When Black Cats Prowl...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Thursday!

It's gotten a little colder in our neck of the woods lately and I've been thinking about dragging out my Halloween decorations this weekend. We have a bunch of Lemax houses that we scatter all around the apartment, lots of pumpkin heads, black cats and even some scary eyes that flicker on and off that stick to our windows. :) I'm like a big kid around this time of year. It's probably got a lot to do with growing up in New Zealand without a huge Halloween. Although, we did have Guy Fawkes night which was AWESOME! Any excuse to light fire crackers really. *grin*

Are you sick of my Halloween cards yet?! I hope not because I have A LOT more to come so I hope you are enjoying them. :) This one just might be my favorite yet. I love the monochromatic colors and you should see it in real life - it sparkles!! Oh how it sparkles!

The card base is some Bazzil Bling cardstock and the black matting and the inverted scalloped base to the oval are cut from this gorgeous black glitter paper I found at Michaels. Loooove it! Must remember to buy more of it. I did that inverted scalloped border with inexpensive scalloped decorative scissors. I just flipped the scissors so that instead of giving an edge a true scalloped edge, it inverts the design to create the look you see here.

I stamped and clear embossed this sentiment from Anna Wight's and Whipper Snapper's 'Spooky Expressions' cling set onto a scrap of kraft cardstock. I never knew this trick until a little while ago, but you can ink up your stamp with Versamark first then ink it with the color ink (in this case, black), then stamp it out, then sprinkle the clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it. I'm sure this is not news to you but since I've only attended a handful of SU workshops, I am constantly learning new (new to me) things all the time! LOL Anyway, once I stamped the image, I then ran it through the Cuttlebug with an oval nestie. After embossing it with the nestie, I left the nestie in place so I could sponge around the edges with Frayed Burlap and Black Soot. It creates a really cool halo effect! Then I just matted it to the glitter paper and created that border. The kitty is also from the set and I clear embossed her as well. Add the button and some twine and I was done.

Once I had the idea down, this really was a quick card to create. Great for giving to friends. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Anna Wight Cling Set 'Spooky Expressions'
Inks: Versamark, Distress Inks 'Frayed Burlap and Black Soot'
Papers: Kraft, Bazzil Bling, The Paper Company 'Glitter Paper', PP - Creative Imaginations 'Art Warehouse, Harvest Moon Collection - Haunted'
Access: PTI Vintage Button 'Black', Twine, Decorative Scissors, Large Oval Nestibilities, Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder


Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning, I love the cat, how cheeky does he look.

Danni said...

Wow!! this is just amazing!! LOVE this!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...


Tosha Leyendekker said...

Love this Halloween card!! It's so s-m-o-k-e-y!! Your sponging is exquisite!! FABULOUS!!

Unknown said...

Another pretty creation!! Love the monochromatic colors and the dp is just perfect!!

DoodleFactory said...

haha, I love that cat's grin. I think that set had a funny spider that cracked me up too.

Mary Giles said...

I have this set and I LOOOOOVE the cheesy grins and I love your card. The sentiment as the center focus with the cat drawing your eye to the side is perfect.

Anonymous said...

Ok, this one is cute! Something about that cat! Great one!

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