Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hallow's Eve

I think my sister's enthusiasm for Halloween may be rubbing off on me, or perhaps my 3 year old's obsession with ghosts and monsters has finally taken its toll.  Either way Halloween has never been a holiday that I have ever enjoyed, yet this year I have a list; yes a list; of all the "spooky" cards I want to attempt over the next few weeks leading up to the big event. 

The best thing about creating out of my "norm" is it makes me think and look at things a different way.  When I first saw the Serene Silhouettes stamp set, I envisioned this bird stamp used in a winter scene; yet here it is far from how I originally intended.  Nothing saying I won't still use it the way I originally intended, but its nice to know just how versatile Stampin' Up! sets can be!


Stamp sets: Serene Silhouettes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (NEW!! from the Holiday Catalogue)
Ink: So Saffron, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, sponges, black grosgrain ribbon (retired), white gel pen, glue dots, dimensionals, snail adhesive

Its hard to see in the photo, but the layers of the frames have dimensionals in between them to help them pop.  The depth looks so much better in person and creates shadows over the image which is kind of cool.
I began the sky by first sponging the moon.  I punched a 1 3/4" circle from a post it note and used the negative portion to create my outline.  I sponged So Saffron within, lighter at the top of the moon and darker at the bottom.  I then randomly sponged Night of Navy and Basic Gray ink over the entire sky until I reached the effect I was going for.  The birds are stamped using Basic Black ink that I stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping on my project.  I then added highlights with a white gel pen before assembling the card.  The paper rose is made with the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch. 

Well, I'm off to make a dint in that "spooky" list!  See you again soon; thanks so much for looking!
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