Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Smeared Ink Design Team Halloween New Image Hop!!!

I cannot BEGIN to tell you how RIDICULOUSLY excited I am about the newest Smeared Ink releases that are coming out!!  There are 5 new rubber sets, available September 1st with shipping starting on September 6th and 4 new Digital sets available September 1st.

They are goth, creepy, gorgeous, and PERFECT for Halloween as well as our AMAZING October challenge - 31 Days of Halloween.

My project for today is using an image from the upcoming As Death rubber set.  I chose to make a frame, sans glass so that I could have 3-D elements including the beautiful SI sentiment as well as "doors" that open to reveal the stunning SI image inside.

I purchased the frame at ACM.  I removed the glass and decided to "guild" up 2 of the corners with gold acrylic paint.  I then sanded the heck out of it to distress it.  I then set it aside. 

I measured the interior of the frame, taking into account the ability to have flaps open like doors and scored lines so that I knew how much room I had to work with.

I delved into my paper stash pulling out dark reds, greys, and light blues making sure that all of my papers had a vintage vibe to them.

I first started with my image.  It has a neo-classical vibe to it but definitely in a Smeared Ink way!!  Neoclassical was one of my favorite time periods to study in Art History!!

Anyhoo - I decided, for the FIRST TIME EVER, in my stamping career to use colored pencils in lieu of my Copics.  I didn't want the depth, darkness and vibrance of the Copics to overshadow the gorgeous lines of this image.  I wanted soft, almost transparent color so that the image shined.  And I think I did the job.

After I carefully colored and smudged my image, I took my children's basic water colors and mixed a few  together to get the exact greenish/grey/gold that I wanted and I painted the background.  I added rhinestones for her eyes and crackle glaze for his wings.  I set the entire panel aside to dry.

I then worked on my door panels.  The front panels/flaps are covered in red DP. On the left hand side I have my sentiment, which is edged with Tim Holtz tea dye ink and backed with shimmery Ivory cardstock.  Tucked in between the layers is a scrapbook sticker of a Joker playing card.  Creepy and fitting I thought.  =)  There is a velcro dot behind the sentiment panel holding the layers closed.

On the right panel I used scrapbooking stickers to spell out the word 'fury'.  One of my favorite sayings is "Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned"...hence the word Fury.

Upon opening the "doors" the interior doors are covered with the same grey DP.  On the left hand panel, I have a piece of vintage paper from a 1940's stove repair company log that I found at an old antique shop in Maine for $2 for the entire book.  I trimmed a piece out and framed it with tiny rhinestones.  On the right is the complimentary Joker card to the one on the exterior only this one says "Better Luck Next Time".  I'm your next life!

I then worked on my main image.  It is all dry and ready to be added to my project.  I chose light blue DP with tan script on it.  I stitched around the edges in light blue, keeping it simple as to not to detract from my main image.  I then corner rounded my main panel and added it to my piece.  Lastly, I added the 3 crown embellishment that came in a fabulous pack of goodies from one of my darling and fellow Smeared Ink team members.

I placed it in the frame and stood back.  I was happy.  BUT!  I had made a bevvy of hand rolled paper flowers, coated in glaze and some with glitter to add to the frame exterior!  I then added 8 rolled flowers to the bottom left hand side of the frame and a key embellishment to the upper right hand side of the frame to add a bit of balance.

And whoosh...I'm done.  This piece was a journey for me...a delicious, fabulous and soul searching journey.  I LOVED it!!

Please keep hopping onto our next darling so that you don't miss ANY of the Smeared Ink girls' creations!!!
Here is the hop order...make sure you visit everyone and leave lots of love!!!

Black Dragon
Lady Brayton

And here is a further preview of the other sets coming out today!!!  Don't forget!!

Smeared Ink Fall release will feature 5 brand new rubber sets, and a new line of digi images that will be available as sets or single images. They will be available in the shop on Sept 1st and rubber sets will begin shipping on Monday the 6th.

Smeared and Smudged will be adding in a new challenge called the Photo Inspiration Challenge, and in honor of this new challenge we will have a very special giveaway of 2 G45 paper pads: Transatlantic and Fashionista (you can include a pic if you wanna). In order to qualify for the prize drawing you must participate in all five S&S challenges- Sketch(one or both), Oh the Horror, Rock N Rolla, Guest DT Challenge, and Photo Challenge. Those who participate in all five during the month will be entered, and you can combine challenges if you want as long as you post your project in each challenge thread so it will be counted..

Thank you SO much for hopping today!!



Anita Bownds said...

beautiful art work,the colours are amazing..hugs Anita

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Wow What a wonderful journey. I'm glad to hear you are proud of this - as you should be - it's amazing!!

Unknown said...

This is awesome I love everything about it fantastic work
Luv Jane xxx

Kelli Green aka Cajunstampingqueen said...

Meredith, your choice of color pencils is just amazing. Totally amazing!!! I love the picture frame, I would so put that on my sofa table!!! Just wonderful sweetie!!!

~Lady B~ said...

Holy Crow! Incredible! Stunning! Amazing! Great vintage vibe and outstanding craftsmanship! Your image is eerie and elegant. I love it!

Alison said...

Where o I even begin? This is intense! What an incredible project!!! The whole thing is SO amazing! I love everything about it! I gotta try my hand at those flowers! And you did an incredible job with your colored pencils!!! Amazing!

Unknown said...

I think intense, as Alison said, is the perfect word for this! You completely embraced everything that we wanted this set to be!! I think your art is beautiful and real, and this piece touches me. You absolutely find balance in everything you make, and I adore it!!!

KC said...

I love it really I do! I want one so I want 2 one for my sister...ha ha thats mean, she doesn't understand my humor...

Daniella said...

Holy WOW!! Those pieces are gorgeous!! Great work, as always!!

Ellis said...

Lovely creations, fun with a frame card! =)
The Creepy Li'l Grumpies are my favorites of the new realease! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Kathi said...

Wow. You put a lot of work into this and it shows. It's absolutely, positively fabulous!

Unknown said...

Great concept and wonderful detail, awesome job.

Tori said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! The frame is amazing and I love the vintage and elegant look to it. Really cool that you used the the vintage paper on the inside of the door. Very great job!!

Tori said...

Oh yeah - and I love the flowers!!! I need to learn to do those. :)

Kim Wilson said...

Wow what a great AA project Meredith!!! Looks like you put a ton of work into it and it is awesome girl!

blackdragon said...

Meredith... everything you create is so elegant and stylish... this is no exception.... the time and effort you put into this piece really shows... this is dark art at its most stylish as only you can do ...and i'm green(dragon) with envy!
love lynx

scrappin girl said...

very cool and unique stamps and your very creative when using them as well. wow

Andrea C said...

wow this is one gorgeous creation you certainly have that one nailed x

Kelly Sas said...

Amazing piece! You can tell you are having fun with this line.