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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Wow! October 31st already - where do the months go??? Hope you get all treats and not tricks today ;o)

Card measures 4 3/4" x 5 7/8"

This very spooky LOL rat and pumpkin unmounted stamp is by After Midnight. I stamped it with Palette ink in Burnt Umber. I used a wet paintbrush and Lyra Aquacolor crayons to color it and the background in, and when it was dry I highlighted it with colored pencils.

Then I used black dye ink to stamp Happy Halloween (imaginations!), and the spider web and spider (Rubber Stamps of America). The eek! (Hero Arts alphabet set) was stamped on a tag I punched from white cs using McGill's MultiTags Scallop punch. The tag was edged in the Burnt Umber ink, a hole was punched, and applied to the staples holding down the ribbon by cutting a slit in the punched area. I put a slim pop-dot under it to give it a little height for dimension. The ribbon spool says American Crafts Elements.

I inked the edges only of the large Judi-kins crackled paint background stamp with Stampin' Up!'s Going Grey, stamped it over all, then edged the panel using a sponge dabbed in the same ink. I used the Burnt Umber to edge the green cardfront the same way.

When using large stamps, make sure your ink pad is wet enough to cover rubber easily, and consider investing in an oversized rigid stamping surface to get even coverage. I like the Sunday International Acrylic Mega Stamping Block which is 7 1/4" x 8 1/2" x 1/2", but a perfectly flat piece of wood, laminate, etc should work just fine. I actually put the acrylic on my wood floor, then the image panel, then the inked background stamp (upside down of course! >;o) and stepped on it to make sure the light grey ink transferred completely.

Congratulations if you've made it to the bottom of this post without drifting off! Here's a treat for you - look for a fun mechanical slide card post coming tomorrow!

Thanks for looking!


connie paxman said...

Nancy love how you used the crackle stamp to showcase the pumpkin and the mouse is so cute.
Glad to see you blog..great work.
connie Paxman

leenda said...

WOW! I sure got a treat by stopping here today! This is one creative & fantastic card!