The Raven – Another Idea

Hello! Today I’m sharing another card using the awesome The Raven stamp set. This was another one of the cards that we made recently in my Halloween card class. It is a gatefold and features the Monster Bash Designer Series papers and the new Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Crushed Curry cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 3 1/4″ and 8 3/4″ on the long edge. Fold on both score lines and run bone folder along both edges.
  • Cut two pieces of DSP at 3″ x 4″ and two pieces at 2″ x 4″. Adhere to front and inner flaps of the card.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting of your choice from the stamp set With Memento black ink. Stamp tree branch with black ink in corner. Adhere to center of the card.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. When I looked at the raven and branch stamps I thought that the shimmer embossing powder would work great on these images and I love how it it looks! Run the Embossing Buddy over the cardstock and then stamp the raven and branch with Versamark. Pour the embossing powder over the stamped images, shake off excess powder and use a heat tool to emboss. Use the 5th largest Stitched Rectangle die and run through your die cutting machine.
  • Cut piece of Basic Black cardstock at 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″. Use the 6th largest Stitched Rectangle die and run through your die cutting machine. Adhere to embossed piece. Apply glue to the left side only on this piece and adhere to left front card flap.
  • Stamp “Beware” greeting with Memento black ink on scrap piece of Crushed Curry cardstock. Select one of the dies from the Ornate Frame Dies set and run through your die cutting machine. Adhere to the embossed piece.

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The Raven

Today I’m sharing a card with you that I created with The Raven, my favorite Halloween stamp set in this year’s Holiday Catalog. This is a DistINKtive photo-realistic set so when stamped, the raven image is amazing! This is one of the cards we will be making in my upcoming Halloween classes.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Basic Black cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Basic Black cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Emboss piece with the Woodland Embossing Folder. Highlight the tree branches by sponging Delicata Celestsial Copper Ink on with a Stamping Sponge or Sponge Dauber. You can also apply the ink by brayering the inside of the embossing folder and then running your cardstock through your embossing machine.
  • Tie piece of Copper Trim around embossed piece and attach to card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4″. Stamp branch with the Delicata Celestial Copper ink. Stamp raven on branch with Memento Black Ink. Stamp “It’s Halloween” underneath the branch. Cut out with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes die set. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For added bling I colored three rhinestones with a Sharpie Bronze Metallic marker and adhered them to the image.
  • For the inside of the card cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp feather image with Memento Black Ink in bottom corner of card. Stamp “Haunted Night” greeting with the Delicata ink.

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Happy Halloween!

Today I’m sharing two final cards I made for Halloween.  Both cards use the Toil & Trouble designer series papers, stamps from Spooky Sweets and stamps from the September Paper Pumpkin kit. While the Cauldron Framelits Dies are made to coordinate with the designer paper, I chose not to purchase them because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to make many Halloween projects this year due to a hectic schedule.  It was easy enough to hand-cut all of the images I used on both  cards.

I love the frogs on this sheet of paper so decided to feature it. The card base is Lemon Lime Twist and the frog paper is mounted on a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock. I tied a piece of the sparkly Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon around this piece.  I die cut two ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits set, one in Whisper White and the other in Granny Apple Green.   I used the Happy Halloween greeting from the Spooky Sweets stamp set.  After cutting out the cauldron, cat and frog from the designer paper, I arranged them on the ovals and glued them down with Tombow multipurpose glue.

For this card I used Crush Curry cardstock for the base and cut a piece of designer series paper at 4″ x 3″ and attached it to the base.  I cut two circles from the Layering Circles Framelits and on the white piece I stamped ‘spooky’ with one of the stamps that was included in the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added a large black faceted dot for a bit of bling.  I cut out three of the witches hats from the designer series paper and glued them down to complete the card.

I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as the inspiration for this layout.

I hope you have a fun-filled Halloween and that your trick-or-treat bags are filled to overflowing with lots of delicious sweet treats!

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Happy Halloween

Today I have a Halloween card and coordinating treat box to show you.  I’ve always loved celebrating Halloween.  I grew up in an apartment house in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950’s.  Many of the families had young children, so it was always a fun time going trick-or-treating without ever having to leave the building.  We went up and down all six floors, ringing bells to every apartment and always came away with  a huge haul of treats!  After we finished our trick-or-treating the mothers took turns making a party each year so we were able to continue the festivities, sharing our stash of treats and voting on the best costume.  I have lots of happy memories from that time!

The card layout uses a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

For the card, I used the Spooky Sweets bundle shown on page 51 of the Holiday Catalog, which includes the stamp set and the Spooky Bats punch. I also used Toil & Trouble designer series paper and Black Foil Sheets shown on page 49.

Here are the steps to make this card:

  • Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Using the grunge stamp from the Spooky Sweets set, stamp the front of the card randomly with Memento black ink.
  • Cut a strip of black foil at 1″ x 5 1/2″ and adhere to middle of the card.
  • Cut three strips of the bat paper from the Toil & Trouble designer series paper at 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhere to front of card, evenly spacing them.
  • Die cut circle from black foil paper using one of the smaller circles in the Layering Circles Framelits set or with smaller circle punches.  Stamp the “Happy Halloween” greeting with Pumpkin Pie ink, die cut or punch out and attach to black circle.  Attach to bottom of card.
  • Punch bats from black foil paper and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to card.  I staggered them, with largest bat at upper left, medium in middle panel and smallest on right panel.

Here are the steps to make the treat box.

  • Select a piece of paper from the Toil & Trouble designer series paper.  I used the cat pattern.  Cut paper to 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″.  Using the Takeout Thinlits Dies pictured on page 50 in the catalog, die cut two box pieces.  Put pieces together with Tear & Tape.  I left the flaps up so that I could put a cellophane treat bag inside.
  • Cut the cat from black foil paper using the cat punch which is shown on page 211 in the annual catalog.  Attach to front of box using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp  “No Tricks Just Treats” with Pumpkin Pie ink using the stamp from the Spooky Sweets set and either punch out with a circle punch or die cut using one of the Layering Circles Framelits.
  • Fill a cellophane bag with the Halloween candy of your choice and tie the bag with a piece of black bakers twine.  Cut a piece of black glittered organdy ribbon and tie on top of twine.  Attach the greeting to the ribbon with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

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