Thursday, 15 January 2015

Smeared Ink Blog Hop- 'In the Dead of Winter'

Hi there everyone, I have finally got a chance to join in with one of the blog hops over on smeared ink- I'm really hoping to try and play along most months if not all of them!
this month I have actually made two cards to take part- the first being this one:

using Holly Sugar Skull which I bought from Delicious doodles before it closed, but GOOD NEWS! 
it is now on smeared ink!

I used copics to colour the image, and then added glossy accents to all the red berries. I chose a fairly simple layout and oddly for me a rectangular card base.
I used red berries distress ink round the edges of image and paper.

Secondly, I have made the darkest card I have ever made- I was having a really bad day and that kinda helped... and I did feel better afterwards! 
This one is made using 'to all a good night By Rick St Dennis MFA 
and also a skull and crossbones paper that was a freebie quite a while ago also from Teri Sherman.

This one I coloured in a mixture of copics and promakers as I don't have the requisite reds in copic yet.
I cut a piece of the cheesecloth I bought from That Craft Place , and stained it with red berries and vintage photo distress ink to mimic a blood stained gauze. I painted the black matt behind the image with acrylic paint, with a good lot of texture left in still.
i painted 'snow' and 'icicles' using gesso and some stickles- it didnt turn out entirely how I wanted it to, but I did the best with what I had at hand!
the papers are also distressed and edged with red berries DI.

I hope you have enjoyed my slightly macabre makes and see you again (hopefully) next month for something else!

and here is the blog roll so you can carry on hop hop hopping!

January Monthly Member Blog Hop

Black Dragon


  1. Wonderful cards you made! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. Your macabre makes fit the 'Dead of Winter' perfectly!!

  3. Hi, These are both amazing, love both the images.

    Hugs Erin xx

  4. Rachel... I love both of your creations! It's really a good stress to reliever to create Dark Art when you having bad days! I can vouch for that! :) Also never apologize for your art... whether it is light and cheery or dark and dreary... it is your ART! I hope to see more of your creations in the future! Hugs!!!

  5. LOVE all your projects shared today here. Great colors and layers.
    The Santa one is sooooooo creepy!~kim

  6. Love that Holly Sugar Skull was lucky enough to get it and have colored it but not used it on anything yet! Your card is majestically wonderful and that hanging Santa is so creepy he is pure wicked cool!! Love your work!!

  7. Fabulous creation with the holly skull and great addition with the shiny berries... and what can I say but poor Santa... I guess he could take no more !!! LoL

  8. I adore the colouring on that holly skull, both pieces are awesome x

  9. Two great creations--I especially like the second one! Can't beat a dark, suicidal Santa!

  10. Very unusual card with Santa... I don't understand this theme, but what you made is OK in any way..

  11. Both cards are ACE my lady!!! as always...cute to dark you have no limitations, lovvvvvvve that xoxoxo Cheri


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