Halloween is right around the corner, and these little guys are super excited about it.

This particular project was really a test for me. I wanted to see how quickly I could get from concept to print. The answer: pretty quick. I managed to get this from idea to final print in about 24 hours. Side note: That is the very best part of doing all my creating and printing in my own studio: I can create a product as soon as I have the idea. I don't have to wait for a print or screen-maker. As long as I have my supply of ink and paper, I'm only limited by my own time. It's pretty great.

Anyway, back to the ghosts. It all started when Sam (my husband/packaging assistant/moral support/idea man) and I were talking about Halloween and he said something like, "You should make a Halloween card. With Ghosts. Ghosts are cool." I agreed. Ghosts are cool and also pretty cute in the right context. I also had a few old ghost sketches lying around to reference (although, let's be honest; ghosts are not super complicated to draw). So after a couple thumbnails, I came up with this:

(I have so many pens!!)

(I have so many pens!!)

I liked how my original drawing looked, so I didn't actually ink it in.  I liked the rough handmade quality to it, so I just scanned the graphite version, and cleaned it up in Photoshop.

Tada!

Tada!

As you can see, it was still pretty rough, but the lines were all really dark after some Photoshop adjustments (which is perfect for making outlines). And with a little brush work and Adobe Illustrator, I came up with a pretty decent digital mock-up!

I'm all digital, but I'll be a print soon!!

I'm all digital, but I'll be a print soon!!

The digital mock-up is where I pick all my colors, so the printing process is smooth and straightforward. Orange is pretty standard for Halloween, but due to the cutesy nature of the card, I wanted to soften it up. So I chose a soft, light orange with white ghosts, using black paper for definition and contrast. After I picked the paper and colors, it was just a matter of making my screens and running off the actual prints!

And here it is! The final product in all it's screen-printedglory!

Yep, adorable, I know. Anyway, if you have anyone special you need to send a spooky love note to, you can find this card here.

Otherwise, that's all for now! Happy (almost) Halloween!!

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