Happy Friday everyone. On Wednesday, I showed you a beautiful stamp from Stampin’ Up! called Happy Hanukkah, and used it in the traditional way, for a Hanuakkah card (see it here). As promised, I wanted you to see that it is a stamp that works for more than one event. See how delightfully creepy it becomes as a Halloween candelabra!
I used an additional stamp set called Bite Me, that comes in photopolymer (see through stamps), so it makes positioning the design very easy. I think the two sets work great together. For the web design, I stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so the web would have that gossamer effect. I used Black StazOn for the spiders and Happy Halloween sentiment. The sentiment is cut with the banner piece from the Snowflake Card Thinlets die. The Bite Me set comes with a line for the spider, but I wanted a finer thread, so I used a Smokey Slate Stampin’ Write marker to draw it on. Because the menorah (candelabra in this case) is such a finely detailed line drawing, I needed to give it a little more thickness, so the aesthetics would be closer to web. I used VersaMark ink and embossed it with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder to make it a little more substantial.
The card is Basic Black, the Tangelo Twist backdrop piece is from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper, and the mat is Smokey Slate. The sentiment is stamped on Tangelo Twist cardstock, but I sponged it slightly with Smokey Slate ink to grunge it up. I used Basic Black 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon to add an accent to the sides, and I simply positioned each end of the ribbon behind the card and angled it until it looked right. I then used plain old scotch tape to secure the ends down. Even thought the mat is poppep up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, no one should be able to see that, except an inquisitive card maker of course. Card makers are special creatures who must discover all the secrets of every project!
Did you notice that the spider hanging down looks like it is coming off the page? Look closely below.
Obviously, I am an extremely skilled stamper, and carefully planned the effect . Oh come on now. Those of you who read my “About Me” page know I am just one for taking mistakes and making them work. When I accidentally rocked the spider slightly after stamping, I got a lighter ink mark where the legs were. I figured that would be my practice card, and I’d make another to photograph. After getting it all together, I actually liked how it looked. Perspective makes all the difference, so hang onto your mistakes. And don’t share your secrets like I do. People will just think you are fabulous!
Now, do you want to see something really scary? Every time I make a card in my office, this is what happens. I do straighten up after each card (ok, often,…ok, when I can’t find a flat surface), but I do try to keep myself contained. Otherwise, I go into my classroom area, where I have a gigantic table that sits 12, and you know, the more space you have, the more you spread your mess. I’m not the only one, right?
By the way, see the blue fake tupperware? I like to keep my embossing powders in these, with a plastic spoon and I spoon the powder over my cardstock, and let it fall back into the “tupperware”, trying to hit the little round container, but I don’t worry if it misses.
Hope I didn’t scare you away, and thanks for stopping by! Come back Monday to see some fun and easy cards made with the Oh My Goodies set.
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And if you haven’t signed up for Paper Pumpkin, you only have until Wednesday to sign up for the half price for two months deal. Get the details here. This is from a previous post and shows how I changed up the monthly project.