Hello hello friends old and new! :)
I have really stepped out of my comfort zone this Halloween season to be part of Smeared and Smudged's 31 days of Halloween. I do love Halloween, and I love stamping and getting inky... but forcing one finished-ready-to-show-the-world project out a day is going to be HARD for me. So naturally I signed right up! lol :) Here are all of the participating blogs :
I am VERY happy with my first little bit for this 31 days of intense stamping and I surely hope I can keep up with the good work! The postcard is 4x6 made of canson watercolor paper. It's been treated with Liquitex basic gesso and then collaged with tons of vintage ephemera and stamped tissue paper using Golden Matte Medium. Some of my favorite ephemera includes prescription cards, atlas coordinates, sheet music and book text.
After the background was dry I used a thicker grade of gesso by Blick to sort of mute the background and help the edges blend together. The background really took on a sort of warm haunted glow because I had used this really great caramel colored tissue paper that a friend gave me. I'll have to bother her for some more! Then I did a bit of stamping with two of the stamps I've designed for Viva Las VegaStamps! : The Weathered Tree and the Cemetery. Both stamped in Archival Ink by Ranger. Along the bottom of the card I extended the tree stamp with a black PITT brush by Faber Castell.
Then I reached for my handy dandy trusty never musty UmWowStudio chipboard to add a little dimension. I used the Bat Confetti from last year's release to spice up the left of the card. At first I toyed with the idea of coloring the bats black, but I'm glad I didn't. The raw color of the chipboard really plays well into the warm sort of glow (mentioned earlier) that the card has. Once I saw and realized how powerful that was ending up, I grabbed another piece of chip from UmWowStudio...
...this one from our brand spanking new release, the Man in the Moon. He layers up so deliciously and really brought the whole piece together. Just a little wet glue keeps all my chipboard in place. Then I trimmed out a black mat and punched a Martha Stewart border punch along the bottom. The card has been stapled to the mat with Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. FINAL NOTICE is the sentiment on this piece and the sticker comes from one of my newest collections for 7 Dots Studio: Lost and Found.
WHEW- what a SLEW of information. Be sure to stop by and see everyone's work. There are also PRIZES to be won! :) Leave me some love and let me know what you think <3