The best laid plans of stamps and inks…

…can often go awry, as I recently learned. Hello again my crafty friends. Halloween is soon upon us and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been thinking about Halloween projects all summer. I recently purchased 3 adorable Halloween character stamps and knew they would be perfect for an upcoming design team project for Doodles Paper Playground using the latest Halloween Sparkle Blends. I had an idea before the stamps even arrived. However the card I ended up with was not it, but I always trust the process.

I spent one night stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the characters. I stamped them in black Memento ink and used various Copics. I also did some highlights and sparkles with a few Wink of Stella glitter pens and a silver metallic on the bolts of the Frankenstein girl.

The next night I was prepared to create a spooky background for these cuties using Doodles Paper Playground’s September mood board. I watched a really cool technique on YouTube that I couldn’t wait to try. Unfortunately (although fortunately) the technique worked so good, it was just too spooky. I also realized that all three of these kids would be squished on an A2 card size, so I had to come up with a new plan. I knew eventually I was going to have to cave to the slimline card trend and these cuties were definitely worth it.

It seemed the best (and most fun) way to showcase these three. So I had some fun with the shaker windows. Originally I was going to do circles or squares but I didn’t have any dies small enough. Then I came across the fun shapes in my Halloween stash.

The other bonus with the slimline is it allowed me to showcase more than one Sparkle Blend, which is awesome because it would have been really difficult to choose. The moon is filled with “Spectral,” the bat has “You Make Me Batty,” and the pumpkin is filled with “Jack-O-Lantern.” If you take a close look, you’ll see there are so many cool elements in all these blends that can even be pulled out and used as individual embellishments.

Once the layout was complete, the card felt like something was missing. So I finished it off with black faux stitching using a fine line black glitter pen made by the same company that makes Copics. I pulled this one out of my stash recently and forgot how fun it was and how smooth it writes. I finished the corners with black epoxy dots. The last thing I did was add the sentiments. I will be honest that there was a bit of a learning curve using the slimline layout, but I am always up for a new challenge and welcome anything that pushes me outside of my comfort zone. It definitely lends itself to different design opportunities than a standard A2 card. If you have created a slimline Halloween card please share with me! And as always my crafty friends, make stuff and be happy!

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