate to find exactly what you want.  I know my wish list is growing! 

Airless Chambers is also a Cryptkeeper in the Halloween countdown 2013, for the complete list of 192 Cryptkeepers joining the countdown to Halloween, see the link here.

I will show my finished project first then I will go into the details of the making of my canvas.  Click pictures to enlarge.

To make this canvas you will need the following materials:

DecoArt Products:
PaintableTextures - Sand (TX03-51)
Americana Paints in Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067) and Snow (Titanium) White (DA01-3)
Traditions Artists Acrylic Paint in Quinacridone Gold (DAT07-35) 
Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels in yellow (DAGT03-30), purple (DAGT08-30), black (DAGT02-30) and white (DAGT01-30)

 Other products:
Canvas 5" x 7"
Alcohol Markers (I used Copic Markers)
A Pencil
White Card Stock
Lady Greystone the Castle Ghost Digi.

When I saw "Lady Greystone", I immediately knew what I wanted to make with her.  She was printed on white card, colored with copic markers, fussy cut, and then I inked the cut edges with an alcohol black marker.

Next I outlined the fussy cut image with pencil onto my  DecoArt Acrylic Gesso (TXFP06-51primed canvas.  Then came the fun part...playing with DecoArt Paintable Texture Sand(TX03-51).  I put a bunch of the texture sand over the entire canvas with plastic palette knives except for the outlined area.  I left that area untouched.

I waited ever so patiently for the texture sand to dry then I painted it with a medium gray colour which was made from Americana Lamp Black (DA067) and Titanium White (DA01-3) paints.  When the base coat dried I did a color wash with Americana Lamp Black(DA067) paint and then a wash with Traditions Artists Acrylic Paint in Quinacridone Gold(DAT07-35).  More drying time.  Sorry...I didn't take pics of these steps.  I dry-brushed some light gray and some white to the peaks of the textured areas.

Out came the Decou-Page Matte (DS106-45) which was used to adhere my image to the blank area of the canvas.  After that was dry, I decided I wanted to do something to bring out the hair and the candles.  Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels did the trick!

I painted over the hair with Black(DAGT02-30) and White(DAGT01-30Crystal Gloss Enamels.  It added richness and dimension to the hair.  I also used the DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels on the candles (Purple DAGT08-30) and candle flames (Yellow DAGT03-30).  While the paint on the candles was wet I sprinkled some Glamour Dust Crystal Glitter(DAS37-3on the wet paint for some shimmer.  The purple and yellow crown or hair piece started as puffy paint, but I painted over it with the Crystal Gloss Enamels as well.  Lastly, I sealed my piece with Decou-Page Matte (DS106-45).

I hope you've enjoyed my contribution to the hop.  Your next stop on the hop is Jane's Blog.  Be sure to stop at all the blogs for some amazing Halloween inspiration.