Wednesday 3 December 2014

12 Days of Creepmas with Rick St Dennis and Smeared & Smudged

Morning all.
Today is the 2nd day of the Creepmas hop organised by the gals over at the Smeared and Smudged group. They used to be on a ning platform but are transferring to facebook and December is the transition month. Hence the info can be found on both platforms. Terra of Smeared Ink is the host and her blog is the starting point of the hop and more info can be gleaned there.

Rick St Dennis' Airless Chambers is, again. taking part and today is "my day".  Today is also designated "Smeared Ink day" when the projects, if possible, are to be made with stamps available from their shop. It was with this in mind that my first project came into being. I have used stamps from the Dark Holidaze rubber set, designed by Rick St Dennis.
An old tatty tray that has been sitting in my craft room for "a while" got a bit of a make-over with some deco-art paints.
Firstly - the base of the tray. Plenty of masking, colouring with promarkers and then inking with iced spruce distress ink.

The old tatty wooden tray was strengthened on the corners with strips of torn card scraps, inside and out (tearing helps disguise the edges) then coated with white gesso, just in case the was any residual oil in the wood. Second coat Decoart's Pure Pumpkin acrylic paint. When dry, a coat of Weathered Wood. More drying time. Next a coat of purple, sit back and watch the magic happen. The leaves were painted with Blue/green light acrylic and dusted with mica powder. The edges were all given a coat of copper "dazzling metallics" acrylic paint.

When all the paint was dry, a generous coat of decou-page was applied, used both to adhere the stamped panel and to seal the entire project.

My second project was made using Rick's digi images available from the Zibbet shop.
A wreath to decorate a door (possibly?)

Orange and purple satin ribbons on a circle of card (cereal box) wrapped with hessian. Die cut black holly leaves and swirls

 some glossy accents were applied to the lights for added shine and dimension.

I'd like to enter my tray into the challenge at
Smudgy Antics - Anything goes with SI


  1. Fabulous creation you made with the tray and all the images! =)
    Thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  2. Schnikes Crom!! Lots of fab work and amazing masking on that dish of devilishousnesssss. Wreath is beautifully done esp. with the lovely little friends on it. You rock and sooo happy to have you play this month at Smudgy Antics. S - DT

  3. Both projects are wonderful Helen (I saw them on the hop) but I particularly love your wreath, it's simply gloriuos! :D

  4. Love, love, love your tray make-over! Brilliant use of a cool tray.
    That wreath is too die for!! Love the colors and those great images.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics.

  5. Wow, you have put a lot of effort into that tray...The masking is beautiful and The edges of The tray looks marvellous. Thank you for joining The Sa challenge this month/ Dt lisa

  6. Wow what awesome colors, and so much work put into it. Great holiday makes. Hope to see you next month at SA.