Friday, 17 January 2014

My first LOC Demo....! Ch 23 - 'Scary Stories'

Today is my first time on the 'Left of Centre' DT and the theme is 'Scary Stories'.

I've chosen 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe and have used paper from 'Ikes' Art' with that title.


 8" x 8" base cardstock - black 
 8" x 8" Magenta Mirri card cut from an A4
 Ike's Art 'The Raven' paper printed off on 200gsm card in negative and colourized magenta
Select one of the Ravens from the paper, blow up in size, print in grey on white card approx 5" x 4".
Stickles to suit
Length of magenta satin ribbon
Three distressed lilac roses and three rose leaves.
Pearl-headed pin.

Prepare black base-card (I used two A4's and adhered them with wide DS tape)
Trim 8" x 8" Magenta mirri by 1 cm to make a mat.
Trim 'The Raven' cardstock to just smaller than the magenta mirri.

With the leftovers of the Mirri, use a punch (mine is a Martha Stewart heart border punch) to make a frame for the Raven print.

Colour the Raven print with your choice of medium/colour.  I used two shades of stickles to portray the blue-ish cast from a Raven's plumage.

Slightly distress the background of the Raven print to make it less 'stark'.
I used TH Distress inkpads in Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.

I adhered the magenta Raven print card onto the magenta mirri with my ATG tape gun then mounted this via foam squares onto the base-card.

Next, I adhered, with my ATG, the Raven print onto the magenta mirri punched border and then mounted the whole via foam squares onto the magenta Raven print card.

Finish off with the distressed roses.

If you only have ordinary ones you can distress them either with inkpads or, like me, singe them with a lighter! Take care with this last - there can be fumes!
I use Pinflair gel glue to adhere these and the bow of ribbon.
Last of all, when the bow is in place, if liked, use the pin through the knot.

Do pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have dreamed up and why not have a go yourself..?  

We have a blogaversary coming up soon too so keep an eye out for the celebrations!

Hugs Ei x


  1. WoW !! That is really cool - I love the colour change... amazing and very clever idea with a giant raven :-)
    I really hope you enjoy your time on the LOC DT... Congrats :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Suzy - I'm so glad you like my 'treatment'of your super paper! Will trot over to your challenge when I'm not on my Kindle! Hugs Ei x

  2. Wow this is amazing Ei I love the colours and the fab images.

    1. ....awww Scrappy..! I really do appreciate your continuing support Thank you! Hugs Ei x

  3. I have to admit i am slightly covetous of this one Ei, I love it! i think it is the magenta as you know im a sucker for anything pinky :)

    1. Rachel you are such a sweetie! Thank you so much Hunni! Hugs Ei x

  4. Love the colour choices - brilliant creation!

    1. Thank you so much Susan! I really appreciate your lovely words.

  5. Welcome to the team lovely lady :-)
    Really like this card. The mix of black and purple is beautiful and I love the layout of your card. You have really shown that image off perfectly.

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxxx

    1. ....awww... Lisa..! You are too kind! But DO carry on ... ;) Thank you for your locely comment - much appreciated!
      Ei x

  6. Hey LOC teammie! I love these colors. And the way you transformed the Raven paper. Black and purple are one of my favorite color combos.


    1. ,,,mine too team -buddy! :D And I love Edgar Allen-Poe too so was well-set up for this particular challenge. Thank you Rocio!
      Ei x

  7. Beautiful card, love the black and magenta combo. The distressed roses are so cool!

    1. Thank you so much Steph! I love burning things so enjoyed 'treating' these roses! :D Just be careful to do it in safety as there can be fumes and even drips, depending on what they're made of. Hugs Ei x

  8. Oh I totally love how you've used the papers and images on this card! the Magenta pink is awesome! I love the frame and ribbon too! So glad you joined the team! Fab! mo xxx

  9. Thank you so much Mo - it's good to be on a DT again - especially with such a lovely bunch of girls. Hugs Ei x


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