Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Room Divider Card

Hi! Welcome and thanks for coming by today. Since it's my birthday today, I wanted to showcase something wonderful, beautiful, and unique and I hope I do just that. 

Today's card was inspired by a swap that I am taking part in where the liaison is teaching a number of new techniques that we are going to learn, create, and then swap. I know fun, right! If you are interested you can check out that group here

So the shape and fancy fold of this card is called a Room Divider Card. It's a pretty cool fold that stands up like a room divider, hence the name. 

You guessed right, for today's card I used the "Chillingsworth Manor" designer paper from Echo Park. I swear, I am going to make it through the  whole Halloween season using only this one paper pack. 

I also went ahead and used Green Duck's October Die Cut Kit for all of the accessories, except the sentiment which came from Graphic 45 "Eerie Tale." Don't you just love all of those die cuts!! The train was perfect for the middle of this card, and I honestly can't get over that adorable cat on the front. Seriously, this is a great monthly club so if you are interested you can check them out here

I found a single sheet of the Graphic 45 "Once Upon An Eerie Tale"  paper at my local Tuesday Morning, and this is my first G45 paper and so far, so good. You know G45 is like Tim Holtz where they have a very distinct image that can be a little scary, especially for a traditionalist like myself. My best advice for trailing outside your comfort zone is to just go for it and have fun playing around and figuring it out. Seriously, you never know what new and fun design niches you love if you don't try new things. Seriously, just do it! 

So anyway, thanks again for coming by today. I hope that you were encouraged to head a little outside of your comfort zone. :) See you back here soon. Happy Crafting. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Just For Fun: Cupcakes & Backgrounds! Oh My!

I have been showing you a lot of really fun ways to use JFF stamps when you are creating Halloween cards and pages and today I am going to take those same rubber Just For Fun stamps and switch things up a little bit.

For this card I used the Birthday Cupcake stamp set found here. I wanted the stamp to stick out, but I am also trying to finish off that very bold and very retired Confetti Wishes paper from CTMH, so I decided to use the stamp as a background stamp. I am hoping that this will let the multiple smaller stamps stand out against the bold DSP.  

In order to get that faint look from the stamp I used clear Versa Mark Ink and heat set the images prior to sponging ink onto the paper. Some tips if you are new to these techniques are to stamp in a triangular pattern. This creates a random, but not so random, pattern and is a small design secret (kind of like the rule of three's.) When stamping in a larger area I always tend to either have not enough or too many and this trick kind of helps out with that. Also when and if you decide to sponge ink a background always start in a circular motion with the sponge off the paper then slowly bring it to the area you wish to cover. 

Here is a closer look at the center of my card. 

To finish off the card I fussy cut out some flag templates and added a vellum sentiment. I love using these little sentiments because I can pick up a whole package really cheap and they work wonderful for quick and easy add-ons. 

I then continued to add to the card in a triangular pattern and added embellishments in two separate spots, the red gems in the corner and the best day ever batch. For the cluster next to the sentiment I just grabbed some "matching" items out of my stash and pieced them together. When I say matching I mean that they resemble the theme of the card and the color combinations, somewhat. 

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Of course I have some links for you guys to check out. If you are interested in seeing more of my projects using the JFF Stamps you can check them out here. I also have some awesome projects using that lovely and very bold Confetti Wishes paper pack and you can view those here. Then of course you can follow us at the JFF blog and come shop with us at the store

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Just For Fun: Stitched Jack-o-Lantern

Today's technique features a couple of new things, like a pieced together background and an amazing pumpkin stamp.

A while ago in my email I received a video from Jennifer McGuire teaching us how to use a inlay type of technique (you can find it here) and I decided that the background she created was beautiful so instead of creating the actual card I kind of went off on my own and came up with this card. 

The background is pieced together using scraps of paper from the Chillingsworth Manor paper pack. I then layered that on top of my black card base.

The Stitched Mouth Jack-o-Lantern image, which is a stamp from Just For Fun Stamps, is heat embossed using a black ink and a clear embossing powder.  Instead of coloring the image I decided to sponge it using Poppy, Ruby, and Fern inks. The "spooky" sentiment is from a friendly swap and is layered on top of a white banner (which I inked with black then faux stitched.)

 I hope you enjoyed my card for today! This card was my creation for this week's Sunny Day Crafting "Anything Goes" Challenge so I hope you come on over and play along with us.

Happy Crafting.

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