• Lisa Mensing

Have A Happy Halloween!

Hi and welcome, back! Today I have two Halloween cards to share with you, and I'm so excited because you won't believe how easy they are to create. I'm using a few new to me products from Whimsy Stamps, and you can find them linked below. You may have seen my previous video, where I shared this background technique, you find the video here.

As always, I have a quick video tutorial available for you on my YouTube Channel or here.

I have two pieces of Strathmore Watercolor paper, two pieces of masking paper die-cut using a 3” round die for the moon. I die-cut the large All Season’s Tree and then cut it down the center with my paper trimmer. I want to figure out the placement of the moon, so I align the straight edge of the tree to the edge of the paper, find the placement of my moon and adhere it to the paper behind the tree. Set the tree to the side for now. I’m going to repeat that same process for the second panel.

Start ink blending the background, and I’m using Distress Inks in the colors Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, and Peacock Feathers. I’m laying the Black Soot ink down on the top and bottom of the card panel. I’m starting with a heavy pressure and lightening the pressure as I move inward on the card panel. I’m not worried about perfection at this point because I’ll go back over this a few times to blend the Peacock Feathers ink with the Black Soot.

Here are the ink blended backgrounds. Now, if you're not comfortable watercoloring the moon, you could leave them as-is and start assembling the cards. I do want to encourage to try the watercolored moon. All I did was google glowing moon, picked a picture, and mimicked that picture to the best of my ability.

I Iaid down Distress Oxide Inks in the colors Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke on my mat. I have two round watercolor brushes here, No. 2 and 4 along with a cup of clean water. I start by laying clean water down only where I want to add color to the moon. Remember I’m just mimicking a picture I’m looking at on my laptop. I start by laying down the darkest gray color; then I will go back in and add the lighter gray to fill in around that dark color. I’m being careful to leave white space between the ink blended background and the distress oxides I’m laying down. You will notice I’m working back and forth between the two card panels allowing them a little drying time while I work on the other. The only tip I can give you is to try this on scrap paper first if you’re not comfortable watercoloring. I also learned I liked the way the ink moves and dries if I let the clean water puddle on the card panel.

The picture that I’m mimicking has a little bit of yellow, so I laid down Distress Oxide in the colors Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade. I want to fill in some of the white areas with the yellow shades. I’m using the same process as before, laying down clean water then adding the scattered straw and squeezed lemonade. I set these aside to dry and clean up my work area.

I want to add some white splatters to the sky, so I’ve torn a piece of scrap paper in half to cover the bottom of the card panels and protect it from the splatter. I’m using the Fine-tec Gold Palette; the color is Sterling Silver. I add water to the pan, grab my acrylic stamping block, lay a small amount of the Sterling Silver on the block and flick it onto my card panels. For smaller specks, I tap the brush on my finger over the card panel. You can let this air dry or dry them with a heat tool. I set them aside and cleaned up while they were drying. To save time I’ve already die-cut all the pieces using black cardstock.

I want to heat-emboss part of my sentiment on the headstones and then finish it inside the card. I’m stamping Have A Happy on the headstones using my Misti, position the stamps and lift them with the lid of the Misti, apply anti-static powder to the gravestones, then stamp using embossing ink, cover with gold embossing powder and heat set. Once the embossing powder is cool, I wipe the excess powder off the headstones.

Before I die-cut my pieces, I added double-sided adhesive to the black cardstock then ran them through my BigKick. Now, I’m going to peel the paper backing off that adhesive and cover each piece with glitter. You’ll notice I only did the bats and tree with the double-sided adhesive because I only want a few pieces to have glitter on them. I know not everyone is a fan of glitter so you could skip this step, entirely, if you wanted to.

I adhered the background to the card base and stamped the sentiment inside the card before I add all of the die-cut pieces. I place the card base in my Misti and stamp, Halloween using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I’m adding black mounting foam strips to the back of the trees and position them on the front of the cards. Now I add the black mounting foam strips to the fence, making sure not to cover the area that will lay on the tree. I’m using liquid adhesive to adhere to the fence to the tree. I position the headstones and adhere them with liquid adhesive. Now peel the backing of the foam strips, add liquid glue to the tree and adhere the fence to the card. Add black mounting foam strips to the back of the glitter bat and adhere over the moon. Add the extra bat to the inside of the card.

Using the Fine-tec Gold palette again I’m going to add some highlights to the headstones and fence. I’m using the color Moon Gold and around No. 1 brush. I keep the consistency of the watercolor thick when applying.

Thanks for joining me!




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Lisa Mensing

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