Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rethink Your Use of Stamped Images

 If you are anything like me, you probably own a ton of both rubber, clear and digital stamps.  If you are OCD...errr...I mean ORGANIZED, you probably have your stamps filed away according to season or holiday or perhaps by manufacturer.  Think of all those awesome stamps that get filed away and only come out once a year.  Sad, isn't it?  Wouldn't you like to get more mileage out of your stamps?

Today I want to remind stampers to think outside of their organized (or not so organized) boxes and find new uses for the stamps that would only get used once per year or for one season of the year.  I, personally, use my Halloween stamps year round.  Not all Halloween images are scary and the ones that aren't can make great Birthday Cards for boys and girls, especially images of cute and quirky monsters or aliens.

Here is a birthday card I made for my nephew:
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I made this card 5" x 7" and added the birthday banner, balloons and the uncolored image with a drop shadow in PSE8.  I then printed the card on Copic X-Press-it blending card and colored the aliens with the most vibrant Copic Markers I had.  I trimmed the card a bit so I could add it to the colored card blank.  The inside had more balloons and a typed greeting as my handwriting is beyond horrible.

Sorry for all the watermarks, but digi theft happens daily so I try to protect my work as well as the artist who draws the images.  In this CAS card I used the digital stamp "Aliens" drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  More images like these can be found in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe.  If I didn't use these cute little guys, I may have used "Buddy and His Pet Plant", "Screaming Me! Me! Me!", or even "Cousin Dweeb".  If I was making a card for my niece I may have used "My Pet Fluffy", "Flying High", or "Phineus Pucker".  Those alternatives are just in the Cute Halloween section and the Monsters and Aliens section of Rick's shoppe.

  I know Rick has well over 750 images in his shoppe and all are organized to be easy to find.  Instead of Halloween images, I could have used Spring or Easter images, Cute Animals, or some of the new, beautiful fairies in the Fantasy section of Rick's Shoppe.

Rick has a bit of everything to suit every crafter's needs.  He has cute, quirky, bizarre, spooky, scary, romantic, all the holidays and even Steampunk images so if you haven't browsed his shoppe in a while, I encourage you to head on over to take a look.  Also, don't forget that non-traditional images can be used for many occasions.

I know I blabbed on and on and didn't really teach anything.  Here is a sneak peek of a tutorial I'm working on now.  Hopefully, I will have it ready soon.


Cheers!
~  Lady B ~

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 3 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

First, I want to thank everyone for their kind comments.  I will be hopping on Friday to return the love.  I have peeked at the awesome projects, but haven't had time to comment.  I promise to leave comments come Friday as I have no work that day.  Hooray!

Today I bring another card.  This one went smoothly, thank goodness :)


I used "Mr. Shadows" digi stamp from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet Shoppe.  He was colored with Copic markers and the background was done using various colors of Distress Inks.  The sentiment was added digitally.

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton (you are here)

Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 2 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some
 bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

My offering today is another card.  My original version was very clean and simple.  After my 12 hour shift I decided to add some dripping blood from the head that the "SH Enforcer" (drawn by RSD) is holding.  I envisioned the drips of blood pooling on the ground forming an abstract heart shape.  It would be gorgeous in the only way that blood can be.

 Oops!  Yep.  I made a big boo-boo of a mess! 

 They say in art there are no mistakes...just creative opportunities.  I say I had to get VERY creative to fix my mistake.  I tried white India ink, white paint and finally a white sharpie paint marker.  Nothing was getting rid of my unwanted blood stains.  Darn Copic markers!  Darn R89!  I didn't want to scrap the card and I didn't have time to start over.

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OK.  I won't keep you hanging.  I had printed another version of the image and cut out the negative space by the head and the Enforcer's leg and boot.  This worked well, but I now had a seam of paper that wasn't flattering.  I had to get creative again.  By this point my brain cells were actively dying and I needed to sleep, but I am stubborn and I was going to finish this card even if it killed me.  Thankfully, the light bulb in my brain turned on again.  I took scraps of the DP and used my Devil's Drippy Goo punch and added a border to part of the side as well as the bottom of my card.  My blood and my seam were now covered.

I have never been so happy to finish a card!
In fact, I was so happy I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card.  D'oh! Anyway, the inside reads:

"Honey, I know you said you wanted a skull for Valentine's Day, but don't worry.  The flesh will rot off this one soon enough."

Baahahahaha!

 Click the image to enlarge.

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton (you are here)
Samara
Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 1 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some
 bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

My offering today is a simple card.  I didn't add any extra blood or gore, but I think my card still fits the theme of the hop.  Click the image to enlarge.


I used a RSD image named "Zombie-Soft Centers" which can be purchased here on zibbet.  My Zombie love was colored with copic markers, fussy cut and mounted on black card, then fussy cut again so he would stand out from the background.  

I tore the paper and added a punched border from the Devil herself, MS.  The name of the punch is Drippy Goo.  I mounted this on black card and added paint splotches made with bubble wrap and DecoArt paints.

To finish off the card I added a heart die cut and a sticker that says "Undying Love".  What can I say?  The image and sentiment combo just makes me chuckle :)

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton-->that's Me!
Samara
Rebecca

Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February's Featured Image and Challenge with RSD

Those that received RSD's newsletter will have noticed some changes. There are to be no more monthly freebies. Instead, there are two ways of obtaining the featured image.  February's image will be sent with any purchase between today (1st Feb) and the 15th.  Thereafter, the image will be available in the shoppes...On ETSY as an instant download and on Zibbet as an emailed image. 

We have also changed the way the monthly prize will be awarded. The more people entering the challenge...the bigger the prize...so encourage your friends to enter and reap the benefits! The closing date for the February challenge is the 22nd. This gives us all a chance to wander through your blogs, leave some love and deliberate on our favourite project. No Mr. Random here.

Below is my version of "Happy Heart Day".
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I colored this wee lad with Copic markers upon Copic X-Press-it card stock.  He was fussy cut and added to my 5"x7" card which features both plain colored cardstock as a base and torn patterned paper.  I got these on clearance and have no clue as to who manufactures the papers.  I added stickers of hearts, winged hearts and the word Love as an accent, tracing the stickers with thin, black permanent markers to make them pop from the background.

I know this project is a bit cutesy coming from me, Lady Brayton Darkart, but hey...why not expand my horizons once in awhile?  Anyway, there is a 3 Day Bloody Valentine's Day Hop coming up and I will be involved so I will let my dark side show at that time ;)

Be sure to check out the Sparkle and Glitter Blog for more details on the February Challenge and to see some inspiration from the rest of the EDT.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~