I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones. When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing: HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610. I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock. I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.
I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it. This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image. As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge. You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.
I loved this! I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4". I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8". This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web. I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.
I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.
- I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors. Don't you love these wonky little houses!
- I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871.
- And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.
Don't forget about your stencils! They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.
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