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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.

The Four Seasons

Images, notecard and solid papers all  by A Muse Art Stamps;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown; 1 3/8" Square Punch.

Ya’ know how you reach that point where you’re at a crossroads in a design?  Do you leave it be or . . . ?  And, so begins the internal struggle:   Mebbe it needs "just one more thing" . . .    Should I color the images in?  Glitter?  Hmmmmm.  Brads–Oh, yes, what about them?  Perhaps some buttons . . .

The problem?  I LIKE it.  Just as it is!

I draped things onto it and everything seemed, well . . .  "wrong", for lack of a better word.

In my head I had this idea to use blocks of color to convey the changing seasons.  This tire swing image, as I may have mentioned before, reminds me of the one in my front yard–we have (2) apple, (1) italian plum, and (1) pear trees; I like to delude myself with the notion that we have an "orchard". (chuckle!)  Hayley broke the rope, and now the tire leans against the fence . . . but, I digress!

How many times have I added and added more to a design, all the while, thinking, "Well, that looks out of place, so what can I counter-balance *that* with????" and I add MORE stuff in an effort to save the design.

Sadly, my rescue attempts usually end up killing the design.

The focal image here is quite bold, and fairly large; there isn’t much "canvas" left.  Sometimes, a design speaks so simply, but clearly, and strongly, it’s best not to tamper with it.   I think I’ll just let it be . . . for now . . . (wink!)



WOW!!! (eyes all big as saucers)

You guys are like the coolest cheerleaders EVER!!!!!!  {{{{{{{{{mondo group hug}}}}}}}}

Thank you!  Right now, I’m grinnin’ so hard my cheeks are killin’ me!!! (deep chuckling!)

Oh, criminitly!!! . . . startin’ to bounce again . . . (insert rolling eyeballs)  I’ll post updates as things develop, OK?!  (still grinning)

Images by Stampin’ Up!; Caribbean Dye Ink by Stampin’ Up!; Caribbean and Celery Card Stock by Stampin’ Up!; Whisper White Notecard by Stampin’ Up!; Small Oval Punch by Stampin’ Up!; Frog Punch by McGill; Uniball Signo White Gel Pen; Fibers by Rubadubdub; "Inspire" Charm by Blue Moon Beads

This is gonna sound toad-ally sappy (bwa ha haaaaaa!), but this design reminds me of something I read somewhere, about how everything we do has a ripple effect–what I do touches you, what you do touches me . . . I wish I could remember where I’d read it . . .

Anyhoo, the On the Spot background stamp reminded me of droplets of water, hitting the surface, rippling outward and into each other . . .

The frog punch is one of my favorites by McGill–he’s just such a leggy li’l guy and always makes me smile.  And, as you can see, the oval punch, with a quick snip of the scissors and some hand-drawn details, makes the perfect lily pad for him to spring off of!

Thanks, you guys. 

For touching my life.

Sorry.  Can’t help it.  I’m a sap.

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