10/31/13

Halloween Cards - the inside story

Halloween is almost the only time I decorate the inside of the cards. I don’t have any idea why that is, except maybe that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have some pretty cool stamps for the inside.

This one is made using a Hero Arts spider web stamp from a couple of years ago, stamped in Colorbox Frost White. The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs and I’ve had that one for a couple of years, too. Are they still around? I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the image. I didn’t leave a lot of room for writing, but with the sentiment I really didn’t need to say much more. The other side is blank and I used a silver pen on the black card stock to sign my name.

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The sentiment is from Darcie’s  and the corners are from a small Inkadinako clear set.

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Of course, I had to make envelopes, too. I used up some of my 12 x 12 Halloween paper that I’ve been hoarding and made 20 envelopes. Yes, the “Boo” one is sideways because I cut it wrong :-/. Hey, it’s Halloween… things are supposed to be a bit wonky.

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Because I obviously couldn’t write on those envelopes I had to make some labels for the front of the envelopes. I used a Gina K Designs cling stamp and cut it out with the corresponding Spellbinders die. (I don’t think it’s available anymore, I couldn’t find it one her website). They are a bit large and cover a good portion of the envelope, but there’s plenty of room for the address. I just wish I could write in a straight line without having lines to go by. As long as they arrive at their intended destination I’ll be happy. Again - Halloween - wonky. Right?

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It will soon be time to break out the Christmas card supplies, so maybe I won’t be MIA for quite as long this time. Thank for hanging in there with me and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

10/29/13

Embrace Your Inner Witch

I’ve had this stamp from Impression Obsession for a couple of years and decided to finally get it inky this year. I only made 2 because there was so much coloring involved. The cards are A6 because the sentiment and the image wouldn’t fit on an A2. In retrospect I could have just put the sentiment inside, I suppose. Anyway…I think I like the placement of the sentiment better on the second card.

Which do you prefer - card #1 or card #2?

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Copic markers were used for coloring the image and I sponged a little Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of both the image and the sentiment. The image was cut out using a Spellbinders die - Wonky Rectangles, I think it’s called.

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Stardust Stickles added to the bubbles for a little shimmer.

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This next card is a little over the top. It sort of took on a life of its own. I started out with the Memory Box Grand Willow Tree die and was determined to use the witch stirring the cauldron under the tree (Martha Stewart punch). I added the moon and the bat but there was too much empty space on the right side. I found a little square stamp and tried punching it out with a circle punch, a square punch and several other things, but none of them fit the space. So I got out my deckle edge scissors and tried that. Better.

Still too much empty space, though. Fill it up with ghosts - what a great idea! Add some googlie eyes to the tree and cauldron! Perfect! Um, not so much. So this turned out to be a lesson in perhaps less IS more, after all. I love that tree but couldn’t come up with a good way to use it. It probably should have been cut from black card stock instead of brown to start with. I’ll try again next year and maybe have something better to show for it. This one goes in my “don’t do this again” file.

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If you have any ideas on what to do with this lovely tree, I’d love to hear them!

10/28/13

Halloween with dripping slime

Are you tired of seeing this die yet? No? Good, because here are some more cards made with it!

I hoard the paper for the background because it is no longer available. I measure twice and cut once, as they say. I think I have a couple of sheets left which may  or may not make an encore appearance in next years cards.

The punch for the dripping slime you will probably recognize as an old Martha Stewart punch and the Happy Halloween is by Memory Box. I added a bit of Stardust Stickles to the stars for a little shimmer and used the Stardust Gelly Roll pen for the eyes on the kitty.

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Same design turned vertical, with the addition of the Memory Box graveyard die and a little glittery ghost.

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10/27/13

More Halloween

As promised, here are a few more of my Halloween cards.

This one is pretty simple - Memory Box patterned paper, a Memory Box graveyard die, Memory Box ghost die, a couple of bats cut with my Silhouette and a shimmery moon punched with a circle punch. Hero Arts sentiment.

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I can’t take credit for this design, I found it here and just changed it a tiny bit. I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the bricks, Memory Box Small Madison Window die and the shutter to match, Impression Obsession ghosts and a Hero Arts sentiment. I sponged the window and background with Black Soot Distress Ink and finally found a use for those metallic rub-ons - I rubbed some silver on the shutters to make them look weathered. I tried to find a link to the rub-ons, but I’m not sure the company is around anymore. They were made by Craf-T Products and I bought them at a convention several years ago. I think Jennifer McGuire’s video is what inspired me to buy them and then I promptly forgot how to use them, so they’ve been sleeping in the Land of Forgotten Stamping Accessories.

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Another one with the sponged background and the Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die. Yes, I am a bit obsessed with it. The sentiment is from an older Inkadinkado clear set and I added a couple of googlie eyes.

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I have a few more to post, so please stop back by soon.

10/24/13

It’s almost Halloween!

I actually finished my cards fairly early this year, too. I did cheat a bit and just copy some of the ones I did last year, but I will be sending them to new people so they will be new to them.

These two, of which I made multiples, are last year’s cards revisited.

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Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die on both of them, Memory Box Grand Madison Window die on the second one. The background was sponged using Distress Inks and the sentiment is from an older Hero Arts clear set.

A couple of new ones, still using the IO Halloween Hill die. Until someone comes out with a better die, I will probably be using this one for years!

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The Happy Halloween at the bottom is a Memory Box die. It only completely cuts off the bottom of the letters, leaving the words attached at the top.

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I think the sentiment is an old dollar stamp from Michael's.

I will be posting more in the coming days, so please check back. I know my blogging has been non-existent lately but until now I just didn’t have anything to post because I haven’t made anything in a long time. I will most likely start on Christmas cards next month and maybe get those finished up early, too. The weather here has turned sort of wintry already with highs in the low 50s, so maybe I can get in a Christmas card making mood early.