• Lisa Mensing

Halloween Silhouettes and Ink Blending

Halloween Handmade Cards

Hi and welcome, back! Today I have a few Halloween cards to share with you today. I found the inspiration for these cards on Pinterest searching Halloween Decorations. I came across a really cool wall mural, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to give it a go. I have a quick 6 minute video showing you how easy these cards are. Yes, they are super simple to create. Have fun!

To get started we need to cut our paper according to the height of our cards. My cards measurements are: 4.5"W x 4.25"H and 4.5"W x 4.75"H. I'm cutting my Canson Watercolor Paper to pieces that are 4.75"H, width needs to be at least 3" wide.

Let's Get Inkkkyyyy (in the voice of Michael Buffer). A few things to I want to point out while we are getting started with the Seedless Preserves ink. The top and bottom will be the darkest areas, we want to be sure to keep a light blend across the middle of the paper, we don't need to be too fussy at this point because we will be going back over to blend it together, our main goal right now is to cover the paper with the ink, and remember to keep the middle lighter than the top and bottom.

At this point the paper should be be covered with ink. Now we are ready to darken up the top and bottom using the Black Soot ink. On the top we will lay down a larger are of ink than on the bottom. We want to go heavy to light with the black ink to make blending easier. Start with a heavy pressure and gradually lighten the pressure as we work towards the center of the paper. Cover about 1/3rd of the top of the paper being sure to lighten the pressure so you are laying down less ink as you move toward the center.

Using the Seedless Preserves Ink smooth out the blend between the two inks. For me, I find going back and forth in a straight motion helps me blend the colors much easier but you use the method that works best for you.

Continue with the same process of adding Black Soot Ink to the bottom of the paper but we only want to cover the smallest bit of paper here and remember to start with heavy pressure and lighten the pressure as you move towards the center. Again, smooth out the blend between the two inks. Continue with this until you have all the colors done.

Die-cut your silhouette pieces out of black cardstock.

Trim the ink blended backgrounds to the width of your die-cut pieces. Adhere the ink blended strips to the card base leaving about 1/16th of inch between each strip. Add the die-cut pieces using 3D mounting foam. Stamp sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Thanks for joining me. I hope you are inspired enough to create something spooktacular today!  Be sure to follow me on  Instagram Facebook YouTube Pinterest






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