Monday, 25 October 2010

Smeared and smudged!

Well, it's Monday again, and that means it's time for another Macabre Monday challenge over at the Haunted Design House blog! This week we're sponsored by Smeared Ink, and in honour of this we're asking you to create something "Smeared and Smudged" Get inky and distressed and grunged-up all over :D
My piece uses one of the fabulous Marionette digi stamps from Smeared Ink, and the fancy corners around the sentiment come from their Glam Accessories set.
I have to admit that I don't usually do much of what I call accent distressing. I can do all-over grunge, as in the backgrounds on this, but I love the look of edge distressing, and this is the first time that I'm quite pleased with my own attempts. I think it may be because I did it in three layers (I'm talking about the bit around the image) First I stamped the frame that you can see, and then I smudged it all so you couldn't see the individual lines. Then I added a smudgly blue wash around the edges, and then I redid the frame, but this time left it un-smudged. What do you think?
Stamping Bacation Build A Sketch - I love this idea; they give you the sizes and shapes, and you create your own sketch out of them :)
2 Sisters Challenges - anything goes
Crafty Catz - black white and one other (blue in my case)
Crafty Purple Frog - anything goes
Make It Crafty - distressing
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
I Did It Creations - surprise me
Sentimental Sunday - distressing
Stamping Vacation Start Here - frame of any shape except round or square
Etsy Inspired Challenge - be inspired by an item from StilettoHeights I based my creation on an amalgam of the following ites in the shop: In This Dress I wear, And So She Waits, and Dancers and Showgirls

JEANETTE IS FAB!!!! And she runs several challenges for cards and scrapbooking, so please stop entering cards in the scrapbooking challenges :P

Was that a suprise? :P


Denise Clark said...

Wonderful job on the smearing and smudging! I love the way you did the frame! Your extra efforts really paid off. The image is perfect for this! Love what you did with the Build-a-Sketch challenge!

Thanks so much for playing along with Stamping Vacation's challenges! This gives you entry in the Nov 1st prize drawing!

DonnaMundinger said...

Susan this is gorgeous! I love everything about it! xxD

de said...

Gorgeous card! I love how you melded inspiration from three of the prints to come up with this beautiful card! Love the deep rich colors as well!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Pascale said...

Wow this is so elegant and I love the tones you have used. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Purple Frog. Hugs Pascale

carol said...

Such a lovely card, thanks for playing along with Craftycatz, x carol

kaos said...

Love the image, love the colours, love the design ==> love your card!

Thanks for taking part in our first Crafty Purple Frog Challenge!


sam21ski said...

Fab smearing and smudging xxxx

Merry said...

Woohoo!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Build-a-Sketch challenge over at Stamping Vacation. It is so much fun isn't it. I love what you have done with the sketch pieces. A terrific card.

Mary said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along at 2 Sisters Challenges.

Virginia L. said...

Awesome take from the inspiration! Thanks so much for playing with us at Etsy Inspired challenge!

Jeanette said...

Hi Susan, I love smeared and smudged. This card is just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations.

Hey, thanks for the big red message.


angelwhispers said...

Love it the colours are just fab and I love the image and how you have framed her just perfect!!

Thanks for joining us at TCPF for our first challenge Chanelle xx

tiggertastic said...

fantastic colour blending, this is a very stunning card

good luck in the challenges

sarah-Louise xx
tiggertastic blog

Zoe said...

I love how you smudged the stamp edge and then restamp it. Really gave it that smokey effect. Thanks for joining our distressed technique challenge this month. hugs xxoo

Lindsey said...

Great technique, looks really good. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

SmilynStef said...

Love that fabulous dancer ... and what a great sentiment ... amazing inspired card.

Emily Branch said...

This card is so lovely! I really like your use of blue and black in this design! The ballerina stamp adds such a perfect touch for this challenge! Thanks for playing EIC this week!

Tammy Miller said...

Wow what a wonderful project! I love everything about it, thanks for join us at IDIC. I hope you will join us again!

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Such a neat design and I love the monochromatic effect!! Great work and thanks for joining us over at Stamping Vacation!!