This week, ‘Take a word‘ focuses on blackbirds. I know, I’ve recently posted an atc using my new favourite ravens’ stamp ‘Huginn and Muninn’, but I couldn’t resist making another one:

Stamps used

  • Alpha stamps: ravens, ancient text
  • Technique Tuesday: bijou borders

Huginn and Muninn

Haunted Design House wants to see a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece featuring eyes. Here’s my ATC:

As you can read on the website of Alpha Stamps, Huginn and Muninn are a pair of ravens associated with the Norse god Odin. Huginn is “thought” (sometimes “idea”) and Muninn is “memory.” They are sent out at dawn to gather information and return in the evening. They perch on the god’s shoulders and whisper the news into his ears.

I’d also like to enter this ATC into this week’s “Anything goes with a twist” challenge set by Try it on Tuesday. The twist consists of using products available in the Craft Barn webshop and featuring the links to these items. Here’s my list:

Stamps used

My favourite horror story + giveaway (closed)

Here’s my ode to ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe.

I used Distress Stains for the background. For the second raven I used the stamped kissing technique.

I’d like to enter these ATCs to the following challenges:

Stamps and products used

  • Oxford Impressions: raven, nevermore
  • Third Coast: book
  • Lost Coast: lettering in the book
  • Tim Holtz: cobweb and letter die
  • Darkroom door: swirl (used for stamp kissing)


Now, since Halloween is my favourite Holiday, I’ve decided to put the last ATC (Raven) up for a raffle! Everyone can participate by leaving a comment, but if you’ve got a Flickr-account and you’re a member of the Flickr-group ‘ATC raffle cards (paper raffles only)‘, you’ll get two chances of winning. I’ll pick the winner on 13 November. Make sure you leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact you!


And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to n2photos2009, who’s a member of the Flickr-group ATC Raffle Cards!

Some spooky soot ATCs

Soot stamping is such a great technique for creepy ATCs! I used it to create the following ATCs:

Traditional soot technique


For the above ATC I used real photo paper instead of glossy crafting paper. Photo paper is actually not suitable for this technique, for it crackles and rapidly gets burnt. But I like the effect in this particular ATC.

Reverse soot technique

I’d like to enter these ATCs to the following challenges:

Stamps used

  • Trees with raven: Stampendous
  • Graveyard and sentiments: Cherry Pie

Gothic Arch The Raven

Still catching up on my Inkurable Stampers gothic arches! So here’s another one:

No this is not my entry for the theme “Spooky”, it’s my interpretation of the theme “birds”. As you can see, I’m always in for a “creepy” interpretation of any theme.

This is my ode to E.A. Poe inspired by this beautiful song of one of my favourite bands “Omnia”:

I’d like to submit this gothic arch to the following challenges:

I used the acrylic bloc stamping technique to create the background and there’s a lot of stamping and masking going on on this arch.

Stamps used

  • Candle: Stempelwinkel
  • Cobweb, collage frame, design scrap: Tim Holtz
  • Text Background: Lost Coast design
  • Raven, Poe & Nevermore: Oxford Impressions
  • Book: Third Coast
  • Frame: Stamp Francisco


There have been so many challenge themes I really looooooove lately! Here’s my ATC for TMTA “Raven” and for Inspiration Avenue “Books”.

I sponged the background with Antique Linnen, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress inks.

I stamped and masked the following stamps to create a stamped collage:

  • Candle (Stempelwinkel)
  • Raven & cobweb (Oxford Impressions)
  • Book (Third Coast Rubber Stamps)
  • Gothic Text (Lost Coast Designs).

I cut some bits and pieces out of my ATC base to create my favourite shape. I added a finishing touch by inking the borders with gold metallic ink (which is not visible on the scan).


After I’d finished the previous ATC, I still felt something was missing. I always do when there’s no sentiment… Anyway, when I was browsing through my stamps, I came across an Oxford Impressions word stamp spelling “nevermore” and that was just exactly what I needed. So I added this “final touch” in the top left corner.

I think my ATC is more in balance now. Hope you feel the same way!