Bat Silhouette: Halloween Scrapbook Background Idea With Distress Inks

It's Halloween season, that means our scrapbook pages need to be extra spooky and fun! It can be challenging to come up with a unique layout for a Halloween theme, but it's easier if you start right on your page background!

For this tip, we'll create a quirky bat silhouette as our scrapbook background!

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The materials that you'll need are the following: bat stencil, card stock, and distress inks (I used Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade).

Let's begin!

Read the Step-by-Step Guide Below:

Step 1

First, I created my own bat-shaped stencil. You can buy a ready-made stencil in craft stores, but going DIY is actually really easy.
All I did was fold a card stock in half and draw a bat outline, then cutting it out with a scissor. By folding it, you'll be making the bat shape symmetrical for both sides.
Embossing with Ink materials
Embossing with Ink materials
Of course you can use other shapes for your stencil too! Maybe a witch, a jack-o-lanter, or a spider! It's up to you!

Step 2

Next, I'm just going to position it on my page. What we'll do is spread this bat design across the page so it's a great idea to visualize where you'll place the rest to make it uniform.
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Step 3

Now, get your distress inks. To capture the spirit of Halloween, I'm using the color Carved Pumpkin. It's a really vibrant orange color, perfect for making our layout stand out! I'm also preparing a yellow ink for later.

Step 4

Let's start making the bat silhouettes! Hold down your stencil and start stamping some of that orange distress ink on the sides until every corner of the stencil is covered.
Make sure you apply more inks around the bat to give it a darker effect, highlighting the shape even more.

Step 5

Once one bat is done, move on to the next one. Just repeat the process until the whole page is covered and you got enough bat silhouettes to occuppy the space.

Step 6

What you'll end up with is something like this. Doesn't that look super vibrant and amazing?
Now let's finish it off by adding colors in between the white areas. I'm using a Squeezed Lemonade ink which would complement our pumpkin color.

And there we have it! I love how the darker inks around the bats made it more lively.

Now that you have such a lovely background, all you have to do is insert your photos and some embellishments. You don't have to design much anymore because this background is absolutely spooky and creative already!

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