Whimsy Stamps ~ Witchy Woman

Hey crafty friends, I'm back with a make I had the absolute best time creating. I saw a tutorial some time back by a very talented crafter from Inkylicious called Debbie. This tutorial stayed with me and I kept thinking about it as I saw new product come into our Halloween Range at Whimsy Stamps. I didn't have the stencil necessary to do the technique, but was so keen to give it a go, I went through my stash and worked out how!

So the first thing I needed to do was to create a stencil to do the window aperture. I had the gorgeous Stained Glass Window Die Set in my stash, so I pulled those out and worked out what size I needed to create the aperture. I decided on the second largest in the set. Then I pulled out my alcohol ink paper, which in this case was some Grafix Opaque Craft Plastic in White. I had the 9 x 12" size and it occurred to me this plastic finish paper could work really well as a stencil and boy oh boy was I right!

The plastic was a bit 'hairy' after cutting, but I just ran my sand eraser along the edge to remove those, so they wouldn't impact the ink blending, I don't actually think it would make a big difference, but it was good to do.

I got very inky creating this card. I traced out the shape of the frame, then offset the frame to create the little ledge. My tracing wasn't perfect, my pen skipped a couple of times, but I just ran with it. Next I pulled out my clouds stencil from Whimsy to create the orange sky. I also used a little moon stencil to create the moon and craters. 

Next I added some foliage off to the side to add a little interest to the background. My stamp was too far over in my MISTI, so I ended up getting a smudgy finish, but again, I just ran with it, I was playing, having fun, trying out new things, so I didn't overthink it. 

After the solid ink blending around the aperture, I grabbed the giraffe stencil from Whimsy to create a cobblestone wall effect, I used Hickory Smoke and Lost Shadow to stencil the top left and bottom right of the aperture, I swapped to black soot to do the remaining areas, just to give a sense of light and shadow in the room. I added some black diecut mini jacks, so the room didn't feel empty and also added the lovely Enchanted word die.

I then added my witch and her familiars, which at the last minute I decided needed shadows and boy am I glad I added that detail. I think it's really grounding. I wanted my witch to have a shine down her front, to suggest a glow from her Moonstone that she's charging in the moonlight. I ran a glue pen along her borders and then added some iridescent glitter embossing powder for that little touch of sparkle.

I toyed with the idea of adding a little flying witch across the moon which Whimsy released for this Halloween season as part of a set of silhouette shapes, but I didn't want her competing with my main image, so opted to add a few bats which I took from a clear stamp set from Whimsy. Their sets are often full of extra fabulous companion images, not just the main ones and I have found these so brilliant for completing Halloween scenes. 

Thank you friends for popping in today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this crafty adventure. I did show a real on my Instagram page showing all the details, but couldn't show all the process details as I have here today, so I hope this little walk through was interesting and thanks for reading right to the end if you've made it to here, it is a long post I know! 

I'll be back with another Halloween adventure very soon! We have our Instagram Hop on the 31st starting at 4pm EST if you're able to join us, it's going to be great fun! The Halloweeners have worked so hard the past 3 months and this is our big wrap up and celebration of our Halloween term, so I really hope you'll be able to join in the fun with us. Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo


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Chris said…
Wow! Very creative Wends, the window stencil looks fabulous, love the moonlit scene and the witch and cat silhouettes- and the shadows of the cats! Fantastic!

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