Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days of Halloween with Smeared and Smudged - Day Thirty-One


Happy Halloween! The Dream Team have been dipping their fingers into all things spooky, creepy, and scary, as we've played along with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. The team has been taking turns to fill the quota of 31 days on the Dream It Up! blog, and posting on their own blogs as well. They've really appreciated all of your kind comments, as this has been truly a challenge for many of them! For our final day, here is the post from Lyn Bernatovich:

The Raven
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
            Shall be lifted—nevermore!
                                                     ---Edgar Allan Poe
  
Quoth the Raven Nevermore has the creepiest sound to it, so I Googled its meaning and here it is:
 
Quoth means said. So the line means, The raven said, "Nevermore." The meaning of nevermore - never again, never in the future, never ever - changes a little each time it is used.

My card today began with the Stampendous raven and developed from there.  It is stamped on acetate with Ranger Archival black ink.  I used alcohol inks on the reverse side of the acetate to create a frame of purple around the raven and then a mix of purples and silver mixative in the center.

The piece behind the diecut tree is vellum that was dry embossed with the Dreamweaver Damask stencil (LJ907).  On the reverse side of the vellum, I used the soot Mini Distress pad and applied color in big streaks.  After it was dry, I tore it in half and tore the edges to create unevenness.

The Dreamweaver diecut tree (a personal fav), was cut using Core'dinations sandables which is how the cool looking orange shows through.  The same sandables was used for the card base which is a purply color showing under the black.  The Dreamweaver Stencil bat trio stencil (LL525) was a leftover piece from a previous card.  Black jute (May Arts) was bunched up and stuck behind the bat for further strangeness.


The Smeared and Smudged site have been offering prizes each day of the month by a long list of sponsors...Dreamweaver being one of them, but we've been also offering one stencil (our choice) to one lucky commenter on the Dream It Up! blog each day of this month! So, leave your comment below before heading over to the Smeared and Smudged blog to view all of the final creepiness!

Our final week of winners will be announced tomorrow on the Dream It Up! blog!

23 comments:

Christina Doré said...

Such a creepy card and so many clever techniques.

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous and haunting piece! A fave poem. Love your wonderful techniques. xxD

TangledBlueRose said...

Such a wonderful canvas, love the deep colors! Thanks for sharing such inspiring art this month, so glad to have discovered this blog! Happy Halloween!~kim

ionabunny said...

Very spooky. Love the raven in the background. Hugz

Miriam Prantner said...

What a great card! Love the different textures and all the layers!

DogsMom said...

I can see why the diecut tree is a favorite. That is a crafty raven, hidden among the darkness.
Thank you to the Dream Team for all their creativity and talent shared these 31 days. It has been a pleasure to visit and be inspired.
A HUGE thank you to Dreamweavers for being such a generous sponsor of the hop. You have given me the incentive to work more with stencils.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Wow. Fabulous final piece. Love the black raven on the deep purple. Happy Halloween. Thanks for being apart of this fun 31 Days of Halloween Hop.

Janis said...

Fabulous finale!!! Love your spooky card and the Poe passage. Stamping on the acetate gives such a cool effect. Love the sanded tree and I adore your bat!! :B
<3 J

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Jan Castle said...

Oooooooh, like the spooky look! The tree is the best!!!
Jan

Teresa said...

Fabby card - love that stamp and the layered look you created x

craftings said...

Love the way you created this card...wonderful!! Happy Halloween!!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! What a spooktacular finale creation, I love every single eerie detail! Thanks so much for your daily inspirational creations and for my stencil I won :0)

Karen Ballantine said...

Love the colours you have created! Happy Halloween xx

Katie said...

Happy Halloween! Oh that poem is so beautiful yet also so creepy. I love your idea to diecut the tree with coredinations and sand it, love how it looks. And your dark but sparkly bat looks really cool layered in the tree. Also love the deep purple. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Pam said...

So spooky! Poem & all. Love this.Happy Halloween!

Julia said...

Awesome creation, love the colors!
Thanks for sharing your talent and for inspiring me with your amazing projects during the 31 Days of Halloween event!

Sarah Bales Strom said...

This is just a gorgeous card! Love all the layers. Thanks to all of you who have made the last month such fun!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the bat and the tree! Awesome card to wrap up the 31 days! Happy Halloween to everybody!

Steph said...

Stunning creation! It's been awesome seeing all the beautiful projects created with your stencils this month. Happy Halloween!

Sandi Lou said...

There is a real feel of wind howling with this card, the tree branches seem to be reaching for something. Very clever but spooky.

BurningRubber said...

I love this card! It is super spooky.

Rebecca pettit said...

This us totally spooky forest stuff man. Can you say snow white. I can (oh I just did). So cool thanks for the stencil

Susan Renshaw said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Have found such inspiring projects all though...need to use my stencils now!!

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