I can now reveal this card - my anniversary card to my lovely husband. Now, I am batty about him, but that isn't why I used this theme. Nor is it because it's almost Halloween. No, the real reason is that my husband is really into bats. He's a Bat Warden for Natural England, and trains other people to become Bat Wardens too. He is often referred to as Batman - and has a selection of tshirts and sweatshirts with a certain superhero's logo!!
To make the background, I used watercolour card and blended Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink from the top downwards, making it darker at the top than at the bottom. To further darken the top, I used Black Soot. To give the impression of stars in the sky, I sprinkled drops of water over the card, and blotted with kitchen paper. The moon is a circle of white watercolour card, edged with Chipped Sapphire and then stuck on (a technique I picked up from the lovely Sheena Douglass).
Now I recently treated myself to a Grand Calibur and some Edgeabilites, and of course am rather enjoying playing around with them. So I just had to cut the edges of this card using the Classic Bracket edge and the heart decoration.
The sentiment was embossed using a Country Companion Universal Embossing Folder onto light blue card, and inked with Chipped Sapphire, finished off with hearts from the border waste. The bats themselves are from an old stamp set I've had a few years, stamped in Black Soot, blended with water, glazed and then cut out and stuck on.
All of this was mounted firstly onto light blue card, with navy ribbon from my stash, and then onto a dark blue base card. I was really pleased with the results - and so was he.