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Raven Plaque: Day 4 of 31 Days

Hello! It is Day    of the 31 Days of Halloween, and today I have a tutorial that I created for Imagine. I really enjoy working with wood so I created a  raven plaque that can be hung on the wall or on a door. Keep in mind, that you can use any combination of images you'd like. If you're not a fan of crows, (gasp!) you can always use cats, flowers, stars, etc. I'm entering this plaque on the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: "A Walk on the Dark Side."

I used a small unfinished wooden plaque for this project. You can get these at any craft and hobby store. Mine is about 3" x 4." 

Using a 3/8" Stencil Brush, I applied the brown shade that is in the VersaCraft Velvet palette. VersaCraft ink is fantastic for using on things that go way beyond paper. It's great on fabric, for example. 

After the brown ink dried, I swiped Real Black (in the same palette) on the wood, following the grain to bring out the texture. I focused a bit more heavily on the edges to make the piece appear aged. 

Next I taped down my stencil. You'll notice that the tape I used has been used before. I reuse my tape to minimize the stickiness of it, so that nothing peels up when I remove it. I applied more Real Black VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush. 

Next I stamped my  raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft. I had it on hand already, so that just made it easier to stamp, since the image is so large. This would have been the perfect time to have a stamping tool like the MISTI. I would have liked to have restamped the image, but since it is a cling stamp, it's a little tricky to do, and I didn't want to mess up what I have done so far. 

After that, I stamped my "Nevermore" sentiment with VersaCraft. Again, I would have loved to re-ink it, but that would have been a catastrophe for sure. I really need to get one of those stamp platforms it seems....and that's not something I ever thought that I would want. 

I felt that the piece needed some more I splattered some Wedding Dress irRESISTables with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink. It added just enough texture and shine. Then I simply drilled two holes at the top and added some gold colored wire to hang it with. 

I hope you'll give VersaCraft ink a try if you haven't already. The colors are rich and opaque, and it is so much fun to experiment on other surfaces! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an fangtastic day! 

VersaCraft 12 Color Ink Pad: Velvet
VersaCraft: Real Black
irRESISTable: Wedding Dress
Delicata Reinker: Golden Glitz

3/8" Stencil Brush
ASCRS10: Andy Skinner Birds and Bones stamp set
DWLL432: Row of Crows Stencil
SSH57: Jumbo Acrylic Stamp Handle

Smeared Ink: Nevermore Stamp
Small Wood Plaque
Liner Brush

Black Dragon
Stampendous Stamps
Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda
Alison (that's me!)
Airless Chambers


Tink said…
I just Love this!
ionabunny said…
What a fun piece. Love the bird skull. Hugz
Mary Holshouser said…
The raven's skull is fangtastic.
Love all of the birds sitting
there looking at it - wondering
if they're next.
Wonderful plaque.
thanks for sharing.
Denise Bryant said…
Great job on the plaque!
Lyneen J said…
I LOVE the STENCIL~~~ and NEVERMORE! What a great plaque! Thanks for sharing!
I love this project! It turned out great!
Kat Coppleman said…

So pretty Alison! Love it!
I might just have to try VersaCraft inks after seeing this.
I totally understand about the stamping and think I need to invest in a stamping tool too.
Totally wicked cool, love everything from the background to your choice of images!
Ohhhh wow! This is plaque-tastic! It has those great traditional Halloween colors, yet it is totally original. As a lit nerd, I adore the Poe vibe and thought it was so cool how you combined the images of crows with that wicked yet elegant skull. The combo of living and dead had my geeky literary mind soaring with all sorts of analogies and philosophies!! I also adore the last touch of the Wedding Dress splatter-dots. This is genius on so many levels and I'm so glad you shared your skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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