Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Charm of Powerful Trouble!

Toil & Trouble Halloween Card #halloween #cardmaking

First Halloween card of the year!

For fans of all things a little bit spooky and ooky, the Toil & Trouble stamp set is a must have. I mean come on. A raven, a skeleton, skull and crossbones, and the star of the show (from Shakespeare's Macbeth) - ingredients for a powerful witch's brew.

Double, double toil and trouble;

On a serious note, have you seen the Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper? Gah! It's freaky awesome!! Check it:

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up!

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up!

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up!

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up!

I know! And how brilliant to sneak in Summer Starfruit, a perfect complement to black and gray. (Like it or not, purple is taking a Halloween trends time out this year. Poor purple. Sniff.)

The Summer Starfruit patterned paper may just be my favorite in the collection. It's so beautiful, you might not even realize at first that the design is actually tiny spiders in tiny intricate webs.

Naturally, I was dying to create my first spooky card of the year with the Summer Starfruit paper. The banner strips are also cut from the same paper collection.

Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

The main image was stamped using VersaMark and covered with a glitter/powder concoction and heat set. You may already know that you can use Heat & Stick powder to hold glitter. Normally, you stamp the image in VersaMark, sprinkle with the powder, melt it with the Heat Tool, then add glitter and heat set again.

However, if you combine the glitter and powder together you can heat it in just one step! In my concoction I also added a little bit of black embossing powder to help the more intricate parts of the image be more visible.

Black glitter lettering for Halloween

The main image is die-cut using one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits and I die-cut a second one in black, cut it in half and adhered it behind the first to frame the image and add a little depth. While it doesn't show well in the photo, near the top of the image there is a Rhinestone Basic Jewel (colored with a black Sharpie pen) for a little black bling.

Raven with happy halloween greeting

At the bottom of the card I added the raven (stamped in Basic Black and fussy-cut) and a Halloween greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Did you notice my envelope? Oh yeah, baby! Spooky bats are lining my envelope thanks to the new Envelope Liners Framelits Dies. These dies make lining your envelopes ridiculously easy. Whoever gets this card will know immediately that there's trouble inside (the good kind, of course!).

Then the charm is firm and good.


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Toil & Trouble (W-131724, C-131727), Teeny Tiny Wishes (W-128748, C-127802)
Ink: Basic Black (126980), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Summer Starfruit (126839), Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper (132185)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (127003), Envelope Liners Freamelits Dies (132172), Heat & Stick Powder (100625), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Heat Tool (129053)
Accessories: Black Stampin' Glitter (133459), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Toil & Trouble Halloween card with lined envelope

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