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All images and square notecard by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Inks in Orangerie, Sunflower, Noir; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Waterbased Markers; Black Fine Tip Marker; Sakura Glaze Pen in Black; Scotch 3M Foam Mounting Tape.

My husband’s birthday is Halloween.  So, as you can see, I can’t help myself when it comes to making Halloween cards.  There’s just something so especially fun, and "wicked" about them!

You may not recognize the black bottle.  It’s actually a Valentine image, called "Love Potion #9"!  After stamping it with Noir, I colored it in completely with the Black Glaze Pen, because I needed a witch’s potion, UKWIM?  I drew some teeny cross bones on a little scrap of paper and glued that on to resemble a label. 

The cup was stamped and embossed, and then cut away from the rest of the images, which is actually a trio of coffee cup images, one of my favorites.  I embossed the mug so the details would be glossy, to match the bottle’s black glaze, although I wasn’t able to capture the gloss effect on film (muttering).  After coloring and trimming it out, I mounted it with foam adhesive for dimension.

In hindsight, I think I should have stamped the sentiment a little lower on the panel, more directly above where the steam is rising, for better balance.  If I make another one, I’ll keep that in mind.

Meantime, it’s kinda fun to look at an image and see if there’s any other conceivable way in which it could be used!  I feel kinda smug that this idea worked out as well as it did! (cackling and rubbing my hands together in devious delight!)

Addendum:  After I read about buddy Ellen’s experience with Palette Hybrid Ink on Fabriano, I grew curious at my results differing so much from hers!  So, I had to go back and re-test.  I added a little more information to my initial review, which you’ll see highlighted in yesterday’s post.

  1. awesome card (as usual) Julie~

  2. Love this – especially the bottle!

  3. LOVE IT, Julie! I really like the gaggle of bats flying across the background too … gah, so cute!

  4. Ha! Love the “poison” label, that is too cute! The whole card is awesome…he will love it! You are just too clever…!!!

  5. This is awesome! I love how you altered the bottle to get more use out of it! The cross bones are a crack up!!!

  6. fun card! your ingenuity is always amazing!

  7. I never thought of using “what’s brewing” for a HALLOWEEN card! FABOO, Miss Julie!

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