Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Haunted Neon Invitation

Hello friends! Have you seen all the WICKED COOL Halloween Stamps from Crafter's Companion? They are AWESOME! Go check 'em all out HERE. On my card today, I've used the NEW Happy Haunting Set. It's full of great images and a spooky sentiment that's perfect for party invitations.

I've used a few fun techniques on my card design that I'll be sharing with you. All the supplies are listed at the bottom of my post.

First, we are going to create a BIG moon as a background on a white cardstock panel.

Die-cut or punch a circle to use as a mask. I used Eclipse Tape, but you can create a mask with any scrap paper by adding temporary or re-positional adhesive on the back. You just need the mask to stay in place, with all the edges securely tacked down, while you're sponging the ink.

Tap a Sponge Dauber on the Radiant Neon Electric Orange Ink Pad. Begin sponging the ink in a circular motion -- starting on the mask -- then moving outward onto the cardstock panel. Doing it this way will give you a smoother blended look.

Remove the mask and you have the PERFECT background for our stamped images! This really creates fantastic depth.

Stamp the spider and sentiment as shown in picture. Then stamp an extra spider and the skull on scraps.

Color the spider body with Spectrum Noir Marker CG3. Shade the skeleton head with IG2.  Use a fine tip marker to extend the spiders silk thread to the top of the panel.

This next technique is a great way to stretch your ink pads. We're going to color all the eyes with the Neon Yellow Ink.

Simply pick up ink by tapping a sponge coloring tool -- such as the Fantastix from Tsukineko -- directly on the ink pad and then color the image.

I love making DIY cardstock to perfectly match my projects. If you have white cardstock and ink, you are set!

This panel will go under the main image panel - so we only need to sponge ink on the outer edges.

The last technique is paper piecing. See how the spider on the far left is stamped on the orange pigment ink? If we color it with our Spectrum Noir Markers, it could damage the nibs. It would also be very difficult to match the color of the spiders. The solution --- paper piecing.

Trim out the body of the extra spider. Run a black marker around the cut edges. This is so the white cardstock doesn't show on the sides. Adhere flat as shown in picture. 

Here's how to finish up the card:

  • Using 6" x 6" Chevrons Embossalicious Embossing Folder, emboss front of a lime green card base.
  • Punch the bottom edge of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock panel with border punch.
  • Assemble all the layers flat onto front of card.
  • Add green glitter to spider bodies - including the spider on the skeleton head.
  • Fussy cut skeleton head and adhere with 3D Foam Adhesive.
  • Wrap bakers twine around the card and tie.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by!

Crafter's Companion EZ Mount Stamp Set - Happy Haunting
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - 6" x 6" Black Pearl
Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Chevrons
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Orange
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Yellow
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Noir Markers - IG2, CG3
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sponge Daubers
Double Sided Adhesive Foam
Fantastix Coloring Tool
Eclipse Tape
Green Glitter
Border Punch
Circle Die or Punch
Bakers Twine
Fine Tip Black Marker
Black Marker

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