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Postcard swap- all about halloween

The theme for the postcard swap in October was “all about halloween”.

Now I didn’t have a clue where to go with this at first having used up my Halloween thoughts for the ATC swap which I shared yesterday … but then I decided to just start with some dsp that was halloween coloured … the lovely Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp that SU did a few years ago that I used for scrapbook pages from our halloween trip to Disneyland Paris. And then I just followed where my mojo took me!

I tore pieces up and collaged them onto a 6×4 piece if packaging I used for the base. Then once that was dry I added some black gesso to blend the papers together into the background.  Then I added some lovely Autumn Fire Fresco finish paint which works perfectly with the papers. I also used a stencil I have that I thought looked a bit like a spiders web and some glass beads gel through it to add some texture. 

Next I grabbed a die that I have had for several years and never used and die cut the gothic arch window from some paper. I coated it with black gesso and then a layer of the glass beads gel too. Yes as regular readers of my blog know I am obsessed with glass beads gel! 

Here they are drying… the glass beads gel dries clear… although the die cut is on the postcard it isn’t stuck down. I knew I had plenty more layers to add! 

Next I felt I needed a scene through the window so I stamped the bare forest from indigo blue in a mixture of distress ink colours and added embossing powder to it, heat set it and added more distress ink over the top! 

I cut it to the right size for the window by die cutting it and then trimming off the ornate frame part. Then my card sat untouched for a couple of days! Well OK it might have been closer to a couple of weeks… but I got distracted! He he! 

OK fast forward to when I finished the card. I added stamping and embossing using some Tim Holtz stamps that I ended up buying due to the realisation that I had no halloween stamps at all!  

I then added the Undertaker skull stamped image that I then embossed too. Lots of fun layering up with muslin and thread. 

Added some white pen outlines and highlights. 

I love how this came together when I finally finished it. Hope the recipient loved it too! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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