Ghostly Halloween Card
Lenore by Godiva’s Dream
E. A. Poe is the father of all things eerie and gothic, which makes illustrations based on his works a perfect addition to a Halloween project. Today’s ghostly card draws inspiration from the poem “Lenore”.
Thematically, I could have chosen dark monochrome tones for this project, but I didn’t want it to be all doom and gloom, so I opted for a happier spooky colour scheme. I’ve been an admirer of this paper pad for a very long time, however, I was unable to purchase it anywhere as it is, unfortunately, retired. I couldn’t believe my luck when I managed to get my hands on this collection years after losing hope of ever acquiring it! This beautiful collection is by Echo Park and it’s called “Chillingsworth Manor”.
I chose a couple of muted tone papers and a a couple of bright ones; they coordinate and complement each other quite nicely. As quite customary for my Halloween cards, I matted the patterned papers on “Black Cat” Core’dinations cardstock. In this instance, the black doesn’t add a lot of contrast, but it still helps the patterns stand out against each other better than they would without a solid colour backing.
To add a variety of texture and depth to my card, I used some black and orange satin ribbon as well as a length of sheer organza trim. The orange of the ruffle trim softens an otherwise quite a sombre grey baroque paper patten.
Stamping and Colouring
The beautiful ghostly Lenore is a digital stamp by Simply B Stamps. I coloured her using Promarker and Brushmarker alcohol-based markers and had a lot of fun doing it! The flowing hair and pleats of the dresses are some of my favourite elements to work on. Once I finished colouring the stamp, I fussy cut it to the stamp line. I usually don’t do this, as I prefer to leave the white outline around the image to make it pop against the background. In this case, I tried to achieve quite the opposite, I wanted Lenore to blend into the dark background and be a part of the night landscape.
When it comes to backgrounds, I normally have to spend some time considering various options of colours and/or patterns, this time, however, I knew that I wanted to create a night sky straight away. To achieve that, I blended Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Dusty Concord, then sprinkled the inked area with water. I actually love how the larger water-bleached areas look like ghost orbs, works perfectly for this card! I finished the background off by splattering some fine gold acrylic paint droplets.
Showcasing the Image
Instead of using an intricate decorative frame to showcase my stamp, I decided to go simple and picked a stitched rectangle shape, which I cut out of the “Black Cat” Core’dinations cardstock. I then glued the night sky background to the stitched rectangle, and adhered the fussy cut stamp using 3D foam to give it more depth.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I love adding floral touches to my projects and this one is no exception. I picked a bunch of mulberry flowers in varying sizes and shades complementing the patterned papers. I also used some stamens and black glitter tulle. I love this tulle, not only does it add another softening touch to my card, but, with that shimmering glitter, it looks like a little like the night sky too.
I am quite partial to bows, so created a double looped one using the same black and orange ribbon from before and adhered a spooky Jack-o-lantern button by Dress it Up in the middle of it, isn’t it fun?
Finally, wouldn’t you agree that a Halloween card with an autumn night vibe just asks for some bats? I added a couple of them, which I cut out of black glitter card. The die I used is “Flying Bats” by Memory Box.
What are your favourite Halloween stamps? Which spooky characters do you like the best? Enquiring minds want to know!