Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bats in the belfry, or turret, as the case may be

Creepy Glowbugg here to share a card I made using Rick's gorgeous
A dear friend of mine recently moved into a 7000 square foot home.
Yes, that does say, "seven thousand square feet". It's an obnoxiously huge home,
but it's beautiful. I joked with her about it being a castle, and I knew that
the Morgana's Castle image was the perfect image for the
"congrats on your new pad" card, I was planning to make.

Morgana's Castle Scene Digi

First she tells me that every evening at dusk, they watch the bats fly out from
the back of their property, and out for their nightly feedings.
"They're so cute!" she texts me, one night.
The next night I get a text that only reads: "BAT IN THE HOUSE!"
Not so cute now, are they? Ha!
So I modified the original image to reflect her little encounter with nature.

I have a few random bat stamps, so I added the bats flying from the 
roof of the castle. It's a lovely image, even without the addition of the bats.

After coloring everything with Copics, I added a Memorybox die cut and 
a Stampin' Up sentiment, punched with a SU oval punch.
My friend loved her card!

Drop by Rick's Etsy shop to see all of his gorgeously mainstream 
and wonderfully strange alternative images he has available. 
There is one for every possible occasion!

Thanks for dropping by today. If you have any questions please email me at:


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Make your own patterned back ground paper

Remember Inferno, well here is his girl friend LOL

When Rick drew Inferno he made some more devils, and when I asked if there by any chance  also would be a she-devil in this series, I got this one. LOL.
I didn't have time to colour her then, but today I finished colouring her and decided to make a card out of her.
The problem was I did not have matching background paper, which is a problem more often. So what I did was create my own.
It's not very hard to do, here is how .
Just take a piece of white card stock and a stamp that fits the theme you want to use.
In this case I thought skullies would look nice and that's why I used my rubber skull stamp and Timber Brown Stazon ink (I think Archival ink does a lot better job for rubber stamping, but didn't have that in brown). Stamp the skulls next to each other and let the impressions get of the paper on the edges. This will look much better than staying between the edges of the paper. See pic
Then use distress ink and an ink tool to colour the paper

Because I wanted the colours to be the same as I used to colour the digi,  I had to do some thinking of where what should be, cause the body and head of the she devil is
almost  the same colour as the Victorian Velvet distress and the wings are the same as the Walnut Stain (yes I changed Vintage Photo for walnut stain). Thats why i added more Walnut Stain behind where the body and head would be and some more Victorian
Velvet where the wings would be.

when I liked the result I glued the digi to the bg paper
I am not that good in fussy cutting and there will always be some white that shows after cutting, as you can see in pic above.
that's why I take a black colouring pencil and trace around the digi, colouring the white spots black and the black line around the image makes it pop more from the bg.
see pic below with black line around the image.
I think this is a very easy way to create any background paper you need.
Inferno's girl friend is called "Hell hath no fury" and I don't know if she is in the shop all ready, but I am sure Rick will let you know where to find her.
If you have questions you can contact me here

Monday, April 15, 2013

Notebook revamp

Creepy Glowbugg here, to share a little project I made using
one of Rick's awesome digital images.

I began by coloring the versatile Skull with Roses image with 
Copics. I cut it out using a circle Spellbinders die, and then I
added some Crackle Accents, by Ranger. Once the crackle had 
cracked and dried, I added some walnut Distress Ink to help the 
crackle effect appear more aged. 

My unsuspecting victim, the notebook. 
It has post it notes and a blank note pad inside,along with a 
little pen. Perfect for a purse or book bag.

I adhered some diamond design paper to the front cover and 
to the pen. I aged the paper with more walnut ink, but left 
the pen un-inked for fear that the ink would come off on your 
hands when using it. I tied some cool, barbed wire ribbon 
to the side and added the aged and crackled Skull with  Roses
image in the center. Easy peasy. Simple, yet effective.

Drop by Rick's Etsy shop to see all of the wonderfully wicked,
and beautifully mainstream images he has to choose from.

Any questions? PLease email me directly at 
glowreahhh at gmail dot com.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SNS DT throwdown challenge 3

Hi y'all we are the new team for the Smeared and Smudged DT throwdown challenge no. 3. But before I will show you our creations for this challenge we would like to congratulate the winner of challenge no.2 which  is ........
the Smeared Ink DT, well done SI DT, you really rocked this challenge!!!

The theme for challenge no.3 is picked by the winners and they chose MINI BOOKS.
Don't you just love mini books? Well I do!! The book has to have at least 5 pages and must be smaller than 4".


Monique has made a wonderful ATC book, which is absolutely fabulous to see. The size is 4"x 4". 

This is the front page 

And this is just one of the pages inside. Monique has used the Li'l Grumpies by Smeared Ink 
There are more pages to enjoy on Monique's blog (just follow the link). 


Rick has made this fantastic tiny tag book with nasty little monsters. And it's really very tiny ....look at the size of the coins, amazing isn't it.

Rick has used the whole MONSTER  family  for  his book , sorry but they are not available anymore in his etsyshop.
You can have a closer look at all the images on Rick's personal blog (just click the link).

I have made a little art journal with dragons. The size is 10 x 8 cm.
I used the ones in the shop and 2 new ones Rick especially drew for me. The birthday dragon and a quick snooze. Aren't they the most adorable dragons you ever have seen?

I will show you the frontpage of my mini art journal and one of the pages inside. 
The other pages are on my personal blog, which you can find here.

The frontpage

one of the pages inside.

Well we hope you like our mini books, we really enjoyed making them.

Have a creepylicious day


Friday, April 5, 2013

My Favorite Pet

Today I have an art journal page for you using one of my favorite images from Rick St. Dennis MFA. Meet Heidi. I am one of the guest designers, from Rick's Elite Design Team, at Left of Center Creative Challenge Blog, AND Rick is sponsoring this challenge! These challenges are a lot of fun. You can go alternative or main stream. If you go main stream, there will be a theme you have to follow. But if you go left of that, the alternative route, you can create anything you want as long as it is Goth, Steampunk, dark, edgy, creepy, mythical, grunge, you get it…”alternative.”

Rick created Heidi as one of his designs for his Randi Dandi series (my favorite series!) and she worked out perfectly for this challenge. I did not know what I wanted to do with her, until I glanced at my fridge door. One of the magnets jumped out at me “A Home with pet hair is not a home at all!” Of course, a journal page with a rat as a pet. Why not!

The journal that I am using for this project is 5½” x 8½” page size and the paper is for mixed-media. I first covered it in white gesso. After that was dry, I then sprayed Dylusions ink in Bubblegum Pink and Black Marble. Before I went any further and after the Dylusions was dry I sprayed a fixative over the page to make it waterproof for my next steps.

First I colored Heidi with Copics. Next step was figuring out my page layout. I knew that I wanted Heidi and Rat in the center, but offset a little. Then I computer generated the sentiment (I guess you would call that a sentiment), got all the cut and laid out. Finished the main pieces layout, but I need background noise before those were glued down.  I decided on a few background stamps from Unity and stamped with Archival Black Ink on white tissue paper, tore around those images (you want ragged edges when using tissue paper) and adhered to the page with gel medium. The tissue paper almost melts into the original background. I was using a satin varnish in collage work, but the gel medium is really the way to go, not as thick as the varnish.  Next step was a glass of a delicious German white wine (if I could spell the name I would let you know what my favorite is).

Wine done…now it's time for a stencil and embossing paste. The stencil, Flower Frame, is from The Crafter’s Workshop and works great with Dreamweaver’s Embossing Paste. (Another glass of wine to help the paste dry faster.) After the flowers were dry, I then glued down Heidi, and built the frame around her with embossing paste. I liked the texture it created. The quote was glued down. After everything was VERY dry, I decided to use a FaberCastell Pitt big brush artist pen in black to highlight around all images. My journal page is complete. I hope you like it.

Look what I found on Pinterest yesterday! The quote was “never thought I would find a cute rate.” Perfect timing, I think.

Now, let’s get back to this Left of Center Creative Challenge Blog. You really need to join in and have some fun. As I said, Rick is the sponsor, and the winner gets to pick two (2) images of their choice from his Etsy shop. If you use a Rick St. Dennis image, we would love and have you show us your entry at our Facebook group and our group at Paper Craft Planet.

Thanks for stopping by Airless Chambers!
Aletha Jane

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Hi all,

Rick had send me this image and it kept haunting through my mind, so I put all other things aside and made a tag using this awesome Frankie image. I only used distress ink pads to colour the image and the background.

 I always use make up sponges to make backgrounds with distress inks, but it can also be used to colour a digi.
For this image I used : Walnut Stain for the hair and the collar, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint and Broken China for the face.  Start with the Mustard Seed and go from light to dark colours. It's not very hard to do.

If you like this Frankie I think you should check out the Randi Dandi part of Rick's Etsy, cause there are more of these very detailed digi images to be found there.

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