Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

by Alison Heikkila 

Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

Hello! I really enjoy working with wood, so I created a Halloween raven plaque that can be hung on the wall or on a door. Keep in mind, that you can use any combination of images you’d like. If you’re not a fan of crows, (gasp!) you can always use cats, pumpkin, witches, stars, etc.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

a small unfinished wooden plaque
Step 1

I used a small unfinished wooden plaque for this project. You can get these at any craft and hobby store. Mine is about 3″ x 4.”

VersaCraft Velvet palette
Step 2

Using a 3/8″ stencil brush, I applied the brown shade that is in the VersaCraft Velvet palette. VersaCraft ink is fantastic for using on things that go way beyond paper. It’s great on fabric, for example.


Step 3

After the brown ink dried, I swiped Black (in the same VersaCraft palette) on the wood, following the grain to bring out the texture. I focused a bit more heavily on the edges to make the piece appear aged.

VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.
Step 4

Next I taped down my stencil. You’ll notice that the tape I used has been used before. I reuse my tape to minimize the stickiness of it so that nothing peels up when I remove it. I applied more Real Black VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.

stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft
Step 5

Next, I stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft. I had it on hand already, so that just made it easier to stamp, since the image is so large.

Nevermore" sentiment with VersaCraft
Step 6

After that, I stamped my “Nevermore” sentiment with VersaCraft.

Wedding Dress irRESISTables with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink
Step 7

I felt that the piece needed some more of something so I splattered some Wedding Dress irRESISTible with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink from the inker. It added just enough texture and shine. Then I simply drilled two holes at the top and added some gold colored wire to hang it with.

I hope you’ll give VersaCraft ink a try if you haven’t already. The colors are rich and opaque, and it is so much fun to experiment on other surfaces! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Andy Skinner Birds and Bones stamp set, Row of Crows Stencil
  • Jumbo Acrylic Stamp Handle
  • 3/8″ Stencil Brush
  • Smeared Ink – Nevermore Stamp
  • Small Wood Plaque
  • Liner Brush

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