Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Inferno and a background tutorial!

Hello Everyone!
I'm sharing today a very simple technique for creating backgrounds using acrylic paints and plastic wrap. Many crafters use this technique, but I am sharing how I do it, and hope that you will try it.
  • watercolor paper
  • acrylic paints
  • water
  • paintbrushes
  • plastic wrap
  • small mixing container

  • Pour some acrylic paint into the container and add water.
  • Mix well. For this project I thinned down the paint a lot, wanted the colors to be translucent.
  • Add the diluted paints randomly to the paper.
  • Place the plastic wrap over the paint . Squeeze and move it around creating folds as you go.
  • Leave the plastic wrap over the paper and set aside to dry, approximately 24 hours. Here is where you have to be patient.
  • Once completely dry, remove the plastic wrap.
  • Optional: add some shimmer with Perfect Pearls Mist.
I used the background for a fat page featuring one of Rick's images called Inferno
You can find additional details on this project on my Blog.
Hope you liked the tutorial and have fun creating.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

SNS DT Throwdown challenge tooth and claw

yay we are in again in this month SNS DT Throwdown  challenge,  the theme tooth and claw, has been chosen by the winner of the last challenge:

Quoth the Raven challenge blog, yay well done and big congrats to you.

For this challenge the Airless Chambers team is : Helen, Miranda and me (Monique), we had to do a bit of thinking for this one, but we all came up with something, Rick provided us with the images needed and we were ready to go.

So here our projects starting with  Miranda's Vampire Canvas, which is really awesome.
the background is made with acrylics and modeling paste and some gold rub. The flowers are made using the flat inner tyre of Miranda's bicycle , so they are made of rubber.... and as a finishing touch she added some rubbing gold and blood spatter (paint LOL). And the Vampire (with toothe and claw) is ofcourse a Rick St. Dennis image
see pic below and more details on Miranda's blog

Next is Helen who made an amazing book with mix and matching creatures, who ofcourse all have teeth and claws. This is such a fun project by mixing the upper and lower body parts you can create your own monster.
The book has  5 images al by Rick St. Dennis MFA - that's 25 different combinations of top and bottom. The tops are all spring mounted so that they can wobble.  On the cover and background are Smeared Ink Stamps.

here a few pics, to see the whole faboulous book please check out Helens blog

And the final project is mine, I made a Alice in Wonder Horrorland themed, bloody curiousity cabinet, using two wooden teaboxes. The teaboxes are painted and I have tried to make them look old.  The doorknobs are made out of buttons I glued togehter, and both the insides of the doors have an alice scene in them, all the little boxes inside are filled with Alice themed goodies. All digi's(the cat and the rabbit have the needed teeth and claws) are drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA, here just two pics the rest is on my bloggie

Hope you enjoyed our projects and of course hoping you will vote for us here

Saturday, May 25, 2013

MAY freebie ContEst Winners

The winners of the singing ZOmbie contest are as follows
First - AMANDA #8 wins 3 images from Rick's Etsy Shoppe
Second - lachsekatze #6 wins 2 images from Rick's Etsy Shoppe
Third - Kristy Lee #9 wins 1 image from Ricks shoppe
Winners please pick your images and then email Rick at and he will email your prize images.
Thanks to all who created wonderful projects for this challenge and congrads to the winners.
Please join us again next month for another freebie challenge.

Friday, May 24, 2013

crafting in Cyberspace

This was kind of a strange project, cause I had promised Leigh from Domino art to do a third piece for the halfoween challenge on Domino art blog, but I really didn't have enough time to make another projec cause I was busy working in the Smeared Ink Design Team project which was turning out much bigger and much more work than originally planned.

What happened was that I told Rick about the third piece and that i had no idea how to get in done in time, and he had a brilliant idea.

Why not make a game spinner, cause it's a rather simple thing to make and within the hour I got a photoshopped image of a card I had made for the 31 days of halloween 2012 and sent to Rick by snail mail.

So It was my card which i coloured and stamped and then Rick scanned it and added some Photoshop tricks and the yellow circle with the words.  He send the photoshopped image to me and I printed it and made the gamespinner.

the vampire is a RSD image, no longer in the shop but you will find a lot of other scaryness there

Fun huh?? to be making a project together in cyberspace  LOL

hope you like

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Altered Chess Piece

This is a piece for the 15 days of Half o ween, see the Domino Art blog( this will be there on may 23 rd )   for more info.

I have altered a giant chess piece (Tower), I  had this lying around for ages to "do something with it sometime", and it's perfect for the 15 days of half o ween, because we have to use game pieces.

I added all kinds of stuff, if you look close you will find all kinds of gamepieces
on it. There are dominos (1 altered with a Rick St. Dennis digi) and scrable tiles, tarot cards   (i collect those, these are Rider Waite Tarot cards) and there is also  a bingo number.

I blinged the chess piece up  a bit by using rhinestones and glitter , the Count draco digi is a Rick St. Dennis image and the Raven is also a RSD image. The vampires are not available anymore but there are a lot of other creepy images in the Crypt part of the Etsy.

The roses are made using Tim Holz and Marianne Design dies, the tombstones is a Tim Holtz die, and  the  pumpkins and the skulie are plastic.

If you have any questions regarding this post, please email me here

O and some exiting news for you, there is an awesome skull rubber stamp set by Rick St. Dennis for sale here

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Winners Craft Birthday hop and Smeared Ink bloghop

Winner announcements of the Craft  Birthday hop  special digi set

The winner of the set that was on Sparkle and glitter can be found here

Check out Rick's blog for the other winner of the Birthday digis here.

The special is still available on the blog hop post here, the special offer ends Sunday, then the images will be available as single images in the Etsy shoppe

Today is the monthly Smeared Ink bloghop, theme is  anything goes,  just in case you want to hop here is the blog roll

Black Dragon











Lady Brayton


Monday, May 13, 2013

An Inky Tutorial by MIRANDA

Hi everyone, today I have a little tutorial for you using a lot of ink, stamps and template.

I just love making my own backgrounds, I really enjoy that a lot. Today I show how to make a background with stamps, lots of ink and TCW templates. 

Pick some colours you like and spritz them on some heavy cardstock. Spritz some extra water to let the colours blend. 

For the 1st layer I used a template and some water. Dylusions ink is reactive with water. 

The water gives a bleachy effect , quite subtle but I like it lot. 

Pick some templates and use the same colours as in the background and add an extra colour, I picked black. 

Spritz at app. 20 cm from your paper. 

On top of the template there is still a lot of ink left, we will use that as well, no waste of lovely inky goodies.

Flip your template and press it in to the paper with a kitchenroll.

Here you can see both prints, in the left top corner the positive print of the template and in the right bottom corner a negative print.

For the finishing touch I used some white ink as well. 

And this is the result after using the inks and templates.

Now I will add some stamps. I use waterproof ink and I don't use a stampblock, cause I want a grungy effect instead of a neat and crisp print. 

Result after using some stamps.

I thought the the background could do with some more white, so I stamped with gesso. Clean your stamps thoroughly directly after using the gesso, when dry the paint will ruin your stamp. 

Nowadays I collect bottlecaps in all sizes, you can use these as a circlestamp, so cool. 

I will finish my page using STREGA a fabulous image by Rick St Dennis and available in the shop HERE.


I added some pieces of bookpaper, edges coloured with distressink. The quote was found on the internet and is handwritten with sharpies and poscapens. 

hope you liked my little tutorial
if you have any questions, leave me a comment or pop me an email at
macbosch@ planet. nl
have a fabulous day


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ace of Swords

Greetings! Alison here. I created an ATC that I wanted to share with you. I don't often do ATC's, but with my busy life, they are quickly becoming a way for me to make small pieces of art quickly. And I feel like I have accomplished something! I created this project for the latest Wicked Wednesday challenge, which is Tarot Symbols.

I used Rick St. Dennis' Monument digi. This is a great image...I love all of Rick's skulls. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend you take a look, as there are so many...all with amazing detail. And if you are participating in the Smeared and Smudged Skull Day Hop, you may want to purchase at least one of these for your creations.

I used alcohol markers to color in this image. I used a stencil for my background, and an alphabet stamp for my title. The Ace of Swords in the tarot deck represents the beginning of a conquest that will eventually be successful. Clearly, the bearer of this sword was, in fact, successful. Thanks for checking out my ATC. Have a creep-tastic day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Masculine Musings and a zombie

Creepy Glowbugg here, to share a couple of masculine themed 
cards I made recently using images from Rick St. Dennis.

First up, is the rotting head image, "Going, Going, Gone".

I love this image, but after coloring it up with Copics, I was 
stumped as to how to use this image on a card. 
Rick to the rescue! 
It's amazing how one witty sentiment can bring everything together. 


The finished card using a MS iron fence punch, some MS paper 
tape, a Pink Paisley banner border, and some tapestry dp from 
unknown origins. An overall, masculine feel. 
I'm always at a loss for masculine cards.

Next I'd like to share my version of the current 
RSD Airless Chambers freebie, "Singing Zombie".

It was all I could do to not color him in my "go to" zombie colors.
I usually always color my zombies in YGs. Don't know why, 
other than they're my favorite color family, 
and zombies are my favorite monsters.

I used all Warm Grays for his flesh and a bit of RV25, 23, and 21
for the exposed bloody bits. I wanted the tongue to show up, and be somewhat realistic, so I colored it purple. I also chose my 
paper first, which is something I seldom do, but it helped 
tremendously when coloring the background. 

I found the musical note image on the web, half toned it, and 
added the Happy Birthday sentiment in Gimp.

Remember, the free Zombie image is still available here,
and you have until the 24th of May to enter the challenge 
using said zombie image.
More RSD images are up for grabs to the three winners
so why not play along? You'll find the place to add your entry 
along the top of the blog, marked May 2013 Freebie Contest.

If you have any questions regarding this post,
please email me directly at glowreahhh(at)gmail(dot)com.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I'm Lady Brayton aka Lady B.  
I apologize in advance for my super long post.

Today I'm going to talk about a very serious topic, mental health.
Please be aware that this blog post contains MY OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS.  For any questions, you may contact me personally at ladybrayton(at)yahoo(dot)com or you can visit me at my personal blog

In the states, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  It raises awareness of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and the many other mental health  issues that so many suffer from and attempts to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses.  The goals are to educate people about the various mental health disorders, identify the symptoms of these disorders, and open up communication surrounding these disorders in hopes of being able to help more people get the treatment they need.  One in four individuals has a mental health issue and less than half of these individuals will seek help.

I feel we need to get rid of the judgement and taboos associated with mental health issues.  I have suffered from depression most of my life as well as horrible anxiety.  I did not seek help until my anxiety became paralyzing.  I didn't want people to think I was weak.  I definitely didn't want mental health issues on my personal health record and I didn't want people thinking I was crazy or that I couldn't control my emotions.

I took a big step and decided to get the help I needed.  I've been doing well for several years now, but recently I hit a rough patch and had to tweak some of my medications.  I reached out to family members, coworkers and my design team members and told them what I was going through. Rather than judgement, I found love, caring, and support. 

 In jest, I told Rick he should draw a pic of a lady in a straight jacket with a paint brush in her mouth.  Within 2 hours he sent me the most awesome image titled "Art will set us Free".  I have made several projects with this lovely lady so far.  Some I will keep private, but I will share a few of my makes.  I find this image to be very empowering.  I want to thank everyone for the support you have given me when I needed it the most.
My first project uses "Art will set us Free".  This gorgeous lass was colored with copic markers and the colors were tweaked a bit in PSE8. I used the sketch below. As you can see, I flipped the sketch.  The papers are from my favorite but retired store, Crafty Chaos Designs. 
My second project shown below uses copic markers, Dylusions Spray Inks, Tattered Angels Stencils, MS spider and Drippy Goo punches, a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a silver metallic paint pen, Distress Inks, DecoArt paints, and stickles on the flowers.  Of course the main image is "Art will set us free" and the flowers are part of Rick's "Skull with Roses" stamp.  I added lots of paint dots and splotches as though the lass was just throwing paint at the walls and making a big therapeutic mess. 
Lastly comes a tag I made.  I started with a manila tag and embossed it with one of my cuttlebug folders.  Next came loads of spray inks.  I colored the  swirls with my copic markers.  The "Art will set us Free" image was colored with copics, fussy cut, popped up with foam dots and for her final touches I added stickles to her hair and dress for shimmer and shine.  The sentiment "Oh, relax!  It may be nothing more than mental illness." is from Viva Las Vegas stamps.  I wanted a fun take on the tag.  The skull with "trouble" is a rub-on from Creative Imaginations.  It doesn't rub so well anymore since it is so old so I glued it to cardstock before attaching it to my tag.  I can't find a white pen that works well so I wrote in the swirls with my white Prisma pencil.

There you have it, folks.  One image, three different looks.  Why not go and free yourself by doing some artwork today?  Visit Rick's store to find plenty of goodies to color.  BTW, a little birdie whispered into my ear and told me there are still freebies to be grabbed here and here.  Don't forget to play along with the May AC Freebie Challenge or the May SNG Freebie challenge this month!.  You have until midnight on May 24th Pacific time to play.

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