The Tim Holtz Monstrous stamp set was one I went on the hunt for, and could only find at Simon Says Stamp. As soon as I found it I ordered it, but since then, I’ve struggled a bit to put it to use. This Halloween I decided to just go for it and play with my supplies to see what came out – and I have to say, I loved it.
I started by stamping three of the characters from the stamp set and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I fussy cut them out and set them aside.
Then I set to work on the backgrounds. I took some watercolour cardstock and stamped them with the Tim Holtz Cobwebs background stamp, and them embossed them in black embossing powder. Then I took a bunch of my Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and just blended to see what came out. I tried a bunch of different colour combinations, some I liked, some I didn’t, and I just got inky! My three favourites I saved, cut down to be smaller than my card front, and then edged them with Dylusions ink spray in Black Marble. I used a pipette to help the drip and flow of the ink around the edge.
I chose some designer paper as my base card front. But between that layer and the watercolour background layer, I added a layer of frayed cheese cloth! This stuff is awesome for Halloween cards. Then I adhered my watercolour layer and popped my characters up on top using foam squares. The finishing touch was to use some of the sentiments from the same Monstrous stamp set, white embossed on black cardstock and fussy cut out.
Despite the bright colour palette, I do find they give that spooky vibe I was looking for.
Cardstock – Recollections, Strathmore Watercolour and Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White
Paper – Me & My Big Ideas Mambi Sheets Halloween
Stamps – Tim Holtz Monstrous, Tim Holtz Cobwebs Background
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink from Ranger, Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray, Versamark
Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers