Halloween is almost here, and we have the perfect theme for it over at Cupcake Inspirations. We’re looking for projects that feature monsters or ghouls. Whilst the inspiration image is bright and colourful I went monochromatic for my ghost card. (By the way, if you’re looking for my video for today’s Month of Celebration contribution, please check back later!)
I picked a stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash for my card. I first die cut a grey oval with one of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Oval dies, then stamped the monster onto it three times with Catherine Pooler’s Twilight ink. I intentionally varied the height of the ghosts to give some movement to the design. I also stamped my sentiment with the same ink.
I used coloured pencils to add shading to my ghosts. I started by laying in the areas I wanted to be shadowed with a grey pencil, darkening certain areas further with black. I then mapped in my highlight areas with white before going over the entire ghost with the white which helped to blend the colour together. I added shadows beneath the ghosts as well to emphasise the idea of them floating. I then set the focal panel aside.
For the background I decided I wanted black and white stripes. I cut down some strips of white card and used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp Love From Lizi’s Candystripe Background stamp onto it. I then spent some time adjusting the sizing of the strips until I was happy with how they appeared when placed onto a black card base.
I wanted to add some dimension to my design, but as I’ve discussed in several videos recently I’m trying to avoid foam tape as it is not great for the environment. (I still have a few pieces left which I will no doubt end up using up over time, but I don’t intend to buy any more.) For the background strips I only wanted a very slight lift which I achieved by placing another strip of card behind each of them. I wanted a bit more depth to the focal panel, so for that I used 4 layers of the white card snippets. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere all the layers together and also to add them onto my card base.
This card turned out pretty much exactly as I’d had in mind, which is always nice! I’m quite pleased with the colouring on the ghosts, and I think the stripes work really well for the background. I hope this inspires you to come and play along with our challenge. If you’d like to join in, head over to the challenge page and link up. You can also find more inspiration there from the rest of the team, or directly on their blogs via the links below.
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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A Perfect Time To Craft – Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations – Monsters & Ghouls
Daring Cardmakers – Spooktacular Makes
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – Spooky and/or Cute
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge – Sketch
SheepSki Designs – Autumn and/or Halloween
Sweet Stampin’ – Halloween
TGIF – Trick or Treat
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)