Halloween Delight #7 – dipping into Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I was in Michaels with my mom and saw a display for Halloween supplies for sale and what did I get – a set of Tim Holtz mini Distress inks and a Recollections Haunted House stamp. The ink shades were spiced marmalade, seedless preserves, black soot and crushed olive. I was super excited to start my Distress Ink collection.

recollections haunted house stamp


I knew I wanted this to be the focal point of my next card. I stamped this on a piece of plain white cardstock (90lb) with MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice and die cut it with a rectangle die from a Sizzix rectangle framelit die set I bought from Zulily. Brainstorming on the fly, I decided to use a Taylored Expressions Tangled Webs embossing folder on a A2 notecard and then color it with my distress inks. This would be the first time I ever used an embossing folder so I made sure to read the directions to achieve the best sandwich for my Vintaj Big Kick machine.

Moving on, I tackled the blending of the three colors I purchased. I didn’t think they would blend so well together, but they actually did and even if they hadn’t I knew my main Haunted House image would disguise the color separations. For extra interest I opened my trusty bag of pre-made My Mind’s Eye die cuts (Something Wicked bag set) and grabbed three banners. After fiddling with their positions, I adhered them with an adhesive runner. Almost done…I then found myself with a need for DIMENSION so I added mounting tape to the back of the haunted house and attached it to the card base.





Halloween Delight #6 – Sisterly Love


This card is particularly special to me because I created it for my older sister who is a teacher in Northern California. I always tease her about her similarities to a witch and when I saw this Stampendous stamp I knew that’s what I wanted to make the focal point of her Halloween card.

The card base for this card was a A6 folded card in Poppy from papersource.com. The card panel was chosen from the Taylored Expressions Hocus Pocus 6×6 paper pad (item #TEPP102). I cut down this sheet with my Fiskar SureCut cardmaking paper trimmer and adhered it to the card base with a no name adhesive runner. I took a black sheet of cardstock from my Recollections 65lb Sassy cardstock set and used a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die to cut out a stitched card panel.

With fear and trembling I moved on to my embossing. This is a gorgeous technique, but IMO can sometimes be very finicky. Through trial and error I’ve learned that your results can have a lot to do with your weather conditions. Prior to trying this for my sister’s card I had attempted heat embossing several times. The first two attempted failures I attribute to user error (learning the heating gun and proper procedure with the watermark ink pad) and the last failure [I still fail sometimes 🙂 ] was due to a terrible heatwave in Los Angeles. I digress. I used my Versamark watermark pad to stamp the image and went over it with WOW embossing powder in Fluorescent Orange. Success!


I think all cardmakers can recall when they had their first real accomplishment with the embossing powder technique. I literally jumped up and danced around my kitchen. I was that excited.

It was now time to assemble my card. I knew that I wanted the witch image to jump out at my sister so I took my Elmer’s craft mounting tape and used it to pop the card panel up. To finish the card I took my Taylored Expressions Big Bold Halloween stamp set and stamped the sentiment Trick or Treat Smell my Feet on the inside of the card with my Ranger Pigment Ink pad in Black Tie. I slipped it inside a black envelope and then inside of a bubble mailer, labeled it FRAGILE DO NOT BEND and mailed it off.

I’m happy to say that my sister loved the card and used it to decorate her desk at work.

Sister's work desk
Sister’s work desk


Halloween Delight #5 – Friends Forever


Something about Halloween always seems to get me. I was on the phone with one of my sorority sisters who happened to be in Hong Kong for work when I got the brilliant idea to make her a card.

I knew I wanted it to be simple but colorful and I also wanted to bring a smile to my friend’s face when she received it at work.

I took a piece of black cardstock as well as a piece out of the Doodlebug designs October 31st paper pad collection and cut out a rectangle using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die set. I used a no name adhesive runner to attach these two to the card base. Now came the tricky part. I had a nice sized package of pre-made die cuts from the My Mind’s eye Something Wicked set. Thankfully, it wasn’t hard to settle on a skull image and an October 31 banner. After a bit of maneuvering I had these glued down flat, but I wanted some dimension. I used the smallest rectangle die from the Lawn Fawn set and stamped my sentiment in Hero Arts Shadow Ink Royal Red.



Halloween Delight #4 (SHAKER CARD)


This is really the time of the shaker card. I told myself two weeks ago that I was going to try to make one and here it is. Well, technically this is the second one, but it looks better than the first one. :wink wink:

I bought this Stampendous Raven CRR152 background stamp with my sister and I in mind. Every year we watch the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes and we always remember the episode where they did a rendition of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. So I had no choice, but to make a shaker card out of it.

My card base is an A6 note card in Papaya from Papersource.com. I stamped the raven image on some 90lb white cardstock. Once dry I went over the image with my Ranger mini-ink blending tool and the Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spiced Marmalade. I can be honest and say that I got very excited once that part was done. IMO it looked amazing! I could see why people love using the Distress Inks.

20151029_232503After attaching the raven image to the card base I started on the front of the shaker card. I used a skull paper from the Doodlebug designs October 31 paper pad collection and a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die to create the top part of my card. I glued a piece of 3m Transparency Film to the cut out and added some Elmer’s craft mounting tape to the back. And here comes the fun part. Adding sequins! I grabbed a nice sized amount of sequins (orange, green, iridescent white, white and black), dropped then in the middle of the raven image and oh so carefully attached the front panel to the card base.

SUCCESS! :The crowd roars:

I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of cardstock with a Ranger Dye ink pad in Blue Ribbon, rounded the corners, and slapped it on the bottom right corner.

I am so happy with this first go round with this Shaker card technique. I can’t wait to try different designs and hopefully in the future become a Shaker card Master. 🙂


Halloween Delight #3

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I thought I would try something that was outside of my comfort zone and elements hanging off the sides of the card base fit the bill perfectly. (I have to ease my way into this 🙂 ) I decided my card base would be white, but I’d try some prints and color for the card panels. The bottom skull print paper (Doodlebug design October31 6×6 paper pad) was die cut using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. I settled on two solid print pieces of cardstock and die cut those as well with the Lawn Fawn die.

I used my Echo Park Autumn Pumpkin die set to cut out two pumpkins and adhered both to the purple panel with Tombow mono Multi-liquid glue, but I used Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere the sequins.


And last but certainly not least I used my MFT Hybrid Inkpad in Black Licorice to stamp the Taylored Expressions Big Bold Halloween sentiment.


Halloween Delight #2 Co-Worker

20151029_232132Time to make some cards for my co-workers for Halloween! Some I wanted to make simple and some a bit more involved. This is a more simple one for my Office Manager.

I started off with a plain solid white A2 card base.

I then grabbed a cute orange and black polkadot sheet from the Taylored Expressions Hocus Pocus TEPP102 6×6 paper pad. With my card panel figured out I decided to use a Stampendous Mirror Mirror rubber stamp with the My Favorite Things Hybrid ink in Black Licorice. After that dried I went over it with my Range Blending tool and the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive. I adhered both to the card panel with a no name adhesive runner.

And finally to jazz it up a bit I took a pre-made hocus pocus banner from the My Mind’s Eye Something Wicked Mixed Bag SW1021 and used some Elmer’s craft mounting tape to add some dimension as I glued it to the panel.

99 cent store sequins in Citrus and Blk & White classic

I then glued some sequins from these two kits with some Ranger Glossy Accents. Fin!


Halloween Delight #1 2015

This is super nerve wracking! Officially, this is my first post on this blog. I recently decided to pick up a hobby and it seemed like kismet when I started watching Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner on YouTube. What started off as “oh that’s so cute” quickly morphed into “I’d like to try that.” I am a newbie to crafting, but I love card making. There are so many styles and so much to fall in love with. I finally made the decision to try out crafting and Halloween is my first holiday project.

Pumpkin Night
Pumpkin Night

To start, for my top card panel I used a solid white piece of white 90lb Springhill digital cardstock. I then used my Ranger mini blending tool along with Ranger Mini Distress Ink in salty ocean,  Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Blue Ribbon and Colorbox archival dye ink in Wicked Black to create a night time scene for my pumpkins.


After allowing the backdrop to dry I took some Ranger texture paste, a palette knife and my Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil to spread a few stars across the “night sky.” This was my first stab at adding texture paste as a dimensional addition to my cards and I think I did okay. 🙂 While allowing it to dry, I moved on to die cutting my pumpkins. I used an Echo Park Paper Co. Designer Dies Christmas Pumpkins Autumn die set with some plain green cardstock and some orange textured cardstock that I had in my personal stash.

Once the texture paste dried I cut down one of the pumpkin papers from Doodlebug’s October 31st 6×6 paper pad collection and adhered it to my card base (A6 papaya folded card from Papersource.com). It was then time to assemble my card! I adhered the stems to the pumpkins and the actual pumpkins to the card panel with Tombow mono multi-liquid glue.

Now for the boo-boos. hehe I attempted to use my Hero Arts pigment ink in Unicorn to stamp my sentiment (Taylored Expressions Big Bold Halloween set), but it was a NO GO. To cover it, I re-stamped the sentiment on matching green cardstock with My Favorite Things hybrid ink in Black Licorice and used an adhesive runner on top of it.

Ta da! My card is complete.