Big Fish Challenge with The Burtonesque Dolls

This week Smeared Ink is partnering with The Burtonesque Dolls to sponsor their Big Fish Challenge!

The fabulous Dolls got the chance to play with our Carnies stamps and Fortune Teller Digi. You MUST go over and see what they created! The challenge is to create a Big-Fishy Scene based on the movie Big Fish, and you have until Monday, August 3rd to submit your entries if you wanna play for a great prize!

The winner will get a Carnies Umnounted Stamp Sheet and our Fortune Teller Carnie Digi, which isn't even available to purchase anymore - how cool is that!

So, in honor of this awesome challenge I have created my own Big-Fishy Scene out of an altered box. I got the box from Michael's for about $2 on clearance (I love clearance sales). Here is a picture of the box before i got my grimey, paint-covered hands all over it:

I primer'd and painted the box with acrylic paints. Red for the base and then a pearl to create the stripes. I then added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (tea dye). I stamped a bunch of carnie images to the top of the box with my Stazon Black. I cut a small rectangle from my Jen Wilson Spectrums Paper Pad (bought on clearance as well, half price...yea baby :) and distressed it. I stamped out the frame from Smeared Inks Nymphs Set on another sheet of paper from the same pad and then cut it out. Used some silver paint to make a "mirror" behind the frame. Then I stamped out my Twin Sister Carnies and colored them with my Prismacolor markers. Phew....a lot of stamping went into this box! OK...so I stamped the word CARNIVAL (also in the Carnies set) with the distress ink onto the same rectangle and then I glued everything together. Oh yea, and I used some ribbon!

For the inside of the box I used lots of blue and white acrylic paint. I stamped out my Water Nymph for the inside of my box and colored her in as well. Then, I glued her to the side panel and placed the Blue Moon Snake Pendant in her hands with hot glue. I stamped the other inside panels with the Tree Nymph. For the final touch...I sprayed the entire thing with some silver glitter spray :)

Hope you like it - would love your feedback.

So, go now to check out all the details and wicked projects over at The Burtonesque Dolls. Can't wait to see what you create!

:) tOri


  1. Freakin awesome!!!! Totally want it! LOVE IT!!!!!

  2. Wow! I am speechless! This is wonderful. I don't even know which part is my favorite. So much time and effort went into this...I can't even imagine how long it took. If I had to pick a favorite part...it would be all of it!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love this box and the inside is totally inspired. Thanks for sharing.

  4. FIRST!!! THIS is DOPE!!! Love how you really made the inside look like the nymph is coming out of the sea!!! The outside, of coure, ROCKS!!!

    Listen, I was TRYING to be here the other day when you posted that this was on your blog, but the TECHNOLOGY wouldn't LET ME!!!! ugh.

    Fabulous!!! Peace out!!

  5. Absolutely adorable!
    What a great idea, so creative!!

  6. totally freakin awesome box Tori....!!