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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy Haunting

Hello stamping friends,

Today we actually had some wonderful fall weather here in southern California. It was cloudy, a little rainy and cool temps. A really nice change from the 80's we've been experiencing for the last several weeks.

After doing my weekend chores, I ended up organizing in my craft closet because I was looking for a particular tool that I know I have, somewhere, and that morphed into a reorganization. I never did find the blending tool that I know is here somewhere, but I did make some progress in the organization.  I had in my mind a technique that I wanted to do for a Halloween card, but that quickly went bye, bye without the tool. So, to blog-land for inspiration. . . and came across this card by Birgit  Edblom on the Penny Black blog, which I love, and I decided I'd try the background technique using my Zig Real Brush Markers. The gray's with the pop of color just pulled me in and I though it would be fun for a Halloween card.

One of my favorite weekly challenges, The Paper Players, has a Halloween theme this week, and my thought was to make a card to post for the challenge. Here is my CASE on Birgit's card that I made for this week's Paper Players Halloween challenge. Also, my card works for The Curtain Call's "Going Batty" challenge.

To make the background, I started with some Tim Holtz watercolor paper and the mid, light, dark and blue gray pens in the Zig Real Brush Marker set to make the hills, sky and foreground. I used my heat tool to dry the paper between each application. After I was finished with the background, I used Memento tuxedo black to stamp the images of the trees, bats and fence directly over the watercolored background. I used the largest Die-namics Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die to cut the panel. The house and pumpkins were stamped on watercolor paper, colored and cut out before gluing them on the card to finish the scene. I'm super happy with the way it all worked and I hope you enjoy it too.

Stamps: Holiday Home set by Stampin' Up, Spooky Cuties set by Revere Confetti (fence), and Happy Haunting set by Lawn Fawn (greeting)
Paper: Tim Holtz water color paper and SU black and Smoky Slate card stocks, SU vellum
Ink: Zig Real Brush Markers (60 marker set), Memento tuxedo black, SU Archival Black Ink pad, SU Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Twist
Other: Die-namics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die, SU mini glue dots, SU Holiday Home dies, the Big Shot

Unfortunately, the weekend is over and it's back to work. I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for looking in,


  1. What a fabulous Halloween scene Colleen - your watercoloured sky is so atmospheric and that ghost is such a fun touch, so spooky! Thanks for joining my Halloween challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Simply awesome Halloween card, that house looks so darn spooky, specially with that ghost flying out of the window. Love, love your cloudy sky, and the dreadful hills in the distance, those bats flying about give me the chills.
    I'm so happy I bought this stamp set, the possibilities are endless.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  3. such a fabulous spooky scene you created. love it! thanks for playing with curtain call!


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