The background is a Gelli print that started life as black pearlescent card. I placed the Branches Crafter’s Workshop template onto the Gelli plate so that when I pulled the print, the template created the black trees on the left.
I stamped the castle from Nevermore first – I inked it with Smokey Grey Versafine, then just lightly touched the edges with Onyx Black Versafine. I also stamped quite lightly as I wanted it to be a faint, ghostly impression in the distance.
I then stamped the fence with the bare tree from Bewitched Moonlight on the right hand side of the card and immediately realised that gave me a fixed skyline and my misty castle was floating high above it. I added the tombstones on the left and used a Pigma micron pen to continue the line of the hill under the sun all the way out to the left of the image.I stamped the gap between the two fences with the toadstools, first in orange then in black.
I then added a very watered down black wash of acrylic paint under the misty castle to place it on a high hill and painted the sun, hill, fence and gravestones with thinned acrylic paint.
At that point, it was looking quite grungy and definitely Halloweeny, but it just needed something more. I had the PanPastels out, so I decided to create some mist drifting across the landscape. I used Payne’s Grey and Titanium white, plus a little Diarylide yellow underneath.
I finished off with a few bats stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and mounted it very simply onto an orange card. I decided there was so much going on that I wouldn’t add a sentiment on the front.
This year’s Halloween will be the first time I’ve been in a town for about twenty years. I’m not sure whether the local kids are into trick or treating, but I’m sure the big kid indoors will be hoping there’s some treats left over for him!