I apologize because I am not bringing any sort of inspiration to you in this post. Just a little
A few months ago, I got myself a set of Brushos. I've used them quite a lot since then. They are fun and unpredictable. And give really cool effects that you have very little control over.
Since they ARE so unpredictable and to some extent, sort of creepy, I thought they would make the perfect background for this old haunted house stamp from Stampin' Up!
I made my background first, of course, on watercolor paper. After it was dry and I deemed it perfect for a spooky sky, I was ready to stamp the focal point: the haunted house. This is a very solid stamp -- obviously. So, wanting to get a really good stamped image, I reinked my Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, and went to work.
Pretty bad arthritis in my hands keeps me from stamping easily like most people can. So, to give it a really good strong impression, I stood up and gave it the most even pressure I could.
When I lifted the stamp, expecting to see a really creepy house against a perfect Halloween sky, I was met with horror all right. The horror was that I got a seriously awful image. Not one to give up easily, I went through my watercolor paper stash and came up with a nice paper that wasn't quite as textured as my first choice was.
Back to work with the Brushos. I got another good background going, and once again did my stamping magic.
Not much better than the first attempt.
I was NOT going to give up! This house was gonna find a home against a creepy background.
Grabbing a few of my Sakura Pigma pens, I proceed to fix my horror. Using the index stamp on the back of the stamp block as my guide, I essentially re-drew the design and filled it in with black ink. It took me awhile, but . . . yay!
Are you properly spooked??