Creative Carte Blanche: Happy Halloween!



This is Halloween! This is Halloween! That magical day when we’re actually supposed to eat handfuls of delicious cheap candy, guilt free. How lucky we are to live in such wondrous times!

I’m sneaking in a last-minute piece for Candy Colwell’s Creative Carte Blanche October Challenge: Witchy Woman. Let’s not spend too much time thinking about how I was supposed to post this last Tuesday. Instead, let’s just focus on bite-size Snickers and those tiny Extra Dark Hershey Bars. ‘K?

Here’s a happy little Witchy Woman card for you. Guys, I’ve searched high and low for the details of this stamp, but I can’t find the name or manufacturer. I’ve had her for years, and the info was lost in the Great Stamp De-Blocking of 2002, when I pulled all my stamps off their wooden blocks so I could store them in binders. Duh. If anyone knows, please leave a comment and I’ll edit the post. Anyway…



Stamp the image on smooth, white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink, and allow it to dry.



This little girl’s hat needed a pointy top to make it witch-y; a permanent black pen was all it took!



Color the image with water-soluble pencils. I used my favorite: Derwent Inktense Pencils. Then, use a water brush to blend and “activate” the color.



Layer colors of together to created the background, then use a waterbrush to blend them together.



Cut the image to your desired size and create a vignette around the edges using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and and Ink Blending Tool.



This is the Three-Step Autumn Squirrel set from Kitchen Sink Stamps, which includes a wonderful maple leaf!



There are three stamps that comprise the leaf image. They’re numbered on the index sheet, and you simply stamp the images on top of each other in numerical order using progressively darker colors of ink, as shown here. Neato!



Cut out the leaves and ink around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.



Spray the leaves with water and crinkle them up. Set them aside to dry and speed things up with a heat gun.



Use a Tim Holtz Texture Fade (this one’s from the Springtime Backgrounds and Borders Set) to emboss a sheet of gold Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock. This cardstock has a colorful core with a black overlay. Use a Sanding Grip to reveal the color beneath the black.



Add a little more pop to the background by smudging on some Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.



Choose a coordinating color of heavy paper for the folded card, and cut it slightly larger than the embossed background. I used a metallic copper. Attach the embossed panel using your favorite adhesive.



Attach the stamped panel at an angle (diagonal lines in art imply motion, and this girl’s dancing up a storm!).



Finally, attach the crumpled leaves around the card using Distress Collage Medium or your favorite fast-drying adhesive.


Happy Halloween, you guys, and if you haven’t yet entered the Creative Carte Blanch “Witchy Woman” challenge, you still have time! It’s open until five minutes to midnight, on this spookiest night of the year!