Trick or Treat

Autumn means it’s time to bake all things pumpkin and my sister has just given me a huge pumpkin that she grew in her garden. So this thoughtful “treat” inspired my page!

I started by making a template for the moon and also for the foreground out of thin card and used them to mask off areas on my page. Then for the sky, I applied layers of Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz using a blending tool concentrating the colour at the top of the page and shading so it was lighter towards the horizon. I also made a set of three cloud templates and stencils which I used to create the cloud images using some old black and purple ink pads which I applied with a sponge; I offset some of the clouds to give them a lighter border so they look like the moon is highlighting them. Then I removed the moon template to add a cloud across the bottom. I also added some texture to the moon using a sponge and the same black and purple ink pads. With the foreground mask still in place, I stamped the village scene from a Winter Wonderland stamp set, so it looks like it’s behind the hill giving a landscape perspective. Then I removed the foreground mask, and used another template to mask off the sky which I positioned a few millimetres lower than the village so that the horizon was clearly defined with a white line. I added the same Black Soot Distress Ink to the foreground and shaded it using a blending tool so it looked patchy. I also added some brown accents using a sponge and an old brown ink pad. I then stencilled some wavy black lines using a Texturized template from The Crafter’s Workshop and black Distress Ink. I stamped the trees by Clear Impressions using black and dark green ink pads and then used a black Uni Pin marker to add more detail. Next I drew the flying witch on her broom, her hat and a bat onto black paper, which took me a while as drawing isn’t really my thing. I fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page, as with all of the elements, using Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium. The banner is created from card which I folded in half and cut into triangles so that when they are unfolded they formed a diamond shape. They are coloured using a sponge and an orange ink pad, and the letters are stamped to spell out “Trick or Treat” using an alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft and a black ink pad. When they were dry, I folded them over a piece of Hessian/burlap string to create a banner and stuck the two halves together so they made a triangular shape. I stuck the banner in place at the same time as the witch, which allowed me to tuck the string behind her so it looked like she was pulling the banner along as she flew across the night sky. Once they were all in place, I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker, added white dots to the banner using a Uni Posca paint pen and three purple gemstones to create a band on the witch’s hat. I also emphasized the ears and feet on the bat using a black Uni Pin marker. The pumpkins are drawn onto white mixed media paper, coloured using a sponge and orange, yellow and green ink pads. They are outlined with black Uni Pin marker and a white Uni Posca paint pen. I added shadows under the pumpkins using a paintbrush and the black ink pad, and also a white gel pen. I placed a little robin, adorned with a purple witches hat, on top of one of the pumpkins which I had made with paper and coloured using a paintbrush, ink pads and yellow acrylic paint. The village windows are also coloured using the yellow acrylic paint and I covered them along with the pumpkin’s eyes, nose and mouth with Glossy Accents so they looked like light was shining from them. To finish, I stamped the stars using a silver ink pad, outlined them with a white Hybrid gel pen and filled them with silver Stickles glitter.

This page makes me smile as it’s a lovely reminder of my autumn pumpkin and it was so much fun to get creative in order to join some fabulous blog challenges. I enjoyed making my own templates/masks, drawing my own images, adding autumnal colours using up old ink pads as well as using stamps to create the village, landscape, stars and banner focal point.

Having used stamps to create many of the elements on my page, I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Avril who is Guest Designer over at Stamping Sensations for their “Autumn Glory” challenge.

With the different autumn colours I’m also joining the fun over at Country View Challenges for their “Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues” challenge.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge their theme is “A Walk On The Dark Side” and I’m pleased to be able to join them with my dark Halloween page.

I’m also joining Moo Mania & More for their “Automobiles/Cars/Vehicles” theme as my witches broomstick is her preferred vehicle of choice (grin!).

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge has a new theme for this month, so I incorporated orange, yellow, purple and green from the selection on their “Color Challenge” onto my page.

Here’s a picture of me holding the huge pumpkin I was given, I’m standing in our hallway next to the wreath I made, which changes with every season. I’m not carving this pumpkin because being home-grown it should taste delicious, so I plan to bake it and make puree to freeze for pumpkin rolls – yum! I’m guessing it will make quite a few (grin!).

Of course I could make a cake with pumpkin butter cream icing or even a pumpkin pie like I did last year (double grin!).

Or maybe my hubby can make some homemade pumpkin beer – cheers and Happy October!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Hobbycraft (Assorted Ink Pads)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow Medium)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Hybrid Gel Grip pen (White)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Rhonda Palazzari Designs 12×12 Template (Texturized)
  • Clear Impressions (Woodland Christmas)
  • Free set with Simply Cards & Paper Craft Magazine (Winter Wonderland Embossing Folder & Stamp Set)
  • Star Stamp
  • Leon (X-large Colour Paper Pad)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media paper
  • White card
  • Hessian Material
  • Hobbycraft Self-Adhesive Gems (Assorted Squares 5666141000)
  • Ranger Stickles (Silver)
  • The Range 3D Glue Pen (Glitter Glue GLT4321000)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium

50 thoughts on “Trick or Treat

  1. Jo, its a fabulous Halloween page, I love that witch with the banner flying from her broom. Your clouds and background looked great.
    Have fun with the pumpkin, you have listed some delicious sounding ideas to make with it..
    Your autumn wreath looks lovely. This was a super post to read tonight.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much Yvonne! Creating a page with such dark colours was exciting and the witch flying across the night sky seemed perfect for this scene 😁. I hope I can fit all of the pumpkin in the oven when I come to roast it …lol 😁. Thanks again, you are very kind and wishing you a good weekend too! J 😊


  2. LOVE your happy halloween page Jo, great work with the moon and clouds and I just love the little village scene and of course the witch and happy looking pumpkins! The one you received from your sister looks amazing and what a great photo of you! (Love that wreath too by the way). Happy cooking when te time comes, I bet it will be hard to cut into that lovely pumpkin… Oh and thanks of course for adding your page to our challenge at MMM!

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    • Thanks so much! It was great getting so creative with this page and I really like the perspective I achieved with the templates and stamping 😁. You are right, I can’t bring myself to cut into the lovely pumpkin, it looks lovely sitting in the kitchen. The other thing is I don’t have much room in my freezer at the moment and it will need a lot of space …lol 😉. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊


  3. First, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read you actually drew that witch. That is incredible. Your drawing skills are far better than you seem to admit!

    I was in awe of this entire layout all the way to the way you spread the banner/bunting behind the witch. This is a beautiful journal page.

    Your lovely wreath really screams autumn, and I can’t wait to see how you use this absolutely PERFECT pumpkin. I was sure you and hubby would make more beer, but I look forward to seeing (and drooling over) whatever goodies you make from this one. Be sure to save the seeds for roasting, too.

    Have a super art filled weekend, dear Jo.

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    • Thank you, you are very kind! I had fun drawing and it took me some time to get the witch just right …lol! The pumpkin is quite a weight and should make quite a few goodies …lol 😉. Have a super weekend too! J 😊


  4. Your page is wonderfully whimsical. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and you captured the fun and spookiness so well. And you were right, I loved the black cat on the roofline of the village. Loved seeing you with the prize pumpkin. I’ve never cooked a real pumpkin just used canned. Your pumpkin treats look so delicious and your wreath is so pretty. Thanks for pointing out the black kitty in your page. Made me smile. Happy World Smile Day

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    • Thanks a lot! I’m glad you spotted the black cat on the roofline, it seemed so appropriate for the page with the witch and all…lol … and I thought you would like it 😁. The pumpkin sure is a delight and we can’t get canned pumpkin easily here so I always roast my own. So happy to make you smile today and wishing you a Happy World Smile Day too! J 😊


  5. While I don’t celebrate Halloween I like your journal page. My favorite part is the bunting trailing the broom stick. So clever.
    That pumpkin is amazing! So perfect and without blemishes. Fall is my favorite season especially because of the pumpkin and apple baking! Enjoy all those treats. They look amazing!

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  6. Wonderful journal page, you definitely got the witch and bat which were missing in my moon shot! That pumpkin is fantastic, what a huge beauty, have fun! I got a jar of pumpkin cream soup brought my a friend yesterday, I’m looking forward to that today! Have a fun weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  7. That’s an amazing Halloween page Jo. That witch looks like she is having a fun little fly by in the night sky. 🙂 And what a pumpkin. You made some very yummy looking (I’m drooling) treats last year and so if you bake with this pumpkin then be sure to share with us so I can drool some more. I’d even take a sip of your pumpkin beer. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  8. Your Halloween page is gorgeous – Your witch looks like she is a very professional one on her super broomstick! -Thank you for joining Moo Mania & More dear Jo!! This is much appreciated!
    This is a really huge pumpkin you got- I got one from one of our neighbours a few weeks ago and I put nearly all of it cut into slices for soup and other vegetable dishes into the freezer.
    I never baked pumpkin roll – have to give this a try!
    Thank you for this inspiring post – love to see you smiling with your huge pumpkin!
    Happy weekend my friend! Thank you for all your lovely comments allways for me on my blog!

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    • Thank you dear Susi! It was so much fun creating this page and I’m glad you like the fun take on your theme over at Moo Mania & More …lol 😉. I really need to start roasting the pumpkin and making the puree but my freezer is full of other goodies at the moment 😁. Pumpkin roll is so yummy with cream cheese filling and a pumpkin this size means I’ll probably be able to make it throughout the coming year …lol! You are very kind and wishing you a happy weekend too my friend! J 😊


  9. First of all Jo, thank you for your visit to my blog and for your very kind comment 🙂 I have to say that your card is wonderfully creative and I really like how you’ve used your stamps and stencils to create this mystical scene. I can just imagine this image on the front page of a children’s book. Thank you for sharing this with us at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

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  10. That’s a great Hallowe’en page, Jo! I especially like the sky, it looks suitably mysterious, and I love how the orange of the pumpkins really makes them pop. Thanks for sharing your page with us at Stamping Sensations, and thanks also for your lovely comment on my blog, much appreciated.


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  11. Wow Jo it was a treat to visit your blog. I want to come live at your house!! Fantastic job with the art journal page and such inspiration from that amazing pumpkin. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month. Hugs

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  12. So many great details in your scene! Full marks for your drawing, until I read your explanations I was convinced it was a die-cut… All around a fun and accomplished card Jo! Thank you for sharing it with us at Country View Challenges.

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  13. This is great – the dark clouds and the witch trailing her terrific banner. I do like the way you have made the clouds. The village and landscape is terrific too. This is such a Halloween winner! That’s a super witch with her hat and broom; if she comes by here I’ll certainly give her a treat. And the pumpkins! – with their little pumpkin faces! And the little robin with his little witch’s hat! This is a masterpiece, Jo, it would make a marvellous Halloween card.

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    • Thanks very much! I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the details as I just love creating them all 😁. Thanks for another fun challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it’s nice to meet you and have a great week! J 😊


    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! I enjoyed creating this page incorporating the colours from your challenge 😁. It’s nice to meet you at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊


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