Boo! Halloween’s Creeping Up!

Yowzas! Halloween is right around the corner!

I haven’t been much of a Halloween card maker, but since my friend Connie’s birthday is on Halloween, I’ve started making her spooky birthday cards each year. She gets so excited that she spurred me into re-thinking the Halloween thing! Then I met a new stamping friend, Nancy, who is REALLY into Halloween. She convinced me to buy a spooky tree stamp and a Martha Stewart punch.

So here we are…. making Halloween cards.

I’ll start with my favorite, which came about entirely by accident.

It started because I was testing those scrumptious Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks from Ranger. I smooshed the three inks (gathered twigs, ripe persimmon and seedless preserves) on my craft sheet, misted and then just plopped down the first piece of scrap paper at hand, which happened to be a coated cardstock. (I am SO impatient — I had to try these immediately — practically as I was running out the door!) I wasn’t planning on using the piece. (I’ll have more about these inks in another post.) But when I came home, it looked so yummy I trimmed it and figured I may as well stamp something on it!

I stamped the diamond pattern using the gathered twigs ink, dried it with my heat tool, then stamped and black embossed the bird and the sentiment. A little trick: Before stamping and embossing, I swooshed the piece with my anti-static bag. Mine is an old one from Stampers Touch, but I believe you can find them at Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle and other sources.

All stamps are from Close To My Heart; the white border strip is from Spellbinders. The spider web is stamped in white pigment ink.

Here are the others:

The background was made using ClearSnap’s Smooch Spritz sprays (Donna Salazar color collection) over a Crafter’s Workshop stencil. The tree (Stampendous) was black embossed (thanks, Nancy, for making me buy this stamp!), the fence was punched (Martha Stewart) from gray cardstock then colored with Stephanie Barnard black dye ink (NEW from ClearSnap). (Check out Stephanie’s website here.) The bat and sentiment are from Artistic Outpost.

And another version:

The flying witch is an oldie from Hero Arts, black embossed then colored a bit with neon gel pens from Sakura.

One more, made quickly:

Images all from Close To My Heart; punch is from EK Success.

Have a fun — but safe! — Halloween, and thanks for stopping by.

Boo!!! It’s Halloween!

I’m not normally a big fan of making Halloween cards. Not sure why — maybe t’s just not my favorite color scheme.

But this year I got some cool new stamps from Artistic Outpost* and somehow, I was scaring up a storm of cards!

(The punched border is actually this lattice border from EK Success. See how I cut the top? Is it scarier this way? Grin.) (Here’s another way I used the lattice chain punch)

(same set, but the sentiment is from Hero Arts. This is for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween!)

Another one:

(The background for the house was made using alcohol inks on glossy card stock.)

And one more,  just because I love this image! The main image is from Inkadinkado.

Happy haunting!

*Disclaimer: The Halloween set was a gift from Artistic Outpost.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Artistic Outpost

I am a sucker for the unmounted sets from Artistic Outpost. I love the vintage feel, the way the stamps form a theme, the design possibilities.

Combine that with my love of  lighthouses, and how could I resist this set, *“Beyond the Sea”

I must admit, I am not always the most imaginative stamper; sometimes I have a hard time implementing my “vision.” Oh, who am I kidding? Sometimes I have a hard time getting a vision at all! So I need to stamp and play a lot to get a feel for the images and what they want me to do.  Sometimes I get a … here it comes… creative block.

I am also impatient, and I wanted — NEEDED — to stamp something from this set as soon as it arrived. My first attempt at making a card had me flumoxed. I have this really cool blue-grey paper that has subtle sparke in it. I envisioned the lighthouse stamped and embossed in white on this paper. 

I stamped the lighthouse using VersaMark, then embossed in white. My idea was to mount the entire panel on another card, but it just didn’t work, especially with the punched corners (dumb idea!). I didn’t think this through, I was too impatient to stamp. I played around with various background cards and finally just decided to cut the darn thing out and start all over. Here is what I finally came up with:

(The blue is not quite that vibrant in person. It really blends better with the blue grey!) The music background is from the same set; the sentiment is by Rubber Stampede. The lacy border is a new punch from EK Success — which I will talk about next week! Love these punches!

I played around some more with the lighthouse and came up with these:

I do like this one above — I white embossed the lighthouse over a piece of background paper made with alcohol inks.

I finally gave up on the white embossing and stamped the lighthouse with other backgrounds:

(other images are from same set. Anyone remember that Bobby Darin song? Hum along with me… “Somewhere, beyond the sea….”)

(Found the above scrap of blue paper — it seemed like a good fit.)

Then I decided to take a risk and add this image to the scene:

To make the border, I used drafting tape to mask off the margins on my white cardstock. I colored the scene with Pebbles’ Pearlescent Chalk.

Whew! I haven’t even touched another great image in the set — a man and woman in a gondola!

Thanks for stopping by.

(*this set was a gift from Artistic Outpost)

Fabulous Finds Friday — Bodacious Borders

Borders add such a nice touch to a card — especially when they are already cut for you. I’ve been a big fan of Bazzill Paper’s “Just the Edge” cardstock strips, and now they’ve gotten even better by using a dotted swiss cardstock.

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Here’s a card made using the flower border:

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(Dotted swiss background stamp, gemstones by Hero Arts; ruffled butterfly by Stampendous! Bit of glitter on wings is diamond Ice Stickles by Ranger.)

More Bazzill borders:

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(images by Artistic Outpost)

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