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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Take Another Look

Let's take another look at a card posted for the Watercooler Blog Hop (here):

This card uses almost all of my favorite stamps and dies from the Spooky Fun and Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies sets.  And I had such fun creating it.  The card layout was new to me.  I had seen some of these fun-fold cards on other blogs, and decided this was the perfect time to try it myself.  Look what happens when you open it up:

The card is 5-1/2" x 11", scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  An easy way to make one of these is to first cut your cardstock 6-3/4" x 11"; score as above, then cut 1-1/4" off the long side.  Flip this piece over and you have the bottom edge of your card with the score lines already in place.

But because I was using the fence from the Halloween Scenes Edgelits, I cut this separately (one loooonnng piece, moving the die and matching it up all the way along the edge).  I set that piece aside to use later.  I also cut out two of the trees, using Basic Black.

Next I took three pieces of Whisper White cardstock to create the panels of the card.  These were sponged with "spooky sky" colors; I placed my trees on the panels so I knew where to start my sunset, and then sponged Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and finally Night of Navy across the top of the card, blending the colors as I went along.  Once the sponging was done, I adhered the panels to my card.

But I still needed a "hill" in the center, connecting the two trees.  So I just laid the trees next to a piece of Basic Black and hand drew/cut my hill.  These were all adhered to my card.

I also stamped my witch (Memento Tuxedo Black), pumpkins, tombstones and bats.  The witch, pumpkins and tombstones were cut out with the matching dies, and I stamped the ghosts on Vellum cardstock and fussy-cut them.  These are adhered behind the tombstones.

Now that long I was making the card, I knew I wanted something along the bottom, but what to write?  I kept thinking and thinking, and suddenly I had a rhyme:  "Witches and goblins, oh what a fright; spooky, scary Halloween Night"

I admit that I had no idea how long this phrase would be; I carefully snipped the Whisper White strips, following the curve of the fence, and just started stamping the phrase, using Labeler Alphabet (love this!  So easy to line up the letters in the words).  As I got to the "spooky, scary" part, I knew I was in deep doo doo...I didn't have enough room.

What to do...what to do...

After all the time I had put into creating this, I wasn't letting a few little words stop me...

I just extended my phrase, adding in one more strip of white cardstock.  So there!

And there you have it!  Creative genius at work...certainly not perfect, but I'm in love with the end product.  And I'm pretty sure my grandkids will love this too!

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  1. I love this card more than I can say! CASE-ing it may be beyond my talent, but I may try. You have done a spooktacular job (sorry, just had to do that!).

    1. Why thank you Kathy! You made me laugh out loud, sitting here in my kitchen! Please try to CASE it--it's really not THAT difficult once you get the hang of all the sponging. Spooky night skies are my specialty--about the only thing I can sponge, but I love the way this came out. And the special fun-fold is easy! Let me know where I can see your results. Have fun!