Stampin’ Up! Life is Beautiful Hallows Night with Video Tutorial for The Paper Players

Hey y’all – it’s Sunday, which means I’ve got another fun challenge for you from the Paper Players – LeAnn’s given us a Clean-and-Simple challenge to work with this week!  🙂 It’s a good one – and one that I know will give your creative mojo a bump!  So I hope you’ll come and play along with us!

If you were able to join me yesterday for my Facebook Live video, I appreciate you spending some of your weekend with me!  If you weren’t able to watch the live version, but you’d like to see the replay on YouTube…here ’tis!

So – funny story.  LAST Sunday – remember my card?  Check it out right here.  It was a CAS Pets card.  Why?  Cuz…I totally messed up and did the wrong challenge for the Players!  Doh!

But that IS the challenge for THIS week – so…the cat punch makes another showing!  I used it – and the Life is Beautiful stamp set, along with the Hallows Night Magic Bundle and some not-real-spooky Magic in This Night DSP – to make…a double-easel fun fold card.  Take a look-see:

And here’s our Paper Players challenge!

And the layout is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

The card base is just a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Basic Black folded into a portrait tent-fold card.

Then I cut and folded a piece of Bumble Bee card stock – 4″ x 10″, score and fold at 5 1/4″ and 7 5/8″ – to create the double-easel itself.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the easel to the front of the Basic Black card base.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere a piece of bat-strewn paper from the Magic in This Night DSP to the top – largest – panel.  Then two smaller pieces in a coordinating pattern – to the two smaller panels.

The “moon” is a piece of Bumble Bee card stock, cut with the largest smooth-edged Layering Circles die.  I used a Sponge Dauber to lightly sponge some Bumble Bee ink onto the moon – to create a little depth.  And to look more moon-like and less cardstock-circle-like!

I placed the circle in my Stamparatus and stamped the tree branches from the Life is Beautiful stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

While the ink got good and dry, I stamped the pretty label image from Hallows Night Magic in Tuxedo Black on a piece of Bumble Bee.  Then I added the sentiment.

When IT was all dry, I cut it with the matching die in the Halloween Dies set and adhered it to the front small panel of the easel.

I punched the kitty in Basic Black using the Cat Punch.  Then I did a dry fit of the moon and the cat – and popped the moon into place with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals on the large main panel.  I used some Liquid Glue to adhere the cat on the front fold.

Using the bat dies in the Halloween Magic Dies, I cut a few from Black Glimmer Paper and adhered two on the moon and popped the last one onto the sentiment label with a Black Stampin’ Dimensional.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I again used my Stamparatus to add the spooky tree image from Life is Beautiful in Tuxedo Black to a Whisper White panel.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Bumble Bee mat and into the card base and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Tuxedo Black tree on the front…

…and a little more Magic in This Night DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Hardly any white – but…it looks clean-and-simple to me! 🙂  I’d planned a top-fold Joy Fold card – but…the design that was in my head with the Cat Punch against the Life Is Beautiful tree silhouette on the moon…just screamed DOUBLE-EASEL!  And the Hallows Night Magic stamp set – with the fun Halloween Dies is the perfect accompaniment!

I hope you like!

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Now – before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

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Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Cat punch

Bumble Bee Card Stock: 4″ x 10″ (double easel – scored and folded at 5 1/4″ and 7 5/8″ on the long side); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for inner liner); Layering Circle die cut (moon); Halloween Magic Die Cut label (sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Black Glimmer Paper: Halloween Magic Die bats

Magic In This Night DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (large easel panel); 2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ (x 2 – small easel panels); envelope flap

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Finn Fan Fix 

Ever have one of those days?

Raining outside.  Gloomy.

One of those…roll over days? No real point in even getting outta bed?


Not even the squirrels want to play…



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28 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Life is Beautiful Hallows Night with Video Tutorial for The Paper Players

  1. Such an awesome card Mary 🙂 I always love your easel cards, you’ve been my inspiration for making them. Love the 3D effect with your cat, tree and moon. Thanks for the great video!!

    • stampsnlingers

      Aww – thank you for that, Karen! You’re sweet! We’re the fun-fold queens of the team, I think! 🙂

  2. That’s such an awesome card Mary! Love the fun design and the kitty in front of the spooky moon is perfect. 🙂 Poor Finn…it is rough when those fair weather squirrels won’t come out to play.

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – they’re wussies for sure! 😉 Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  3. I love your spooky Halloween card! And I love how you’ve made this fun fold work with the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  4. Susan K

    Looks clean and simple to me—for a Mary-card. I love it. The cat stands out against the big moon.
    I get where Finn is coming from—had several of those days myself lately, esp with all the rain!

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – it’s all relative, right? 😉 And yes – there’ve been a few days where it would be SOO much nicer to just stay in bed! Thank you so much, Susan! 🙂

  5. What a great way to use that tree….and the cat! Spooky but fun…the fold is awesome too!

  6. betty5275

    Would you be so kind as to help me find your card on YouTube??
    It has three layers on the front of the card and was made with red and a cinnamon paper and inks.
    And it used the fern stamp set.
    Thank you very much,
    Betty Kaiser

    • stampsnlingers

      Hey Betty thanks for reaching out but…I’m going to need a picture or some more info – I’m so sorry! 🙁 Also – not every card that I post has a corresponding video… 🙁

  7. I love how you got the weeks mixed up, Mary, it’s not hard to do for sure. However, you’ve made another fabulous card with the cat, and a grand one for Halloween as well! Love the easel design and wonderful font for the sentiment too!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Stef – I started writing the DATE on the printed out challenge banners that I’ve got stuck in my planner! I’m just SURE I won’t mess up again! ROFL! 🙂

  8. Pet challenge, take 2…check! Lol! Such a fun halloween card and is especially perfect with that sweet kitty. Awesome fun fold, too.

    • stampsnlingers

      Right? I’ve done more pet-related cards in the past couple of weeks than I’ve done in years! LOL – but they’re fun, so…Yeah! Thanks so much, Anne Marie! 🙂

  9. Judy Rozema

    Such a fun card. I love the Z fold. Thank you for playing along at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. jentimko

    This is such a great card! I cannot resist a black cat and this one is such fun. So glad to see you this week at FMS!

  11. Ann Wilcox Schach

    Best Halloween card ever, Mary! I love this black cat silhouetted against the harvest moon! Great job!!!

  12. Fabulous use of a step card and I love that wonderful silhouette scene.

  13. Joanne James

    Love the cat silhouette against the bright yellow moon, with a few bats and cobwebs for good measure. A fun fold for a fun Halloween card this week Mary!

  14. Such a fun card for Halloween! So love your color scheme and fancy fold.

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