Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Mummy

This stamp from the Monstrous CMS307 set made me think of archeology, Indiana Jones and of course, The Mummy movie and ride at Universal. With all those things for inspiration I had to go with this dry, dusty, ancient looking color scheme, and you know where there are mummies, there have to be spiders, right?
The first step is to make a background for behind the square window and for the edge reveal.  Using a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, color a background with Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Oxide. Trim it a 1/4" smaller on one side and the top than the card base you are using. Go around the edges with grey or brown Distress Ink. Attach it to a card base.

Make a second background piece (1/4" smaller than the first) with mostly Antique Linen and a tiny bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.  Then stamp the Cobweb background from Skulls and Cobwebs CMS306 in Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide. The spiders are from the Halloween Mini 5 CMS275 stamp set.
Cut a square out of the top 2/3 of the cobweb piece using the Stitched Squares Framelits. Then ink around the outside  edge and the inside of the square with Frayed Burlap Oxide.  You can wrap it several times with some Eclectic Elements cream colored craft thread with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink on it.
Attach dimensional adhesive to the back at this point (I just used left over bits of chipboard that I had and cut it down to fit.) the affix it to the first background piece already on the card base. 
 Stamp the Mummy on a small piece of Heavystock with Black Soot or Ground Espresso Archival Ink.  Water color it in with Distress Markers in various colors like Antique Linen, Crushed Olive and Pumice Stone. Cut out the mummy, then ink the edges.  For small pieces like this I used the brush edge of either the Black Soot, Ground Espresso or Hickory Smoke Distress Marker and carefully run it along the edges. It is much easier to get into the tiny spaces and tight corners with the marker. Put dimensional adhesive on the back and adhere it to the middle of the square window.

Color a small piece of Heavystock with Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Oxides. Stamp a sentiment from the set onto the background, then cut around it freehand with scissors so it looks a stone tablet of some sort. Ink the edges. add dimensional adhesive and then attach it to the card over the Craft Thread and under the window.

Although this color scheme for a Halloween card is a bit unexpected, I think this shows that these stamps can be used for so many other things year-round. I'm going to use it for a layout of some pictures we have of the Mummy ride at Universal. It would be great for an archeology or Indy themed party, or even if you had an old Hollywood horror themed party.

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