Tuesday 25 October 2022

Halloween Sweetest Cherries Demo

For my Facebook Live today, I wanted to make a Halloween card. Problem was, though, I didn't buy any Halloween stamp sets this year. What's a girl to do? Time to think outside the stamp box!

Here's what I came up with:

What I did have to work with was the terrific and multi-season Celebrate Everything DSP. It includes a super-cute Halloween pattern. But what would I use for a sentiment?

I went rummaging through my stamp sets and found the summery Sweetest Cherries set. (Ce produit est également disponible en français.)

While a summer set might seem an unlikely choice for Halloween, the word "sweet" caught my eye, thinking of Halloween candy. I had my sentiment and could start making my card!

To start, I used Designer Tags Dies to cut out the largest tag twice, from vellum and Celebrate Everything DSP. Then I arranged three word stamps from the Sweetest Cherries stamp set on the vellum tag, to say "wishing you a sweet day." I used a kit-sized block to pick up the words, then inked the stamps thoroughly with my StazOn Jet Black Ink and stamped on the vellum. 

I chose StazOn because it is formulated specifically to stamp on surfaces like plastic, so I knew it would produce a strong, clear image on vellum. (I have stamped with other inks on vellum, but they can rub off and are usually subtle in their impressions.) It's worth knowing that StazOn permanently stains photopolymer stamps - and that the StazOn cleaner can degrade photopolymers. (The cleaner is designed for red rubber stamps, specifically.) So I just cleaned my stamps with water and knew they would be permanently black, which I didn't mind.

The rest of the card was just a matter of assembly. I adhered a 3 3/4” x 5” Celebrate Everything DSP panel to a 4” x 5 1/4” Crushed Curry Cardstock panel to create a card mat. Then I attached the vellum tag to the Celebrate Everything DSP tag, using glue dots positioned under the letters on the vellum, so as to be invisible from the front of the tag. I fed Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon through the ends of the tag, so that the ribbon was on the back of the tag. Then I attached the tag to the card mat with dimensionals, securing the ribbon on the back of the card mat with glue dots. After that, I tied a bow in another length of ribbon and added it to the tag with a glue dot.

The final steps were to attach the card mat to a 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Basic Black Cardstock card base, adding Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots to embellish. Then I adhered a 3/4” x 5” scrap of Celebrate Everything DSP to a 3 3/4” x 5” Basic White Cardstock panel and attached it to the card's interior.

What spooky projects have you been creating for Halloween? I'd love to see!

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