I've been wanting to try a House of Haunts sunset card for so long, but I was intimidated by the background. I don't mind telling you that I spent over two hours trying to brayer a sunset that was just right. No luck. To say I am not Michelle Zindorf, is a huge understatement.
Then, I relented and tried using Sponges…much better! I highly recommend them for the brayer-challenged like me.
I started with a piece of White Glossy card stock, because the ink stays on the surface longer for easy blending. After rubbing over the entire piece with the Embossing Buddy to eliminate static and oils from fingerprints, I stamped the house and tree images with VersaMark, then heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.
For the background, I started by sponging on Daffodil Delight across the center, making sure to cover the moon image.
Next, I masked the moon with a 1-3/8" punch out (held in place with temporary adhesive). I then sponged Pumpkin Pie on the upper part of the Daffodil, and sponged Always Artichoke along the bottom where I wanted my yard to be. This picture also shows some Early Espresso sponged along the bottom edges for depth.
I finished by sponging Rich Razzleberry next, and then sponging Night of Navy to the top edges. When I lifted the mask, my bright yellow harvest moon shines beautifully!
I embossed the "Happy Halloween" on another piece of sponged glossy card stock and punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch.
I embossed the tree design on black card stock, and used that for a shiny decoration on the Bat Punch.
And the Pinking Hearts Border Punch isn't only for Valentine's projects! The pointy edges look fantastically scary with Halloween projects, too!
So, it may not be a Zindorf, but I think my House of Haunts is still pretty cool and creepy! 😛