Hello! I’m over on Kitty Bee Designs Blog with an extra card, just for fun and in time for Halloween.

This is another one layer card that would be a quick, last minute make, in time for the big evening. I’ve used a great digi image called Baby Aurora by The East Wind. This sassy young lady was just plain fun to color with my Chameleon Pens.

Once dry, I decided to mask Baby Aurora off and create a simple stenciled background. Instead of using a paper mask or masking fluid, I coated her with a thin layer of Glossy Accents. I’ve put this liquid into a 2oz bottle with a Ranger Fine Tip Applicator attached and this allows me to create the finest of lines when necessary. I was able to lay down the Glossy Accents right up to the outline of even the ends of the broom so that when I did my stenciling, there would be no white lines left around the image.

I’ve got a little sick of creating a paper mask for each time I want to make hilly background with inks. This time I cut a sheet of stencil plastic with my hill dies to create something a little more permanent. I used a piece of 6.5″×5.5″ stencil plastic and just cut the along the edges with my dies, using a different die on each edge.

Using my new favorite combination of Distress Oxides and Distress Inks (you can find out more Oxide and Ink blending here), I laid down some Picket Fence Distress Ink and overlaid it with some Scattered Straw and Tea Dye Inks to resemble a pathway, using one of the edges of my stencil as a border. All my blending was done using my Inkylicious Ink Dusters. I still needed to create a paper mask to cover this area once finished, so the green for the hills wouldn’t get on my path. To make that mask, I simply drew along the same stencil edge with a pencil on some scrap copy paper and cut it quickly with scissors. I could have also used the die and cut the same edge on the scrap paper but I’d already put my die cutting machine away, so a pencil and scissors was easier in this case. I used some Scotch Restickable Glue stick on the back of the mask, let it dry, and placed the mask into position over the path.

I positioned the hill stencil over the panel and laid down Twisted Citron Oxide ink, starting from the stencil and working down to the mask over the path. I then overlaid some Peeled Paint Distress Ink on top of the Oxide ink to get some gradual blending on my hillside. For the two top hills, I also added some Forest Moss Distress Ink to deepen the color further.

I then turned my attention to the sky . I masked off the top hill layer and used Picket Fence Distress Ink to blend upwards from the hills, overlaying the Picket Fence with Salty Ocean Distress Ink for the first sky layer. Moving the stencil up, I laid down Salty Ocean Oxide and a little Peacock Feathers ink to create the next cloud bank. For the very top of the card, I laid a little Peacock Feather Oxide and Peacock Feathers Ink over the top, for a little deeper color in the top of the sky.

To make the edge of the pathway stand out a little more, I drew a grass edge with a Pistachio Tsukineko Memento Marker. I also stamped some black birds in the upper corner with Ranger Archival dye ink and the two bird stamps from My Favorite Things’ Party Like A Pirate Stamp set. I’m not sure whether the birds look more like distant crows or bats but either will work.

For the sentiment, I used a generic stamp with black Ranger Archival Dye Ink and die cut it out using My Favorite Things’ Oval Word Window Frames die set. I also cut the same die from black cardstock for a quick border. I glued both in place in the bottom corner and glued the whole panel onto a 5″×7″ card base.

I love how the alcohol markers and Glossy Accents have allowed Baby Aurora to really pop off this one layer, giving the illusion of depth.

Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊

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