Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dt Throwdown #2- Smeared Ink Entry

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting today to check out the Smeared Ink team entry for the second DT Throwdown Challenge on Smeared and Smudged! If you don't know what the throwdown is, please come by and visit the S&S Forum. We have the best of the best Design Teams playing against each other in a friendly and fierce bi-weekly competition. We'd love to have your DT join in as well, and if you are not on a DT, we'd love to have you come and voice your opinion by voting for the winner!

Voting for this challenge begins tomorrow, so please be sure to swing by and cast your vote for your fave team projects after you check out all the eye candy presented by the participants. Of course, we'd LOVE it if you choose us to win, but we encourage you to vote for the projects (team) that you think are the best :)

So, without further adeu, here are the Smeared Ink entries for this round!

The theme for this challenge was Faux Finishes. We were tasked by the HDH Team, who won last weeks challenge, to create a project with some sort of faux technique used on it. Don't forget, you can click on any picture to see it closer.

#1 Our first entry comes to you from Anna.

Anna decided to use a Faux Metal technique, and used stamps from Smeared Ink's Quoth The Raven and Bloody Valentine sets. Visit Anna's Blog for more details about her project.

#2 Our second entry, for your viewing pleasure, is from Leigh.

Leigh used a Faux Ancient Stone technique for dominoes and she made both a pendant and a magnet that feature stamps from Smeared Ink's Quoth The Raven set. To view the details of Leigh's project, please visit her Blog here.

#3 The third and final project for Smeared Ink's entry is mine. 

I must warn you, this entry is picture intensive, but you'll see why. I decided to make a plaster gauze book with a Faux Leather cover. Here are the pics and details.

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE bees. I have such respect for them and really feel an attraction and calling to be around them. Of course, if they get too close without me knowing I will freak out, but more from surprise rather than fear. Anyways, this book is a sort of "shrine" book for my beloved bees.

Here is my faux finish piece of this project- the faux leather cover.

On the bound side of the book, I have my jar along with some other goodies. I am a little peeved about this jar and I'll tell you why. I have a bee (yes, a real one) that I have saved to use in the "perfect" project. My youngest daughter was stung about a year ago because she stepped on it in the grass. Poor baby, but it was not too bad. For the bee, well, it turned out not so good. Not only did the poor bee get stepped on, but he also died because, well, bumblebees die when they sting. Well, I kept the bee, which some may think is demented but oh well. When we packed up a few months ago to move, I put him in a safe place so he wouldn't get squished by the movers. Well, when I put stuff in a "safe" place, I tend to forget exactly where that place is, and having everything packed and unpacked just added to the problem. I can't find him. So, here my jar sits with a few screws in the bottom of it, waiting for it's bee. When I find him, this is where he'll go...

 So now begins the inside of the book. I've used stamp images throughout from a Smeared Ink set that will be released THIS FRIDAY. If you'd like to see sneak-peeks of the set, visit our Facebook page. Then visit the Smeared Ink shop on Friday to see this as well as a few more new release sets.

In addition to regular plaster gauze pages, I also have what I like to call faux-mica pages. They give the feeling of mica and also have the look of honey or bee resin.

Here you can see the separate "clear" page.

On this page I used beeswax to collage my pieces.

Some pages have journaling on them, and the blank pages are meant to hold pictures or mementos which will be added as time goes by. You can see the texture of the gauze.

Here's another image from our new set, along with some other goodies.

Another of our new images on a faux-mica page.

The final page in the book has metal covered in beeswax in which I've carved a thank you to the bees.

And there you have it!

I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at our projects. I'd love to hear what you think about the bee book, and if you haven't yet please visit Anna's and Leigh's blogs and let them know what you think of their projects as well.

Good luck to all of the teams playing in the Throwdown this week, and PLEASE COME VOTE for your favorite TOMORROW or FRIDAY! 


  1. Whoa! You guys ROCKED it! Love all of your fab techniques. Well worth waiting for. xxD

  2. absolutely stunning creations-well worth the wait

  3. brilliant stuff, I love them all, great finishes and techniques x

  4. Awesome projects girls you rock

    May the best team win!!!!

  5. WoooHooo....three great projects from the SA Team. I wanted to know how Leigh made her domino but the site link does not go to the correct post. It goes to her Domino Challenge site. Is she sharing the technique??? because it is really cool!

  6. Stunning creations, one and all! The awesome paint box is brilliant! LOVE the zipper effect! I am also waiting patiently for the secret of the domino technique. Beautiful! And then there is that Bee Book! Good Gorgon, that's awesome! That resin/wax/transparent page is so cool! The leather effect on the cover is so good! I bet it even smells like leather! I save bugs also. I have a praying mantis and a black bumble bee waiting for their starring role someday. Brilliant use of the plaster gauze!

  7. OMG - what a fabulous selection of gobsmackingly orgasmic creations !!!!! Total eye candy and the Bee book soooooo rocks !!!! STUNNING Girls - YaY you rocked it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. I expected nothing less than perfection from you three and i am not disappointed. The leather is amazing. The stone effect domino is incredible and themetal with zipper is to die for.
    Great work SMEARED INK..... good luck in the throwdown.
    love BDx

  9. Woo Woo Smeared Team! I have never seen the faux Ancient Stone and want to know more. Love Anna's metal work and the cover of the book, awesome. Funky and cool pages, great projects everyone.

  10. I am in shock, I know you all are wonderful artist, but Damn!! you all sure did bring your A game! I am in awe of all of these projects! All of them are more then terrific! You girls rock for sure!

  11. FABULOUS faux techniques guys. Good Luck in the throwdown :)

  12. I'm in total awe of all of your projects. You've inspired this newbie to altered art!

  13. Great work on these projects ladies!! WOW...incredible!! I am in awe of your crafty fabulosity!!!

  14. Amazing work, Ladies! I love the difference in mediums and can't believe how much detail went into each project. I am blown away and would love to learn how to do some of these faux finishes myself. I am so inspired!

  15. Wonderful faux finish. Very interesting too. xx

  16. Awesome work ladies - all of you xxx

  17. WOW!! Fabulous job! Your work is just simply inspiring! Love it!!