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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beyond The Haunting - Altered Bird House for the Smeared and Smudged Design Team Throwdown

Howzit Friends!
 I've got another "Dark Etchnings" altered bird house to share with you today.
This one is a follow on piece from my other altered bird house "Haunted Within" which symbolized being trapped by fear inside your own mind and now "Beyond the Haunting" symbolizes breaking free of the fear and escaping the demons inside your mind.
Beyond the Hauting
 UPDATE:  Smeared Ink WON round #9 Woohoo!  Congrat to Tori, Terra and ME :0)

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This one is my entry into the Smeared and Smudged Design Team Throwdown for Challenge #9.  The winners of challenge #8 gave us our theme, Metal Mania.  Please stop by and check out all the design teams vying for your vote in this round and cast your vote for the team you think should win!  I hope you like my creation and my Smeared Ink team mates, you can see their creations HERE and will vote for Smeared Ink of course, heehee, voting starts Sept 27 at noon, click the banner below to go and check out all the entries ;0)  

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 I played with my faux print etchning technique and featured Smeared Ink's digi stamp "Beyond" and wings from "Quoth the Raven" stamps - Smeared Ink Rubber Club and also added some purple watercolour pencil to the lips and eye areas.

 I covered the wooden bird house with Ranger Ink's adhesive metal sheeting and scored seams and rivets into the metal with a dry embossing ball tool.  Black Alcohol Ink was then applied and wiped off leaving the ink inside all the nooks and crannies.  Exposed wood was stained with Black Soot Distress Ink and diamond patterned washi tape was added to all the edges.  The base was a separate wooden candle holder I adhered to the birdhouse. 

 I applied Rock Candy Crackle Paint to the base of the birdhouse and Pewter Metalic Distress Stain applied randomly to the rough surface with scrunched up paper towel.  Assorted gears by Found Objects Charms from Michaels and washers from Home Depot were adhered with Judikins Diamond Glaze.  The images were run through my Xyron to add adhesive,  fussy cut out and adhered to the birdhouse with real feathers added to the roof as well.

The tiny bird was a resin multi-coloured hanging ornament I got from Target a few years ago in the after Xmas sales.  I painted it with black acrylic paint and then dry brushed it with silver and antique gold acrylic paint and then adhered it to the perch with Diamond Glaze.

 Thanks for visiting with me today and hope you'll stop by the Throwdown and cast your vote for the design team most worthy of winning!  Also stop by the Smudgy Antics challenge blog too, our new challenge "Broken Heart" started on Monday so you've got plenty of time to come and play with us!

Before you go I'd like to invite you to come over to DominoART and check out my upcoming 31 Days of Halloween event!  DominoART is participating as a Wicked Blogger in the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop and I will be featuring scary altered game art for 31 days!  I'd love it if you'd come and join my Wicked Players for a scarey good time and a chance at some awesome prizes ;0)
Happy Stamping!
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  1. OMG, GORGEOUS, Leigh! I love every detail, especially the top view and your inspiration for the piece. Beyond fabulous! xxD

  2. OMFG, feckin' AWESOME hun - you TOTALLY ROCKED this project!! (sigh, so jealous here, lol)
    Teri xx

  3. Oh wow Leigh, love it, lots of detail brilliant!

  4. Leigh,
    I do just truly love your bird house, it is spectacular, marvlous, and so very creative! I am just wowed. I love all of your elements on the house, awesome little birdie too. Love the cog for the bird hole, I just love everything about it!

  5. Gorgeous Bird house Leigh Wonderful


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Leigh S-B