Cinder-hell-a…..you shall go to the ball!

I love making Halloween cards as it’s the one occasion where you can really let loose your imagination and mix together some great colours. Rich oranges, greens, and purples contrast so well with black and make for a really eye-catching card. Every year I go a bit crazy and add to my stash of spooky materials even though I only send a few cards, so as you can imagine, I have quite a lot to play with.

The people over at Spectrum Noir have chosen the theme of ‘Orange’ for October’s Challenge, so I had the perfect excuse to get creative on a Halloween themed card.

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I found this Basic Grey spider web paper lurking in my stash(I don’t know how long I’ve had it, but it must be a few years!) and thought it was about time I used it. The fantastic Steampunk girl and pumpkin carriage stamps are by Stampendous and are coloured using Spectrum Noir pens:

Dress: LV1, 2, 3

Hair and Shoes: CG1, 2, DG3

Skin: IG1, 2, 4

Hat: IG4, 6, 8

Mask and Watch: CT4, GB5

Pumpkin: CR6, 7, 9, OR2, 3, GB3, 7, CG4, DR6, TN6

Wheels and Seat: EB6, TB4, CR1, BG3, 5, 7, GB4, 9

I added some Glossy accents to her eyes and pocket watch to give some dimension and shine.

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I used some green Stickles around the edge of the aperture framing the carriage.

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This date card stamp is from Dimension 4th and the month stamp is from a set by Trimcraft – both have been in my stash for ages, but were the perfect addition to this card. I used some ‘tea dye’ and ‘bundled sage’ Distress Inks to colour the card, and a red marker to circle the date.

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I used the Distress Inks again around the pumpkin to take away some of the harsh whiteness of the card, and then used Rock Candy Stickles to add some shine to the swirly lines. This reacted a bit with the ink giving it a purplish tone – totally unplanned and unexpected but I like the effect as it tones well with the colours I used on the dress.

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And finally I added a little ribbon and lace from my collection, embellishing the lace with some copper Stickles to add a bit more sparkle.

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