The Cutest Boo Crew

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I got in some much needed crafting time so that always makes the weekend better.

I’ve been working towards organizing, cataloging and changing stamp storage for my stamps and dies and I came across the Simon Say Stamp, The Boo Crew. I believe this stamp was released last year and it is so cute, I had to work on another Halloween card featuring this stamp set. The stamp has five adorable Trick or Treater’s; a witch, two ghosts, a mummy and a frankenstein. There’s also a couple of cute kitties, an owl, a couple of bats and some creepy crawly spiders and a web. There’s lots of other little images as well to create all kinds of fun, spooky cards. There’s 27 images and several sentiments. The coordinating die set also cuts the larger Boo Crew and Halloween sentiments out as well.

I started my card today by stamping and coloring the witch, a ghost, the mummy and a kitty. I colored each of the images using my Artify alcohol markers. I’ve been trying out some of the less expensive markers and these are actually a great alternative to some of the more expensive brands. For the faces on the witch and mummy, I used the Artify skin tone collection and found that there are some great combinations to make a variety of skin tones with the set.

I colored all of my images and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I colored one of each of the pumpkins in the stamp set so I’d have a nice variety of sizes.

Once all of my images were cut out, I set them aside so I could start working on my background.

First, I used the Divinity Designs mini slimline card base die. I cut it from a piece of 110lb Neenah Classic Crest cardstock. I wanted to make sure that the back of my card didn’t get any residual ink on it so I used a piece of removable masking paper and covered the back side of the card up to the center fold line.

Once again, I pulled out my Trinity Stamps October Night Sky 6×6 stencil to create my background scene. It is absolutely the perfect stencil to make a Halloween scene. Using the stencil with the moon cut out, I ink blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink onto the large moon area in the center of a slimline card front. I wanted to get the little shadows on the moon, so I also used the Moon Mask layering stencil set from Tim Holtz. I just used the mask portion that most closely matched the size of my Trinity Stamps moon. I ink blended on the shadows for the moon using some Old Paper Distress ink. I kept the shadows a little on the light side so I didn’t get too heavy handed with my ink blending. Next, I went back in with the Squeezed Lemonade ink and made sure there were not visible lines around the outer edges where my smaller mask was inside of my full moon.

Once I was happy with the look of my full moon, I used the solid mask to cover up the entire moon and began working on the rest of the background.

Using some Prize Ribbon Distress ink, I created a dark night sky with my ink blending brushes. I blended the heaviest amount of ink at the outer edges of the card and lighter towards the moon. I pulled the blue to the mid-way point on the card front and then blended Wilted Violet Distress Ink from the bottom up. I kept it pretty light towards the outer edges initially so that it wouldn’t be too dark to add my trees.

I removed the moon mask and used a bit of Pixie Spray on the back of my Trinity Stamps stencil with the spooky trees. The trees are really detailed and I wanted to make sure that the little narrow tree centers didn’t shift when I was ink blending. The Pixie Spray helps the stencil stay tacky so that it doesn’t shift.

I blended on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink for the trees and then added a bit of Black Soot to the outer edges of the trees to give a bit of shadowing.

To create the clouds, I used the cloud shapes from the October Night Sky stencil. I blended on some Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink at the edges only of the clouds. I think this gives it a bit of a foggy look. In areas that I was too heavy with the Pumice Stone ink, I went back with some Altier Shark Tooth White ink to add a little light to the clouds. I really love how they look.

For my Boo Crew sentiment, I wanted to ink blend the sentiment to pull in the colors I used in my coloring of the little trick or treaters. I started by stamping the sentiment with embossing ink and heat embossing with Ranger Super Fine Detail Black embossing powder.

Since there are some open areas inbetween the letters and centers of the letters, I needed to stamp the sentiment again and create masks for the open areas so that I wouldn’t get any ink blending in those spaces. It was a bit tedious to cut the tiny insides of the letters and some of the between the letters, but it worked out well.

Once all of the masks were in place, I blended on Twisted Citron at the top, Carved Pumpkin for the middle and Wilted Violet at the bottom. I removed all of the tiny masks. There were a couple of areas that didn’t get any ink on them due to the masks, but I carefully matched some Copic markers and lightly touched up those areas. I went back in with a Cool Grey 1 marker for the center of letters to give them a bit of depth.

I die cut the sentiment using the coordinating die for The Boo Crew set.

To create a bit of ground for my characters, I cut a strip of grass using the Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders die set. This gave me a nice strip of grass to put at the bottom of the panel. I added the grass with a bit of Bearly Art liquid glue.

Finally, I added all of the Boo Crew characters to my card front using a bit of dimensional foam to them and the Boo Crew sentiment which was added to the center of the full moon.

For a bit of sparkle I added a Sakura Jelly Roll Stardust pen detail to the characters and pumpkins as well as to create some stars in the sky.

I really love how this card turned out. The characters really remind me of myself and my best friend, David when we used to go out Trick or Treating in the neighborhood each year. We dressed in some pretty crazy Halloween Costumes. Below is a picture of us from 1976, I think I was Pippy Longstocking (with braces, LOL!) and David was a cute Clown. We had lots of fun at Halloween every year!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’ve enjoyed my card using The Boo Crew stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Links below to the products I’ve used in today’s card are provided for your convenience.