I recently purchased an online workshop from UmWowStudio, based on a recent class given by Dee Dee Catron. Since I live states away, I was happy to see she is offering these as online workshops.
I am not very good at building up backgrounds, and the videos are wonderful at explaining and showing how to do this. I chose the second tutorial for my card, since it showcased a Halloween project and I'm getting my cards ready to send out. The project DeeDee put together was a journal page, but I think it works well as a card top. I had so much fun making the background with different acrylic paints (watered down to make more of a wash) and even using them as ink for the scripty stamp. I also played with water misting for the spots but I improvised a little with the scene at the base of the card. Since I don't have many Halloween stamps, I used sections of the big tree to make it look like bushes.
I find DeeDee to be an excellent teacher and she includes her reasoning behind the steps. It's like taking a mini art class - love it (and this online workshop was only $10)!
Canon watercolor paper for base, gray bazzill for the hill
Acrylic paints in yellow, orange, mocha
Tim Holtz walnut distress ink for the edges
Unity Fright Night stamp for big tree and "bushes"
Unity Itty Bitty vintage handwritten stamp
Unity Itty Bitty haunted house halloween stamp for house, moon with bats, small tree
Inkadinkado all hallow's eve/halloween web stamp
UnWowStudio bat confetti inked with black versafine
Black card base
Light yellow cardstock for inside with Unity stamped sentiment from haunted house halloween set