My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hooting it Up With Inky Backgrounds

Greetings, Wonderful Blogging Friends!
It's time for a brand new Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!

For the next two weeks, join us by uploading an "Anything-Goes" project as long as an inky background is used. The team has all kinds of inspiration and a variety of styles to view, so take a look! Hope to see yours there.

My inky rendition depicts that period of time just after dusk. I can hear softly hooting owls in the trees talking to one another, the chirping of happy insects announcing the full moon, croaking toads and frogs in search of goodies, and perhaps even some "night owls" doing their crafting!

I printed out The Great Horned Owl digital set TWICE. (Psst! This is my very own set, and I hope you enjoy the sentiments that accompany it!)

One owl was fussy cut to make a mask. The other was colored with Copic Markers. This is one of the colored images you will receive in the digital set.
After die cutting a circle and placing it on top of the owl mask, I used distress inks in Black Soot, Blueprint, and Stormy Sky to create a night sky.

The frame process:
(if you are reading this on my personal blog, click on the photos to enlarge)

  1. Applied Super Adhesive Sheet to black cardstock, leaving "rough" protective layer in place.
  2. After die cutting shape, I removed the protective layer and burnished in Black Diamond Microfine Glitter. (if you prefer, use black glittery EP instead)
  3. I distressed with VersaMark Ink here and there and applied Fleur de Lis Chunky Opaque embossing powder.  After the fact and Because I'd forgotten how golden it is, I added a bit of Super Thick Black embossing powder on top of the Fleur de Lis color, to tone down the gold. Glittery Radiant Moss Green embossing powder was also used in the distressing process. Heat a little at a time so it does not melt the super adhesive sheet.
  4. I die cut some white fun foam in the same shape, and edged it with a black Sharpie marker. The black frame was then adhered to the fun foam for dimension, using 1/4" Double Sided Tear-ific Tape.

I thoroughly enjoy "distressing" with glitters and embossing powders!
frame close up:

The set comes with a leafy twig - great for framing or using around the branch. Here I used it in rubber, embossing with more Radiant Moss Green embossing powder to give the leaves a night time appearance. 

The sentiment was stamped with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and heat set with Black Detail embossing powder. It was distressed with the same colors as the sky background.

The Tonic Handmade paper was distressed with 3 colors of mousse.

Finished Card:

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to participate in please:

  1. Tuesday Throwdown #410 Add Some Texture (background paper, layers of glitter and embossing powders) 9/25
  2. Always Fun Challenges #76 Fall Colors 9/24
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1837 Anything Goes 9/24
  4. Crafty Cardmakers #218 Autumn Colors (C15) 10/2
  5. International Art and Soul #42 Nature 10/1
  6. Crafty Animals #18 Anything Goes with an Animal 10/1
  7. Crafty Gals Corner #174 "3 or more layers" (6 layers of paper plus the frame which also has a die cut piece of fun foam under it) 9/26
  8. Crafty Girls Creations #50 AG 10/1
  9. Morgans Artworld Open Challenge #9 AG 10/1
  10. World Wide Open DT Challenge #9 AG DT 10/15 (used special effects in frame and paper)

Stamping Hugs,


KarinsArtScrap said...

Very beautiful Donna

I have on facebook made a group for only stamping cards with background
I think I have invite let it see in the group
Gr Karin

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning card Donna, beautifully coloured owl image and wonderful design, Kate x x

Chris said...

Stunning card Donna, the owl is mesmerising, what a fabulous image, love the stunning inked background too! You've created a wonderful atmospheric twilight scene, I can hear the frogs too!

meg said...

Stunning scene Donna, love the inked background and the embossed distressed die cut the owl is sitting on, he is handsome

brenda said...

WHat a stunning Owl creation Donna and so much attention to detail with all the textures. Isn't it nice when we can take our inspiration from all that surrounds us, just this monring I was working with floral stamps and thought to mysefl how very satisfying it is to work with Nature's elements.

And yes, we have that redition nightly, they live in the big barn and we are fortunate to have both Tawny and Barn who is beautiful.

B x

Diane said...

Beautifully created Donna and that moon is just totally awesome (as well as the owl of course) and love all the details you have put into this....gorgeous!! (We have hoot owls here at night, they wake me up and then I worry about the kittens getting tangled up with far so good, but they sure do make a eerie sound)!

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creation Donna, love how you framed the image! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
Sherry DT for

Shona Erlenborn said...

You really gave this magnificent creature a gorgeous background to perch in. The frame is amazing with those luxurious embossing powders with their such gorgeous texture. Great masking and coloring. Truly breathtaking!

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

I love love love this project. Fabulous design and the image is just gorgeous. Beautiful work here. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.Annette DT for

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Back again, and again this project is truly amazing and stunning. Fabulously designed. Great work.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card you did a great job as always thanks for sharing@@@

SewPaperPaint said...

Hi Donna, I am a HUGE owl lover so this jumped right out at me. The details are so amazing and I just love everything about this gorgeous card. Thanks for the inspiration this morning. Big hugs, Autumn

jimlynn said...

Sensational card Donna!!! WOW!!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow Donna your work just blows me away, this is stunning sweetie.

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card I just love that glorious owl and the inky background you created. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Wendy L said...

Looks so wonderful Donna, xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That owl sure has attitude:)

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Margarets designer cards said...

Stunning card, love your owl and the gorgeous colours. Well done

*Vicki* said...

Wow, Donna, this design is really incredible!! You have so many wonderful details included in your design here! The texture of the background paper really enhances that owl along with your amazing moon background and the way you've got him all framed in with your gorgeous sparkling embossed unique design! I love this! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

crafty-stamper said...

Stunning card Donna and love the beautifully coloured owl fabulous textured frame,great embossed B.paper and sentiment
Carol x

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a great card design. I love the owl and all the fine details you added to it to make it such a beautiful success. You always do the most amazing things on cards to make them outstanding.

Bunny said...

Fabulous card, Donna. When I first looked at it I thought it was a shadow box. All the embossing powder you used is fantastic. Owls are such lovely creations that God made. You did a super job on the coloring and on the the card as a whole. [Bunny]

NanaConnie said...

That owl is stunning, Donna, and the colors you chose for it are marvelous! Love the background 'feather' paper and your sparkly frame is incredible. OK, I'm slipping on a DT hat now - Thanks so much for playing along in our challenge at World Wide Open DT and good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

Conniecrafter said...

This is just fantastic, I love the embossed background, and the wonderful job you did on the night sky, Your owl is terrific gives the great look of texture in his feathers, Love your framing of it all, such an awesome touch!! I so agree with that quote. Wonderful card all around.

I love where you said this depicts the period of time all these things are making their noises and even night owls doing their crafting, LOL!

Terri Winske said...

This is such a beautifully created card.....all the dimension and detail make it so beautiful. Love the colors you chose and the designer paper. Thanks very much for sharing this with us at PIP Challenges this week!

aussie aNNie said...

STUNNING De, love the gorgeous owl and your work is alway incredible...sending hugs.xx

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Donna, your owl is stunning and I love the sentiment - a beautifully designed card.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Such a perfectly detailed owl image, Donna. You are so talented. The moon behind it gives this a Halloweenish feel that I love.

Donna Phelan said...

WHOA! He is so frame worthy! How majestic and regal! I always love your frames, they are glittery and full of dimension and define the beauty within! This creati0on is no exception! LOVE!

Becky said...

Great stamp set, beautifully colored.

coldwaters2 said...

Gorgeous card Donna I absolutely love the image of the Owl
lorraine x

Donna said...

This owl is stunning on his own and then your amazing layers to frame him and wow, this is fabulous, this should be framed and on display!

Gale said...

This is fabulous Donna. Love love the frame and your coloring of the owl. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Gale DT for

crafty said...

Lovely owl card. So much detail. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge.

MaryH said...

WOW! (1) Magnificent owl(2)Background is beautiful(3)Love what you've done with these awesome glitters and mousse products. Never thought to go over the microfine glitter with versamark and add another layer of color. It looks marvelous! And the 3 colors of mousse on the dimensional handmade paper look stunning! (4) Love your autumn header too! (I hope I covered all the things I love about this card! Think it is one of your best ever). (5)nearly forgot: Perfect & very apt sentiment too!TFS & Hugs

Arlene said...

The night sky is so realistic and beautifully colored. Beautiful card. So glad you joined us at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month.
Arlene DT for

Mia said...

Your beautiful cards are always inspiring, Donna. And this one with the owl is absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing with us the instructions. Hugs, my talented friend.

Sue said...

Well, look at you with your own stamp/digital set, how wonderful! And the card, oh the card.....The owl is just magnificent and of course all that black glittery on the frame then distress, looks awesome. The night sky and moon are the perfect background for your owl, too. Awesome card and stamp!


Leslie Miller said...

What? Your very own digital set? How do you mean? It's beautiful and, yes, I love the sentiments. It makes me think of Rich and I sitting under the stars on our most recent trip, listening to the elk bugling in the distance. They sound a little eerie in the night. Then, all of a sudden we heard Bigfoot stomping through the bushes right beside us, too dark to see anything, but it scared the dickens out of me. We still don't know what it could possibly have been. Galileo may not be fearful of the night... The specialty paper which you so beautifully shimmered looks like feathers and is absolutely perfect with your owl. Also, your night sky and moon are very realistic. A beautiful card, artistically crafted, Donna!

pinky said...

Wow wow wow. This is truly amazing. So much texture and rich colour. I absolutely love this Donna!

Janice said...

An amazing frame which is perfect f9r your wonderful owl!
Janice x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna, this is stunning! Love the owl and gorgeous textures.
Linda xxx

Debbie Adams said...

Wow, great card. I like how you used the fun foam and did the background of your card. Very nice. Thank you for joining our Nature Challenge at International Art & Soul.
Debbie Adams DT

Uroocreations said...

Stunning and so it .. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous project with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Good luck.. Dear..

Dr Monika Shukla

Monica said...

Hi Donna, this card is so majestic and very royal. The sentiment speaks a thousand words.
Love, Monica

Lori Kobular said...

I love your beautiful owl card! Owls are such beautiful creatures! Love the textures on your card too!!