It’s coming! Halloween is fast approaching. Have you started your preparations yet? Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered, on how to make a really fun Jack-o-Lantern background that you can use in any Halloween-y way you like! I used mine to create a fun little Halloween scene, read on…
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First, I created some grass using hand made paper, sprayed with green acrylic ink containing mica powder. I used our Grass Slimline Stencil TCW2309 to create the grass strips for the giant Jack-o-Lantern to sit on. I laid the stencil down the middle of the paper which allowed me to outline and hand cut two paper grass strips at the same time! Gotta love efficiency hacks that make things go faster, right?
For this project, I’m using a new to me resource: Round watercolor paper, which I never knew existed until my dear friend Peppina from Finland shared it online, and I was instantly shopping! (How often do we all do that?!). This watercolor paper is 10″ in diameter, and 140 lb weight, which is the perfect size to fit our Jack-o-Lantern stencil on! To create a watery gloomy sky effect, I sprayed acrylic inks and water and let it sit to dry.
Now it was time to create the Jack-o-Lantern using our TCW878 stencil. Using the same paper that I had used for the grass, I spray painted it with orange acrylic inks containing copper mica powder. Once it was dry, I used a black uni-ball Signo acrylic paint gel pen to outline the TCW940 X Trail stencil over the entire pumpkin area. (By the way, when it comes to pens, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried and ruined most of them available on the market. I am yet to have a bad experience with one of these pens, I love them). I then used the Jack-o-Lantern TCW878 stencil to outline the pumpkin shape over the X Trail stenciling.
To add some depth and dimension, I used my Stayz-on Ink pad in black with a distress ink applicator. This gives the ink a super soft effect and is brilliant for shading when applied lightly in a circular motion over the edges on the stencil cut outs. I also used some left over green sprayed paper to create the stem for the Jack-o-Lantern.
Of course it wouldn’t be a proper Jack-o-Lantern without a carved face. For the face, I wanted a matte finish, so I chose to use my black Posca pen to trace and fill it in.
I hand cut the pumpkin out and used our TCW0911 Matte Gel Medium to attach it to the background. (I find it’s a stronger hold when dry and easier to apply than glue). And voila! One creepy, yet fantastic Jack-o-Lantern background for you to use!
I die cut a host of creepy creatures to form my fun Halloween scene using dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I used vellum for the ghosts, some transparent wings, and a combination of commercial and hand-made papers and fibers for the crazy cast of characters. I imagine if we could hear them, they’d be telling us “We’re just here for the candy!” Here’s some close up images so you can see them better.
To complete the rainy scene, I thought it would be really fun to create Candy Corn rain using our TCW2316 Sunflower Seeds stencil. I filled the candy corn in using my fine line posca pens. And here’s the completed scene for you to enjoy!
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