The mist clears and you realize you’re standing at the threshold of an ancient graveyard.  Bats circle overhead and the crows sit expectantly in the trees.  Out of the corner of your eye you see…

an ancient spirit glide by.  Covering herself with a parasol (from the sun fighting its way through the fog?), she pays no heed to your approach.  Or does she?  Is this a plan to lure you further into the graveyard, hoping you join the undead?

Or is she just hoping you stop by and create a quick and easy Halloween card.

Sometimes, it’s the simpler projects that are the most rewarding.  And this quick, easy one-layer spooky ombre inked card fits that description.  The trick is to keep a light hand when applying the ink.  That part may require a bit of practice on scrap paper before committing to good cardstock.  It’s a hard call to say which should come first, the brayering or the stamping.  Both have a risk of going awry and ruining the work already done.  I chose to brayer first, stamp second.  And, as you’ll see in the video, it took several attempts at composing the scene before I finally came up with one where the three unrelated stamps complement each other and not cover each other up.

The ombre ink pad is rather unique.  I happened across it at a local craft store and loved the color combination.  These stamps sprung to mind as the first use of it.  Each of the colors on the pad slide apart and together on a tray. This keeps the individual colors from contaminating the adjacent colors, but allows them to push together to make a seamless color gradient.  A brayer is a must for this project and the lady at the craft store recommended a soft roller brayer.


Materials List

  • Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut to 10 x 7, scored at 5″ wide
  • Kaleidacolor Ombre Ink Pad, Creole Spice
  • Stampendous Cling Stamps
    • Crowscape
    • Beware Gate
    • Skeleton Lady
  • ArtC stamp (sentiment)
  • Tim Holtz Stamp Set, Trick or Treat, CMS050
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Stamp Chamois (best tool to take off unwanted ink!)

Watch How the Spooky Ombre Inked Skeleton Lady card was made

This project is the second installment in my Spooky Halloween 2017 series.  Check back this week for more spooky goodness!  Next up, another trip through another graveyard, this one using Tim Holtz’s Village Graveyard die set.

Visit our series page for all the posts in this year’s Halloween series.

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