Hello all! Happy Sunday! Today I am super excited to be guest blogger for the wonderful Mary Fish, my Stampin’ Up! upline! Mary is always so gracious to showcase members of her downline on Sundays. And today is my day! Thank you so much Mary! I really appreciate it!
When I signed up for an October date it was a given that I was going to do something for Halloween and came up with this idea to make a wreath of spooky eyes. In my mind’s eye it was brilliant! However making it a reality was something else. I went thru a lot of samples over several days to finally achieve the result that I wanted.
My plan was really simple or so I thought. It actually took me about a dozen tries in all and some consulting with two stamping wonders – Mary Fish and my buddy Katie Skiff. Tip #1 – when your mojo is stuck – consult with some other stampers! Mary and Katie gave me some great advice and encouragement.
Tip #2 – look through your stamps and dies to see if you can use them in unexpected ways. I used the Stampin’ Up! Gratitude for Days for the wreath. I tried three major themes in trying to come up with my spooky eye wreath. The first was to use the leafy branch from this set for the wreath. (I will have a card later this week that I made from the branch stamp.) The leafy branch was the wrong choice to pair up with the spooky eyes. The second was to use the spooky eyes (from Freaky Friends) themselves to make the wreath. It looked scary all right – but not a good kind of scary! The third was to use the leaf stamp in this set. I know these stamps are made for journaling cards and not necessarily to be the focus on an A2 sized card but again – use your stamps for something other than is expected.
By using a circle framelit to make a guideline, memento black ink and second generation stamping, I created my wreath. Then I embossed the eyes from the SU! Freaky Friends stamp set randomly. At this point I admit I struggled a bit as to how I was going to cut the wreath out. It dawned on me – why not use the wonderful wreath die? It was the right choice especially by pairing it with a circle framelit for the middle.
Tip #3 – the power of threes. I placed the wreath on my base card and added three pieces of tangerine tango thick twine. However, it just didn’t look right. So I used the patented Brian King method of squinting at the card (the nickel is in the mail) and decided candy dots would finish it off. So two sets of three it was.
Tip #4 – do you sometimes struggle to find the right sentiment for the card you are making? I do. I knew what sentiment I wanted so asked my friend Katie for some help writing it out. Katie did a great job! And then she realized that she had written them the wrong way on the word bubbles I had cut out. So plan B it was: use Word and print the sentiment on my cardstock instead. Bonus: word had the perfect font – chiller – for the sentiment.
So there you go – the eyes have it! I hoped you enjoyed my card today! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies: CS: SU! whisper white, basic black. Inks: memento black and versamark. Black embossing powder. Stamps: SU! Gratitude for Days and Freaky Friends. Dies: SU! wonderful wreath, circles and word bubbles. Embellies: SU! candy dots and tangerine tango thick twine.