Monday 28 May 2012


"Pass the distressing please" is the title of this week's Haunted Design House challenge. This week we are being sponsored by none other than Smeared Ink!  The prize is a mahoosive $15 digi shopping spree.
The challenge... You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that uses distressing of some sort. Get out your nail files, your scissor blades
and your distress inks! Your hands are really the best tools to crumple and rip,
and then spritz and sponge your way to a distressed masterpiece!
 Distressing is also a good way to work out those aggressions
 possibly left over from this past weekend's festivities.

My project this week is a card. I used Goth Fairy "Vivondra" as my main image. Coloured with distress inks before cutting out and mounting onto a background from Moonlight Journeythen mounted onto some deep red card. All edges of paper and card given the sandpaper treatment throughout and ink distressed with red or black DI as appropriate.  Some black coated card with a white core took the red DI better.

The sentiment is a stamp from the Andy Skinner range from Personal Impressions. Heat embossed in black on deep red card before roughing it up and inking.
The little heart is a mesh of two Smeared Ink digis. The wings from Vivondra and the plaid heart shape from the heart wings set. Coloured with DI again.
The little roses were coloured red then edged with black ink.
All these were layered onto a red mesh with a simple black velvet ribbon.
The BP is from Crafty Chaos Designs. (The shop appears to be having some technical difficulties and I'll add the link later.)
Layered onto yet more deep red then a black card base

A small collection of red and black pearls finished this card off.

So, off you pop, get those pent up frustrations vented on your papers then come back and show us what you made.

Don't forget to go visiting the rest of the minions and leave some bloggy love while you're sitting there .

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafty Card Makers - Distressing
Poisoned Peas Please - Wicked Step Mothers - This would be a depiction of her action I think


  1. Hi Helen what a fabulous creation. Your colour palette is perfect and I love the stamp from Andy. Absolutely brilliant piece. TFS Annie :)

  2. realy wonderful creation, love it

  3. This is gorgeous Helen..... love your colour choice and all the the distressing is FAB!

  4. Frickin' awesome! Love it!

  5. Fantastic card, very elegant and classy and goth looking. x

  6. great card, but your cars are alwys gorgeous ;-)

  7. Wow what a fabulous card, love the colours and image here and beautifully distressed. Just perfect for our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers .


  8. Ooooooh, this is CREEPTASTIC! For some reason the scene in the background reminds me of that movie "Hostel" {shudders}
    Love the color scheme and mood over this piece...well done!


  9. Wow this is gorgeous! I love your heart with the bat wings :) Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our "Distress It" Challenge.
    Fiona x

  10. Great card, the image is so unusual. I really like the embellishments, the red mesh really adds an amazing look and texture to the paper.

    Thanks for joining in with my Distress It! challenge on Crafty Cardmakers.


  11. Wonderful take on the wicked stepmom challenge! Love the colors and LO.
    Thanks for joining us at Poisoned Peas Please.

  12. Wow - this has soooo many great details and I like them all! What a fun scene! Very cool that you got out sand paper and used red mesh. Great ideas galore on this one!!!

  13. Outstanding Card. I love the details and the colors. Thanks for joining us at PPP this month, and hope to see you back next month.

  14. This is a really great card and I love the way you set the image against that background! Very fab job! Thanks for joining us at Poisoned Peas Please!

  15. What a fabulously wicked job you did for PPP's Wicked Stepmom Challenge. The colors & images are perfect. I hope you will join us again for the next challenge.