Something Dreadfully Wicked | Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween

Something dreadfully wicked indeed! Today I'm sharing a Halloween card I created for the Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween release. This card features a mix of several new stamp sets including Dearly Departed, Examination and Tiny Text Halloween, along with a touch of stencil work.

Something Dreadfully Wicked Halloween Card

You might not believe this, but I made this card three times...each with subtle changes, before finally settling on the first one I made as the one to share with Tim! I kept thinking I wanted it to have more layers and dimension, but each time I came back to the one layer of stamping as being more eye catching! So, without further ado, let me share with you the card that made the cut.

Stamp and Smudge Technique

I began with one of my favorite techniques for the background...Stamp and Smudge. I began by stamping images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth using a variety of Distress Oxide inks. Here I used Carved Pumpkin, Crushed Olive, and Wilted Violet. 

Each time I stamped an image, I dabbed off the excess ink with a paper towel and then with another clean towel lightly smudged the image. I like to build layers with this technique, making sure the images overlap, but also thinking about color placement as I stamp each one. See how the orange images are opposite each other? Sometimes, I even lay out all the images to figure out which ones to stamp where and even what colors to use. 

Once all the stamping and smudging was complete, I stamped a few images using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink. As the focal point, I then stamped the wickedly cool anatomical eye dissection using Black Soot Archival Ink.

Next, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet Distress Ink, spritzed the entire panel with my Distress Sprayer and then dabbed the water droplets dry. 

For a touch of texture, I mixed some Black Soot Distress Ink into some Distress Texture Paste and applied that over the new Script stencil on opposite corners. Something to keep in mind when adding color to texture paste is that it will lighten the ink color because the paste is white. I choose Black Soot because I wanted a light grey color so it wouldn't overwhelm the focal point image.

To finish off the card, is stamped the sentiment from the Tiny Text Halloween set onto black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then layered the entire panel onto a piece of black cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed learning how this Something Dreadfully Wicked Halloween card came together using some of the new stamps and stencils from the Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween release.


You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

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