Come to the Darkside by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
I'm sharing something from 'The Darkside' this week using some stamps from Lost Coast Designs that arrived recently in the shop, they are a selection of stamps from the Creepy Dolls collection.

For me they needed to be given a grungy look to make the creepy feel come to life you could however use these stamps in many styles of project. 

Here's What I Did:

I have created a wall hanging using That's Crafty! MDF substrates, this make uses a 4.5" x 9" panel with 3 MDF ATC's mounted on it. I started with each of the ATC's each got a thin layer of gesso on them before randomly applying paint using a brayer, I always use a brayer instead of a brush as it gives a much more random and textured effect and the layering of colours is so much lighter so the layer build up is more evident. Once happy with the background I then added further details by stamping with the paint and some stencilling. I added some torn washi tape and roughly drew around the ATC with a black fineliner pen. I then created the back panel and I started by covering with a piece of designer paper which I glued to the MDF with gel medium. I then gave the panel with the brayer treatment to match the ATC's not overdoing the paint so that the design of the paper still shows through.

Then back to my ATC's to add the characters, I stamped them onto mixed media card with Archival ink and coloured them with Zig Pens, the colours of these are very bright so once I had coloured them all I toned them down and made them look more grungy by blending Vintage Photo Distress ink over them. I've also added a bit of grey pencil to them to further grunge them. I then cut them out, edged them with distress ink and glued them to each of the ATC's. Before adding the 3rd one I used part of one of the sentiments from the Katzelkraft stamp set Batman to add 'Come to the Darkside' which I did by heat embossing with black embossing powder.

The final touch was to add the 'Snarky" saying which is from Tim's Snarky sticker book. I then gave the entire piece a covering of Vintage Distress Collage medium which further adds to the grungy look of the piece. 

Here's What I Used:
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints - Christmas Red & Black
Lost Coast Design Stamps Creepy Dolls - Clown Doll, Heart Doll & Teddy 1
Katzelkraft Stamps - Be Batman (Will be back in stock soon)
Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Distressed Harlequin #19
Have a fabulous week and I'll see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. This is absolutely fabulous Amanda. Such fantastic detailed backgrounds and the quirky images look wonderful with the vintage look from the Distress ink.
    Fliss xx

  2. It is so wonderful Amanda , love your grungy look, and the little "devils" are still looking cute to me :-) lov e all you did on the backgrounds - Dorthe xoxo

  3. A fantastic grungy setting for these characterful stamps - I really like the images, just the right amount of creepy charm, or charming creepiness. Fabulous ATC set.
    Alison x

  4. Loving the grungy feel of your fabulous project, Amanda. Great showcasing of all the products used . x


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