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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Die-na-mite Halloween card

  Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

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The Theme is "Die-na-mite" 

Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus, or work in the background to make your project a little extra mighty.  

For my project, I chose to make a Halloween card. This year I am going to try really hard to get a few out to some family and a few special mail art friends I have been super neglecting for a while. 

To start I cut out the small pumpkin from the new Tim Holtz- "Pumpkin Patch, Colorize" die set. I added some of the new mica sprays to my black layer, and my top orange layer. I also lightly inked with vintage photo distress ink on the edges of each piece. To glue everything together I used collage medium (my go to matte glue).

Next, I went through my background box, and found a leafy background I had created using various distress inks and oxides with a Dylusions stencil (and water flicks of course).  I also had this wood frame sitting on my desk from another Idea that hadn't worked out like I wanted. I thought it looked so perfect with the leaves so I decided to add it (It was created using a 3D wood grain embossing folder on brown cardstock, then using a rectangle nesting die to cut out the center to create a frame). 

From here, I got in the groove, and totally forgot to take progress photos, but I stamped the "wishing you a spooky Halloween" from the "Monstrous" stamp set by Tim Holtz in black soot- Archival ink (since I am stamping over oxides I used my stamping tool to stamp it several times so that the color would really pop).

I also used white heat embossing with a spider web stamp from the "Tangled Webs" stamp set by Tim Holtz. 

The tiny bats I added were from the die set "Vault series: Halloween 2021" (Yes the pumpkin patch set comes with bats, but for whatever reason I liked these tiny bats better. lol).

To add to the look of the frame I added the screw heads to the corners of the frame. I thought this gave a little extra something to the look. I also added grit paste to the screws and the area around them for a worn texture (I used the new Halloween grit paste, but since I ended up covering it up any of the translucent grit paste would have worked). 

Once that was dry, I used distress crayons to make the wood grain pop more, and to add a bit of rusty/grunginess around the screws.  

Last to finish off the pumpkins, I used a white gel pen to add random highlights to the pumpkin so that it would really pop off of the card (which was adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension).

Products Used:

Dies: Pumpkin Patch, Vault series: Halloween 2021, Rectangle nesting die (I used an old retired set, but any would work).

Grit Paste (I used Tombstone, but THIS will work too)

Tim Holtz 3D wood grain embossing folder

Stamps: Tangled Webs, Monstrous

Inks: Distress inks, Distress Oxides, Black Soot Archival, Embossing ink pad

Prima Junk Yard Findings (these are old so not sure if they still make them) You can also use Hardware Heads by Tim Holtz (my usual go to)

White Embossing powder

Distress Crayons (sets 7 & 10 are perfect for rust, and #3 is of course needed for the white highlights)

Tim Holtz Halloween Mica Sprays -Set 1

Collage Medium

Dylusions Stencil - Leaves 

1 comment:

  1. Super fun Halloween card! I love the background in green shades with the fun Jack O Lantern!


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