Friday, September 28, 2018

Tomb Sweet Tomb — Sizzix Alterations Cut Out Alphanumeric

This is a super simple Halloween card! My purpose with this card was to use the great new Alphanumeric Cut Out Upper and Lower case letters.  It's a great alpha and the perfect size for cards.
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I took inspiration from the wall hanging in the hallway of the Haunted Mansion that says Tomb Sweet Tomb. 
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Since that was my inspiration, I had to add the raven from Feather and Ravens, because in the Haunted Mansion, the raven represents your host...your Ghost Host.
Lastly, the saying is framed with and oldie but a goodie, the Ornate Frame 2.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tombstone Card — Sizzix Alterations Halloween Sideorder

Today's post features a Halloween card that I really like for its simplicity. This card features the skeleton from the Halloween Side Order, several dies from the Stacked Arches, 
 and a flower bud from Funky Floral 1.
I cut everything from papers in various shades of black and grey from some of the Ideaology Paper Stashes.
The card base was cut by folding the black and white diamond paper in half and then laying the largest Stacked Arches arch on top of it with the fold just inside the cutting edge on the right . This will allow the tombstone shape to open like a card. 
I then cut the arched frame and smallest arch for the skull. 

That is all there is to this incredibly simple card.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Halloween Tags - Sizzix Alterations Halloween Sideorder

All of the Sizzix Sidekick Side Order dies this year have been such fun to create with. They made wonderful additions to other dies, or as you see here, they can make a terrific stand-alone tag. 
The Halloween Side Order die set comes with the skeleton, cat, monster, boo, and a small bat texture fade folder. Everything is sized to fit perfectly in the Sizzix Sidekick
To make these quick Halloween tags, it is simple enough to just use the tag that came with your Sidekick, but I decided to use another set of dies to make these tags and it is one of my favorite sets, the Labels. I truly think it should be one every paper crafter owns. 

I chose the ornate tag shape from the Labels set for the base, and the large shield shape to emboss. The shield made for a perfect frame for the Halloween Side Order shapes.
I colored several pieces of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Distress Inks for the tags and the shield shapes. Then I cut the various pieces for the Skeleton, Monster and Cat from plain Heavystock and then colored each piece once it was cut.
To finish them off, I punched a small hole in the top center of the ornate tag shape and tied some black twine through it.
These are very quick and fast to make and can be added to treat bags, made into cards, or added to a gift.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trick or Treat Gift Card Holders

More Halloween Treat ideas! In this post I made some gift card bags from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Gift Card Bag die released earlier this year. It pairs well with so many dies to make festive Halloween treats for older kiddos or those who can't have candy.
On this Treat bag I decorated it with one of the words from the Halloween Shadow Script dies. I cut the shadow from a colorful inked background, then used the same Distress Oxides to splatter the black gift card bag. I added a few candy dies from last year's Mini Halloween Things, which is available again this year! 
For this bag I paired it with one of the new Halloween Hangout Dies and the new Alphanumeric Cutout Lower alpha.  Such a great bat die!
On this bag I used the Frankenstein's Monster from the Halloween Side Order, one of the Halloween Shadow Scripts, and s few pieces cut from the Foundry 3-D Texture Fade.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Trick or Treat Mini Bags

The new Treat Bag die from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations is perfect for so many occasions, it is definitely a great die to have on hand. 
Here I have some samples of the treat bag with a few of the new Sizzix Alterations Halloween dies called Halloween Hangouts and the Halloween Sideorders.
For this first treatbag, I put the cat side order die on a Rosette, as I did on the lollipops in yesterday's post. Then attached it to the front of the treat bag.
The treat bag die comes with a mini alphabet as well, so I used it to cut a silly sentiment on the back of the back to go with the cat on the front.  I also added a black raffia handle to the bag for a little detail.
The #Booooooo bag uses the alpha again and one of the Halloween Hangout dies. The Hangouts cut out a Halloween shape in a window, but each shape is still attached at one point.
This is another Halloween Hangout. 

This Treat Bag die paired with stamps or dies makes for a very quick little gift for someone special.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Trick or Treat Lollipops

Lets talk treats for the next few days -- the Tim Holtz Halloween Side Order dies are the perfect size for super cute Halloween Treats!
I paired them here with the Rosette dies and attached them to some Halloween Lollipops for either festive party decor or delightfully spooky treats.

Super simple, but super cute!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Boo - Sizzix Alterations Frightening Faces

More Frightening Faces! How can you not just love this die set?

This is a super simple card showcasing many of the faces in this set. In the three cards I made using the faces dies, I tried to make sure that all of them were used.
Although simple and straight forward, I did try to add some fun Halloween color with Distress Oxide ink splatters and the boo die from the Halloween Sideorder die set cut out from the same colors.
From this picture you can see the colored splatters and the same colors on the boo die cuts.

One last thing, the faces aren't backed by white paper...they are backed by....

Glow in the Dark Shrink Plastic! (I admit it -- I was totally in to glow in the dark this Halloween Season!)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Great Pumpkin - Sizzix Alterations Frightening Faces

The Frightening Faces make me giggle. I love them! What a fun, versatile die set from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations.

For this card I was inspired by It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  I mean, how can you not be inspired by Charles Shultz right?
To make this card I pulled out an older die that is available again this year called Pumpkin Patch. It couldn't be more perfect right? I cut out the pumpkins and backed them with a darker orange paper.
Then I cut some of the Frightening Faces out of the pumpkins and backed the faces with yellow.
They are just so darn cute and funny!
The fence behind them was made by cutting several planks from one of my go-to dies, the Planks die, coloring them with various brown distress inks with a little Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint thrown in here and there, and then running them through the 3-D Lumber Texture Fade.
The little bits of grass are from the Funky Florals 3.
The background began as a 5x7 piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. I sprayed it with some Distress Resist Spray and then blended the sky with several colors of Distress Oxides.
I added some bats and the moon from the Haunted House die set.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2018 Collaboration Set

The exciting new Tim Holtz Stamptember set sold exclusively through Simon Says Stamp is available now and once it is gone it is gone, so don’t miss out because it is a gorgeous set!!
You can get it here while supplies last!! Tim Holtz Exclusive Stamptember Set
I made these samples with the set and I just love it! It’s one of my favorite Stamptember sets ever!!
This card uses the Candy Cane stripe to make the background paper. I used Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
For the focal piece, I stamped the succulent piece with Ground Espresso Archival Ink, then watercolored with Distress Markers.  The snow was made by putting Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through the Snow Drifts stencil onto Distress Watercolor Paper and then letting it dry and cutting it out.
The background is the music stamped in a repeat pattern in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment in Black Archival and Clear Embossing Ink then embossed it with Clear Embossing powder.
The colors of this card were difficult to photograph. I made the background plaid by working Iced Spruce and Crushed Olive Distress Ink through the Candy Cane Stripe stencil horizontally and vertically with a Distress Blending Brush. I colored the bird with both colors and a few others.
After stenciling I spritzed it with some water drops and then lightly stamped the music notes in places. The sentiment is stamped in Black Soot Archival Ink.
Here is a closeup of the bird stamp with the watercolor. It's a beautifully detailed stamp!
The woodland greenery spray is so lovely! I stamped it on Distress Mixed Media Heavystock on Ground Espresso Archival Ink and then watercolored it with Distress Markers.
The background was made the sameway as the one above but I used Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce this time through the Candy Cane Stripe Stencil.
I cut the focal stamp out with the Sizzix Alterations Stacked Postage Die and popped it up off the background.
The sentiment technique is my favorite this year. I will have a photo technique in a future post, but it's easy enough to accomplish if you follow these steps:
  1. Stamp your sentiment in clear embossing ink and then emboss it with Ranger Ink White or Antique White Embossing Powder. Heat Set. 
  2. Color the piece with any brown Distress Stain.
  3. Ink the high portions of the Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber Texture Fade with Black or Ground Espresso Archival Ink
  4. Lightly Mist the sentiment strip and run it through the Texture Fade 3 times for 3-D.
  5. Remove, let dry, and cut to size.
  6. Ink the edges in a darker brown before adhering.
Just one more look at this stamp. I love it.
If you are here you have probably already seen the live Facebook reveal and heard Tim explain that these Shifter Stencils are a different size than the Large and Small Shifter Stencils in the regular Stampers Anonymous Christmas Release.  I thought I would make a card showcasing all of them.
The focal point of the card, however, is this fantastic sentiment! I just love the combination of fonts and the bold size.
So yeah, I used all four stencils on one card. Hahahahaha! It was really fun and I think give the card a whimsical feel.  The top of the card has the Snow Drift stencil  and the top section is the Tree Shifter in Pine Needle and Candied Apple Distress Ink.
You can probably see a little shine on the card as well. Once it was assembled, I sprayed the whole card with Distress Resist Spray and then lightly sprinkled it with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.
The bottom of the card uses the Candy Cane Shifter and the Star Shifter.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Creepy — Sizzix Alterations Ghoulish

This Ghoulishly Creepy card (4.25x5.5 inches) is the third and final card I made using the Ghoulish die set with the same basic design.  The background was made using the Halloween Mixed Media set. For the title I used the new Alphanumeric Cutout Lowercase alpha. It is a great size for cards.
The Frankenstein monster die was colored with Distress Oxides and then covered with Distress Resist to make him stand out from the shiny background.
The frame is made by cutting the large Stacked Deckle die with one of the Stitched Rectangle dies inside.
The title is cut from the Drip Edge Die with the Alphanumeric Cutout Lower.