29 May 2016

Half-O-Ween Card

Lost Coast Designs is celebrating Half-O-Ween in May


You might think that Half-O-Ween is a fairly new thing but it's actually an old tradition recognized by many European countries.  In Germanic folklore, Walpurgisnacht, also called Hexennacht or Heksennacht (Dutch), literally means "Witches' Night".  Traditionally the start of Half-O-Ween is "Witches Night" on April 30th and then observed all May long.  The first known written occurrence of the English translation, "Walpurgis Night" is from the 19th century.   Many of the things we still do today but have forgotten the reasons why originated from this time, like the ringing of Church bells and tying tin cans behind the car of newlyweds...all done to ward off evil during Half-O-Ween!
Here is my make:

Materials used:

Cityscape Stamp by LCD
 Tree with Birds stamp by Carmen Veranda
Tim Holts Distressed Markers, various
Versafine Onyx Black
White and black cardstock
(To create the background I applied the Distress Markers to an acrylic block, then I spritzed the ink with water, I laid the white card over the ink pressed down a little then removed the card. This is a great way to create backgrounds)

Thanks for stopping by,
I appreciate your comments!
Val S.


  1. A gorgeous sunset scene you created, love the obscured moon and that bats. Thanks for sharing the historical info in your post, I didn't know that. Thanks for joining our Half-O-Ween event at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :)

  2. Fabulous scene, love the dark, foggy look. Thank you for joining our Half-O'Ween challenge at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

  3. So much awesomeness, you created such a fabulous spooky scene! Thanks for sharing with us at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity! The WINNERS post is now up!  http://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-big-winners-announcement.html