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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

WOYWW- A Smudgy Tale

Helloooooo all you lovely readers of our humble little bear blog. Horace here to Welcome you to another Wednesday, and another chance to peek into the work spaces of crafters worldwide, courtesy of Julia's fab blog.

Now, what's on the bears' workspace this week? Some smudgy artwork for the challenge over at Smudgy Antics challenge blog.

This week's theme is Sugar and Spice, but knowing how Smudgy Antics is all about thinking outside the box and being edgy, I thought I'd subvert the theme, and came up with this

The sentiment reads
'Sugar and spice may be very nice. But I do like a good drop of BLOOD'.

The idea being that a vampire bat stumbled upon the Smudgy Antics challenge, and decided to add his thoughts. The bat is atop a heart, which has a whole through its middle, with blood having spurted out in all directions when the bat punctured it with his fiendish teeth.

I started with a blank tag, always a good place to start! I sprayed this lightly with Dylusions Post Box Red mist, I also sprayed the printed sentiment with the same mist.

I stood both tag and sentiment against my pizza spray booth lid, and sprayed again, this time with water, to produce a dripped blood effect.

When the tag was dry (thank goodness for our investment in a heat gun) I inked up an Andy Skinner background stamp, and stamped this randomly over the tag with Black Soot distress ink.

I did this without the aid of an acrylic block, to produce a less uniform finish.

I misted a Sizzix heart tag, and then stabbed right through the middle of it, Dracula beware!

I adhered the poor, stabbed heart to my tag, and spritzed the middle of it with more 'blood'. Ooh, a vampirish feeling has come over me all of a sudden.

My sentiment needed to look a little less pretty, and a lot more scaryfying, so I distressed the edges. I had to do this over the bin, as Wilbear gets rather irate with all the crafting mess we make.

Finally, I stuck everything down, I decided the bat needed to pop out from the tag, so used some 3d tape to adhere him just above the heart.

I felt the need to pose a little with my newly made tag. You really don't get to see enough of my furry little face on this blog!

I hope this tag fits with the Smudgy Antics blog remit. I had fun making it anyhow.

Must go, the other bears are clamouring for a look at this week's craft desks, they say I've been holding them up with my craft waffle!

With love from the bears.


  1. Great Tag, loving the bears! Thank you for vivisting mine :)
    Jennie #44

  2. Ooohhh, teddies have a dark side!!!!! I hope they weren't too scared making those fabulous tags.
    Thanks for the visit and I haven't touched those poor fish since my last photos. Promise I will try to get back to them soon, too many things to play with at the moment.
    Have a great week, hugs to the bears.
    Von #56

  3. Maybe I should get my furry feline babies to blog as I dont have teddies ...wait I have St Bruno in the loft mmm me thinks he needs to come down here.
    Great tag...great watching it develope ... I cant believe its Haloween soon.thanks for dropping by my place xx86

  4. Love your tag its great. Aren't those dylusions sprays fab? I just need to keep having one more go. Thanks for popping by my desk @96
    Love Amanda

  5. Hmm... little bit scary this week bears - what have you been imbibing?! I do love the impaled heart though!
    Alison x

  6. Great idea for dripping blood there - how does bear fur remain so clean with all this inkyness going on? Hugs, Buttons #70

  7. Great work - but thats easy with such a lovely assistant!
    Happy WOYWW Barbara #118

  8. Oh, lot's of inky fun! Great tag, love the bat. Halloween is just around the corner. Happy WOYWW! Tammy #121

  9. The Bears have created a wonderful tag, gosh they are clever. I hope their paws didn't get inky, it would be difficult to get the ink off them. LOL

    happy crafting bears....
    Hugs from Eliza #93

  10. Our paws usually remain ink free, but sometimes we do get a little mist on our fur. The perils of crafting!

  11. LOL. I am sure this frightened the bears terrible!!
    Karen 129

  12. Oh Horace, that’s a bit of a gruesome tag you’ve made this week, with the vampire bat and the blood oozing down it but even so, you’ve done a great job and it’s a real twist on the challenge. Definitely way out of the box!

    Thanks for dropping by this week and good luck with the candy draw…………whatever it turns out to be!

    Happy Crafting!

  13. Great tag, love the bloody background and the senti. Thanks for sharing at Smudgy Antics

  14. Killer kewl tag!! Love drippy bloody art!! Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics!
    (SA DT)

  15. Busy, busy bears! You have done well again! Love the tag so much!

    die amelie xx

  16. Those bears are sure talented!
    And I love your take on the challenge!
    Very creative :)
    Mary Jo #40

  17. Gosh! Horace I'm shocked! I didn't think you'd do something so 'bloody' - hahaha though, it is very good, love the saying on it. x

    Happy WOYWW

    Cath x

  18. thanks for bearing your redder side (spell check is croaking over that one)
    Monica 131

  19. Oh Wow I love Bears and your blog is fabulous. I collect bears and they are in most rooms in the house. The tag is fabulous and what a good idea to use a pizza box lid. I always make such a terrible mess when using spray inks.

    Crafty hugs Annie x ( your newest follower)

  20. Horace, I love your grungy/bloody tag! But how on earth do you keep your paws clean?? Glad you liked the sunset pic.

    Brenda 3

  21. OOh Bears - it's enough to make your fur stand on end !! Blood & bats ! Great fun ! Thanks for stopping by earlier ! Ali #59

  22. Oh my, you bears, I didn't know you could be so scary!

    Missed stopping by to visit you last week--I didn't get to play woyww--but am back for this round!

  23. ooooh, artist bear! 'love it! thanks for leaving a comment over at my blog. this inspires me to take out the "bears" from the box (my children's when they were 3yo) and put them in my studio. they will give me company... :)

  24. Bears in a box? Oh my, get them out quick before they suffocate!

  25. Oh, that is a bloody tag but perfect for upcoming Halloween, TFS.

    Happy belated WOYWW xx

  26. Fabulous Tag all that dripping blood is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics This week
    Shell x

  27. Teddies with biker jackets are suppose to have a dark side and this tag sure fits the bill. I love that you added extra "blood" after you stabbed the heart. Awesome! Dani#16

  28. I definitely have to try that technique of first spraying the color and then spraying water to make it drip--especially for bloody H'ween cards! Too cool! I also like the heart stabbed in the middle. So many possibilities with that! You can always learn something from bears.

  29. Yikes! What a perfect tag for Halloween (which will be here before we know it). Teddy did a great job, especially with the dripping blood effect!

    Thanks for visiting me already. I'm slowly getting around this week.

    Hugs, Kay #31

  30. How fun that you have bears who stamp! Love the tag and all the bloody dripiness of it :)

  31. Hey Horace - good to see you again. LUV your Pizza Box spray room - fabbo.
    Your tag is AWESOME.
    Thank you for playing along at Smudgy Antics :-D xxx

  32. Ooh that is very outside the box, I think it suits the criteria very well, aside from being a great tag! Lots of technique...must be a bit of a 'mare cleaning the old paws, what?!

  33. What a fabulous tag! love all the drippyness of it. Thank you for sharing at Smudgy Antics this week

  34. Great tag! love the bloody red background. Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

  35. I am totally behind on commenting this week, but I had to stop here first and let you know I adore your project! The colors and grungy effects are fabulous and your sentiment rocks! I must say, having that adorable Teddy making such a macabre piece just cracked me up! I did notice he was decked-out in his leathers so I know there is a rough and tough side there :) Thank you so much for playing with Smudgy Antics this week :)

  36. Yes, the tag fits very well! Well done and hope to see you again at Smudgy Antics. Thanks!

  37. Lookin good :) Love having a peek into the spaces of fellow crafter's! If you happen to peek in on my blog, be sure to wear a hard hat! LOL!


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