Tuesday, 24 October 2017

'Spooky'licious Halloween Stamping

Hi there! Today I'm sharing something a little different - I'm stamping! I never know whether to laugh or cry when I get the stamps out but as it's Halloween and I've a new set from Craftwork Cards, I thought I'd give it a whirl!
Today I'm using the super fun and 'Spooky' A6 Stamp Set from Craftwork Cards, which is available here.

Materials Used: 
Craftwork Cards Spooky A6 Stamp Set
Mixed Media Card 
Orange/Black Cardstock
Halloween Patterned Papers
Nuvo Brush Script Pens 125 Black, 126 Brown, 131 Pastel Yellow, 136 Orange
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss Ebony Black
Black Soot & Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge Distress Inks
Gathered Twigs Distress Paint
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Dylusions Tangerine Dream Ink Spray 
Foam Pads/Adhesive
Make two inky splatter backgrounds with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Paint (you could use the inkpad but I don't have that colour so used paint instead), 126 Brown Brush Script and 136 Orange Brush Script Pens. Both backgrounds measure 3 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches. Distress the edges with Vintage Photo and 136 Orange Brush Script Pen, gently taking in the vintage photo over the entire piece of card as I didn't want stark white. 
The splatter pattern is random but I did add more splatter to one than the other for a slight variation, You can always add more later (I did). 

Use some mixed media card (or good quality stamping or watercolour card) and stamp one of the pumpkins multiple times. I must have stamped out about 8 images but wasn't sure how many I would use.
Start off with your 131 Pastel Yellow Brush Script Pen (you could any pastel yellow ink) and fill in the pumpkins. As we are doing centre shading, you only need to ensure the middle is coloured in. 
Using your Orange Brush Script Pen start colouring in over all the edges. As these pens are water based, you can use a waterbrush or a paintbrush for blending (I used a fine detail watercolour brush) as it gave me more control with the amount of water I used. You can use a heat gun to speed up drying but I preferred air drying in this instance.

Now start layering up your colours. This is why it's really important to use good quality card which is ok for wet use, otherwise it will just peel away and tear. It will take a little time if you're air drying but you can move on to other steps, like adding your inks to some old cardboard you have lying around. 

Once you are happy with your pumpkins, take your black soot distress ink and go around all the edges with a sponge. This really makes them pop. Finish by lining the edges with your black brush script as it's darker than the distress ink. 

I Because of the colour of the cardboard, I had to use Rusty Hinge as the orange wasn't effective. You can also add Vintage photo as I did. 

Make sure you do your sentiment stamping before you stick down your cardboard and pumpkins otherwise it will get in your way (especially if you're using a stamping platform)
Distress your Halloween Papers with Vintage Photo ink and then mat and layered everything up, adding the cardboard and pumpkins last. 
I can never stop at one and so quickly moved on as I had already stamped out extra pumpkins
Cut out a quick tag measuring 2 inched by 5 inches. Place a cut out pumpkin on your tag for placement so you can line up your sentiment and skeleton (I had to do this twice!). Stamp your pumpkin, sentiment then skeleton. Smoosh on some orange and vintage photo inks randomly. Colour in your pumpkin with your orange pen (just a single layer colour) and stamp on some of the dots and bats in your stamp set. 
Make a splatter background as you did earlier, but this time add the red Dylusions ink spray (I just flicked some on) as I wanted it bolder than on the cards. 
 Now you can attach your pumpkin head with foam pads once all the ink has dried. 
Before adding your additional pumpkins, ink the edges with Vintage Photo and your black Script Pen.  Now add two more pumpkin heads sticking out from the side of your tag for a little fun. Finish with ribbon, twine and black Nuvo Drops.
My last card uses the pumpkins but less brown and more orange. This is done in the same way as Card one, stamping for position first, then layering up. 
 Add some spiders to the top of your card. The middle one is longer than the stamp but you just add the additional web with a ruler and your black script pen.
Stamp Happy Halloween and mat and later onto a 5 1/2 inch by 4 1/4 inch card base.
 Within about an hour I had made three projects.
There are still tons of stamps you can use but I stuck to just a few. 
 So...I wasn't sure if I was happy with the overall composition of my two cards and once dry, had a little think... 
It was tricky to stamp on an already completed card and not sure if it's better or not but wanted to show you that even I can be indecisive (We've added two more spiders and Black Nuvo Drops for the little bodies). 
 I then added a few large bats to the second card (I am petrified of white space lol).
 And there you have it - Version 1 and Version 2. Not sure which I prefer but I'm stuck with version 2 now - haha! 
Version 1
Version 2

That's all from me today - I hope you've managed to get to the end of this long blog post and that you are still awake! ;)
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Until next time
Lots of love and hugs



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