Please note that every challenge in this blog can be entered with any form of art work, not just cards. Themes may have to be slighly altered, but as long as they represent the general idea, feel free to enter.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Technique Tuesday with a Halloween Theme

If you're like me, you have massive amounts of Halloween-themed images and stamps (and embellishments and papers), but sometimes I like to use every day images and turn them to the dark side (Luke, I am your father...).

I wanted to show you a cool technique I used in making my card for our new Halloween challenge. I love Edgar Allan Poe and his writing, so here's a card I made using a digi image of which I have no idea who the designer is!!  If you recognize this image, PLEASE let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!
I decided to use Edgar's deliciously twisted poem, The Raven, as my starting point. Using Microsoft Word, I printed out lines from it for the background. Then I highlighted some words and phrases to spotlight the mood of my card.

Then, to show off that background, I fussy-cut my raven image so that all you get is his outline, and you can see the poetry through his body (yes, i know I could have printed him onto the words, but I didn't think of doing that until both were already printed out and I'm not one to waste paper and printer ink).  I filled in the white around the image edges with Spectrum Noir marker in grey.
For that dark feeling (as if the poetry isn't spooky enough) I used a black felt flourish border and a black flower. I distressed my card by tearing my paper and inking edges, even the edges of my author's name.  As a last nudge into the deep end, I "attached" a jeweled heart to a hook and stuck it in my raven's mouth.

So, not your average color-in-the-lines-of-a-digi-image card, but I like the look of it, and I hope you do too! Now it's your turn to try something out of your ordinary by joining us in our Halloween challenge. We're being sponsored by the fabulous Ike's Art, who's offered five digis of choice for one lucky winner (see her links below)!! 
Below are some inspiration cards made with images from Ike's Art:
Holley B and Pat M used Vaguely Goth, Holley in beautiful Fall colors and Pat in punky pink & black
Pat M used Witch 2 and a modern twist to name-calling

IkesArt found at
My Blog is Ikes Blog is at
Ike's Challenge Blog is
Ike is an Exclusive designer for Smeared Ink 


  1. You ladies are ROCKIN it !!! I am in love with all of them. Amazing talent from both of you!

  2. Lovely cards, hope everyone will join in on the challenge

  3. Fabulous Raven page - brilliant !!
    Gorgeous creations from Pat and Holley too. Thank you for having me Sponsor you :-)

    IKE xxx


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