Friday 26 July 2013

A Creepmas Carol

Yes, I know, it's only July...but it's already nearer to next Christmas than last.  Now that's a scary thought, so over at Left Of Center Creative Challenges, we are celebrating Christmas in July - or Creepmas.  I say we, because I am totally thrilled to say that I have joined the Design Team. 

This challenge is sponsored by Rick St Dennis, who designs yummy digi stamps, and I've used "Cursed" in my DT piece. 

One of the fun things about digital stamps is that you can have as many as you want in any size you want.  I printed out three copies sized to fit a large tag, and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir pens.  (I designed and printed the banner at the same time) I masked off one copy and blended Distress Inks (Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey) over the background.  Once that was finished, I cut out the other copies and layered them up.  I added some labels for the bottles on Safmat at the same time. 

I die cut the foliage  (Tattered Lace and Marianne's) and coloured it with DI's in greens this time (Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough and Mowed Lawn).  I added a few blobs of dimensional pearl paint (Tulip paint) to make the berries.

The arch I made using the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Arch Frame die. To make it longer, I cut it once, and then carefully lined up the base of the aperture I'd just cut with the cutting blade of the die, just below the curve of the arch. 

Once I'd trimmed it to fit my tag, I embossed it with the Tim Holtz "Bricked" Texture Fades folder which I'd first inked with Pumice Stone DI, then I inked it with Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge DI's  and a spot of Black Soot. 
So that's it - my first DT post! Please feel free to hop on over to Left of Center  to join in the challenge and to see what my teamies have been up to- there's some great inspiration over there!

Crafty Hugs,



Unknown said...

brilliant creation Karen, love what you have done, such a talent. Lorraine xx

Jenny Marples said...

Massive congrats on your DT spot Keren!! SO well deserved. And what a superb tag for your first piece. Can't get into Christmas at all but I love this alternative view. Hugs, Jenny x