Essentials By Ellen

Hey Boo with Guest Daniel West

Today we are thrilled to welcome guest artist, Daniel West to the blog. We’re a big fan of Daniel’s work and we know you’ll love his style as much as we do.

The dies we play with have the power to create great little ephemera, but they can also create wonderful stencils.

Seeing basic shapes in the designs of our supplies holds the key to getting more out of them than their intended purpose. With some imagination, a great tag set, like the Farmhouse Tags Dies, suddenly turns into a headstone stencil making set. If you look at the die long enough, I could be lots of things: a hot dog, a finger, a long john doughnut! Let me know in the comments, what else you could make with the tag shapes in this set!

Today, I turn a long tag into a spooky graveyard using a Hero Arts Blending Brush, Unicorn White Pigment Ink and Black Cardstock

To begin, I die cut the long tag out of some scrap cardstock and covered the string holes with tape. Then, I added some Unicorn White Pigment Ink to the front of a 4.25” x 5.5” panel of Ebony Black Cardstock with a blending brush, using my tag die cut as a stencil. I did this nine times across the bottom half of my panel.

Next, I added a bit more white pigment ink to the base of the tombstones to create the appearance of thicker fog. I left some of the ink unblended for a billowy look. Then, I used a Uniball White Gel Pen to add stars to the sky.

Tips for Adding Stars to a Scene

When adding stars or snowflakes to a sky with a gel pen, make some larger than others and dot one or two smaller ones very near the larger ones. Make sure to add some going off the page to give the feel of an endless design.

After that, I stamped the Halloween Boo-quet of ghosts and bats image out on White Cardstock with Intens-ified Black Ink. Then, I die cut it using a Gemini Jr

Next, I created a sentiment strip using the “Hey Boo” stamp from the Tag It – Halloween Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps. I stamped it onto some Ebony Black Cardstock with Versamark Ink and melted White Embossing Powder over it with my heat tool. Then I trimmed it down and popped it up over the front of my scene with foam tape along with the Boo-quet.

Next, I used the A2 Piercing Plate to add some fantastic texture and interest to another panel of Pitch Black Cardstock. Then, I trimmed the scene panel down a 1/4” on all sides and popped it up on the front of the pierced panel with foam tape.

To finish off the card, I added some Bubble Blower embellishments with some liquid adhesive and glued it all on the front of a white card base. 

I had such a great time making this graveyard scene. It is simple enough anyone could do it, too. I hope you feel inspired to see your dies in new ways and have a wonderful time doing it!

– Daniel

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1 Comment

  • Reply Julie Ebersole September 26, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Daniel, this design just thrills me–I love that you went with white on black instead of vice versa–which is what I usually do, and you’re inspiring me to break that habit, LOL! Just a wonderful design! Thank you!

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