Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Witches, Goblins and Spooks...Oh My / The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop Week #10

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Hey y'all. Happy Humpday! I hope you're week is great so far. The day started out pretty yucky here in the DMV but it's supposed to get up to 80 today so you know I'm a happy girl! I hope it's fabulous wherever you might be.

Wanna know why Wednesday's are now one of my favorite days? It's The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop Day. Woo-Hoo! Terry over at Goin' Over The Edge is hosting this fun event , but only for 3 more weeks. Have you played along with us yet? If you haven't, come on! It's a fun way to see lots of creative ideas and if that's not enough incentive, Terry is drawing someone's name at the end of the 13 weeks and that lucky person will get  $50.00 worth of Stampin' Up supplies! How fabulous is that!?! Fun, Ideas, And Supplies...Oh My! Thanks Terry!!! Don't forget to read all the way to the end of today's post. The link will be at the bottom below my name. You can see all the blogs from there and you can even link up your creation there too.

Here's my card for this weeks hop-




Halloween Card featuring
Toxic Treats and Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
There's lots of layers here but it's still a pretty simple card. I started with a base of Basic Gray c/s. My sentiment was stamped and embossed in Tangerine Tango on a scrap on Very Vanilla c/s. This was then layered onto 2 different pieces of DSP from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP Collection. I used the Corner Rounder Punch and Scalloped Border Punch to add a little interest to these layers. All three layers were lightly sponged with Basic Gray with the top and bottom layers being adhered with Dimensionals.

My next layer  is Basic Gray c/s that I ran through my Chevron Embossing Folder. You can see it a little better in the next photo, but the black color is sooooo sparkly. You've probably seen this all over bloglandia but it's my first time to show it to you. I inked up my e.f. (on the side with the SU logo)  with my Brayer and Versamark ink and then ran it through the Big Shot. Once it came out the debossed area's had Versamark on them and were ready for some shine. I mixed my own Embossing Powder by mixing SU Black E.P. and Iridescent Ice in an empty Embossing Powder container. It didn't look pretty, (a salt and peppery gray), but I had faith...This was added to my embossed card layer and set with my heat tool. WOW! What an Amazing effect. I topped this with a piece of our new Twill Ribbon. It's stamped with the "Trick or Treat" sentiment from the Toxic Treats set in Black Staz-On. I cut two strips one about 5" and one about 3 1/2. The longer piece is secured on the back of the layer with Snail. The smaller piece was tied in a knot after stamping it as well. Some Linen Thread was used to cinch in the middle of the ribbon and to secure the knot. I also used one Mini-Glue Dot to help secure the knot. This layer was then adhered with Dimensionals.

Here's a closer look at that-



Here's a few tips for doing this technique-
1- Use your embossing buddy! I forgot about it the first time, so needless to say there was a second time.
2- Rub the embossing buddy over your fingers too. This will help to prevent fingerprint marks.
3- This embossing folder causes deep impressions and will alter the size of your c/s. How do I know. Well, this layer wasn't supposed to be a layer. I originally ran just the card front through but it changed the dimensions of the front enough that I couldn't use it unless I went back and trimmed the sides down.   Make your layer a little bigger than needed, if it's still too big you can just trim it to your needs.

Here's the inside-

Inside of Halloween Card featuring
Toxic Treats Stamp Set
I kept it really simple here and just stamped both images in Basic Gray. Because I felt the card could be used as a "masculine" card I didn't add any shimmer or shine and to be honest, I still think it looks nice.

That's all I have for you today. I hope you liked it and I hope you join us on The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop, just below. If you liked today's card or have questions, I hope you'll take just a moment to leave me a message below. I read all of your comments and they really do make my day! If you'd like to +1 or Pin today's card, I've put those buttons on my blog for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too! :)

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! 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.

Be Safe,
Shan

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3 comments:

  1. Simple? I don't think so! I love the embossing inbetween the chevrons. That is so cool! I love the stamping on the ribbon too. Thanks for adding your card to The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop Shan! I love it!!!

    Hugs,

    Terry

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  2. The chevron & embossing is sooooo cool!! I love the spooky, eerie yet glam it adds to your card!! Fabulous!!!!

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