Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Smeared Ink Weekly DT Project and Left of Center Challenge #29

I knew I wanted to try something fun with the set Morbidly Adorable Tarot: Set 1 (Jan 2014), a Rubber Club Past Offering from the Smeared Ink Rubber Club.  This set has amazing art work done by the fab-o Misty Benson.  Her skellies and art work, WOW!

Left of Center Creative Challenges blog has an Anything Goes Dark Theme #29 so get those projects finished up and enter to win some fun prizes.  And you must see what inspiration the DT has come up with, KILLER!

For my Weekly Smeared Ink Design Team project I have created a kind of a Stained Glass Window Hang.  Not sure really what to call it so there you go.  Figured that my Smeared Ink image was pretty dark when you have skellies playing music in the rain! 

Here is a better picture of the frame:

Sheets of Deets

Main Image
I am a huge fan of Splitcoast Stampers and just amazed at all of the tutorials that they have collected over the years.  I have used a tutorial called Acetate & Tissue, by Beate Johns, that was one of the first tutorials I had ever done and one of my favorite techniques.

So for the main image you stamp your image with Black StazOn onto a piece of acetate.
Let image dry.  Turn over.
Place drops of re-inker, using whatever colors you would like for your image.
Squeeze Crystal Effects all over.  
I use my fingers, but you can use a gloves, to smear CE to cover and get colors over entire image.
At this point you can add glitter, which I did, but not too much or your tissue paper will not stick very well.
Place white tissue paper (this is not kleenex or toilet paper) over entire image.
Press down to adhere tissue paper to acetate.  Be sure to squeeze just a tad more CE over back or your fingers could dry out and tear tissue paper.
Let dry and trim off excess tissue paper around edges.

Cut 1 1/4" strips from heavy cardboard from stash.  Used Sticky Strip and made a frame.
Placed Cherry Cobbler ink all over frame.
Used Tombow glue over entire frame, then laid down straw material in strips all over frame.
Poured more glue to help hold down strips.
Used a heat gun to make the glue try quicker.

Mixed some black Gesso with water and used a paintbrush to cover frame and material.  Heat gun again to dry quicker.

Used Dylusions Spray Inks (Lemon Zest & After Midnight) and SU! Smooch Spritz (Pink Pirouette, Gold, and my own mixture with Vanilla Shimmer).
Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to add small bits of glitter on frame.

Black Linen thread for hang.  
Black card stock for backing.
All materials used are current Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.


  1. Very cool project, I'm going to have to give that technique a try. I would have never guessed that was a cardboard frame from the picture. Wonderful work of art. Thanks for joining us at LOC.

  2. Fantstic creation you made Shoni, the frame looks so neat and the image is fun! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  3. omg...this is fantastic Shoni. I have never seen anything like this before. Thanks for sharing the tut. I want to give this a try. You used the perfect image for the stained glass effect. Love your frame also. You are so talented!!!