Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Halloween - a new card from me

Hi everyone,

Apologies for my long absence.  Blogging has taken a backseat this year unfortunately and now, suddenly, it is November and the Christmas decorations are in the stores!  They say that time speeds up as you get older but I didn't think it would speed up this much!  I also wonder whether people still visit blogs anymore or whether they just use different social platforms like Facebook or Instagram(?).  Aside from my Gallery on Splitcoaststampers, I am part of a few Facebook Cardmaking Groups but also share the occasional card on Instagram which are quick and easy ways of doing it without doing a blog post - plus it is fun to see what others are creating with stamp sets that I have.  And we only have so much time to look at various sharing platforms.

Anyhoo, I made this Halloween card for my daughter and it was super-easy to make:  I made it in less than an hour which is probably a record for me!

This is also my card for the following Challenges.  Click on the underlined links for more details about the Challenges:

Diecuttin' Divas Weekly Challenge - Challenge 393 - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenge 82 - Halloween

The sky was made using Ranger Distress Inks in various colours.  I wet my Ranger watercolour cardstock with water then smooshed my Distress inks onto an acrylic block and used a #8 flat paintbrush to paint strokes of each colour.  I dried it with a heat tool then repeated the process to intensify the colour and I love how vibrant it turned out.  The haunted house, tree, gravestones, pumpkin and bats are all one die by Impression Obsession - Halloween Hill and I diecut it out of black cardstock using my Big Shot - but I did cut off the far RHS of the diecut (which was a cat and 2 more gravestones) as I wanted to make a smaller card.  I diecut the ghosts from white cardstock using the Memory Box Ghastly Ghosts 98701 dies and added Wink of Stella clear glitter to them to make them sparkle - alas not captured by the camera.  I also added Wink of Stella to the windows in the house and the pumpkin face.

The greeting is by Hero Arts - Happy Halloween CL353 and was stamped with my MISTI using Versamark Watermark ink and heat embossed using Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  I used a powder tool first so I wouldn't have any stray embossing powder that would really show up on the black cardstock. I attached the main panel onto some more black cardstock and trimmed the edges to 1/4" using my Perfect Layers Tools, then mounted that onto a white card base with edges trimmed to 1/16".  Lastly, I used an old stiff bristled paintbrush and white acrylic paint to dry-brush highlights on the black elements on the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Happy Halloween CL353 clear set

Ink:  Versamark Watermark, Ranger Distress inks

Dies:  Impression Obsession Halloween Hill, Memory Box Ghastly Ghosts 98701

Accessories:  MISTI, Big Shot, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Stampin' Up white embossing powder, heat tool, white acrylic paint, #8 flat paintbrush, stiff bristle brush, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Perfect Layers Tools, powder tool, cardstock - Ranger watercolour, black, white, white cardstock base

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