The new Smeared & Smudged challenges are up and ready for you to participate in! I got instantly inspired by Kelli’s card sketch for the month, as I have been working with different ideas for my next “Tarot Card.” Haha! That’s actually pretty funny! If you’ve been checking in over the past couple of weeks, you may have seen my Misty Benson Tarot Set 1 (Smeared Ink) cards. I’ve used The World and The Fool so far. Today, I bring you Death. Don’t worry…it’s actually a joyful image…one that I intend to use a lot! First, here’s the sketch. I flipped it and changed the ribbon and embellishment a bit. Can I just start off by saying that it is quite nerve wracking to slice your image??? I have done it a few times in the past, but I always get butterflies when I attempt it again. I colored the image and the card itself using nothing but Distress Inks and my Cut-n-Dry Nibs. My skull button at the top has been colored with Alcohol Inks. The colors look a little off to me in the pics…in real life, the blues are spot on the same…here, the paper looks brighter then it should be. For those of you out there that are afraid to color images this way…don’t be! This is super simple and really quick! I had the image colored (while my kids were eating lunch…for you mommies out there you know how hard feeding time at the zoo can be!) in about 10 minutes. I kid you not. I think it was 12 minutes total. Seriously, you’ve gotta try this technique if you haven’t already! We have some great prizes lined up for you once again at Smeared & Smudged. Our sponsors for the month are Susan’s Craft Chaos and Octopode! Oh, and if you play along with our photo inspiration challenge, you could win a goodie bag from Terra! C’mon! You know you want some prizes! Head on over, and have an inspiring day!!!