Hello there my crafty friends,
I hope that you're all keeping well and happy and that life is being kind to you. If not, then I wish you brighter days to come.
Now very recently, I received some new Gothic stamps from Jean Hardy at Crafty Individuals and she asked if the Design Team would make a few samples to share with everyone. Well, as soon as I opened them, I knew that I just had to get them inked up straight away. Needless to say, I had an amazing time creating this card as I'm sure you'll see. I've never made anything for Halloween or in a Gothic style previously but everything seemed to flow perfectly with this one and I have to be honest and say that I absolutely love the finished result, so much so that I'm going to frame it and keep it in my craft room. Being my own worst critic, that's praise indeed from me lol :) Anyway, I'll stop going on and show you the card:
The background was made using two shades of Brushos spritz with water. I then stamped the CI image of the Crow and Cross, along with Whitby Abbey and the birds. Next, I bleached out the colour from both images and the moon, and then water coloured the colours back in. On this occasion, I left the Crow in black and white to give a a more dramatic look. I used another new CI stamp to create the lightening and then heat embossed it in white. The ghost in the right hand corner is from a CI Filmstrip and the date on the gravestone was cut out from an old calendar, I used a CI Crackle stamp around the edge and then used a blender tool with Adirondack Eggplant ink to create a darker outer edge which with then naturally draw the viewers eye in. The cobweb was stencilled in using a Bee Crafty Dinkable.
I'll be back soon with more samples of the new CI stamps but until then, I wish you lots of crafty happiness x