Believe it or not, this is actually the first ever Halloween card I've ever made. I just don't own any Halloween stamps....until GinaK sent me her new Fall/Holiday line of stamps. There's a few Halloween images in there so I decided to try my hand at a card today.
I went with a gate fold design for this card because I'm really loving this format lately.
I tipped the Spider stamp a bit and only stamped the upper part of the web around the edges of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I stamped the Bat image with Sahara Sand ink, as the cardstock seemed to be missing something, but I didn't want to overwhelm the card with a darker ink.
I've often wondered who came up with putting orange, purple and green together for Halloween stuff. I never would have thought to put those colors together, but over the last few years, I've noticed this color combination more and more. It just made sense to use them for this card. I wanted to go with something a little more toned down from the usual BRIGHT lime greens, vivid oranges and grape-ish purples.
The Spider stamp is perfect for stamping in the corners of cardstock. It makes him look like he's actually got a web up there in the corner and is hanging down.
Yes, that's Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the spider web and the silk the little spider guy is hanging from (he even ended up with some on his butt, though I'm not sure how that got there....it ended up wiping away AFTER I took the picture.....see? Even spiders end up wearing this stuff....not just me!). And no, I don't think there's ever a time when a project DOESN'T call for Dazzling Diamonds. I'm sure I could even find a way to use it on a card with golfing stamps. Ya know, because every girl that golfs needs a blinged out 9-iron. Not that I would know, since I don't golf. No offense to the golfers that read here, but I was always envious of the prime pasture space that would have been great for my horses when I had them. ;) And I only know the term "9-iron" because I've watched "Happy Madison" one too many times (can never get enough of those Adam Sandler movies). I could probably find a way to put glitter on a card, too. A fly fishing card, for example. Who says a male fly fisher can't sport a nose stud piercing or an ear stud piercing?
Okay, so golfers and fly fishers aside.....I used my handy-dandy, ever-so-trusty 2-Way Glue pen to go over the lines of the web and the silk string and then sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the top. If that spider were hanging in a barn doorway, you'd definitely see his web sparkle in the morning sun because of the dew on his web.....so Dazzling Diamonds definitely works for this.
The card opens like a gate (which is kind of ironic, considering that it's called a "gate-fold" card.....haha! Wow....it's late. I may be a night owl, but I don't promise that my brain is always working at max capacity at this hour).
I stamped the bat image and the "Have a spooktacular Halloween!" greeting inside the card on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used the Sahara Sand ink for this, as well. (The "Happy Haunting to you!" greeting that I used on the front of the card is also one of GinaK's new designs.)
Some of you have asked what I do inside my cards and have wanted me to show you pictures of the insides. Well, I have a confession to make. I don't show you the insides of my cards because I don't usually put ANYTHING on the insides. The gate-fold card is the rare exception. I tend to be one of those types of people that LOVES to write all kinds of personal stuff inside cards.....kind of like a mini letter. I'm actually not a huge fan of greetings inside cards because I always end up drawing a box around the greeting so that I can separate it from all the stuff I write inside. When I write inside of a card, I usually start on the left side of the open card and keep writing. I usually end up filling up the back cover of the card, as well and then end up tucking a small piece of notepaper inside the card with the rest of what I wanted to say (and couldn't fit on the card). I guess I'm just long winded. ;) I love words and I love to write. I guess I also figure that if I'm going to do all the creative work and send my card to someone special, I have lots more to say to them. But that's just me. I'm crazy like that. ;) That probably wasn't as creative as you'd all have liked it to be, but it is what it is. ;)
I added a small spiral clip (from the HodgePodge Hardware kit) to the corner of the spider focal point. I tied a piece of Moss gingham ribbon and a piece of stitched black ribbon to the spiral before I added it. Just a little something to add some punch. (And now that I'm seeing this photo REALLY close up, I'm noticing that the spiral clip got some glitter on it, as well....too stinkin' funny!)
Well, it's off to be for me.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Stamps: GinaK Designs; Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink: Pumpkin pie, Basic Black, Going Gray, Sahara Sand; spiral clip; moss gingham ribbon; stitched black ribbon; 2-Way Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; paint brush and water