I have been playing with the journaling stamps from Sin City Stamps for a couple of months now and I really like them. There are so many stamps in their collection that I want that it is very hard to decide what to add to my stash first! So last month I decided to order their 1 lb. grab bag and let fate decide which stamps I get to play with next. I like to order stamps this way from time to time because it’s an envelope full of surprises! And who doesn’t like a good surprise, right?
This package had stamps of backgrounds (fabulous for journaling), children & silhouettes (always fun for Mother’s Day, etc) and…Halloween! And not the happy-funny-smiley Halloween either! MY kind of Halloween! I have always made my Halloween cards dark and scary. To me, that is the best kind of Halloween. When I saw this graveyard stamp I couldn’t wait to play with it. And I love the spooky font on the Oct 31 stamp.
I started by choosing bold colors. I love how orange and blue look together and every spooky Halloween deserves a big bright moon so I added a vibrant yellow. Then I stamped all of my images in all of the colors so I could play around and get the right combination of layers.
It’s a scary card that can even go to the young people on my holiday card list because the colors are bright and bold and the coffin isn’t too scary.
Of course, I couldn’t resist playing with the coffin on another card. I used the direct-to-paper method and my little mini inkpads to get a nice background going. I stamped some texture images around the sides and randomly in the middle before placing the main image on the card.
A little coloring and then I sponged more ink around everywhere except the moon. The gray is a chalk ink and gave it a nice muted effect.
Two very different cards with one stamp – those are my favorites! I love stamps that can be used over and over again without repeating a design.
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