Monday 25 March 2013

Make It Colourful with Smudgy Antics

Are you ready to get messy again? This week's challenge over at Smudgy Antics is all about adding colour to your project - without using pens or pencils, and still include stamping (digi or rubber - we don't care).
Adding colour can be done in so many ways, inks, paint, perfect pearls there are oodles of ways!! Too many to list here and I'd probably forget one or two anyway.
I chose to add colour with paper, paint and distress inks.
This is just one of the faces of an exploding box I made

All four sides were given the same treatment after using the same embossed image on them all; but they all look slightly different due to the random daubing of the washes used. I've used the faux heated and aged copper technique as detailed by Andy Skinner in his "Timeworn" classes. A variety of paints and distress embossing powder were used.
The lid is covered with DP from MME Halloween stack with the TH die cut "Iron Gate" surrounding it.
The inside -  more of that DP to cover the inside of the outer panels. The inside box panels were covered on both sides with images from the Danse Macabre set from Smeared Ink.
The images were first masked off then distress inks brushed over the panels. So we have white skeletons dancing in a sea of colour. These were matted onto some pearlised black/copper paper from stash.
Two panels are kept in place with beads and jewellery wires and a jointed skeleton from an old piece of jewellery suspended between so he can dance to his own tune, should he so wish.

That's my make for the challenge - what are you going to show us? The the gang have made some fabulous projects this week and there will be more eye candy next week from the remaining members so worth making weekly trips at the very least to see what we've all been up to. Head on over to the Smeared & Smudged forum as well while you're there. We'd love to see you join in the monthly challenges there as well.

Also - if you belong to a DT team - check out the DT Throwdown that's going on - a challenge for DT teams to show their A game and the forum members get to vote on their favourite projects from the different design teams around blogland that choose to participate. It's great fun!

I'd like to enter this into the challenge over at
Left of Centre Challenges - LOC and/or Punch it out
Paper Makeup Stamps/digi Makeover - Fancy folds
My All Crafts Challenge - No Cards or LO
Crafty-Emblies - Anything Goes


  1. Love it Helen! I really love how you have done the panels inside with the dangling skele in there :D
    Thank you for playing along with us at Left of Center xxxxx

  2. Fabulous, Helen! Love the images, the texture outside is amazing. and the dangling skellie inside just rocks! xxD

  3. I love your exploding box it is so detailed. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty - Emblies Seema CEDT member

  4. I just love skellies.. fab art. Thank you for sharing with us over at Crafty-Emblies this month. Good news is Crafty-Emblies is now an Anything goes challenge blog which encompasses all paper craft and altered art. Hope to see you join us in future challenges
    Elaine aka Ellapu CEDT

  5. love it! thanks for joining in our challenge this month over on Crafty Emblies! hugs, Kim Crafty Emblies DT Member :)

  6. wow, so much going on and so many cool techniques used x.

  7. wonderful ,beautiful and so stunning. I am dazzled and awed..I love this.
    susan s

  8. Fab project
    Tracy Crafty Emblies DT

  9. Totally amazing. I love how the inside comes down and the skellie dangles there doing his dance. An AWESOME project Helen xxxxxxx

  10. Totally always have the coolest things! I love it! Thanks for joining us at Left of Center!

  11. What a great piece, love all the textures.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with out 9th Challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (Crafty-Emblies DT Member)

  12. Ooh this is fab! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you join in again soon! Elaine-xxx-