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Simply Sinister: Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween

As much as I love doing the 31 Days of Halloween, it seems to be making the month go by so much faster! And, since this is clearly my favorite month, all I want it to do is sloooooow doooown!

I got very inspired by the latest Macabre Monday challenge from Haunted Design House. The challenge is Simply Sinister. Your project is to be “sinister, but in a clean & simple way... no layer upon layer of schtuff. Keep one main focus to your project, simple & few embellishments... and make it a little creepy at the same time.” And, since Simply Betty is sponsoring their chllenge this week, I knew I needed to break out my beloved Rio stamp and use her!


How’s this for simple??? I used only one piece of paper, one marker, one colored pencil, 2 stamps, and one Dew Drop. Not bad right?


Here’s a close up of Rio. You can see that I colored her and her batty with a single water color marker (the shading looks waaaay better in person!), and her skin is one pencil. I used the same marker as a border on the card.

I had this teeny stamp of a flock of bats (do bats fly in flocks? Swarms? Anyone know???) from Inkandinkado which I stamped several times as a border. Again, one piece of scrap and a single, lonely Dew Drop in the upper left corner and I was finished!

I couldn’t believe how quickly this card came together! And, I think it came out sinister enough! That marker color is a weird greenish grey…kinda like the sky right before a really evil storm during the day…you know that icky, murky color right??? Perfect!

Please visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers now (posted in my sidebar) to see some more creep-tastic creations! Have an inspiring (and spooky!) day!!!


Macabre Mondays (duh!): Simply Sinister

Paper Romance Challenges: Halloween or Fall Card

Fussy & Fancy: Halloween

Inky Impressions: Anything Goes

Ooh La La Creations: Nothing Floral


Wendi said…
May be simple but gorgeous love the colouring
Thank you so much for joining us at ooh la la this week
Daniella said…
That coloring is MAGNIFICIENT!! You do mono like I don't even know what! Genius!!
SuzieQ said…
You do a fantastic job with coloring and blending it all. GREAT simplicity job there!!
Unknown said…
She looks awesome great work
Luv Jane xxx
Jorge said…
Bats fly in colonies. S'yeah.
DonnaMundinger said…
OOOh fab job with Rio! Love your coloring and the Boo paper. Tough not to embellish, eh? I think so too but this is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us for MM at HDH! xxD
ldfdesign said…
the monochromicness of this is super awesome! love this! wonderful!
Unknown said…
That is such a great card! I love how you color.
Sugar said…
that is perfectly simple! awesome.. and I wish October would last three months!
Stitchinwitch said…
Amazing. I like simple cards, done right they can really pop and this is done right :)
WOW. To think that something as stunning as this can be made with so little. Love the shading on Rio, shows the skill behind the pencil is not so little at all.
Helen xx
Steph said…
Wow, your card is amazing and so is your shading.
AMAZING!!! I keep trying to get her colored up and used, but not yet. LOVE her! LOVE what YOU did with her.
KC said…
wow...leave it up to you to take simple ingredients and make them amazing! very well done!
Totally awesome! I frickin love it!
Crystal said…
So fun and fabulous, thanks so much for joinning us at Inky Impressions!
Oh wow, this is stunning! I love it, thanks for joining in with us at HDH again :D
PS A group of bats is called a colony ;)
Sandy Ang said…
She's just so stylish !

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