Halloween at Winterhaven

I absolutely love the Winterhaven dies which were included in the recent Winterhaven Stamp of Approval release from Catherine Pooler. While the collection is primarily geared toward Christmas/winter-themed cards, the products are versatile enough to use all year long … even for Halloween! If you missed out on the Winterhaven collection, the products will be available for individual sale in Catherine’s online store at some point in 2018.

Mel's Card Corner | Halloween at Winterhaven

For today’s card, I started by creating the ink blended background on a piece of white card stock. I used some mini ink blending tools and inks from Catherine’s amazing ink collection. I started by very lightly adding some Tiara in the upper right corner where I wanted the moon. After getting the color I wanted, I use one of the dies from the Circles Dies to cut out a circle from masking paper and placed it where I wanted the moon.

While I was using the Tiara ink, I also did a direct-to-paper inking technique on a small strip of white card stock to create some Tiara card stock I would need later. Doing it now gave the strip plenty of time to dry until I needed it.

After the moon mask was in place, I went over the top two-thirds of the panel with more Tiara to darker up the color a bit to differentiate it from the moon. Next, I added some Tiki Torch around all the edges in toward the center, but not all the way. I still wanted some of the Tiara to show. Finally, I added some Flirty Fuchsia around the edges to darkened things up a bit more then removed the circle mask to reveal my moon.

Mel's Card Corner | Halloween at Winterhaven

I die cut two hillsides and all the houses and trees in the Winterhaven die set from Midnight card stock. On the lower hill, I stamped the Halloween sentiment from the Glamper Greetings stamp set from Stampin’ Up using VersaMark ink then heat set it in gold. From the same stamp set, I stamped the bat image up by the moon. The bat stamp is actually line art, so I filled it in with a black marker to have it be a silhouette image instead.

Now it was time to start assembling the card. I adhered the taller hillside to the card using liquid adhesive making sure to leave a small area near the top free of adhesive so I could tuck in my die cuts. I then adhered the shorter hillside with the embossed greeting over that using thin foam squares. I used Multi Medium Matte to adhere the various houses and trees.

For the houses on the upper hill, I adhered them directly to the ink blended background. I used a few of the smaller negative window pieces from the houses to create “tombstones” by the church. For the houses on the lower hill, before I adhered them to the card, I adhered a small rectangle of the Tiara card stock I created earlier to add some light to the windows and doors.

Once I had all the houses and trees in place, I matted the panel on a layer of Midnight card stock cut 1/8″ larger than the focal panel. I then adhered that to a top-folding card base by from white card stock. For a bit of embellishment, I added a generous coat of clear Sparkle pen to the moon and that completed this fun Halloween card using the Winterhaven Dies.

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Until next time …

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