Saturday, October 21, 2017

Halloween and IndigoBlu for Topflight Stamps

I'm happy to be back on the TopFlight Stamps blog, for my second Guest Designer stint.  I'm featuring a brief tutorial here on my own blog, showcasing this spooky Halloween card using IndigoBlu's "Bare Forest 1" stamp for the Anything Goes theme this week.





I love that this 5x4 inch stamp has a built in border which gives the appearance of layers on white cardstock.  It's perfectly sized for an A6 card.






I chose to heat emboss my image using Nuvo Jet Black embossing powder onto Strathmore watercolor paper.  Mixed media paper would work as well.  These are the best types of cardstock/paper to use when blending distress ink.


My plan was to leave a white center and build my colors around it.  The white will be the moon's reflection through the trees.  Using Ranger Ink Fossilized Amber and a blender tool, I inked around the inner edges of my border.  Next, I used my Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Ranger Ink oxides, randomly placing color in the same manner.  Splatter with some water droplets if you like, blot with paper towel and heat dry with heat craft tool.  Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to wipe off any ink from the heat embossed trees.




I didn't have any other IndigoBlu stamps that would work with my Halloween theme, so I grabbed some alpha stickers from a Harry Potter themed sticker set that I have, and spelled out "Beware", adding to a black cardstock backing.  I used my Ranger distress tool to distress the edges of the black cardstock.


I incorporated more stickers (Tim Holtz Big Chat, Pretty Little Studio) and some trim, fibers and ribbon to further accent and tie in with my theme.





I thought it would be a nice touch to hand draw some tiny bats flying through the woods, lit by the light of the moon.  Once my panel was finished, I trimmed to the edge of the black border, layered on white cardstock, then layered onto a strip of black cardstock that I trimmed and scored for a top fold.





It has been such a pleasure, working with TopFlight Stamps and these wonderful International stamps from around the world.  Check out all of the IndigoBlu stamps, here.  

Thanks so much to Donna, for having my join in on the fun this month.  Enjoy the season and get crafty!

Terri





Purchase: Bare Forest 1


SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!





Strathmore 300 series Watercolor Paper 9 x12 pad
Strathmore 300 series Watercolor Paper 9 x12 pad
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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Permanent Runner
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Permanent Runner
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Misti Original
Misti Original
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Ranger Inkssentials Craft Mat 15x18
Ranger Inkssentials Craft Mat 15x18
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Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL
Ranger US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL
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Ranger Distress Ink - Fossilized Amber
Ranger Distress Ink - Fossilized Amber
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Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
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RangerInk Distress Oxides Bundle One
RangerInk Distress Oxides Bundle One
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Ranger Ink Distress Oxide Vintage Photo
Ranger Ink Distress Oxide Vintage Photo
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Ranger Ink Distress Oxides Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Ink Distress Oxides Spiced Marmalade
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Coredinations 25 sheet pk 110 lb white cardstock
Coredinations 25 sheet pk 110 lb white cardstock
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Gina K Designs Heavyweight Black cardstock
Gina K Designs Heavyweight Black cardstock
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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares
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Nuvo Embossing Powders
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Reminisce Worlds of Adventure Cardstock Stickers
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