Monday, September 28, 2015

Halloween Lilly Accordion Rectangle Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I just love Graphic 45 papers, especially the Halloween pads! It was so much fun using the coordinating 6x6 and 8x8 Rare Oddities papers - the colors and designs, oh my! For the front of my card, I created a lily in purple and black (based on the Landini Lily images I found online) using Susan Tierney-Cockburn's beautiful Lily dies; prefect for my Halloween theme.

Making the Card

Note: basic color and word sheets come from 6x6 Graphic 45 - Rare Oddities pad, other decorative papers (books, butterflies, etc.) from the 8x8 pad.

1. From black cardstock, die cut three copies of the main Accordion Rectangle as the card base. Also cut green newspaper print/cream background paper using main Accordion Rectangle. Adhere it to one of the black card bases then cut the connecting tabs and flap off (see instructions in packaging); this will be the last panel of the card. For the first panel, which will be the front of the card, using the decorator die (largest rectangle die), cut the purple with cream words paper from 6x6. Adhere to center (flap to right).

2. Cut leaves and stem of Garden Notes - Lily from green page. Using applicator, shade with green Pan Pastel (I folded the leaves backwards down the middle to chalk the center line). Optional: you may use Distress Ink as shown in the video - Peeled Paint should work. Cut petals and stamen from purple page. Using blending tool to add Dusty Concord Distress Ink covering the side with words and as shading to purple side of petals and stamen. Add Black Soot Distress Ink to top and bottom of both sides of each petal as well as stamen. With a watercolor brush, brush some Black Soot in stripes down the middle of each petal (I used the originally purple side of the paper as the fronts for the stripes, which will form the inside of the petals). Shape flower and assemble as instructed in video below. Note: I used black embossing powder as pollen on the ends of the stamen.

3. Using Katie Flourish Frame Edges, cut 4 long edges and 4 short from purple paper, 2 long edges and 2 short from both orange and green. Adhere purple forming frames on both sides of first panel (step 1). Adhere orange to middle (flap right) and green to last (no flap).

4. Tie two pieces of twine together into a bow. Optional: the white was too bright against the cream in the card so I used Antique Linen Distress Stain and water to antique it. Cut cream tag using small tag on the main Tags Pivot Card; trim to a single tag (note: I used a scrap just larger than the last tag). Stamp October word background with Concord Grape Distress Ink 2nd generation stamping, i.e. stamp first on a scrap then on the tag. I used Cherish the Day CTMH stamp set, but it might be difficult to find; you may substitute it with any Halloween related word stamps. Using blending tool, add some of the same ink to edges. Sand to give it a grunge look, concentrating a bit more where the "Happy Halloween" will go. Stamp "Happy Halloween" in black near bottom of tag. Adhere flower and leaves to front panel as shown - I cut the stem and pieced it so it would go in the direction I needed to put the flower in the corner and have the stem behind the tag. Adhere tag using dimensional tape. Adhere bow as shown.

5. Cut raven, cat, tree, and bats from black cardstock. Add eyes to cat with yellow or green Milky pen (or paint with acrylic). Use cream Pan Pastels to add highlights to backs of raven and cat. Also add some to the tree. Add a dot of black Enamel Accents for raven's eye. Cut pumpkins from orange paper (I also cut stem area from green, trimmed excess, then glued on pumpkins). Use paintbrush to add lines with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Trace pumpkins on yellow cardstock. Cut just inside the lines; glue behind pumpkins to make eyes "glow."

6. Cut pieces of 8x8 patterned papers shown on middle card - books, butterfly strip, "Bewitched" strip, and bottle label. To make the pieces fit perfectly, use the main Accordion Rectangle die to cut them: first rough cut each piece larger than where it will be placed, then looking through die, tape with Post-It or other removable tape before cutting. Adhere where shown (I glued in this order, books, bottle label - not overlapped, butterfly strip, "Bewitched" strip. Mask butterfly strip and above then stamp spider in black where shown (I found the spider stamp in the dollar bin at my local craft store - if you can't find one on a web strand, just stamp a small spider and draw a line down using a black pen). Adhere cat and raven as shown.

7. For the last panel, temporarily place tree and trim branches as desired - if any stick off the left side, cut them off (I did this after gluing). Adhere tree but don't put glue where large pumpkin will be placed; adhere pumpkin slightly under tree. Adhere small pumpkin with dimensional tape. Adhere bats where shown. For a little dimension, I bent a couple bat wings up (you could do a double layer of bats with top set of wings bent up if desired). Adhere enamel dots where shown. Assemble card as per instructions on packaging.


Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Black, Cream, Yellow
  • Graphic 45 Paper: Rare Oddities 6x6 and 8x8 Pads
  • Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge
  • Embossing Powder: black
  • Optional: Antique Linen Distress Stain
  • Twine: White/Light Purple/Dark Purple (Tricolor)
  • Happy Halloween Stamp
  • CTMH Stamps: Cherish the Day #S1111 (Stamp of the Month November 2011), Just to Say from Artfully Sent Cricut Collection #D1629
  • Milky: Yellow or Green OR Acrylic Paint
  • Enamel Accents: Black
  • Spider Stamp
  • Dimensional Tape
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Wickedly Cute Witch Halloween Card

Made by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for the Oak Tree Stamps Design Team

I'm so happy to be using these new stamps from the Wickedly Cute set! I love Halloween - and this set is perfect for a card or to be used as a decoration.

Making the Card

1. Stamp witch and "Stop by for a spell" sentiment from Wickedly Cute Stamp Set on alcohol marker friendly paper with alcohol marker friendly ink.

2. Color image with alcohol markers (the colors I used are listed below Supplies). Optional: add clear Wink of Stella to dress and hat for a shimmery look. Cut around image leaving small white line.

3. Cut magenta cardstock using main card die from Sizzix Framelits Card, Regal Stand-Ups. Cut star background patterned paper (Pebbles - Boo! 732984) using decorator pieces. Adhere to front of card.

4. From bright green cardstock, cut 4 copies of "toil," "&," "trouble" words from Sizzix Thinlits - Halloween Words: Script. Leave the last copy in the cardstock; put removable tape or Post-it tape behind it (if it fell out, just replace it). Using a blending tool, add Mowed Lawn Distress Ink starting at the bottom, blending upwards to the middle. Glue the layers of each word together to form a thick stack with the blended one on top.

5. Adhere witch using dimensional tape where shown. Tie a double bow with black/bright green twine. Adhere words, enamel dots and bow as shown. Cut brad prongs off purple rhinestone brad with wire cutter. Glue to front of card (I used glue dots).

6. Cut striped paper about 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (5 1/2" is the width of the card). Put adhesive on back then wrap twine around 3 times. Adhere to base of card where shown (I used glue on the top and bottom edges to help hold it down since the twine tends to pop up the edges). With wire cutters, clip button loop off back of black cat button. Optional: the cat looked too gray so I colored it with black acrylic paint then painted in eyes with white acrylic mixed with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. Adhere where shown.

7. Cut "Stop by for a spell" into a strip; add tail (i.e. cut a V into the left side). Add Twisted Citron Distress Ink around edges with ink blending tool. Adhere with dimensional tape as shown.

Copic Markers Used
  • Skin: E0000, E000, E00 Shading E11, E13 Cheeks E93, E01
  • Hat/Dress/Stockings: V04, V09
  • Eyes/Stockings: YG23, YG25, YG17, YG67
  • Tongue: RV23, RV25, RV29
  • Broom: E55, E57, E59, E49, YR23, YR24, YR27, YR31
  • Hair/Shoes/Mouth: N3, N5, N7, N9
  • Pupils: Copic Multiliner Black
  • Optional: White Acrylic Paint
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Halloween Spooky Scene Pop-up Bench Card

Created for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Halloween is coming! Time for spooky scenes... and Susan's new CountryScapes are perfect for setting the stage (or creating the card). I combined this with Karen Burniston's Garden Bench decorated as an old weather-beaten seat under the eerie moon and creepy tree. What else could be lurking nearby?? Bwahaha...

Making the Card

Note: I used cream and orange papers from the Authentique Enchanted 6x6 Paper Pad. You could substitute cream and orange cardstock instead.

1. Cut two pieces black cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (basically, one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet cut in half). Fold each in half then die cut one with Garden Bench main die as directed on packaging.

2. Protect card around bench with Post-it or other removable tape/paper. Paint "wood" areas with a fairly thick coat of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint. Add a very little on the iron works area to give it an aged look (I used my finger). The paint may pick up some black color from the paper but since the bench is in shadow, it works. Once completely dry, sponge over with Black Soot Distress Ink. Optional: wipe surface with slightly damp paper towel to remove a little surface ink while leaving ink in cracks.

3. Adhere other piece of folded black cardstock to back, lining up edges (mainly to cover the holes and strengthen the card). When applying adhesive, be sure to avoid the bench area. Add adhesive to one side, line up with fold on non-sticky side (it's easier to slide around this way), stick adhesive sides together, then adhere the other side. Trim if necessary.

4. For front of card:
  • From cream paper punch spider web (I used Spider Web Large Double Punch by Martha Stewart/EK Success). Add a little Rusty Hinge Distress Ink as desired.
  • Cut a strip of cream paper 7/8 x 3 1/2 inches; stamp Spooky (Technique Tuesday Halloween Circles set) about 3/4" from left. Add Rusty Hinge as desired. Add Black Soot Distress Ink to edges of strip.
  • Stamp pumpkin (same set) on cream paper, leaving a little space around it for cutting it out. Color pumpkin with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress ink (I used a foam pad); cut out pumpkin with 1 1/2 inch circle punch or die.
  •  Cut striped decorative paper about 4 x 5 1/4 depending on the exact size of your card (i.e. leave 1/16 inch border around it on card front so it will be 1/8 inch smaller than each card front dimension); adhere to front of card.
  • Cut black cardstock mats 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches and 1 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Cut spiderweb paper 2 1/8 x 2 5/8 inches; cut orange/black decorative paper 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Adhere to black cardstock mats then to card front as shown.
  • Adhere Spooky strip as shown; adhere pumpkin with dimensional tape. Note: I added black glitter nail polish with holographic dots to my orange enamel dots to give them a grunge look. I found the nail polish at a dollar store - Kleancolor 188 Black Out. Adhere spider, web, and enamel dots where shown.

5. Die cut a circle (Ring Accordion or other circle die) from orange paper. Use Pan Pastels to color Moon shadows and highlights. Adhere at top right corner inside card (see photo). Trim from back, flush with card. Die cut a scrap of cardstock with clouds die to use as a template. Chalk under with light yellow or white Pan Pastel all across the sky, including over moon in a couple spots. Slightly smudge with finger.

6. From black cardstock, cut pumpkins, cat, raven, bats (2 sets), tree, branches, and grass (see Supplies for full links). Glue one set of bats over moon as shown. Add eyes to cat with yellow Milky Gel Pen (or white gel pen then add yellow or green ink on top, e.g. Twisted Citron Distress Ink). Chalk highlights where moonlight would touch each (light yellow or white Pan Pastel); I did this with a stump and blended lightly with my finger. I left the grass alone. Trace pumpkins on yellow/orange cardstock. Cut inside the lines. Glue behind pumpkins. Chalk a little orange (around facial features) on pumpkins to make them look like they are glowing. Chalk highlights on raven as shown. Optional: add a small eye with black Enamel Accents and a dot of highlight with white gel pen. Add branches to tree in a slightly misshapen way (it's a spooky tree!); chalk edges towards moon side (you may need to trim some branches to fit it inside card). For added dimension, rub behind elements with large ball stylus.

7. Adhere all elements where shown - using dimensional tape behind pumpkins and raven.

8. Die cut 2nd largest decorator tag from cream paper. Sponge Rusty Hinge Distress Ink through Shatter (Tim Holtz) stencil in top right corner of tag for a subtle spider web background. Randomly edge/sponge with Black Soot and Rusty Hinge for an aged look. Stamp Happy Halloween (Technique Tuesday Halloween Circles set) and spider (Studio G) in black ink as shown. Optional: add black Enamel Accents to body of spider. Glue bats as pictured. Cut orange paper 1 7/8 inches wide (the width is 6" from paper pad). Cut spiderweb paper 1 5/8 inches wide. Adhere spiderweb decorative paper centered in orange. Cut to width of card. Wrap Halloween twine around three times, securing in back. Adhere with dimensional tape to bottom of card. Tie a bow with twine. Add tag (with dimensional tape) and bow as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Black, Yellow/Orange
  • Patterned Paper: Authentique Enchanted 6x6 Paper Pad #ENC009
  • Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint
  • Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Gel Pen: Milky Yellow (or White with Color Added on Top)
  • Enamel Accents: Black
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz Shatter THS014
  • Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Halloween Circles
  • Spider Stamp (Studio G, Dollar Bin at Craft Store)
  • Twine: Halloween Colors (Black/Orange/White)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Circle Punch or Die - 1 1/2 Inch
  • Spider Web Large Double Punch - Martha Stewart/EK Success
  • Jolee's Boutique - Cute Spiders and Webs 50-20498
  • Enamel Dots
  • Optional: Glitter Nail Polish - Kleancolor 188 Black Out

Monday, September 7, 2015

Moody Ballerina Dancing Step-Ups Card

Created for the Oak Tree Stamps Design Team

Here's another card using the adorable Moody Ballerina stamp set by Oak Tree Stamps. This adorable image was watercolored in pink then given an added shimmer to her tutu thanks to a clear Wink of Stella brush pen. Right now Oak Tree Stamps is having a special - 5 stamp sets for $35 plus free shipping!

Making the Card

1. Using the main Sizzix Step-Ups card die, cut the card base from pink cardstock and fold as instructed. Cut striped patterned paper using the large decorator die for the center of the card. Cut the purple patterned paper with the side (starred) decorator pieces. Adhere decorator pieces where shown.

2. Stamp "Dance" and "Like no One's Watching" from Oak Tree Stamps: Moody Ballerina set on polkadot patterned paper as shown. Cut out. Measure and cut a strip of pink paper 1/8 inch larger in each dimension to frame the sentiment. Adhere together as shown.

3. Stamp three dancing ballerinas from Oak Tree Stamps: Moody Ballerina in waterproof black ink on watercolor paper. Watercolor images. Add clear Wink of Stella to each tutu. Carefully cut around each with detail scissors. I used a craft knife to cut out the smallest areas. From the back side, go around edges with a black marker (I used a black Copic Multiliner with brush nib tip). This hide the white edges and gives them a finished look.

4. Cut pink cardstock using Spellbinders Lacy Ovals (check size against ballerina). Cut oval from polkadot patterned paper; adhere to lacy oval. Adhere this to main card as shown. Adhere sentiment where shown using dimensional tape. Adhere ballerinas where shown using dimensional tape.

5. Die cut one frame edge from purple cardstock; add clear Wink of Stella. Adhere to bottom of card where shown. Cut two lengths of pink/white twine. Tie in a single bow. Adhere button and twine as shown.

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