Hello again fellow scrappers & bloggers! Halloween is right around the corner--yet again--so I figured I'd finally upload this tutorial that I've had for over a year now!
I made this card last year for Halloween along with the tutorial. I posted the card--but never the tutorial. Go figure? This card uses both the masking & heat resist embossing techniques in order to create scenes. It's a valuable technique to know & master so that you can create endless scenes by combining different stamps. This technique is not just useful for cards but for layouts as well. I used a version of this technique in order to create the stamped sky in my 'My Boys' layout. So let's get started!
First a list of supplies:
Inks - Versamark, Ranger Purple Twilight & Eggplant, Palette Hybrid black, Marvy Sunshine Yellow, India Ink Black Dye Ink, Colorbox Cat’s Eye Primary Color Chalk Ink
Rubber Stamps – Inkadinkado -Trick or Treat, Stampscapes - Spooky Branch
Other: clear embossing powder, Stickles, Prismacolor markers, white gel pen, Versamark pen, sponges, post-it note, Stampin Up frame corner punch, cardstock
Apply Versamark ink first followed by the Palette hybrid black ink to the trick or treaters stamp. NOTE: I use Versamark ink in combination with the black ink so that the embossing powder sticks better to the stamped image therefore allowing for good coverage. Stamp the image onto a 5” x 3 ¾ piece of white cardstock cover the image with the clear embossing powder--tap off the excess embossing powder & heat emboss the image. Once an image is heat embossed with clear embossing powder it will resist the ink that will then be applied to the background of the card.
Colored in the skeleton’s candy sack & the pumpkin head’s overalls with a Violet Mist Prismacolor marker. Colored in the witch’s candy pail and the pumpkin head with a Pumpkin Orange Prismacolor marker.
Colored over the entire image with a Versamark pen and heat embossed again with clear embossing powder. NOTE: If the image looks grainy after heat embossing, go over the grainy areas with the Versamark pen and re-emboss. After second embossing, image should look smooth.
I had a 3 ½” negative from a circle that I had cut out for a previous card that I had made. Apparently, I’m big on doing cards with the moon in the background! I taped the circle negative with masking tape in order to keep the mask from moving. I then sponged in the moon with the Marvy Sunshine Yellow ink pad.
Removed mask and I now have a perfect moon in my background. With a moist paper towel or baby wipe carefully remove any ink from the embossed image.
With a post-it note mask most of the top of the card and just leave a small portion of the bottom of the card open. This will be the ground. Sponge in the ground with the black India ink.
Remove the post-it note and the ground is now done. With a moist towel or baby wipe, carefully remove any ink from the embossed images.
Turn the post-it note around and mask the ground. NOTE: do not completely cover the ground or else when you apply the background ink there will be a white line between the ground and the background. Take the 3 ½” circle template out and mask the moon. Now this part may take a bit of practice—sponge in the background while keeping the masks in place. Always start applying the background with the lightest color and work your way to the darkest. So for this one we’ll be applying the Purple Twilight first and then the Eggplant. The Eggplant ink will only be applied to the upper portion of the background to give it that evening to nightfall look.
Remove masks. It is now suddenly nightfall! With a moist towel or baby wipe, carefully remove any ink from the embossed images.
Now we simply start embellishing the card. Stamp the spooky branch with India ink on both sides of the card. You want to make it look like the trick or treaters are in the middle of a spooky forest.
Try to make the branches go into the moon. This gives the image a better effect.
With a white gel pen draw in some stars and highlight the branches.
Start assembling the card by cutting up to coordinating pieces of cardstock. You can use just one piece of cardstock or two. I decided to use two for this tutorial. My orange cardstock measures 5 ¼” x 4” and my black and white polka dotted cardstock measures 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.
After adhering the orange cardstock to the black and white cardstock, I decided to add ribbon to the left hand side of the card--so I cut out a piece of black and white polka dotted sheer ribbon and adhered it to the card. I then decided to add three glitter button brads for extra shine. I have a thing with shiny embellies. The more glitter—the happier I am!
After adhering the main image to my yellow cardstock and then onto the card itself I decided to do the inside of the card. I cut out a 5 ¼” x 4” piece of white cardstock. With my Stampin Up frame corner punch I punched out 5 corner frames.
I inked the edges of the cardstock with yellow chalk ink and adhered the corner frames. I then stamped the sentiment ‘Happy Halloween’.
After staring at my card for about 5 minutes I decided that it needed more glitz. So I added Star Dust Stickles to add dimension to my white gel stars.
Use your imagination to create endless of cards & incorporate this technique into your layouts.
Till my next post...