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Why did I only buy 2 sheets of this wicked cool paper???!!!   

It has this *uber* cool die cut edge in black on all four sides.  Next time I see a paper I love, I'm gonna buy at least 3 sheets.  OK, possibly 4.  *snarf*  One is no good; you hoard it.  Two makes you brave enough to actually cut into one of the two sheets and use only the littlest bits possible..  Three, you will actually consume the one you did cut into.  Four, might convince you that you can totally use up two of the sheets, and keep the remainder in reserve. For just in case.  Of what, I do not know.  But, there is safety in knowing you have two sheets of ridiculously beloved paper under lock & key.  Are ya' followin' my logic here?  BAH HAHAHAHAHA!!!  I know.  I'm SICK.  SICK!!! 

These jacks were stamped over the top of the paper, and then I used a trick I spied over at Jennifer McGuire's a long time ago–shading a stamped solid image with colored pencils.  I wish I could find the specific blog entry where she shows how she does this.  It's a wonderful way to add depth to solid images!

As you can see, I shaded towards the outer edges of the image so the center would appear lighter and brighter.

See that bit of pumpkin woodgrain embossed paper?  It was a leftover scrap from this card.  I know!!!  I AM BRILLIANT!!! *chuckle*




Credits:  Jack-o-Lantern Cling Stamp set by A Muse Artstamps; Pumpkin paper, Fern Note Card by A Muse Artstamps; Woodgrain Background stamp by Hero Arts; Script Patterned Paper (Spellbound Collection?) by Making Memories; Black Button (source unknown); Natural Twine by May Arts; Brilliance Graphite Black Ink by Tsukineko & Ginger Fresh Ink by Impress Rubber Stamps;

  1. I am totally laughing out loud right now! Your paper hoarding description made PERFECT sense! I’m up to buying five sheets if I LOVE it Love it. hee hee. This card is super cute and what a great tip about the pencil shading! Have a great day Julie!

  2. The pumpkins stamped over the patterned paper is so adorable and such a neat look.

  3. You need to write a book on crafter’s psychology…you got that paper thing down pat…LOL!!!! I love your adorable Halloween card, too….the shaded pumpkins look awesome!!!

  4. Aaaaaah Julie – you’re making me a wee bit sick with all of the Halloween goodness…..LOVE your oh-so festive Halloweenie cards!!! But your explanation of the paper has me in a dither – I’ve only just gotten myself to limiting myself to getting 2 sheets of paper – now your logic is making me want to run SCREAMING back to the stamp stores in order to “pad my stash”….YIKES!!

  5. The BEST explanation of paper hoarding I’ve read! It explains so much.

  6. I love your card. It is so fun! And your description of PP is too funny, lol! :) I totally know what you mean about the patterned paper. I use the same logic. :)

  7. Julie, you are so much FUN!!! I can hardly stand it and I LOVE your logic about everything. And I love all of the Halloween cards. Fall is upon us! Have a great day.

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