Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trick or Treat

This is my second make for the 31 Days Of Halloween, which is taking place over at the Smeared Ink blog, sponsored by Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda. You can check out the Design Teams daily inspiration at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

Here is my make, featuring Carmen's Veranda stamps Large People Skull and Grunge white swirl background. I also used the Old Typewriter Alphabet from Lost Coast Designs :

The skull image is so great. I stamped it onto glossy card stock in black versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then added more definition to the shaded parts of the image using grey distress ink and a cut n dry pen nib.

I really love the grunge backgrounds, they are so versatile. I used the white one here stamped over a distress ink background and acrylic splatters. The words are white heat embossed.

The 'Trick or Treat' amused me, both words are pretty relevent to this image ... LOL. Love the sexual innuendo :)

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Have a Wicked Wednesday !

I got particularly colorful this week creating my ATC for Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog. I really enjoy Oddball Arts images, look at this gorgeous witch, Tiffany the Terrible, Img 79B :


This is a single layer atc, colored with copics, the letters from an alpha sticker pack by Ranger.

I loved the sentiment, so perfect with Halloweeen coming up ...

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Funky Colored Hair ATC

This weeks Wicked Wednesday challenge is funky colored hair, my make using Lacy Sunshines Rory lets down her hair :

The Rory image is colored with copics. I fussy cut Rory, adding some wink of stella pen to her funky streaks in her hair. 

The background is painted with dylusions paint in crushed grape, with some white randomly mixed in to some spots. Then a added some small white splats. 

I matted the colored background onto white and stamped and cut out the sentiment. She looks like she is looking out, thinking, longing for something ... or someone ?

Its always so fun at Wicked Wednesday, come and join us :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zombie Birthday Card

What can I say, my sister likes zombies.

Here is her Birthday card, using images from Smeared Ink :

I used alcohol inks and acrylic paint for the background. The zombie is a digital image, I resized it to fit the tag. The zombie is colored with copics. I stamped the building and sponged it with distress ink. The words are printed from my typewriter, and added on top of a layer of washi.

Thanks for stopping by x

Sunday, October 18, 2015

'Put a Bird on It' ATC

My make for 'Put a Bird on it' ATC trade, over at Vera Lane Studios facebook group :

I used one of the images from the Ladies who lunch set, and the cockatoo is a freebie in the facebook group :)

The background is made with a Dylusions stencil and acrylic ground for pastels, then I used a Dylusions spray for the yellow sun, the rest was sponged with distress ink. The images are colored with copics and I used fluffy stuff to simulate the bird poop ! LOL I decided to add the white border to accentuate the image, and typed the word 'crap!' on my typewriter. I used a versamark pen and clear embossing powder for the birds feet and beak. The eyes have a layer of diamond glaze.

I have no idea where this little artwork will be headed ... but hope my partner likes it :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Witches, bats or cats ....

Todays challenge at Wicked Wednesday is Witches, Bats or Cats.

I have used Winifred from Alicia Bel for my ATC. She is casting a spell .... wonder what it is ?

I colored Winifed with Copics. 
The ATC background is made with red and blue alcohol inks on a resist cardstock. I wanted the feeling of movement behind her, so I added gold alcohol ink and moved it around. The ground was made with a gold pen, then I added clear embossing powder. I edged the ATC with blue artist pitt pen.

I actually took another photo of this and angled it a little towards the light, the gold is positively glowing :

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Trick or Treat at Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday is sponsored by Sami Stamps this week, the 179th challenge is Trick or Treat. I have colored this gorgeous Witch Beauty image with copics :

I upcycled a Skittles packet for the dress of my witch. 
I personally think she has taken Trick or Treating a bit far this year ! LOL

Then darn it ... the packet was open, so I ate them ! Hahaha

Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hey There Tag

I had fun making this cute tag, featuring one of the Crazy Birds by Tim Holtz. This tag is in the mail today to Anne in the USA. It is accompanying an ATC, as part of the multimedia ATC trade group I am in. Is this the time to admit it ... I am a serial trader .... LOL

The background is a print from a soft plate, with extra detail and a sentiment added. The crazy bird is colored with Neocolor II's and a little pom pom added for his tail. He might look sad, but actually, hes just thinking ... LOL.

Thanks for stopping by x

Everything Dances

Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda are sponsoring Smeared Ink's 31 Days of Halloween. Every day for the duration of the event, fabulous Halloween inspired art will be shared by the Design Team at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

For today, here is my make :

For this standard sized card I have used the larger skeleton from Dancing Skeletons. I stamped the skeleton in memento black and added depth and shading with copics, cool greys. I outlined the image in black and fussy cut it.

The background was so fun .... I got the idea for the background behind the skeleton from a Youtuber Shana Conroy, a video entitled Dreams. Basically I painted the background with black gesso, then sprayed dylusions sprays and let it dry. I then splashed watered down white gesso onto the background, put a layer of paper on top and pulled it off. Because dylusions sprays react with water, they started to color the white gesso. I let it dry. Doesn't it look awesome, a perfect backdrop for the skeleton - thanks Shana :)

I layered this card, matting the black with distressed yellow card stock, and I stamped Carmen Veranda's grunge black swirl background onto the card base which I had first colored with distress inks.

The finishing touch was the words, which I typed on my typewriter. Cut them out and edged in black. I love Maya Angelou, and this quote from her suited this project perfectly I think.

Here is a closer look at the card :

I really enjoyed making this card ... so I decided to make a few artist trading cards too :

I used the exact same techniques and stamps, except for the stamping on the blue background. I used the same grunge black swirl, but this time I used the new ATC sized one. How great to have a smaller version for ATC's. The grunge backgrounds are really great, and there are a whole host of ATC background stamps available at Lost Coast Designs.

The words were quite amusing for one of the ATC's. Who remembers the hit from 1993, "Boom! Shake the Room"? Quite amusing the link the old-school hip-hop with the dancing skeleton.

Hope you found some inspiration here and please pop over to The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and Smeared Ink to see the other gorgeous pieces :) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Viva Las Vegas Stamps postcard trade

I decided to join in a postcard trade at Viva Las Vegas Stamps. We had to make four 4x6" postcards, mail them and then get three back from other players :) One will be be displayed in the store. 

The title was Fall Harvest. Here was the glitch ... All my VLVS images are quirky and weird beings. I did not have a single fall or Halloween image ... So I improvised :

Here is my make using Some of the Dr Who images from plate o rubber 925 

I was quite amused making this, that she is covering her eyes. I am a big Dr Who fan, its such a wonderful and quirky show, glad I finally got to use this stamp set I bought recently.

The background is made with Dylusions paints, there is lots of embossing, fussy cutting and stamping, close up :

 And here are my four postcards, all on their way to DeeDee at the store in Las Vegas, hope my swap partners like them :)
Thanks for stopping by, Nikki x