31 Nights of Halloween - Night 7 Special Guest Dina Kowal

Hi, it's Dina Kowal, I'm a special guest for Whimsy Stamps this month, and I'm honored to also be hosting a giveaway on my blog for their 31 Nights of Halloween celebration! Keep reading to find out how you can win a $15 Whimsy Stamps gift certificate!

I wouldn't normally be attracted to a set called Attempted Murder, but look at it - there are so many possibilities! 

The individual elements can create a beautiful autumn scene, or a variety of spooky Halloween vignettes. I decided to go for a stormy fall scene, and filled in the images to create silhouettes. You can follow my process below! 

I started off with a panel of watercolor paper, swiped with Distress Oxide inks. I misted with water, and sprinkled some salt for texture, then laid in a die cut circle of Yupo paper to create an imprint. 

When the panel was dry, I brushed a few clouds lightly into the background, using this scalloped circle as a template.

I stamped the images over the panel using my MISTI, then colored in the outlines with a Copic marker.

Over the marker, I deepened some shadows and added highlights with colored pencils.

When I was done stamping, I added a few darker clouds and sponged the edges to bring more focus to the center of the panel. I really love the results! For a final step I added a few small birds from the Falling Leaves clear set - they were the perfect size to add some perspective and depth.

I hope that inspired you.... now for the fun stuff! 

******For a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from Whimsy Stamps, click on over to the Halloween/Autumn section, then go to my blog DinaKowalCreative and tell me which stamp or set there is your favorite! I will draw a random winner from the comments on Wednesday, Oct. 11th, at 9:00 Central, and announce the winner Thursday morning. ******

And be sure to come back here to Whimsy's blog tomorrow night and every night this month for LOTS more Halloween fun!

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  1. Love this beautiful Autumn scene! Such pretty colors!

  2. I was so excited to see this card. You did a wonderful job on the clouds, tree and moon. They were the perfect backdrop for the somewhat spooky bird scene. Thank you so much for sharing your how-to steps. I learned a lot in a short time. You are a very generous crafter to share your techniques.

  3. This is FABULOUS Dina...FABULOUS!! What an spectacular spooky scene you created with the Attempted Murder set and thank you for the step-by-step too. You're an AWESOME special guest - thank you!

  4. Oh my goodness!! This card is a true piece of art !!

  5. Beautiful muted colors, great stamp set! Gorgeous.

  6. Oooh, spookily atmospheric. Hugz

  7. Oh, i love this set! So spooky and i love the distress oxide background. Great work of art!


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