Ghosts and goblins {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back with another Halloween card. Another cute one, and this came together so quickly.

I thought the ghost stamps in the Little Halloween 1 digi stamp set from Streamside Studios were sooo adorable, and couldn’t resist using a few of them. There are mummies, pumpkins and some candy in the set as well, in addition to a few sentiments. I used one of the sentiments too, and also used the silhouette from the Spooky House stamp set in the background.

I colored the ghosts with Copics, and used a yellow and a grey marker to color the windows. Most of the rooms have the lights on, but by coloring two windows grey, it gives the illusion that the lights aren’t on in those particular rooms. I also used the grey to add a silhouette of a person in one of the lit rooms, upping the creep factor a tiny bit.

I masked off the ghosts and the house before I ink blended the nighttime sky. I used Eiffel Tower ink from My Favorite Things as well as Distress Inks in the colors Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky. Evidently, I’d used the paper I laid down to do my ink blending on to catch overspray from another project I added shimmer to, so the sky has a subtle shimmer to it when you tilt the card in the light. Completely unintentional, but not the worst thing in the world. My ink pads are now a little shimmery too, but it’s not too bad.

I decided to also add an acetate ghost outside the top window of the haunted house. The ghost is from the Candy Corn mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I added my panel to a piece of white cardstock, and then adhered everything to a card base I created from Orange Zest cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

Very simple color palette for this one.

Boo! {Lee Holland Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back with another Halloween card. I don’t make many Halloween cards, and the few that I do make are more on the cutesy side than the scary one. This little Dragon Scared of Spider image from Lee Holland Designs definitely fits my kind of Halloween card. I’m not sure who’s really scaring who in this stamp, the spider is running away, after all.

Halloween isn’t really a big thing in Norway, but this image was so cute I just couldn’t resist. I colored up the ground, pumpkins and leaves before asking my “twin” Liz for a color suggestion for the actual dragon, thinking in my mind “please don’t say purple”. What did she choose? It was inevitable, I knew she’d say purple, she even said which purples to use. I actually think he’s cute in purple, and I don’t think I’ve colored one of Lee’s dragons purple before, so I guess it was about time.

Once I finished coloring, I embraced the purple, stamping the Boo! sentiment from the Itty Bitty Boos stamp set from My Favorite Things using Deep Iris ink from Altenew. I then die cut the largest frame in the Scallop Frames die set from Pretty Pink Posh from Amethyst Allure cardstock from Papertrey Ink, adding two additional white die cuts behind it for dimension.

The outside dimensions of the die cut frame are 4 x 5″, so I cut 1/4″ off the height of my card base, making it 4 1/4 x 5 1/4″ instead of the normal A2 size to get an even white border on the outside of it.

The sentiment is tiny, and to draw the eye to it I decided to add a couple of gems. These are from the Meraki Sparkle Red Illusion jar. They’re color changing glass rhinestones, and this color was perfect for this card.

If you look at the various photos in this post, you’ll see that these rhinestones appear to have different colors depending on how the light hits them, it’s a really cool effect. In this photo, you can also see the dimension added by using stacked die cuts.

Fairly simple color palette for this card. It was a pretty quick image to color too!

Boo! {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a fun Halloween card to share today featuring the Bewitching mice digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. This set was actually released last year, and it’s full of images to create a cute Halloween scene.

This set comes with sooo many images, and I’ve actually used 11 different ones for this card. I added the lines for the shelf with a black pen, but everything else in the scene comes in the one stamp set.

I’m known on the design team for occasionally printing my images very small. This time I might have set a new record, the mouse and the eyeballs in this scene were so small, they were tricky to color, but I really wanted them this size to fit the scene and the card design.

Once I finished the coloring, I trimmed the panel down to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2″, and put it aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I created a card base from Cement Gray cardstock from My Favorite Things, added three 1/4″ strips of cardstock in colors that matched the scene (Royal Velvet from Papertrey Ink, Orange Zest from Papertrey Ink, Sour Apple from My Favorite Things), before I mounted the scene on top using plenty of foam tape.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Boos stamp set from My Favorite Things, added a few more layers of cardstock behind it for stability and dimension and finished off the card with a trio of acetate ghosts from the Candy Corn mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Lots of Copics for this little scene.

Have a sweet Halloween {Streamside Studios}

Hi! I don’t usually make Halloween cards, but last year I colored up these candies from the Halloween Fairy Fun stamp set from Streamside Studios, and I figured it was about time I created something from my colored panel. That something turned out to be a card. Maybe I’ll actually send this to someone.

In the stamp set, there are three fairies, a few ghosts, an adorable bat (yes, it’s adorable) and various accessories. Among them are different candies. I created a panel of these candies, and colored them in with my Copics using very Halloween-y colors. That was last year.

I wasn’t sure what to do with my colored background, but I didn’t want to cover too much of it, and opted for a very simple design. Using the largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things, I turned my colored piece into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge. I love these faux stitch dies from MFT and use them for nearly every card I make. It adds such a wonderful detail. It’s all in the details, to paraphrase a famous German architect.

I adhered my die cut panel onto a card base I created from Royal Velvet cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s a deep purple that goes well with the coloring.

Using the Impact alphabet die set from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters to spell SWEET four times from black cardstock and once from X-Press It blending card that I’d colored with Copics to create an ombré effect that would match the coloring of the candies. I stacked the die cut letters to create dimension and adhered them to my card.

I created the remainder of my sentiment in Photoshop and printed it, cut it down to two strips and added them on top of the letters with an extra strip of black cardstock behind for a little added dimension and stability. I added three enamel dots from Papirdesign (yellow and orange) and Altenew (purple) to finish my card.

Not a lot of colors for this one, and yet they’re very Halloween-y.

Happy Halloween {Streamside Studios}

Hi! I’m sharing a Halloween card today, featuring the Patchpals Halloween digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. The set comes with a couple of tombstones, two bats, two cats, two pumpkins, two cute ghosts, a cute Frankenstein and various sentiments. I used the bats, one of the cats, a tombstone, pumpkin and both ghost for this card.

I wanted a really dark, intense moon to illuminate and cast shadows in my scene. Once I’d placed all the different images where I wanted them in Photoshop, I drew a large circle to create the edges of my moon. I set the opacity very low, so I could use it as a guide when I did the actual coloring to get a perfect circle and not have any black lines around the edges.

My original plan when I colored this scene (which was actually last year) was to create a shaker card where the tombstone was the actual shaker recessed into the card, while everything else was popped up. Plans change, though, and when I sat down to actually make the card I decided to go for a very simple approach. I glued my colored panel onto a card base made from Sour Apple cardstock from My Favorite Things, and that was it. No embellishments, no nothing. Some people might call this a one layer card, but to me, a one layer card is one where everything is done on the card base. This is adhered to the card base, so I wouldn’t technically call it a one layer card. What do you think? One layer or not? What’s your definition of a one layer card?

Not a whole lot of Copics, given the fact that the entire front panel is colored in.

Bøø {Streamside Studios}

Hi! We’ve got a fun spook-tacular Instagram hop happening today for Streamside Studios, but I thought I’d share my project here as well.

This cute vampire is from the My Little Pet Ghost stamp set. There’s also a witch in the same set that I used for a similar treat bag, which you can read all about in this blog post. For today’s treat bag, I colored the vampire with Copics, fussy cut him and added him onto my treat bag using 1 mm foam squares for a tiny bit of dimension. On the treat bag itself, I used a mini layering stencil from Tim Holtz along with Eiffel Tower ink from My Favorite Things to create the brick pattern on the front. On the inside, I glued a piece of patterned paper from My Favorite Things to get a little more orange in there. I colored some white letter stickers from Papirdesign with Copics (E08, YR07 and Y38 for an ombré look) and adhered the letters next to my little vampire. I created a hole near the top with the smallest die in the Labels Trio set from Spellbinders, added some orange ribbon and tied a bow around it using Black Licorice Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics.

I colored this vampire on the same day that I colored the witch, and I used the exact same colors.

Witch better have my candy {Streamside Studios}

Witch way to the party? I’m sharing a treat holder today for Halloween. I try not to make too many Halloween cards, simply because I have no idea who I’d send them to. I do make the occasional Halloween project that isn’t a card, though.

This cute witch is part of the My Little Pet Ghost digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. There are lots of of other images in the set, but today, I only used the witch. I colored her and fussy cut her, before using foam squares to mount her onto my treat holder. These treat holders are super easy to make. Start with a piece of cardstock (or patterned paper if you want, if it’s heavyweight enough) that measures 3 1/8 x 10 1/2″. Score on the long side at 4 1/2 and 6″, and you have the outer part all done, ready to be decorated however you want. Score a 4 1/2 x 3 1/2″ panel 1″ from all four sides, cut, fold and glue along the flaps and glue it to the inside bottom of the outer part. Super simple.

I did ink blending on this one, using the Slimline Cloud Edges stencil from My Favorite Things and inks from Altenew in the colors Deep Iris, Lavender Fields and Soft Lilac. I used the House on the Horizon die from Simon Says Stamp and die cut that from True Black cardstock from Papertrey Ink and adhered it directly onto my ink blended piece. Using a yellow Copic marker, I quickly colored in the windows and door of the house. I colored some white letter stickers from Papirdesign to match the orange on the girl, and adhered the letters next to her feet, before finishing off with a few ghosts from the Candy Corn mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I put a scrap piece of patterned paper on the inside back for a little extra visual interest, die cut holes through both layers and added a piece of ribbon and some twine to finish.

Simple, Halloweeny color palette.

Uhuuuuu {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! Dagens prosjekt er årets siste Halloweenprosjekt, jeg lover. Av og til er det enkle det beste, og dette er virkelig enkelt.

Jeg har laget et lite hylster til en bitteliten sjokolade (eventyrsjokolade). Denne er superenkel å lage, og krever egentlig ikke at du måler heller. Jeg sørget for at mønsterarket mitt var langt nok til at sjokoladen fikk plass inni og jeg samtidig kunne lime den sammen i den ene enden og lage et hull i den andre enden til å træ bånd gjennom.

Jeg syns svart og grått passer bra til Halloween, så jeg fant frem et mønsterark fra Papirdesign som jeg syns var fint. Det er egentlig et fotballark som tilhører en konfirmasjonsserie, men jeg syns det var ypperlig til Halloween også. Jeg brettet arket rundt sjokoladen og limte igjen i den ene enden. Gjennom hullene i den andre enden trædde jeg et oransje bånd. Deretter dyttet jeg inn sjokoladen, så båndet går rundt sjokoladen. Jeg knøt fast båndenene, og når man drar i båndet kommer sjokoladen ut.

Det er en ganske effektiv måte å få ut sjokoladen på, samtidig som båndet pynter opp en ellers veldig enkel innpakning. Jeg pyntet ellers veldig enkelt med tekststripe, spøkelse og oransje dotter, alle fra Papirdesign. Dette prosjektet kan lett masseproduseres, så da er det kjekt at det er litt enkelt.

Heksebrygg {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! Jeg fortsetter med Halloweenprosjekter, selv om vi teknisk sett er ferdig med Halloween. Denne gangen har jeg en liten heksegryte å vise frem, publisert i oktobernummeret av Ett trykk.

Jeg bygde heksegryten min av kartong som allerede er full av rynker. Det gir en litt morsom tekstur allerede før du begynner. Jeg prøvde meg frem litt og endte opp med å lage en mal for meg selv. Jeg lagde fem like biter som jeg limte sammen for å lage gryten min. Øverst krøllet jeg kartongen utover, så jeg fikk en litt pyntet kant. Jeg satte halvperler under gryten som føtter, og skrev teksten ut fra Photoshop på kartong og limte på siden av gryten. Jeg limte på et par spøkelser fra et mønsterark fra Papirdesign som pynt.

Death by chocolate {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! Selv om Halloween var i går har jeg et Halloweenprosjekt å vise frem i dag, publisert i oktobernummeret av Ett trykk. I hvert nummer av bladet har vi en sesongmal som vi følger, og for oktobernummeret var malen på en kiste. Jeg brukte den samme malen i fjor og lagde en godterikiste, så da vi skulle bruke den til Halloweenartikkel i bladet i år ville jeg lage en litt annen variant. Jeg kopierte malen i 70% størrelse, så min kiste ble ganske liten. Selve esken er brettet av svart Bazzill, og jeg har brukt et mønsterark fra Papirdesign til å lage lokket. Teksten fant jeg på nettet, og jeg syns den passet så bra til en kiste at jeg skrev den i en passende font i Photoshop og tok den på en oransje bakgrunn som kom til å passe til det oransje båndet jeg skulle ha rundt. Jeg stanset ut tekstpanelet mitt med en die som hadde en form som minnet meg litt om spindelvevet i mønsterarket. Det får alt til å se ut som det hører sammen, så jeg limte tekstfeltet mitt rett på det oransje båndet, og vips hadde jeg et enkelt magebelte til å gå rundt kisten. Som pynt klippet jeg ut et par spøkelser fra et mønsterark og limte på.

Esken måtte selvsagt fylles med sjokolade. Med tanke på teksten på lokket var det det eneste som ga mening. Jeg endte opp med porsjonsbiter med After Eight. De er ikke veldig store, men esken var liten, så det var ikke plass til mange nedi.