Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Halloween!!! - 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 31

Well, the time has come.  Today IS Halloween, and welcome to Day 31 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I have been participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

I have a fun little card for you today that I really enjoyed making.  I felt it very fitting for the last day of this wonderful blog hop.  What more says Halloween than all those pocket watches representing the time is now, today's date, the raven, and the moon?

Emboss orange core-dinations card stock with Clock embossing folder.  Hit high spots with Spiced Chai StazOn ink.
Spray Dylusions white linen spray over card stock, then Squeezed Orange spray.
When dry, hit high spots again with Black StazOn ink.
Die cut moon and stars from yellow card stock.  To change the color of the moon die, I first added Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink to surface, then used a makeup sponge to blend distress ink colors in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, and Gathered Twigs.  This knocked down the bright yellow color of the paper.
I thought it needed a bit more definition, so I went around the moon shape with a charcoal pencil and blended it with my finger and a blending stump.
Die cut raven from thick chipboard.
Color raven with the Derwent inktense blocks and a water brush or wet paint brush.  Add an animal eye.  I think you can see in the photo where I added a bit of navy blue to the raven where his wings are.  Black birds always have a blue tint to their black feathers.  Oh my goodness, he looks so real with that animal eye.
Adhere all layers to graveyard black card (10" x 6-1/2", folded in half to make 5" x 6-1/2" card base) as follows:  Curtain Call print (4-3/4" x 6"), graveyard black (4-1/2" x 5-3/4"), embossed paprika (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").
Trim Memento orange print paper to 1-1/4" by 4-1/2".  Stamp and heat emboss "Oct. 31" with Versamark ink and black embossing powder.  Trim right side into a v shape, as shown.
Adhere all pieces, as shown in finished photo above.  I also added three black diamond dew drops to the side of my banner.


Cardstocks:  Paprika, Yellow, Graveyard Black, Graphic 45 Curtain Call; Memento Halloween orange print paper
Sin City Stamps:  Halloween Bingo set
Altered Pages:  Water Brush;
Sizzix/Tim Holtz:  Clock & Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folders; Mini Owl & Crescent Moon movers & shapers die; Raven & Scaredy Cat Bigz die;
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Spiced Chai and Black StazOn midi ink pads; Memento Luxe Wedding Dress; Versamark
Dylusions ink sprays:  White Linen, Squeezed Orange
Distress inks:  Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Detail Black embossing powder
The Robin's Nest Mascarade dew drops

I want to thank everyone for following along with me on my 31 Days of Halloween journey.  I was not sure I would be able to post a project every day, but you all helped make it easy for me to want to share my art with you.  I appreciate you all so very much, and a big hug to each and every one of you!

Happy Halloween!

Barbara Rankin


  1. You are so right, perfectly perfect card for today! Love it! Amazing process and thanks so much for sharing! It has been wonderful learning so much from all of your art this month, thanks so much! Happy Halloween!~kim

  2. Oh, this is gorgeous and a perfect finale. Have so loved your step by step tuts. Happy Halloween and congrats! xxD

  3. Lovely card! With all the elements to tell us IT'S HALLOWEEN!! Love the blue on the black bird with that eye looking at me!! Happy Halloween and thank you for a month of wonderful projects and inspiration!

  4. Fun card indeed. Love the embossing. Happy Halloween. Thanks for being apart of this fun 31 Days of Halloween Hop.

  5. I'm so glad we've had this time together...
    Wickedly wonderful card to end with.
    I have appreciated all your fabulous tutorials and fangtastic creations. Waiting to congratulate you on winning the witch's hat challenge. I know that hat is a winner.
    You have convinced me my life is incomplete without a large ball stylus. It can be the small things that add so much.
    Thank you being here every day. It has been a real treat.

  6. Wonderful card, love the clock embossing folder and colours used!! Happy Halloween!!

  7. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! What a spooktacular finale card! Love every detail and the texture and colours are so rich and yummy!

  8. Happy Halloween! This lurker thanks for you all the wonderful projects you shared over the past 30 days! It was fun getting to know you and your work better!

  9. Beautiful card for today!!!
    Thanks for sharing your talent and for inspiring me with your amazing projects during the 31 Days of Halloween event!

  10. A wonderful card for the last day of the hop! Thank you so much for all the inspiration you have given me over the last month--I find your work truly fantastic!

  11. Stunning card, awesome project to end the month. It's been wonderful seeing all your beautiful artwork this month. Happy Halloween!

  12. Amazing! Perfect project for your finale! See you next year!

  13. I absolutely love this card. From inception of the paper, to the background, and all of the embellishments, this card has everything. Love love love. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of viewing your works. You are officially my final post for my first ever 31 days of Halloween. See ya next time.