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Friday, October 4, 2013

Spooky Scenes

I am playing with this weeks Curtain Call Spooky Scene challenge, and the Ribbon Carousel Blog's challenge!  I pulled out my favorite owl stamp, from GinaK Designs, and some other stuff and got to work.

This is the inspiration photo--

Aaaaaaaaand, mine really has nothing to do with that photo.  LOL!  (Ok, mine has a bird in it...)

I made this--

It's hard to see, but the black frame piece is embossed with a clockworks embossing folder.  I'm sad it doesn't show up better here, but then again, neither does the glittery stuff I did.

So, I started by coloring my white cardstock direct to paper with a grey inkpad, after masking out a circle for my moon.  I colored my moon with a dauber, and then stamped some clouds with more of the same grey ink.
I stamped the owl, colored him with colored pencils and a white gel pen, then masked him off and stamped my sentiment.  I added the swirling leaves at the bottom, and to keep it sort of spooky and dark, went with mostly brown and yellow pencils. 
I used a yellow copic marker to trace around my moon and owl, to add a glowing effect.  There is actually some Sakura glitter pen accents in the letters and on the owl, but they didn't photograph at ALL.  It looks cool, though, especially in the owl's eyes.  Kinda gives that "animal in the headlights" look.

The black frame is mounted over the image with foam tape, and the whole thing is on a yellow green card base (Summer Starfruit for you Stampin' Up folks), which is a fun surprise when you open the card.  The twine has a yellowish color, which speaks to the yellow in the image, and that awesome crystal-y button is also from Stampin' Up.

I LOVE making Halloween cards, but very few people (other than crafty folks) really care about them, so I don't do many anymore.  This was so much fun to do, though, so maybe I need to start back up with them.  I better get going, if I'm going!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and get over to Curtain Call and play along if you get a second. 
All Best!


  1. Wow - you managed to make something hokey like Halloween look elegant! You rock!

  2. I have one of your Halloween cards, so I know for a fact how much detail and creativity you put into them. Like everything else you touch, this card turned out perfect. Love the masking and direct to paper coloring technique you applied here. The owl is a terrific spooky scene. Happy weekend!

  3. Wonderful card!
    Halloween is my favorite holiday!!!!
    Other peeps....not so much!
    I LOVE making Halloween cards!

  4. Spooky-licious! Love this card! What a great design!

  5. You even rock 'spooky' Sir Richard! Love this! Good luck with the challenge :-)

  6. You put a ton of work and detail into this and it paid off. I have to tell you, I LOVE that crystal button! That gives the card such a magical feel. Owls are mystical birds, and the crystal fits right in. Awesome card! Best, Curt

  7. This is awesome! That owl is just wonderful and really, if you left off the Happy Halloween sentiment it could be all-year- round-ready! I too love making halloween designs because they're so fun. It's a chance to try new techniques and do something creative with images that you may not otherwise use.

  8. Nice clean CAS look without being too spooky. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    Linky Pinky Party

  9. this is ultra cool, Richard! totally spooky! thanks so much for joining in the fun at the Curtain Call!

  10. What a fun card. Love the scene in the circle frame. The direct to paper technique looks great in the background. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

  11. Wonderful spooky creation!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Curtain Call Challenge!!


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