Monday, 21 September 2015

Here be Dragons

Hello everyone, I have another Halloween card to share with you today. As usual, I have been mixing and matching stamp sets to create a night time scene. I love to look back through my older stamp sets to see what I already have that will work alongside the newer stamp sets, and I hope that this project might inspire you to do the same.

I stamped the owl from the Hocus Pocus stamp set and the dragon from the Here be Dragons stamp set onto a piece of smooth watercolour paper, and then covered them with a mask. I coloured the background with Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Seeded Preserves, and spritzed it with water. I added some foliage from the Spring Foliage stamp set, using first and second generation stamping. I added some stencilling with a spider's web mask, using the same colour inks as I had used on the original background.

I removed the masks and coloured the images with  Polychromos pencils. Finally, I added some bats randomly over the night sky. All of the black stamping was done with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Not just for Halloween

Hello everyone, I have a card to share today using this month's Halloween stamps, but I wanted to show how the stamps could be used in a very different way.

I have created a clean and simple graduation card using one of the book images and the starburst on a diamond die cut to represent a mortar board. I added a tassel underneath from the Baroque Eggs stamp set. I coloured the images with pencils. I coloured the centres of the starburst image with a gold Wink of Stella pen for a bit of sparkle. I added a flourish in the corners of the card from the Butterfly Daisy Collage stamp set, and finally stamped a sentiment from the Loving Sentiments stamp set onto a small tag.

The simple black and white colour scheme makes this card suitable for both male and female recipients, and could be adapted to add particular University colours. Thanks for stopping by, xx

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