Thursday, 3 October 2013

It's October

And that can only mean one thing...Halloween is on it's way! It is my turn to host the challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges and I had to choose Halloween.  I love everything Halloweeny, from witches to bats, ghoulies to black cats and I think it is becoming much more of an occasion here in Britain too.  Thankfully, it is much easier to get Halloween stash to make things too.  

Sarah has recently launched a new range of characters and you can find them living in 31 Spook Street. There are stamps and a great digi kit, which includes some awesome digi papers.

I used stamps for my project and did some inky crafting for a change.  I usually make quite clean and simple cards, so this was an adventure for me.  I used elements from Angelica Strange and Malcolm Strange Stamp Sets and embossed some of them with clear embossing powder to make a background.

I then used Distress Inks to add some colour to the background, whilst leaving the pumpkin and boooo clear/white.  I was really pleased with the results, and the stamps produce clear crisp images every time, and because they are clear you can see exactly where you are stamping and that it is straight, which was important for the "Spooktacular" sentiment, which is in the Angelica Set.  I used black embossing powder for the spider, fussy cut him and popped him onto some 3d foam to give him some dimension.

Distress Inks
Clear and black embossing powders
Versa Mark Ink, Black Memento ink
Orange and white card from stash.

I really hope you can pop over to the Sarah Hurley Challenges and join in with the things that go bump in the night.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Bearly Mine - Halloween
Cutting & Stampin - Halloween
Country View  - Something Spooky
Emergency Crafters - Halloween
Imagination Crafts - Halloween
The Stamping Boutique - Halloween
Created with Love - Halloween
Quirky Crafts - Quirky Pumpkins


  1. Fabulous card Carol, you should use this technique more often, you have agrt use of colour.
    thanks for the challenge......I don't 'do' Halloween, but really enjoyed this :-D x

  2. Love the background!! Thanks for joining us at The Stamping Boutique Challenge!!

  3. What a fun card. Love the background. Thanks for joining our Halloween Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


  4. Fantastic card Carol, the background on it is just perfect!

  5. this is awesome! Thanks for joining us at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE!

  6. Oh what a sweet card. Great idea. Thanks for joining us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K.

  7. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Imagination Crafts.

  8. i LOVE this!! amazing work! thank you for jining us over at The Stamping Boutique!! Nicole DT xx

  9. Fab card! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our HALLOWEEN Challenge!

  10. ooh super spooky card, thanks for playing along with us at BEARLY-MINE x carol

  11. Fab card, love all your inkyness! bet your fingers were a lovely colour afterwards x

  12. Carol, love all the cool techniques on your blog. And thanks for explaining in detail how you did it. Thanks for joining our challenge here at Cuttin’ and Stampin’!

    Teresa R.
    Cuttin’ and Stampin’ DT

    Fresh and Renewed
    Cuttin’ and Stampin’

  13. Spooktacular card!!! I am very glad you joined us this week at TSB. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge. :)


    The Stamping Boutique Design Team Member

  14. very cool background, thanks for playing along with TSB

  15. great card - love your use of distress inks - thanks for joining us at Imagination Crafts and good luck x

  16. Love this project - very haunting! Thanks for joining in with our Spooky Country View Crafts Challenge!


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