Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Cat-O-Lanters 2nd card!

I can't tell you how fun it is to create these glowing spooky scenes with these Halloween cats and some colourful oxide inks!  Thanks again to Sylvie of Kaliscards for inspiring the colour scheme.  She is such an amazing card artist, and if you haven't been to her blog yet, you really must go.  I used the Tree Assortment die for the trees on either side of the image - both the die cuts, and also, I used the paper that I cut the trees from as a stencil to ink on some other branches in the background.  I like that they look like they are fading into the mist.  You may have already had that idea before, about making your own stencils using the paper from die cuts, but this is the first time I have ever done so! And it's cool!  I used Black Soot as my faded tree ink, and didn't overdo it so that they came out a nice soft grey.  I actually cut my own stencils as well for some blades of grass that I placed around the pumpkin using Pine Needles Oxide ink.  Again, not using a lot of pressure, nor a lot of ink, and being careful not to fill in around the base of the blades - but just fade it out into the foreground. 
I coloured the image with Copics, however, I found I needed to reach for my coloured pencils to deepen the shadows, as this image called for it (I thought!). 
Again, pasting on the tree die cuts was probably the hardest part of all of this - this time I used a spray glue, but too much of it in places, and so it did leave a bit of a mess, unfortunately.  Oh well, this was a learning experience after all, as every card I make is. :-)
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