Day of the Dead Card

Hello there!  I have another Halloween card today for you.  Although if you look out my window today, it looks more like Christmas.  It started snowing Friday night and it has not stopped....not happy.  As I look at my daughter's Instagram photos of her laying on a beach in Miami, I'm really wondering, what am I doing here?  Hopefully it disappears soon, but something tells me it might be here to stay.  Ugh! Anyways, back to Halloween.

Love the new Day of the Dead stamps by Tim Holtz (CMS277) and I thought the smaller image would fit perfect in the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Ornate Frame.

The Ornate Frame #2 Bigz die is a steel-rule die, which means beside being thicker, it not only cuts out cardstock, but cuts out thicker materials.  Chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet sheets, leather, foil,  or plastic sheets.  I chose chipboard for my frame, as I wanted to cover it with different mediums.  All you need are your two cutting pads and your material on top of the die in-between those.

After die-cutting my frame, I covered it with Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste.  Let this dry.

Once your Grit-Paste has dried, paint it with your chosen colours.  I used Distress Wilted Violet and a touch of Black Soot paint to darken some areas.  After my painted frame was dry, I sprayed some of Dylusions Crushed Grape and Distress Antiqued Bronze Mica sprays.  

These Mica Sprays when dry, give a beautiful glimmer of mica to your projects.  I say, when dry, as the mica doesn't show up as much until your item that has been sprayed, has dried.  Each designer from Ranger Ink has their own set of three mica sprays.  They are all yummy!

I stamped my image on a piece of lightly patterned vintage looking paper will archival ink.  I then coloured in my image with Zig Clean Colour Markers.  I think, because this stamp is very detailed, I wouldn't be as heavy on the stamping.  I feel I lost some of the fine details with too much ink.  Trim the stamped paper and adhere to the back of your frame. 

For my black mat that's behind the frame, I took black cardstock (we have this beautiful matte finish black at the store) and embossed it with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Damask Texture Fades Folder.  To finish off the edges, I used Prima's Dresden Trim, which is embossed paper, cut, and covered in a layer of metallic foil.  This foil can be coloured, which I did with Black Soot paint and Prima Art Alchemy Dark Velvet Metallique paint.  I just used my fingertip and applied the paint on the embossed raised areas. I cut the strips to fit my mat and then they were adhered around the edges.

For my little Oct. 31 label, I die-cut the word from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Halloween Thin Words Thinlits set from red matte metallic cardstock, then matted on black.  My Sizzix Sandwich for die-cutting in my Big Shot was:  Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) Standard Cutting Pad. The ends of my labels were hand-cut.

I finished off the inside with a mat Damask die-cut using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits die.  The red metallic paper was adhered behind it.  Happy Halloween was die-cut from the Tim Holtz Thin Halloween Words set also.  These letters are really tiny and thin, so adhering to your page is a little tricky to get them straight.  I apply piece of an adhesive sheet to the back of my paper before die-cutting.  Once die-cut, remove the negative piece of paper, the letters usually stay inside.  Then you can place the metal die on your paper and push through the little holes to eject your letters.

To finish off my card, I adhered a bow and skeleton charm (Tim Holtz) to the bottom corner.  The polka dot cardstock I used is from Echo Park.

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A Steampunk Pumpkin Card

Hello there! Steampunk and Halloween seem to go so good together, so I couldn't resist this Steampunk Pumpkin stamp by Stampendous. I created this fun Halloween card.

I added in some gears die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits set to give my image more dimension.

There are 22 gears in this set, one of them a corner gear collage, which I used on the inside of my card.

I stamped my steampunk pumpkin on a piece of patterned paper that had a very faint pattern with Archival Black Soot Distress Ink. This was my card front, which I matted with orange and deep purple cardstock. I stamped an additional image on the same type of paper, which was coloured with markers and a water pen.  This was cut out after I coloured it, and then I slightly shaped the edges to give it more shape.  This cut out was adhered on top of the stamped card with adhesive foam dots.

I used a thin chipboard, or you could use cardstock to die-cut my gears.  Before cutting them out, I applied a piece of Tim Holtz Sparkling adhesive backed paper to the top of my chipboard (TH93314).  This paper looks like glitter, but it is a smooth, very thin, sparkly sheet, kind of like a vinyl sticker.  It can be die-cut, used in a punch or torn. I also die-cut a larger gear using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Gadget Gears#2 Bigz die.

Once I had all my gears die-cut, I layered them with different combinations. The little brads are from Tim Holtz (93268) Hex Fasteners.  These were adhered over the stamped gears images. 

The corner gear die-cut was cut out of my patterned paper, and the negative part was used on the inside of my card.  I die-cut the same corner with the sparkly paper and placed in the matching space.  This was adhered on top of a purple cardstock mat, then my card inside.

To finish off my card front I die-cut the words 'Happy Halloween' from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Halloween Thin Words Thinlits set.  For Halloween, I used the negative piece cut from black cardstock, backed with the sparkly paper.  The word, happy was the letters die-cut from black cardstock.  I love the font on these dies, I know the negative is the main part used, but I do love how thin the actual letters are.  The patterned paper I stamped on is "Salvage District" from Prima Marketing and the other patterned paper(the darker pattern) is "Wonderfully Wicked" from BoBunny. 

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