Thursday, October 31, 2013

BOO! Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of my favorite ghouls out there! Today concludes our entire month of Magical and Mysterious, and your final opportunity to link your own creepy creations to the Dream It Up! blog for an opportunity to win the stencil of your choice!

This has been such a fun month filled with lots of great creations from the whole team and our wonderful guest designer Alison Heikkila.  Next month we'll be showing you great ways to use your stencils to create gifts for the holidays, you won't want to miss any of it!

My card today was going to be spooky, but then I remembered that I hadn't used the scarecrow yet in any of my designs this month. I think he is so cute, so I decided to use him instead! Here he is:

The background paper was a piece I had in my "spray box" collection. Whenever I use my spray box, I start by placing a clean white sheet of paper in the bottom of the box. That way when I spray, any over spray goes on the paper and I end up with beautiful background paper!
Here's a sample of what they look like after spraying:


They vary, of course, depending on the colors you are spraying.
I stenciled the Long Sunflower (LL429) along the right side of the card and added a second large flower near the top. Clean the stencil, turn it over and stencil the flower along the left side of the paper.
The Scarecrow (LG686) was paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste on a light yellow cardstock. I let him dry about 10 minutes, then used a soft brush to apply various colors of Metallic FX powders, and let it dry completely.
While that was drying I stenciled two of the Crows (LL432) with black ink on the same yellow paper, cut them out, edged them with a black marker, and set them aside until I was ready for them.
I knew I had some of the Long pumpkins (LL514) in my stash of pieces, so I found them, deepened up the colors a little so they would match everything better, and cut them out (they were paste embossed with Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste and stenciled with color). 
When the scarecrow was dry, I trimmed away some of the yellow paper off both sides, added a little orange ink along the yellow edges, then edged the piece with a black marker. That was mounted to a piece of orange cardstock that had been distressed and edged with black.  It was then adhered to the background paper.
The pumpkins were to long to go straight across the card so I cut them in two pieces. Adhered the smaller piece to the bottom right side of the scarecrow, then used foam tape to attach the rest of the pumpkins. Add the two crows and a little Happy Halloween sign for the scarecrow to hold and you're finished!

Check out the rest of the team's creations, as well as our wonderful guest designer, Alison Heikkila. Thanks so much, Alison, for joining us for Spooktober!
Louise Healy
Have a Spook-tacular day!

Happy Creating,
Louise

5 comments:

LynB said...

Marvelous card Louise! So much to look at and enjoy. I like how you cut up the pumpkins and layered them...great trick! I love the scarecrow too!

Alison said...

Wonderful card! I love that you used so many different stencils on this piece. I especially love the crows!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

LOVE the details in your card Louise...this looks like a stenciling masterpiece! Thanks for the step-by-step of the creation!

Cherylynn said...

I agree with you Louise, the scarecrow is absolutely adorable and so is this card! Great use of techniques. I love the idea that you repurposed from your spraybox collection!

Lea said...

This is adorable! He really does look like he's in the middle of a pumpkin patch! Fantastic!