I'm participating in a Halloween banner swap. We each chose a letter from the word Halloween, and that letter is the focal point of our banner. After swapping, we will each have a set of banners that we can tie together to spell out the word. I think it will make a fun display for the holiday. As you can see, my letter is E. The second E, to be specific, not that it matters much.
As I planned my banner, I knew I wanted it to have a Gothic feel, so I started by choosing an appropriate font for my letter E. My plan was to collage text, photos, and tissue to use for the background, but as I was looking through old encyclopedias for text, I realized how spooky some of the old images were. I'm sure most of the people pictured there were perfectly nice people, but in this context, they definitely could look mysterious, even eerie. I chose a page with an illustration of some historic figure for each banner. Then I brushed Golden's Titanium White over them to make the image fainter, more ghostly. Next, I sprayed the pages with Color Mists. When dry, I stamped on them and used Distress Inks on the edges, added the E, charms, trims and ribbons. The cool charms and ribbons are from Paula's Kit Club. None of my banners are exactly the same, so here are a few more examples. Notice the ghostly figure at the top left of each. Here's to short dead dudes!
The next one may be the scariest just because of the illustration. It's a 17th century dentist practicing his "art" on some unfortunate soul. Yikes!