I recently got three new stencils from The Crafters Workshop and one of them is a pattern that reminded me of both flames and animal print. Both of those things say Halloween to me so I decided to make a card with this great pattern by Carmen Medlin as the base design.
I used a piece of orange card stock with a shape cut out like a window. If you don't have panels with windows already cut out, just grab your favorite basic shape die and cut one. I sponged black dye ink onto the card stock.
That's a great start. I wanted to add a richer color to it so I added touches of red, green and yellow here and there. Use your favorite blending tool, sponge or spouncer and just keep adding layers until you're happy. I added green around all of the cut edges and then filled in.
Now for a focal point. Altered Pages has many Halloween collages ranging from cute enough for toddlers to scary and macabre. I chose one on the cuter side. It's from the Halloween Memories sheet. A Wink of Stella adds just the right touch of sparkle to the pumpkin's glowing face.
Since the image also has a black cat, I thought it was a wonderful chance to use my cat chipboard cutouts. They are natural chipboard color so I sponged on black ink. And every tasteful feline needs a collar! This sheet of border stickers was purrfect. One strip of the dotted pattern was all I needed to highlight the cat and the stripe on the card front.
A little black bling to balance out the top corner and this card is done and ready to be mailed. A mail art treat for a friend!
Inks in your favorite colors
Blender tool (or spouncer)
Cat chipboard shapes
Border Design 2 stickers
The Crafters Workshop stencil
Halloween collage sheet
Card making supplies: scissors, adhesive
A basic shape cutting die
Also posted at Altered Pages Artsociates art blog. Click here to see the blog post.