Good morning, y’all – it’s Tuesday and I have a confession to make. This may come as a shocker.
I sometimes overthink my cards.
Yes – it’s true. I especially do this when I’ve spent the day doing all sorts of things that have nothing to do with making cards. Today – well, Monday – I moved furniture around in my living room. And laundered the dog-bed-turned-cat-bed. And vacuumed. And set up another table to make a photo-booth area. And talked on the phone with work. And with Wayne. Reset the clocks on the cat feeders. Scrubbed spots on the carpet.
The end result of all this spinning was that I started thinking about a card for today – Tuesday – at 5:30. That’s pretty late for me. The lateness just makes me hurry and make mistakes. And – overthink every little piece. 😉
I did have a sketch to work from, so that helped. And I did know I wanted to do a non-Christmas card. I figured Fall or Halloween. So I pulled out the new Jar of Haunts stamp set – which coordinates so nicely with the Everyday Jars Framelits!
So – I used Jar of Haunts and some Halloween Nights DSP, and this is what I came up with. Take a look-see:
I mentioned I had a sketch to help me out – it’s this week’s Mojo Monday sketch #462:
I started by making my Jar of Haunts central art piece. I stamped my ghoul-in-a-jar on a piece of Whisper White card stock, in Smoky Slate ink. Then I used my Blender Pens to color him in. I decided he was probably a Pumpkin Pie colored little ghoul – hiding in the jar from the spiders that are coming down all around him. Once I had him colored, I switched over to more Smoky Slate, and used my Blender Pens to shade his mummy-trappings….
Then I stamped the Jar of Haunts sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink right smack on top of him. I fussy cut him and used the Everyday Jars framelit to cut out a piece of Basic Gray card stock. I adhered the ghoul-in-a-jar to the gray jar, offsetting it just a little – more like a shadow than a mat.
For my card front, I used a piece of Cajun Craze card stock that I ran thru the Big Shot in my Woodland TIEF. Then I stamped a whole bunch of little Jar of Haunts spiders in Basic Black Archival Ink kind of all over, and used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add webs.
I SNAILd the card front to a Basic Gray mat. For the center element of the sketch, I dithered and hemmed and hawed (a by-product of overthinking) until I finally hit on the idea of making more mummy-trappings! I cut a bunch of 1/4″ wide strips of Whisper White card stock and adhered them across the card front with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I wrapped them around the card front and secured them all in the back with scotch tape. To make them look more like cloth – I used my Blender Pen and more Smoky Slate ink to shade them.
The two center panels are pieces of Halloween Nights DSP, matted on Basic Gray. I popped the dotted panel on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the spider web square with Liquid Glue (and one Dimensional down in the bottom right corner!). Then I added the shadowed-ghoul over the whole thing. To finish it off, I added a silver star from the Metallics Enamel Shapes.
On the inside, I started with a panel of Whisper White and added a Basic Gray-matted strip of the spider-web Halloween Nights DSP. Then I stamped a few more Basic Black Archival Ink spiders from Jar of Haunts. And added one more metallic silver star for good measure.
I added some webs with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and SNAILd the panel onto a Basic Gray mat. I SNAILd it into a Basic Black card base (this is a very Basic card, apparently!), popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
…and added an envelope flap covered with Halloween Nights DSP (and a few more spiders – there’s one hiding under the flap for the recipient to find!). Hmmm. Well – you’ll have to take my word on the spiders – appears I cut it off when I took the picture. Yup – great day!
Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this for yourself!
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Thoughtful Branches Bundle
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STAMPS-N-LINGERS 2016 HOLIDAY CATALOG SHARES
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Go to my 2016 Holiday Catalog Shares page – here – to see all the goodies and get signed up! Deadline to get on the list is 28 Aug!
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If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you’ll get the November kit free! Get all the details over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page.
When the Holiday Catalog goes live in 9 days, be sure to snag this Jar of Haunts and the Jar of Cheer – to go with the Everyday Jars Framelits, that I’m betting a bunch of you have already added to your tool box!
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
Soon, folks, soon I’ll be able to give you links to the Jar of Haunts stamp set and the Halloween Nights DSP!
CARD CUTS FOR THIS PROJECT:
Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Basic Gray Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/4″ x 4″ (mat for the spotted DSP); 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (mat for spider web DSP); 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat for inner liner strip); Everyday Jars cut out behind the ghoul-in-a-jar
Cajun Craze Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner); 1/4″ strips (mummy wrappings on card front); ghoul-in-a-jar
Halloween Nights DSP: 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ (spotted DSP panel); 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ (spider web DSP panel); 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner strip); envelope flap
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