The inspiration picture in Inspired by All the Little Things challenge #48 reminded me of an Halloween night ambiance. Because the white at the bottom looks like fog. Anyway, I happened to have two Halloween sets that I had put aside to play with and some new Distress oxide inks I was dying to play with, so the timing was perfect.
The background you're seeing on this card is my very first attempt at using them, and I was very pleased with how it turned out. I used sponges to dab ink on Shimmery White cardstock and I spritzed water on it, while using a heat gun to dry the cardstock in between colours and spritzing. I wanted bigger drops in some spots, so I squeezed water out of my Aqua Painter brush and flicked it above the cardstock. I also let big drops pool in some spots. After this first successful try, I'm now really curious to play with the ink some more.
By the way, I've finally invested in rectangle dies (as you can see by the stitched border). When I first got my Big Shot, the year it came out in the Stampin' Up! catalogue, I started building my die collection with shapes, knowing they would be what I would get the most mileage out of. For some reason, I figured that rectangles were a wasted purchase since I could make those with a regular paper cutter. Turns out lately I kept wanting to create certains looks on projects and kept thinking, If only I had rectangle dies handy. It took me a while because I kept going back and forth between various options. Because I CAN cut rectangles with a paper cutter, I finally landed on buying something with a stitched border to give extra value to the purchase. Just adding the stitched border to my scene instantly made the card look more put together.
Stamps: Frightful Friends, Grave Situation (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Tango Tangerine, More Mustard, Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Shimmery White
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Ranger Distress Oxide (Spiced Marmelade, Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber)
Accessories: Halloween Night Enamel Dots, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Sponges,
Grave Situation and Frightful Friends Die-namics (MFT), Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Medium Envelope