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Source: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! Card | Zazzle

If it’s something you mark, enjoy. It turns out my youngest niece adores Halloween!

Take care and keep laughing!



Duke of Wellington Waterloo Flask
Duke of Wellington Waterloo Flask by FirstNightDesign

I may be two hundred and one years too late but I’m going to cheer for the Iron Duke because I’ve just sold one of these flasks and have nothing else to write about! There’s something immeasurably pleasing about selling a ‘big’ item. Now, if I could just sell one a day…

‘I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me.’ WellingtonNapoleon Guide

I’ve yet to sell the flask below but I’ve sold quite a few mugs and prints with the battle scene by William Sadler, especially in 2015, the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.

Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler Hip Flask
Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler Hip Flask by FirstNightDesign

Another Side to the Iron Duke

The Duke once met a little boy, crying by the road. “Come now, that’s no way for a young gentleman to behave. What’s the matter?” he asked.
“I have to go away to school tomorrow,” sobbed the child, “and I’m worried about my pet toad. There’s no-one else to care for it and I shan’t know how it is.”
Keen to ease the little chap’s discomfort, the Duke promised to attend to the matter personally.
After the boy had been at school for just over a week, he received a note: “Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Master —- and has the pleasure to inform him that his toad is well.” Napoleon Guide

All flasks at Zazzle US
All flasks at Zazzle UK

Take care and keep laughing!


Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! © Sarah Vernon

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! © Sarah Vernon

It’s astonishing what you can achieve when you don’t know what you want or where you’re heading. Such was the case with Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! I find it difficult — sometimes tiresome — to create for specific occasions or holidays but I thought I ought to try and do a new design for Halloween. I’ve never celebrated it myself but it’s a major holiday in America and increasingly popular in Britain so there’s definitely a market on both sides of the Atlantic.

Halloween Skeleton & Cherub Postcard
Halloween Skeleton & Cherub Postcard

Using my Skeleton and Cherub design, I added a background layer of dark brown in Photoshop’s Normal mode. Out came my 2 Lil’ Owls tool box and Beguiling-25 (Multiply) and Beguiling-24 (Pin Light) ultimately proved to be perfect. If I’d set out with the idea of having a glowing light within the skeleton’s rib cage, I doubt I would have managed it. None of this was realised without an endless assortment of try-out blends over several days. Of course!

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! 5x7 Paper Invitation Card
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

A slide show of some of my other Halloween designs

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Halloween @ First Night Design Zazzle US

Halloween @ First Night Design Zazzle UK

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