HI Crafty Friends,
After sharing so many wonderful designs by our very talented guests, I am back with a Haunted Halloween design. I love this time of year where I can create ghoulish designs with some of my favorite techniques.
Let’s dive in and see how this card came to be!
I am obsessed with making different night skies and moons. So it is no surprise that I started by creating the background.
Using a piece of Bristol paper (for easy ink blending) and starting from the bottom and working my way up, I blended distress inks onto the panel. The bottom was colored with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss and then the sky was colored with bits of several colors: Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, a little Black Soot, and Spiced Marmalade to brighten the area around the moon and house. After the background panel was completely covered, I flicked on some white splatters using Dr. Ph Martin Bleedproof White Ink and set it aside to dry.
I wanted this design to have a black silhouette appearance so I cut all the components with heavy black Licorice Twist cardstock. This means, I cut one large circle for the ‘hill’ the house stands on, all the pieces in the Haunted Hollow die set by Penny Black, a large tree from Impression Obsession’s Fir trees die set, a string of tombstones from Penny Black’s Dark City dies, a few bats from Spooky Creatures, another Penny Black die set. The crescent moon was made with a small circle die and a yet smaller circle die to take a ‘bite’ out of the full moon, creating the crescent. The final black cut out was the thin frame which was made by nesting two rectangle frames together, applying a bit of washi tape to hold them in position and cutting the frame.
It seems like it would take a lot of time to cut all those pieces but really it was a snap. Now, on to putting this card together!
With the background dry, I started to build my scene. I first added the sentiment onto the circle cut out with Wendy Vecchi’s Orange Blossom embossing powder and “Trick or Treat” from the Lawn Fawn Candy Corn add-on stamp set. Then, I attached the circle to the background, cutting off the bottom of it, tucking the tombstone strip under one side of the semi-circle. The house was next.
To the back of the house, I added a piece of tissue paper I colored with Spiced Marmalade ink, then applied the house, fence and a large tree. The moon was placed in the sky and a few bats were added.
The scene was now complete. I just needed to add a piece of orange patterned paper from my stash (but any will do) to the black Licorice Twist card base, then add the scene.
The final steps were to apply the border and the final tree to the card with some foam dimensional tape. And now…. VIOLA!
I hope you enjoyed this project. It was a lot of fun to make!