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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Alchemy - Dark, Gothic &/or Spooky!

Hello and good morning!!

I am very excited to be a new member of the Design Team over at  Tuesday Alchemy (, and today marks my first post for their Tuesday challenge, which is to make a project with a Dark, Gothic and/or Spooky feel to it.  Be sure and enter for the chance to win one of these great prizes!

$10 store voucher

Floppy Latte's Digital Designs

$10 store voucher

Loves Rubberstamps 

My card today is called Spooky Bird and I used a couple of techniques for the image background.

First I scribbled ink from three SU markers onto a large acrylic block in three equal swaths: Basic Black, Basic Grey and Nearly Navy.  I spritzed that with water and then stamped and "smooshed" (technical term) the ink onto glossy white CS.  When that was dry, I stamped the images in Versamark and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  For the stamps I used SU Papaya Collage, IO Branches of a Tree, and a Penny Black candle.  Then I sponged the edges and towards the center with SU Concord Crush and Memento Tuxedo Black and used a soft cloth to wipe away the ink from the embossed areas.  I guess we could call this technique the Acrylic Block/Emboss Resist/Sponged technique, or Block Resist.  I trimmed the panel to size and set it aside. 

It's a fascinating technique as you can see the smooshed colors underneath the clear embossing powder.  Gives an almost marbled effect to the images, and you never get the same effect twice, which I like.

The card itself consists of layers of SU CS - Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Lucky Limeade, plus some papers from Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows 12x12 paper stack.  I used Lucky Limeade for the mat behind the image as well as the paper rosette and applied black ink using the DTP method for the worn, grungy look after first sanding the edges a little.  I ran the spider-printed layer (including mat) through the Big Shot with SU Vintage Wallpaper ef, then sanded the top to distress it a bit.

The embellishment is the paper rosette with a smidge of ribbon and a tag made from Shrinky Dinks, die cut with the Sissix Tags, Scallop Combo #2 and heated with the heat gun.  I painted it with Onyx and Ivory Creative Inspirations paint (multiple layers of each color) and stamped it with gold pigment paint.  I also dry brushed Onyx onto the rosette itself.  Some grey rhinestones finished the card for very little bling (but I had to have some).

Thank you for joining me, and be sure to get on over to Tuesday Alchemy so you can play along!  

Happy Crafting!!

Challenges entered are:

Creative Card Crew Challenge #22 - Fancy Folds
CCEE1243 - Tag on or as card
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 74 - Anything Goes
Red Carpet Studio RCS#9 - Pumpkin/Halloween (Anything Goes)
Creative Inspirations - Halloween 

and last but not least,

My Favorite Things Sketch #95


Mum of 4 said...

Yet another great card, Shea! Love how you achieved the color for the main piece and the rosette is awesome too! TFS!!

Kimie said...

This is another great card! I love all the layers and that little rosette thingy in the bottom corner. You really have come a long way for someone so new to papercrafting. :) MWAH!

Monica Edwards said...

Gorgeous card you made for CIS Paints Challenge. Hope to see you in the next challenge..


Shabby Jo Designs said...

Fabulous card as usual!! I love all the techniques - those are always my favorites!!

Sheena said...

Great card and a great technique for the image! The rosette is a lovely touch too!

Thanks for joining the Creative Card Crew challenge!


Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Gorgeous card! I love the shrinky dinks tag and the resist image is fabulous. Thanks for joining the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge! =)

Sazzle said...

Fab Halloween card Shea with load of different techniques :-)

Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy for our "Anything Goes" challenge and good luck!

xx Sazzle xx

Lynn said...

What a great card and lots of wonderful designs:)
Thankyou for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Challenges:)
Lynn xxx