It’s Nearly Halloween by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
Not long now………… until we all park our cars around the corner and sit in darkened rooms with our TV’s on mute pretending that there is nobody in to avoid small people knocking at our doors!!!! The up side though is that we can have a lot of fun in our craft rooms scaring the beejeebers out of ourselves as we dig out all our scary stash.

Following on from my post last week as I venture to ink up stamps in my collection that haven’t seen sight nor sound of an ink pad I share with you this week another first outing, this time Tim Holtz Day of the Dead #1 set.

Here’s What I Did:-

The first thing I have done is stamp and colour one of Tim’s Day of the Dead characters, I have coloured my image using blendable pencils as I like to smooth the pencil strokes out with blending solution. The background took the most time blending first with a very light grey and then building up to darker greys continually blending out using the blending solution and a paper stump. The row of flowers runs along the bottom of the image but as that made the image to big for the frame I stamped the flower part again and coloured and cut out and added to the bottom of the frame.

I then wanted to add her into a frame so I covered a piece of That’s Crafty! greyboard with adhesive foil sheet and die cut the postage stamp frame. To add some texture I put it in an embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot again. I then smeared DecoArt black antiquing cream over the foil and let it almost dry before rubbing it off to dull the foil sheet down.

I stamped the text on to the card that I wanted to show from behind the frame and I stamped my sentiment underneath.

I added my frame to the card using 3d foam to give a 3d effect to it.

What I Used:-

Tim Holtz Stamps – Day of the Dead #1 & Apothecary
Blendable Coloured Pencils like Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils
Paper Stumps
Blending Solution
Postage Stamp Die from my Stash
Embossing Folder (I used a Seth Apter one) any though to add texture of your choice
3D Mounting Foam

Happy Haunting and I’ll see you, back here, next Tuesday

Amanda X

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  1. Oooh fab! Beautifully put together as always. Looks amazing. Lx

  2. Ooooh creepy but in a wonderfully arty way of course! Ha ha you're so right about pretending not to be at home!
    Donna xx

  3. Seriously spooky, glorious pencil work

  4. Really fab spooky creation Amanda and perfectly coloured too.
    Fliss xx

  5. What a brilliant Day of the Dead celebration - I love that textured frame.
    Alison x

  6. Edgy and cool. Love the postage stamp border around the edge.


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