Friday 31 October 2014

Happy Haunting!

Hi Crafters,

FINALLY! It's Halloween! And the forecast is still good for tonight. I love it, when things work out. 

Today I'd like to show you another Halloween card I created. It was inspired by a sweets wrapping, with a bright full moon and some silhouetted bats. I've seen it and knew I wanted to do something similar. But while the wrapping was all in bold colors, I wanted the typical orange-burning-sky-Halloween ombre effect.

I started off by cutting the panel with the Top Note die and sponging on some squeezed lemonade distress ink for the moon and also on the bottom of the panel. Then I masked off a circle for the moon and continued sponging the ombre effect with orange, pink and brown distress inks. 

I don't own any Halloween stamp sets, so I drew the bats myself with a copic liner. I love how they turned out. Then I die cut the letters for "Haunting" with my Tim Holtz Alphabetical die. It's a great playful font, that I made more creepy by arranging the letters unevenly. I did that on the edge of a piece of masking tape, so I could adhere them to the card in one go with matte medium. That's way easier than arranging every individual letter. Then I picked a handwritten "happy" stamp and stamped it above the letters.

With the panel completed, I chose a grey card base and doodled some spider's webs in the corners with a white gel pen. As a finishing touch I used a Q-Tip to add a few spots of darker yellow ink on the moon, to make the surface more uneven, like it is in real life.

For the envelope I drew a rather large bat and wanted to leave it at that, but I didn't like how that looked. So I added the sponging after the bat, which was a bad idea. I had drawn the bat with a copic liner, but had colored it in with a Tombow marker, which smeared a little with the sponging. So I had to go very careful and stay away from the black. Also the paper is not as smooth as the cardstock I used for the card, so the envelope looks much more splotchy. But it's still ok.

I also created another top note panel for the treat bag. I did the sponging all the same, but I masked off two moons and sponged two bottoms. Then I scored it in the middle and folded it to create the top of the sweets bag. On one side I stamped and adhered the same sentiment, on the other I drew some more bats. Then I just stapled it to the clear bag.

My daughter want to give this set to their Daddy, who's taking us to the theme park today.
And one of them absolutely wanted to create the same card, to give to her sister. I love it, when they are so sweet to each other. Here's her card, though she had a little help from me. I cut the pieces, arranged the sentiment and she also asked me to draw the bats and do the assembly. But otherwise she did it all herself, including the lovely spider's webs.

She also took the picture, which is why it's a little blurry, but I think you can still see it well enough.

And something else, I've been looking forward to a lot:
Tomorrow we'll finally start with the first challenge over at Challenge up your life.

I wish you all a wonderfully creepy Halloween night. 
Happy haunting

Simon says stamp: Anything goes
Fusion Card Challenge: Halloween  


  1. Love your gradient of sunset colours! Thanks for playing along with us at Fusion :)

  2. Love that glowing moon ... so very glad you joined us at the Fusion Card Challenge.

  3. Such wonderful and festive projects, Ela. You are very creative and talented, and I really enjoyed browsing through your blog. I would love to have you stop by and say hello on my blog. Have a blessed week!

  4. super cute set! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  5. This is awesome!!!! LOVE the inkiness it is Gorgoeus!! AMAZING colors, lovely addition to the FUSION gallery of loveliness, thanks so much for sharing and joiningus at FUSION Card Challenge!!!

  6. Your distressing is amazing! I'm coming over to watch you work.. I need some lessons !! :)

  7. Fabulous colours and I LOVE your hand drawn bats! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION!

  8. CONGRATS on your shout out at FUSION Ela!