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Friday, 24 October 2014

Hallowe'en on Stage

Shortly after I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in November, 2011, I designed what I called a "stage card".  I had seen side step cards but wanted something different.  My original card and template were for a 5" x 7" card.  I've now redesigned the template so that it can be made into a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.   The first card I made with these measurements was for our latest blog hop.

As promised, I'm posting the template with this new card that I've created for the Paper Plunge challenge, which gives as its inspiration:  "It was a dark and stormy night..."  The card is also perfect for the colour challenge currently on Colour Me...!


I decided to try a new technique using re-inkers and Isopropyl Alcohol.  I love the way the colours merged and mixed.  It definitely gives the effect of a very spooky night.

First, my template.  You begin with a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" cardstock.  I've provided the measurements, cutting lines, and folding lines on the template.  It should be easy to follow.


By the time you've finished your cutting, scoring, and folding, your cardstock should look like this:


And this is exactly what I began with for my card, a base of Elegant Eggplant that I had cut, scored and folded like this.  I followed that with a layer of Basic Black and then a layer of my Whisper White that had been treated with re-inkers and spritzed with alcohol,   You can see the swirls of Blackberry Bliss, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black and Crisp Cantaloupe in various areas.

Then I used the frog from the Toxic Treats (retired) stamp set and the raven from the Toil & Trouble (retired) stamp set.  The remaining images and sentiment are from the current Photopolymer Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set.  I fussy cut most of them (big surprise, right) and also added some vellum "steam" coming from the cauldron.  The Dazzling Details that I added to the vellum really makes it look like something magical is rising.


For more cards that interpret "a dark and stormy night", check out The Paper Plunge.

For more cards using these colours, check out Colour Me...!

For more cards that are all about Holiday, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.

18 comments:

  1. What a super spooky Halloween card. I do like the witch's broom and cauldron. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah. I appreciate your comments.

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  2. Once again, Heidi, you out did yourself! What a fantastic card! We all appreciate you joining us every week at The Paper Plunge! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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    1. Thank you so much, Leslie. I'm enjoying the variety of challenges you're coming up with.

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  3. Wow I love this card, thanks for the dimensions, I will try sometime, the colors are perfect for Halloween. So glad you joined us at ATSM.

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    1. Thanks so much, Rahmat. It's a fun card to make.

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  4. wow I love your stage card-what a creative idea and the mix of inks is so perfect for Halloween-so pleased you shared this with us at ATSM

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    1. Thank you, Sandie. The way all those colours swirl together makes them appear as if they're part of a potion. I'm glad they turned out that way.

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  5. What a fun card Heidi - your inking technique gives such an atmospheric background. Thanks for joining us over at Colour Me...! this week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Joanne. I had fun with those re-inkers and the alcohol spritzer.

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  6. Heidi, your card is just fabulous! I love the mix of colors using the inkers! Thanks for sharing your directions on the stage card! Thank you for joining us at Colour Me...! this week! XX

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    1. Thank you so very much, Claire. You're very welcome to the directions for the stage card. It's a fun card to make.

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  7. Gorgeous creation, I love the way u incorporated colors so beautifully. Love all the folds too :) Thank you for sharing with ATSM!

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    1. Thank you so much, Deepti. I love the way the colours blend together because of the spritzed alcohol. I'm so glad you like it.

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  8. Awesome card! This dimensions is so great! and the colours is so pretty.Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

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    1. Thanks so much, Wei. I love the way a stage card looks.

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  9. Heidi, what a nice card! I love how you put everything together for the step card. Very nice!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Helen. I appreciate your comments.

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