Hello Everyone! I am honored to say that I have been asked to be part of the Creative Circle Blog Hop! The hops are held on the first Thursday of each month. We are a group of International Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators led by Liz Holloway. Liz provides inspiration and a different challenge theme every month. I hope you enjoy the hop for October, which features projects with a Haunted Halloween theme.
Since today is Thursday, I stuck with my 3-D Thursday Blog Theme and created a piece of Halloween Wall Art utilizing the Spooky Cat Bundle and coordinating Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.
I have had the blank wood sign for a few years (no kidding). I bought it prior to being a SU Demonstrator, back when Archiver’s still had Brick and Mortar store. So unfortunately, I cannot tell you where to find one. If you want to make one, the dimensions are 10 inches tall x 17 inches wide. I am so happy I finally took the time to use decorate it and I am very happy with the results. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
The first thing I did was stamp the Happy Halloween using the Letters For You Photopolymer Stamp Set with Basic Black Archival Ink and Shimmery White Cardstock. I quickly cropped them with the Big Shot and Coordinating Large Letters Framelits Dies. Once the letters were cropped, I took Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and an Aqua Painter and added color to match the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. I laid them out onto the board to determine how much space was left to add accents and images.
In the Upper Left Corner I added the Moon & Tree Image that I cropped out (fussy cut with the Paper Snips) of the piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. I stamped the Owl from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set with Basic Black Archival Ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock. I colored the beak and talons with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker. I also fussy cut him with the Paper Snips and added him behind the branch (I cut the branch out from the moon and pieced it back together so I could sit the owl behind it). The owl was adhered with Fast Fuse Adhesive.
I created 9 Rosettes from the Spooky Night DSP. Rosettes are very simple to create. I wanted them different sizes, which you can obtain by cutting your DSP to different widths. The smallest rosette is a 1 inch x 12 inch strip of DSP. The medium rosette is 1.5 inch x 12 inch strip of DSP and the largest is a 1.75 in x 12 inch strip of DSP. Then you grab your Simply Scored and Stylus and score every two marks (1/4 inch). Fold on the scored lines, alternating direction at each fold. Add Fast Fuse Adhesive to one end, form into the rosette shape and adhere the ends together. To keep the rosette shape, I add several strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back side and a Stampin’ Dimensional to the front center.
Quick Tip: I tried to use a 2 inch x 12 inch strip as my largest rosette, but this made it too large to be able to make it round. The largest width you can go when using 12 inches in length is 1.75 inches.
The pumpkin patch was created by snipping the pumpkins with my paper snips from the piece of Spooky Night DSP. The cats were all cropped out with the insanely popular Cat Punch that is part of the Spooky Cat Bundle. The sweet tip about the cat punch: The Spooky Night DSP has cats that fit the punch perfectly. The Orange and Black cats on the Right Side were both cropped from the DSP with the Cat Punch.
The smaller Witch Hats were also snipped from the Spooky Night DSP with my Paper Snips. The larger Witch Hat, Rat and Beakers of Potion are all from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set and were stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Shimmery White Cardstock. The Beakers of Potion are a two-step process, allowing you to add your desired potion colors. I wanted to stick with the same colors as the DSP so the middle beaker is Tangerine Tango and the other two are Pumpkin Pie.
We hand out pencils to our Trick-or-Treaters, so I snagged one that coordinated well and wrapped a strip of randomly snipped DSP around the bottom to represent a witches broom. I finished it off by adding some Vintage Crochet Trim to cover the paper edge.
I was just about finished with my Halloween Sign, but decided it was missing something. So I glanced through my stamp sets and found a bat and crow from Graveyard Gate. I stamped them in Basic Black Archival Ink on Shimmery White Cardstock and snipped them out with my Paper Snips. I decided all stamped images needed the white edges toned down, so I used my Aqua Painter to add small amounts of Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink to the edges.
The Rosettes were adhered with the Tear & Tape Adhesive used to hold them together and the remaining items were adhered with Glue Dots or Stampin’ Dimensionals (both regular and mini).
I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween Sign. If you have any questions, please do not be afraid to leave a comment or send me an email. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have! I had so much fun with this paper craft project and I am sure you would too!
Please make sure to hop along and check out all the wonderful inspiration from the other Creative Circle Team Members!
Have a Happy & Haunted Halloween!
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