Saturday, September 17, 2016
Happy Halloween - Times Two
I created 2 Halloween cards for the Stella Says Sketch Challenge #413 at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog. Both cards will go to Send a Smile 4 Kids.
For my first project, I created a landscape format card. I used the "Halloween Pumpkin" image from Bugaboo Stamps, and printed it onto a piece of kraft cardstock. I die cut that with a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die, and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I also added some shine to the spiders' eyes with a Sakura black glaze pen. For the mat, I used the largest of Spellbinders' "Beaded Ovals" dies (apparently discontinued), and cut it from a light yellow-orange cardstock. I glued that to a piece of black cardstock, and cut around the edge, just to have a solid color peeking through the spaces in the die cut. Finally, I glued my focal image oval to the beaded oval mat.
I created a blank A2-size "canvas" in Photoshop. I also scanned the beaded oval die cut into the computer, and opened it in Photoshop. I moved that to my blank canvas, and positioned it where I wanted it to be on my finished card. I used that to help me position my greeting, which I created. I then printed that onto a piece of kraft cardstock cut to 4.25x5.5".
I cut a piece of patterned paper from Recollections' "Witch's Dust Halloween" 4.5x6.5" pad for the strip behind my focal panel. I also die cut black borders using the smaller of the "Scallop Border" dies from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I adhered the borders behind the top & bottom of the patterned paper strip, and glued my focal panel to that. I then adhered the whole piece to my card front, and mounted that to a white A2 card base. I finished it off by threading some embroidery floss through a button, tying it in a knot, and gluing the button to my card.
For my second card, I did basically the same procedure, but on a portrait card. I used Bugaboo's "Chubby Ghost Sucker" image; printed it on white cardstock; and colored with my Prismacolors, adding just a bit of shading to the ghost. I cut a beaded oval from black cardstock, and backed it with orange. My patterned paper strip is from Echo Park's "The Story of Fall" 6x6" pad. I did the greeting the same way as in my first card, and printed it on a piece of white cardstock. After I assembled the card, I die cut a button using a My Favorite Things "Vintage Buttons" die. I glued that in place without threading it, and applied a coat of Glossy Accents just to the button.