Welcome to the Smeared Ink April Member Hop! Our mission to decorate an egg...yep, a real egg! This one has had me stumped for weeks. But as I was gathering materials I was thinking about my project due over at Quoth the Raven which is pick 3 elements from a tic tac toe board. One direction was decoupage/3D, lace, and Poe. I immediately thought of a wonderful Poe with Candle image by the fabulous Ike's Art. So I shrunk him down, colored him up with Prismacolor colored pencils, fussy cut ( cutting out his tie), and covered with Diamond Accents. I cut his arm with the hand holding the candle out separately and covered with Diamond Accents also. I had made the mistake of heating Diamond Accents before and got this neat kinda weird effect (I do not recommend using any product in any way other than it's stated uses!! I told you so don't forget!!) and liked it so I tried it again. And I also gave dear Poe a small gem for his coat, I think he deserves it! Now the egg was also a mistake that kind of evolved. I colored my egg with a red Promarker thinking I would decoupage Poe on the egg and I wanted the red to contrast with the dark image. Then I also wanted to take a small piece of lace and make his tie and glue into the opening I had cut out. So that idea didn't seem wise. Next idea cover the egg with black and white designer paper, in other words decoupage the egg with the papers. One thought on this technique: it is much harder than I ever imagined to be and don't color the egg red first and not seal it! The red leaked through as you have guessed. But already too far into the idea and late as usual to start I had to trod on down that path. So my egg is slightly odd shaped in places but then I am slightly odd so fair is fair:) After allowing everything to dry, I attached Poe on the front of the egg and fixed his arm so it would appear to come right out at you. I am hoping this even follows the mission to decorate an egg; I did decorate an egg! I look forward to hopping along and seeing the lovelies listed above and see how their egg-speriments turned out! I know it was lame....But please visit them and leave them some lovely comments to match their lovely projects!