Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hanging With My Ghouls - End of the Week Technique #49 Using Chipboard

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Hey y'all. Happy Humpday! Woo-Hoo, just 2 more days until the weeked. *HappyDance* You know what else is great about Wednesdays? (at least for a few more weeks) It's time for The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop! YEA!!!!! I don't know about you, but I'm sooo enjoying making a new card each week for this fun hop and really enjoying seeing everyone's fun and creative cards and projects. Don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of my page to see everyone's entry in this week's hop.

I had a lot of fun making today's card. I did a technique that I haven't shown here before. Always fun. :)  Here's today's card-

Halloween Card featuring
Googly Ghouls Stamp Set and
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Isn't it fun? My little friends are just "hanging out"and "dropping by" to say Boo, which of course just means Hi! in Ghoul-Speak. You did know that, right? Oh, of course you did!

I started with a base of Tangerine Tango cut at 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4 to make a square card. I then took a 4 x 4 piece of Basic Black c/s and ran it through my Big Shot with my Chevron E.F. for a little texture. I used chipboard for the first time on a card and since it was so elevated off the card, that's where I got my inspiration for my little friends. I ran the chipboard through my Big Shot with my new alphabet die. I finally had an excuse to use it and can't wait to use it even more. Even though it's a little expensive, I know I'm going to get plenty of use out of it. How about getting it for half-price? If you have a $450 stampcamp, home party or personal order you can choose this as your half-priced item. That's what I did. Love, Love, L.O.V.E. half-price. If you're interested in getting free and half-priced merchandise, let me know. I'd love to help you get everything on your wishlist.

Once I had my chipboard cut out, I used Tombow to adhere my DSP from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone collection.My sanding block was used to smooth the edges and make sure everything was attached well. You can see the white along the outside of the letters where I sanded them. They were then attached with more Tombow to my embossed B.B. layer.

Here's a closer look-

How sweet are my ghoulish little friends, just hanging out waiting to say Hi to you? Sooo cute. I tell you, I just want to put them all in my pocket and carry them around! I stamped them all in Black Staz-On, colored them and then cut them out. My little Mummy's bandages are colored in with Sahara Sand Classic Ink and a blender pen. He's attached with a combination of Dimensionals and Tombow to make it look like he's swinging from the bottom of the "B" and waving Hi!. Such a friendly little fella. Frankie was given a Wild Wasabi shirt and Certainly Celery face & hands. I stamped him twice, adhered one behind the "O" with Tombow, and then cut his face out of the second one and adhered it with Dimensionals so it looks like his face is leaning out in front of the "O". My little dangly dude is hanging from a piece of Calypso Coral Baker's Twine that I simply knotted in a loop around the top of the letter. A few Dimensional pieces not only secures the Baker's Twine, but makes it look like he's just hanging around. A few googly eyes complete the front. Don't you just want to go and "hang out" with them? You know you want to and, even better, you know you're going to have fun!

Here's the inside-

Inside of Halloween Card featuring
Googly Ghouls Stamp Set
My sentiment is stamped in Black Staz-On as is my sweet little witchy girl. Look at that smile. She just wants to play and she even brought another friend along with her. I used Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango and Perfect Plum to add a little color to her outfit. Tink dropped by to play a little and to make her party outfit a little more festive.

What do you think? Isn't it cute? I really love the effect adding the chipboard made. Of course, you would expect to pay a little more postage if you made a card like this. Or you could just hand deliver it and see the smile you get. Instant Gratification. Yea!!!

Here's what you'll need for today's technique- Chipboard (You can use regular chipboard or if you're looking for a "lighter" alternative, try using the backer board that comes in your DSP packs. It works great and won't add as much weight.), Die (I used the new Sizzix Alphabet die in the big catalog), Die Cutting Machine (I used my Big Shot), DSP to cover your cut-outs and Tombow to adhere it with.

Here's what you do- This is soooo stinkin' easy you're not going to believe it!
1- Choose your design, letters, image (whatever you choose) that you want to cut out and run it through your die-cutting machine. I cut out a "B" & 2 "O's"
2- Choose your DSP. Cut the same items with your die and machine, this time using your DSP instead of chipboard. Save yourself some time and do this instead of attaching DSP to your cutouts and then trimming the excess away. I just realized, as I was writing today's post, that I could have used my die to cut the letters out of my DSP. Geesh! The time that would have saved me. Like I said, this was my first time to make something like this. Ok, it was the first time I did it at home. I did 1 letter in my techniques class about two months ago along with other pre-cut chipboard pieces and all I remembered was applying the DSP to pre-cut pieces and trimming and sanding. *SMH* Sometimes 29 is a looooot older than it seems. :)
3- If you're using a pre-cut piece of chip board, attach your DSP with Tombow and then trim the excess away.
4- Using your sanding block, stroke in a downward motion to get off any excess paper and to make sure the paper is molded well to the chipboard. Don't sand "back & forth". This will lift the edges of your paper off your chipboard.
5- Adhere your finished pieces to your card/project. I used more Tombow, but depending on the piece and whether or not you were looking for elevation, you could also use Dimensionals.
6- Complete your project and smile when you see what you've created. Smile even bigger when you think of the joy it will bring it's recipient. Man, that part just never gets old!!!

Well, that's all I have for you today. I hope you liked my card and this week's technique. Hopefully it inspires you to try something new. While you're being so inspired, why not create something and add it to this week's hop. Terry at Going' Over the Edge is hosting this fun hop and she's even offering a $50 SU gift certificate to one lucky participant. Thanks, Terry! You can check out everyone's entries at the bottom of my page. Just click on their name and you'll go straight to their page. You can even enter your fabulous creation directly from the link here on my page. Pretty cool, huh?

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. you are very appreciated! If you liked today's card or have questions about it, I hope you'll take a moment to leave me a message below. I read them all and they really do make my day. If you'd like to +1 or Pin today's card, I've put the buttons on my blog for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too! :) Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

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  1. OMG! I love the way you used the letters and Googly Ghouls. I think my fave is Frank looking through the "O." Adorable! I like that you stamped the inside too. Thanks for playing along with The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop! I appreciate it, Shan.




  3. I love those guys! What a great way to use them!!


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