Thursday, September 24, 2015

Making a scene for early Halloween!

This week Carol is the hostess at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and her theme is Early Halloween. Here is what Carol says about this challenge.
"I really love Halloween so any excuse to sneak a make in, a month early is OK in my book."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!  Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Here's my card with Stampotique's Lucius, Lucilla, and Skull Moon Small. All the stamps are by my Stampotique teammie, Arwen McCullen

Lucius, Lucilla, and Skull Moon Small were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. I should mention that I altered both Lucius and Lucilla's  hairstyles to make it easier to fussy-cut them. I also should mention that I colored them to look kind of undead, hence the greyish/greenish cast to the skin.

The bat buttons on Lucius' duster and the little skulls on  his boots received several coats of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine to them. Skull Moon Small was first coated with a layer of Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) and then Media Crackle Glaze (DecoArt). All three stamped, colored, fussy-cut images were set aside while I worked on an appropriate background.

A piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was first painted with a layer of Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt). Layers of Pthalo  Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Paynes Grey MFA paint were added to create a sky, then Titanium White MFA paint was spritzed over them using a toothbrush that is used solely for paint.

Grey cardstock was die-cut with the Graveyard Border die (Cottage Cutz) and then detailed with Grey Pitt Artist Brush pens (Faber Castell) and a White Picket Fence Distress marker (Ranger). 
Some bits of white cardstock were colored with Copic markers and then adhered under the buildings' windows.

The enhanced Graveyard Border was adhered across the painted cardstock and Media Gesso (DecoArt) was scraped and splodged (technical term) over the bottom edge of the border and the cardstock to make the layers even. Primary Yellow MFA and Primary Cyan MFA paints were mixed, then painted over the gessoed bottom of the background. Pthalo Green Blue and Viridian MFA paints were dry-brushed over top to add layers of color to the grass.

Grey-speckled cardstock was die-cut with two of the dies included in Graveyard Scene die set (Spellbinders), detailed with Grey Pitt Artist Brush pens, then adhered over the bottom portion of the grass.

Burnt Umber MFA paint was mixed into Media Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt), then the mixture was spread over the base of the tombstones and allowed to dry overnight.

The crackled Skull Moon Small was adhered to the sky and Lucius and Lucilla were adhered. The bat dies from the Halloween die set (Impression Obsession) and A Bunch of Bats die (Memory Box) were used to cut glittery black cardstock. The bats were added to the scene, which was matted, then adhered to a 5" x 7" card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges: Add an image/Use a Die
Forever Dark 2 Challenge 4
Retarte Challenges: Anything Goes with a Halloween Twist
The Corrosive Challenges: Mixed Media
The Mirror Crack'd Challenges: Tic-Tac-Toe (1st row vertical)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: No Designer Paper


  1. Brilliant and spooky project thank you for playing with Forever Dark.

  2. Really fab Kathi, these two look like naughty teenagers! xx

  3. I am amazed at all the wonderful products and techniques you used use this card. Looks very spooky! Thank you for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenge #26.

  4. woooo! such a creepy, eerie card, Kat! Fantastic images and details! Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! Hope you will join us again! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  5. Wow - such a super-creepy card, I LOVE it!
    Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

  6. OMG!! I love that spooky moon and the adorable Lucius and Lucilla! They look awesome on your card! Love all the details on your card too! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #26!