Vamps and Camp

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Most of you know that I am a huge geek.  This is not a secret, nor should it be a shock to anyone that I collect all sorts of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture stamps.  Nor should it be a surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday, bar none.  Growing up with a mom that was a great seamstress who sewed many items of clothing and costumes over the years really spoiled me;  the holiday was the special time of year when my mom would ask me what I wanted to be for Halloween and, like a Fairy Godmother, she’d create it.  Halloween still is a great excuse for me to be creative and weird, to fulfill a bit of that fantasy role play I did as a kid.

Vampires fascinate me.  At one point in my life, I was a fan of Anne Rice books and “Interview with a Vampire” was a favorite book.  Horror short stories was a daily mental diet for me and watching terrible B-movie horror was on the top of my list.  So creating this card with my Grampa Munster stamp from Viva Las Vegas was definitely in my wheelhouse.  It also uses layering and masking techniques that I use a lot in my stamping.

Supplies:

Grampa Rubber Stamp
Nosferatu Stamp
Dracula
Single Bat
Large Bat 138D Leavenworth Jackson
What if I fall? Oh what if you fly? rubber stamp by Viva Las Vegas rubber stamp
Archival Black Ink
Inks in Orange and red shades (Distress Inks were used for mine: Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries) or water color pens.

Stamp Grampa with the black archival ink, front bottom center.  Mask him off, then stamp the Nosferatu and Dracula on either side “behind” Grampa.  Mask those guys once ink is dry.

Stamp phrase in the center, several times starting from the very top. Stamp bats, overlapping them slightly.  Once those inks are dry, start blending on your inks in layers, dabbing the colors leaving white spots, to fill those white spots in with the next color.  Blend those together.

Once the background is blended, color in the front stamped images (Grampa, Nosferatu and Dracula) with other inks or watercolor pens.  In this case, Mowed Lawn was used and blended on two of the three figure’s faces.  Then added some watercolor pen highlights to balance out the coloring.

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All ready to be given as is, added to a journal, or attached to a blank card.

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