Card on left by Kathy Degree. Card on right by Valory Degree.
Extra, extra, read all about it! I’ve never put up two posts in one day, but tonight is an exception because the mail just came and I received another hand-stamped Halloween card, this time from my sister-in-law Kathy Degree.
Kathy used black embossing powder on her image, and if you’ll notice she cleverly positioned the tree under a lighter place on the printed paper so it would give the impression of moonlight shining around the owl on the branch. The little extra spots of embossing powder enhance the artsy look of the piece, almost giving it a woodcut appearance.
I made this card a few years ago, so the stamps are retired now, but the technique I used is easy to do with any stamps. Cut a circle out of a scrap of card stock or plain paper with a punch or round die cutter to make a mask. Next, lay it on the panel where you want your moon. Sponge very lightly with ink inside the cut out hole, starting around the edge and working inward, leaving some parts lighter and some darker to give variegation.
Here are some of the materials that I used on my Fright Night card. What other color schemes do you think would look good with this sponged moon (or sun) technique?