Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghosts in the Graveyard

A fun Halloween card made using only die cut and punched images.  I've been wanting to try making a card with no stamping, just die cuts and/or punched images.  This was a fun challenge, but a bit more time consuming than I thought it would be.  The hardest part was planning the layout and glueing the layers.  (The spelling of gluing doesn't look right to me, nor does glueing.  So, I looked them up and both are correct - same for the word aging or ageing.)  Even retired teachers learn new things every day.

I did wind up using a Cuttlebug 5" x 7" embossing folder, "Madison", behind the main image panel.  I tried about 20 different colors behind the main panel before I found one that would work.  The color needed to make the main image pop as a focal point, but not be overwhelming.  The one I decided on was from a scrap that I had left over and have no idea what company or color name it is. 

Memory Box and Poppy Stamps Dies used:
Walking Cat
Orchard Tree Frame (I don't have the Debutante Frame that backs this die cut, so I traced this one and deliberately cut it just a hair larger for a black border.)
Ghost Trio (just used the smallest ghost 3 times)
Graveyard Landscape ( cut apart into two sections)

Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch - Creepy Fence
Paper Shapers old bat punch (Meaning an old punch that is a bat. ;)

Thanks for stopping by. 
Last night and today we've had some major wind and rain even here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as Sandy moves inland.  Snow just south of us in the snowbelt area and power outages in parts of Michigan, but no where near as bad as all of the terrible devastation created in the main path of the storm on the East Coast. 
Take care.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Owloween

Hoooooo... Tooooo... Yoooou... and a Happy Owloween!!
I made these two fun cards at a stamping and scrapping three day weekend I just attended. 

Above is the first version I made using Spellbinders Octagon Nestabilities for a shaped card with Penny Black's "Moonlight Owls" stamp.

Below is the second version.  I originally stamped the owl a little to close to the edge and cut off his one ears.  So I stamped him again on a separate piece of cardstock, colored him, cut him out and glued him over top of the original image with his ear going beyond the border.  It adds a bit of variety and dimension.  Thank you to a good stamping friend for her idea.  Because of the slightly different position of the owls from the first card, I moved the sentiment to more in the center and stamped the top of the fence a little differently for this version.

The spooky fence and  fun sentiment are both from Outlines Rubber Stamps.  Unfortunately they went out of business a short time ago, which is too bad, because they had some really great stamps.  I fell in love with the cute owl stamp, "Moonlight Owls" by Penny Black  as soon as they released it with their new Halloween stamps this fall. 

The images were colored with Copics after stamping with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The background was sponged with Stampin' Up's! Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy Inks while the card was still in the Octagon Nestabilities Die.

Thanks for stopping by.  My thoughts and prayers are with those of you who live on the East Coast and are getting hit by Sandy right now. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Magic - Guest Designer for Third Coast

I like to imagine there is a bit of magic that occurs on a misty Halloween night in the pumpkin patch as the clock strikes midnight. Perhaps something magical like the autumn Halloween scene pictured here.

This is my second piece this month as Guest Designer for Third Coast Rubber Stamps for October.  An Autumn Halloween scene is the theme for this card.  The focal point is the wonderful Bat-Wing Fairy stamp by artist Valorie Wilson.  The Halloween Corner Pumpkin Vines and the Autumn Owl tree are also stamps with her fabulous art work.

Below are a few close-ups of different parts of the card.

All stamps used are by Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
Bat-Wing Halloween Fairy VB-288-R Pg. 3 Halloween 2008
Autumn Owl VB-178-L Pg. 3 Halloween 2007
Froggy Mage - SM CH-909-A Pg. 17 Early Spring 2007
Halloween Corner Vine - Left VB-325-I Pg. 26 Halloween 2009
Halloween Corner Vine - Right VB-324-I Pg. 26 Halloween 2009
Sinister Bat - Light - SM CM-280-CC Pg. 10 April 2011
Pumpkin Patch Set - PR-034-V Pg. 2 Halloween 2008

  • Using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, stamp Bat-Wing Fairy and color with Copics.
  • Create a mask for her arm and leg using Judikins Eclipse Tape and stamp ground vines and Autumn Owl with tree using a stamp positioner.
  • Remove masks and color with Copics.
  • Stamp frog and bat, then color with Copics.
  • Using Stampin' Up! and Tombow water base markers, stamp left and right Halloween corner vines.
  • Outline edges of top corner vines with black Copic Multiliner pen.
  • Use Post-It Notes to mask horizon and sponge sky very lightly with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Ranger Distress Inks
  • Turn Post-It Notes mask around and color ground lightly with Copic E40, then sponge lightly with Bundled Sage Distrss Ink.
  • Remove mask and color in shadows under images with Copic marker G24 and G20
  • Sponge edges of card with Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Mat images on black, then Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade cardstock and attach to card base.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gossmere - Tiddly Inks Halloween Challenge

The current Tiddly Inks challenge #96 is "HALLOWEEN".  I decided to use Tiddly Ink's lovely Gossmere image to create this Halloween card.

Gossmere from Tiddly Inks is colored with Copic Markers and "fussy cut". 
Other materials used:
  • Memory Box dies - Creepy Web Frame, Rounded Fence and Dangling spider all die cut out of Vellum cardstock
  • Spellbinders Decorative Grand Nestabilities Grand Ovals and Grand Large Labels dies
  • Stampin' Up! Vellum card stock, Poppy Parade, Summer Sun and Basic Black card stock, orange scrap for spiders, black glitter paper for spiders 
  • Lasting Impressions design paper  (from my stash)
  • Paper Shapers and dollar spider punches from Walmart
  • Martha Stewart Spider Web Edge Punch (again punched with Vellum)
  • Basic Grey Halloween acrylic stamp set - spider webs on oval with Memento black ink
  • Stickles - Star Dust, red and black
I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way, while making this card.  Never, ever, ever apply Stickles to Vellum.  It will immediately crinkle up and unattach itself from whatever it is glued to.  In this case it was the delicate web frame and the border punched webs that I had so very painstakingly glued down.  After the Stickles dried, I tediously reattached the Vellum back down to the card, a small section at a time, but the crinkles and little waves were there to stay.  Fortunately they look kind of like they are supposed to be there as part of the web.  It does add to the 3-D effect, but "Lesson learned!"

Have a super rest of the week.  More rain forecast for here.  We do need it though.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn Wreath

Autumn is such a fabulous time of the year with all of the brilliant colors and fun fall decorations.   I thought I'd try making a card with an all white background, using the bright colors of the fall leaves in a decorative wreath for a contrasting focal point.

  • White cardstock
  • Poppy Stamps/Memory Box Grand Madison Door Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder - Bricked
  • Stampin'  Up! 1" and 3/4" circle punches ( punch the small one first, then the larger circle around it to make a ring as a base for the wreath to glue leaves to)
  • Martha Stewart Autumn Branch punch
  • tiny maple and oak leaf punches - old dollar punches from Michaels
  • scrap cardstock in autumn colors
  • tarnished pewter color brad for door handle
  • Stickles in a variety of fall colors
I am entering this in this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge: Dies and/or Punches.

Have a great week.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Creatures of the Night - Third Coast October Guest Designer

I have the wonderful opportunity to be an October Guest Designer for Third Coast Rubber Stamps Creative Coterie Designers' blog today.  I decided to depict a Halloween night scene using several of Third Coast's awesome scenic and Halloween stamps.

 I am also entering this scene in this month's Craft a Scene challenge.  October's theme is Majestic Mountains.

Below is a close-up of the castle, moon and night sky.

Here is a close-up of the wolf and cemetery.

All stamps used are from Third Coast Rubber Stamps:
1.   Stone Castle on Cliffs - LG CM-255-T Pg. 33 August 2011
2.   Tree of Dread - SM VB-054-C pg. 16 Halloween 2006
3.   Tree of Dread - LG VB-053-J pg. 16 Halloween 2006
4.   Tree of Dread - XL VB-362-R pg. 8 August 2011
5.   Silhouette Branch CM-263-O Pg. 36 August 2011
6.   Flying Bat - Dark - SM CM-279-CC pg. 10 April 2011
7.   Werewolf Silhouette AP-489-I pg. 8 August 2011
8.   Wolf Moon - SM CM-010-D pg. 9 Early Spring 2007
9.   Black Cat Hissing - SM VB-189-CC pg. 36 Halloween 2007
10. Wolf Stalking - SM CM-006-A pg. 9 Summer 2007
11. Cemetery - LG CM-226-L pg. 31 Halloween 2009
12. Cemetery - SM CM-227-G Pg. 31 Halloween 2009
13. Long Grass CH-097-CC pg. 32 main catalog
14. Grassy Mound MY-059-D pg. 32 Main Catalog

  • Stamp images, working from front to back, with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Stamp Werewolf Silhouette with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo inks. Stamp XL Tree of Dread with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.
  • Mask the images using Judikins Eclipse Tape after stamping each one.
  • Use a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to help with correct placement of the images in the scene.
  • After stamping is complete, remove Eclipse Tape masks and color images with Copic markers.
  • Replace the Eclipse Tape masks over the stamped and colored images. Using a torn Post-It Note as a mask, sponge in the mountains with Memento London Fog and Grey Flannel inks and Stampin' Up Going Gray ink. Then remove Post-It Note masks.
  • Sponge in the night sky with Ranger Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Gatheed Twigs and just a couple of dabs of Ripe Persimmon.  Also use Memento inks - Espresso Truffle and a few dabs of Cantalope. Finish sky by lightly sponging Memories White Dye ink over the moon and a few places in the sky to add to the eerie look.
  • Remove the Eclipse Tape masks.
  • Use a white gel pen to highlight where the moonlight reflects off the edges of the images for a finishing touch.
  • Mat scene on dark brown, yellow, then black card stock.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look today. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Toxic Treats Halloween Card

A Halloween card for a card challenge with my local stamping club.

All stamps used are by Stampin' Up:
Toxic Treats
Hand Penned Holidays
Etruscan Elegance (Stampin" Around Jumbo Wheel)

Used Stampin' Up's Framelits Labels Collection die on the Toxic Treats witch stamp.

All stamps are inked with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and stamped on Copic X-Press paper.  Die cut out the witch stamp.  Cut around the sentiment "Happy Halloween" following the main curves of the letters, but about 1/4" away from them.  Then all images were sponged with Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Inks (sponging from lightest to darkest) Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Festive Berries.  Attached the Etruscan Elegance image to the white card base.  Popped-up the Toxic Treats witch stamp with dimensional foam tape, then used a double layer of the dimensional foam tape to pop-up the "Happy Halloween"  sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a super day.