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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!

Sarah

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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:
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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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 2013.
There are two versions available, one that says ‘What was I – just a number’ and ‘So I have a number of faults!’ The original vintage skeletons are from…

Source: So I Have a Number of Faults, said the Skeleton | First Night Design


Ok, so a skeleton is not a scarecrow, as mentioned in the little ditty below, but it’s as close as you’re going to get from me on this ghoul-infested date!

The Spook [1920]

The most horrible sight I ever saw
Was the soul of a scare-crow, gaunt and queer,
Made of Humor, the Shadow of straw
And a foolish notion of Fear.
by  James Francis Carlin MacDonnell (1881-1944)

From: Carlin, Francis, The Cairn of Stars, 1920, Henry Holt and Company: New York, p. 96.

via From Troubles of the World

May all your frights be little ones!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


There are two versions available, one that says ‘What was I – just a number’ and ‘So I have a number of faults!’ The original vintage skeletons are from The Graphics Fairy. Click  here for other Skeleton Questions products to make your Halloween escapades go with a swing and a howl.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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