Friday, October 16, 2015

Witch Postcard - Day 16 - Swap & VLVS! Inspiration

Well... it's been SEVEN days since I last posted for the 31 days of October Stamping with Smeared and Smudged. Man.. life happens, right? 

Next year I believe I will work in advance, haha. that was an embarrassed laugh if you didn't catch that. I AM Excited to share with you today's stamping, though! And it is has multi-purpose functions! It IS my day 16 stamping project. it is ALSO my postcard for the Fall Harvest Postcard Swap in the Viva Las VegaStamps! Groupies facebook group, AND It is inspiration for the Viva Las VegaStamps! Monthly Challenge! You can enter to win your own blog spotlight and VLVS! rubber grab bag. Plus I just REALLY like my project :) 

A Witch Postcard! I'm smitten! I started with a 4x6 piece of Canson Watercolor paper and gave it a nice layer of Liquitex Basics Gesso. I knew that I wanted to incorporate the circles from the VLVS! inspiration and was interested to see how Distress Ink would play on the Gesso.

After the gesso was dry I got a foam blending tool, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and the Chunky Circles Stencil from UmWowStudio. I applied the ink through the stencil and then spritzed SO slightly with water to make the delicious distressed droplets Distress Ink is known for. HUZZAH. The ink played really well with the gesso AND I have some nice texture in it between the water and the brush strokes during gesso application. 

Then I did some stamping using the Numbers Set and Waybill/Invoice Background from Viva Las VegaStamps! The Invoice BG was stamped in Archival Ink black by Ranger, but the Numbers Set was stamped in watered down black gesso from Prima Marketing. I also splattered some of the watered down gesso around the background to add another layer of depth. The Witch Holding Broom from Viva Las VegaStamps! was stamped in Archival Black by Ranger on Bristol board. Then I fussy cut her out and glued her down with UHU.

Next I grabbed a piece of black cardstock and trimmed it up to create a border around my postcard. I sewed it in place with white thread and my Brother machine. I also gathered up some chipboard stars from the Star Confetti set by UmWowStudio and applied them to the postcard with a pair of craft tweezers and more UHU. I'm becoming a HUGE fan of UHU.

And last but not least I put down some alphas from a dollar set I picked upat JoAnn. I'm a huge fan of the font, plus I got a black set and a kraft set. There are 180 alphas and they're the perfect size for this type of work! I think I need to go back for more. x.x

Well that's it I think! I'm so glad you were able to join me back up here.. and I hope I didn't disappoint you too much missing out on the last few days. Let me know what you think about my Witch Postcard and good luck to everyone who's in the running for the grand prize! 

Also please don't forget about the other participants on this journey. Hop around, leave comments, and be entered to win:
Black Dragon
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity
Lisa F
Lisa H
Stampendous Stamps
Sarah S
Airless Chambers
Susan R
Dream In Darkness
De Stempelwinkel
Leslie Rahye


  1. Awesome to see you back, gorgeous and very effective piece of art

  2. Great to see you again - awesome postcard so love the witchy stamp too xx

  3. It is a wicked cool project, love all the elements and you've gotta love it when you can make a project perform triple duty!

  4. Normally I'm not a huge fan of Halloween but this card is exceptional! I love all of your cool techniques, thanks for sharing.

  5. glad you are the stitching and the beautiful image...the embellishments are awesome!

  6. Love it and that alphabet set is wicked cool...goes well with that awesome witch xx

  7. So pleased to see you are back!! Love the witch and the circles...

  8. Love the piece.
    thanks for the tip about using the gesso. I've got a watercolor project that I want to do
    but was worried about getting globs of paint instead of a smooth color.
    I'll have to try the gesso and see if that will make the watercolor go on smoothly.
    Glad to see you back.
    thanks for sharing.

  9. Glad to see you back! Love your postcard today, especially the stencilled and water-dropped background circles.

  10. LOVE THAT WITCH STAMP!!!! love your postcard so much detail.. the stars the paint, the sewing... FANTASTIC... always love your work! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this postcard, with all the dots, splatters, stars, and wonderful witch!

  12. Gorgeous postcard! Love the vintage looking witch and fabulous stitching! xxD

  13. Thank you for the tutorial! Love the color, texture and layers on this fab card.