Hi Crafty Friends,
This is one of my favorite times of the year for card making. By the time Halloween rolls around, I am in full swing with ghouls and ghosts. Today’s card uses the new Penny Black stamp set, Halloween Gathering. This stamp set is brimming with scary elements that provide a complete scene.
I think one of the reasons I love to make Halloween cards is because of the beautiful moons on Halloween night! So, it is no surprise that this card has a big, fat moon in it. Let’s dive in and see how it all comes together.
I started with a piece of Bristol paper since it is fantastic for blending distress oxide inks. With the Bristol paper panel ready, I started to build my scene. I stamped the haunted house at the bottom of the panel. Then, created a mask by stamping the house again on a piece of Inkadinkado masking paper, fussy-cutting it out and placing it over the stamped house on the panel. The house was then protected from any ink while I colored the background. Next, using a circle die, I cut out a big moon from the same masking paper sheet and placed it on the panel.
Then, I was ready to color the background. Starting with the Stormy Sky distress oxide ink, I blended it over the whole panel. Next, I add a little Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks, leaving the area around the moon lighter in color. A little Black Soot distress oxide ink was added around the edges and small areas of the sky.
I love the part where I reveal the bright moon and the house by peeling away the masks. With the mask off, the moon was colored very lightly with a little Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink around the outside of the moon and a few touches of Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot to add depth and character.
With the moon and background set, I stamped the witch with Versafine Onyx Black ink on top the moon, added a few bats from the same stamp set and then stamped a few trees by stamping just the top of the tree from the Penny Black Nature’s Friends stamp set.
I colored the house with muted Copic marker colors – W5, C1, C3, C5, Y35, Yy13, and G21.
With the scene nearly complete, I used a stitched frame to finish off the edges of the panel and then I added a few scary ghosts by placing the mask temporarily over the house, just long enough to stamp the ghosts with Lawn Fawn Yeti ink.
Our fun scene panel was then mounted onto a very slightly larger orange Circus Peanuts card panel, which was mounted onto a black starry patterned piece of paper from the Pebbles Midnight Hauntings. Finally, everything was placed onto a black Licorice Twist card base.
The last step was to add the “Happy Halloween”. It was stamped onto a strip of the orange cardstock using Versamark ink, sprinkled with Hero Arts Detail Black embossing powder and heat set. The sentiment was popped up with a bit of foam tape and now a scary Halloween night is ready to send to your favorite Halloween friend.