Saturday, 17 September 2011

Trick or Treat.

When l received the Cd's from Nikky [Polka Doodles] l just spent a few hours just going through them and thinking up of cards etc that l could make using the cute images. Now then if you know me lm not a 'Cute' person far from it. But we all need to step out of our comfort zone and try to expand. Saying that l did as you can see opt for a Mummy in a Haunted House with Bats and Iffy Mushrooms grown so l don't think lm quite getting the hang of cute.........

But be warned the next card l have already printed the images out is a 'Cute' one unless l can get a loggers saw into the robins wings..

Now then how did l make this card?

Im not telling hahahahahahaha

No lm joking

I first printed out the images from Sundae of Seasons.

They included The Boy Mummy, 2 sets of the mushrooms, the Iron Gate, 2 Spiders, 2 coloured pumpkins, Trick and Treat text and an en-larged up Haunted House.

The card base was just a simple Stepper card. If your not familiar with the size l used the size from The Hougie Board. If you want the dimensions pleas contact me and l will pass it on.

Now then the haunted house was made by cutting out a sun from one of my punches and then using my Ink Dusters and the following Ink Pads from the Tim Hotz range:
Weathered Wood
Chipped Sapphire
Stormy Sky

Just blending each in starting with the lightest to the darkest. When l was happy l removed the circle mask and then placed the reversed paper out so that the sky was protected. I then used the following inks to make the Moon:
Rusty Hinge
Mustard Seed
Wild Honey
Scattered Straw.

Again l used my Ink Dusters as l have not got the hang of that brayer yet.. [I keep trying but...]
When l was happy l removed the mast and then carefully used the colours over the blue sky to give that Warm glow you get at night time.

The haunted house was cut out leaving a small edge and l took some curves on the drawing as the cutting starting and finishing point. I then taking my fav ink Vintage photo l took a makeup sponge and gave the image at the bottom a colouring. This would make the image feel old and not new.

The windows l coloured in using Canary pro marker The windows were then coated in a layer of 3D Clear Gloss Finish.

Then it was mounted at the back of the card.

The next step forward was the Iron Gates. I cut them out leaving a small margin all around. To make the gates fit in l used a sponge and my fav ink colour Vintage Photo This was then glued into place and one of the Pumpkins were glued over to give the gates some anchor and they didn't just look as if they were floating around.

Now then the Mummy Using the following pro-markers l coloured it in:
Warm Grey No 1 and 2
Antique White
Shale - Hair
Cocca - Boots

The trick and treat sign was just cut around and then using my distressing tool l hacked at all the sides. When l was happy I took:
Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain
Aged Mahogany
and a very stiff stencil brush. [It was a cheap one and has very short bristle length and very tight] I just took the brush to each ink pad and then dabbed onto the card as if l was stippling as l wanted an un-even look and it to be old. Each pad was used in random times and not bothering to clean the brush just dabbed and stippled...
This was then glued onto the mummy as if he was carrying it.

When l looked at it it looked empty so l decided to print out and then place the mushrooms either side of the mummy. To colour l used the following Pro markers:
The Mushroom head was covered in the 3D Clear Gloss.

Now then the Spider.

I printed out 2 but only need the whole one of one of them as when it rotated you just need to see l set of legs. Each side of the spider was heat embossed using a black glitter powder so it gave some definition.

To keep the spider at the for l took some strong plastic and cut out a strip approx 6" long and half an inch wide. I sandwiched the heads together but placed a single thread of a metallic thread between them so it looks like the spider has a metallic thread to weave round his or its victims.

There you have it my first card.

I'm sorry if l rabbited on and wrote an essay when a short story was needed.

If you want to know anything just email and l will try to get back to you asap.

Keep smiling and crafting



  1. This is fabulous Alan! Love all the detail on here and the great card shape.
    Glad to see you're a Distress inks fan like me too as I use them so much I never put them away.
    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Fliss x

  2. GReat card Alan - look forward to seeing what you do on the upcoming challenges now! x


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