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Friday, 23 September 2016

Quoth the raven, NEVERMORE........

Good morning!

Ok, without wanting to frighten anyone too much we are going to take a spooky journey together today!

I was inspired to produce this card by the Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge - Monochromatic. When I thought of a card of one colour I went straight for black! Remember black is our friend and we must not shy away from it! With Halloween getting closer I thought I'd have a go with this theme and also understand what I had used to make this card.

OK, I'll briefly explain my card first (a small lesson in poetry) and then I'll take you on the journey of how I made it.

Sentiment "Quoth the raven, Nevermore"(Chocolate Baroque) - The poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.  This sentiment is mentioned about half way through the poem and repeated thereafter to the end.  The poem is about a talking raven who visits a distraught lover and traces the mans slow fall in to madness.  Read it, it's quite chilling but extremely good!

Ok, back to reality!! Started with a white piece of watercolour card (good quality) and stamped the main skull from Mr Bone Jangles (Visible Image), the two facing skulls and I blended on a moon with black distress ink then covered all of the images with drawing gum to mask them off.

Then I blended a tiny spot of black india ink in to a puddle of water where I wanted the sentiment to sit, dried it with a heat gun and then stamped my sentiment in this area then masked that off as well with drawing gum.

You can see here that I've masked off everything that I've 
done so far.

I stamped the haunted house and also masked that so that I guaranteed nothing bled.

Now the fun starts!!!! I wet quite heavily the whole top two thirds of the water colour card with a large paintbrush and then swiped Pebeo black india ink across the card to make it bleed and give it that creepy feeling. I let it dry naturally and then came back to it.

 This is after rubbing off the drawing gum from the area of the sentiment.

So, having moved on, where the sky has finished two thirds down and dried off, I added the sea with an ink duster loaded with black soot distress ink and sprayed lightly with water.  To this I stamped a man in a boat (Inkylicious), made the moon more dramatic with a stamp also from Inkylicious and added the bats.  I restamped the main skull on to the same card stock and mounted that on black foam tape and stamped two ravens on to top of his head also adding two white dots in the eye sockets. Lastly I gave it a slight blending of distress ink around the very edges.

I mounted it on to another piece of water colour card that I had "played" with the ink on.

There, I was extremely happy with this one, it tells a story don't you think, - a distraught lover and his downfall in to madness over watched by the raven - "quoth the raven, NEVERMORE".

Well, if that hasn't got you in the mood for Halloween, nothing will!!!!!!! Read Edgar Allan Poe's poem this Halloween!

I would like to enter this in the following:-

The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge - Monochromatic.

Thanks for stopping by - hope I haven't frightened you off!!!! - hopefully you like what you've seen and will want to come back??!!!

Leanne xx


  1. Leanne, this is absolutely stunning! I thoroughly enjoyed my spooky journey and can't take my eyes off this card. I'm so pleased that you took us through it, step by step. The layout of your card is just perfect and I love the moody background. This one is definitely a winner for me. Have a lovely weekend, Sandra x

    1. What can I say? You've made my day!!! What a super comment Sandra - thank you so much - (spread the word for me as I lack followers on my blog)!!!?
      Have yourself a lovely weekend too,
      Leanne xx

  2. This is so cool Leanne, I love it!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  3. Super creepy and really perfect in all black and white! Awesomely haunting scene, love it. Thanks so much for sharing your creep with us at Dream in Darkness!~kim

    1. Thanks Kim - glad you like it!
      Leanne x

  4. Love this card, and a quote from one of my favourite poems as an added bonus. Thank you for joining in this months challenge over on The Artistic Stampers blog.

  5. This is so effective ... love the images you have chosen and great seeing "how to" pictures. Thank you for playing in Dream in Darkness. I hope to see you back soon.