Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Smeared Ink Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop

Today SMEARED INK is hosting a Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop...ya...I didn't have to think twice about participating in this one!! There are some seriously talented artists participating in the blog hop, so be sure to visit every blog and show them some crafty love.


If you arrived here from DONNA M'S BLOG, you're in the right spot! If not and you want to start from the beginning...please go to TERRA'S BLOG and start from there.
 
Anyone that knows me knows I have an affinity for all things skull, I have a collection of skulls on a shelf in my craft room, a girlie skull tattoo and lots of skull-licious awesomeness!

I made two different projects for the blog hop (mostly because I wasn't entirely sure one was going to work out so I wanted to have a back-up plan).

First up is an Ace of Spades / Sugar Skull card. If you have a mum like I do (who likes to go to casinos) you have LOTS of decks of cards...they are fantastic for craft projects! Some are a little harder to distress (like this one) because they are plastic coated...but if you work at it for a bit it comes along eventually.

For this card I started with basic black and old olive cardstock and retired design paper (all SU) that I can't remember the name of. I heat embossed the Sugar Skull (BOMBSHELL STAMPS) and coloured it in with forest moss and mustard seed distress markers (Tim Holtz). I also used black soot distress stain (Tim Holtz) to ink up the edges of the playing card.



Here's a closer look at the skull:



The next project I made was the one I wasn't sure was going to work...but overall I am pretty happy with how it came out. If you want to try to make one, here's a link to the template & instructions:

MARTHA STEWART COFFIN TREAT BOX

When I started making this I was thinking it would be fun to fill it with Hershey's Kisses...but then I had an even better idea, I could make it an eternal sleeping place for my little friend Nosferatu who was made for me by my friend Jen.


Turns out it wasn't as hard to make as I thought it was going to be once I figured out which lines to score and which lines to cut (ha ha).

I used a thinner black cardstock (the paper company) and the same design paper (SU) that I used on the card above (yes I like things to be all matchy matchy). I used small and large tag punches (SU) to make the gravestones on the top and side and added a few bats (another SU punch), after all Nosferatu is a vampire!!


I did the gravestone text on my computer, inked the gravestones and bats with black soot distress stain (Tim Holtz), wrapped some green and black ribbon around the coffin and VOILA

Thanks for stopping by to check out my projects for the Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop, your next stop is JANE'S BLOG

Below is a list of ALL the blog hop participants so you can be sure to visit everyone! 


30 comments:

  1. Fabulous distressing on that card, Donna! Love how it turned out. Adorable coffin for sweet little Nosferatu, too. He looks all cosy in there. xxD

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  2. beautiful card and such a aweet vampire super cute so nice to be hopping with you today

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  3. Wonderful use of that playing card. Looks like it was fun to make.
    That amigurumi Nosferatu is adorable and his little coffin is perfect! I also have an amigurumi collection, but only two bats, a zombie, a bug, and a jelly fish so far. No Orlock for me. Yet....

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  4. Love both your projects-great job!

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  5. how fun love your project the little guy in the coffin is so cute.
    hugs
    susan s

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  6. Love your card! Sugar skull look so great and love your colors! Your little kint/croche (?) guy is so cute and so happy to have a wonderful new home.

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  7. Both projects are great! Your card is awesome, and the coffin looks perfect for your Nosferatu.:)

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  8. the card is awesome , love the nosferatu too

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  9. Both of your projects are gorgeous... i'm so pleased your little Nosferatu has somewhere to sleep now.
    BDx

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  10. Donna,
    Great card like how you distressed and inked up the edges of the playing card! Your MS coffin cutie is awesome!
    Peace,
    Kristy

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  11. OMG! I can't even handle how awesome your projects are! The SKULL card? The coffin? And that wee little Nosferatu....is it ok to love him? because I love him.

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  12. Awesome projects! I love your skull card. And the lil coffin guy is cute!

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  13. Gorgeous card and fabulous coffin for your little eternal friend! Thanks for hopping and Happy Skull Appreciation Day!!!

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  14. Super cool projects. Love the card and the coffin. Great skullie stamp!

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  15. both of your creations are skullicious! your coffin box is perfect for your little knitted guy who is divine by the way, i want him lol! i hope you'll bookmark my DominoART blog coz i have monthly challenges and playing cards will always be cropping up and you'll have plenty of chances to use that stock pile of playing cards ;0) happy SAD day!!!
    http://dominoartblog.blogspot.com/

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  16. Fabulous card and I love the coffin! Mo xxx

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  17. The colours on the card are gorgeous. I love your little vampire and his comfy coffin.

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  18. The card and the box are creepishly cool.

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  19. The card and the box are creepishly cool.

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  20. Great idea to place the skull in the middle of the Ace of Spades playing card. Love how you used the skull on the card!

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  21. Awesome skull card, so you. your distressing is fabulous.

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  22. Love your card and coffin awesome work

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  23. Brilliant Creations they are both super, Little Nosferatu looks great in his wee coffin, Happy Hopping, Hazelxox

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  24. These are freaking fabulous - great job altering the playing card and that little coffin is perfect! :)

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  25. Gorgeous playing card, card .. I love the colour choices and super distressing :-) Mini Nos has a fabulous new sleepy place too. Excellent !!! :-D
    IKE xxxx

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  26. Gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  27. That is by far, the cutest Nosferatu I've ever seen! LOL! Your coffin is brilliant as his 'crib', or should I say 'crypt'! Your card is fabulous! That skull image is gorgeous!

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Donna