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Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween Card

Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween Card

I’m so excited to share my friend Cathie’s over-the-top twist and pop Halloween card with you!  There are SOOOO many cool elements to make this a boo-tifully fun card.

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

Our sweet little Halloween Heidi is a fun witch brewing up some magic for you.

You know, every time I look at it I notice something new.

  • the glittery ribbon edging on the card corners 
  • a creepy silver spider on the shiny black web
  • the fun star designer series paper panel
  • her perfect label die-cut background (from the beautiful Stitched Seasons framelits set) now retired 🙁

…and we haven’t even opened it up yet!

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

Isn’t it fun?  I LOVE how these cards fold flat and then pop out at you when you open them.  

Cathie gave her Stampin’ Blends to a workout.  Did you notice all her colouring?

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

And you know what else?  She used every single stamp in the Cauldron Bubble stamp set for her dynamite design.  She knows how to get her money’s worth!

Cathie’s a huge Halloween fan.  And she loves interactive types of cards.  She found the original twist and pop idea on Pinterest and went to town designing this fun card.  Here’s a few of her words of wisdom as you are making one…

The hardest part is making sure the mechanism is scored correctly and then positioned correctly on the inside.  I have since made other twist and pops and found that the stronger the outside of the card is the better it works.  

So the last one I did, has a regular layer of card stock then another layer of thick card stock with a final layer of designer series paper and the embellishments.  This way the card stands better and when opening it seems to open better as well.

Here’s a few more ideas for the fun Halloween bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Over-the-top Twist and Pop Halloween card

Love this suite too like Cathie? There’s still time to have it arrive to make Halloween cards and fun treats! 

Just click on the bundled image below to get it at 10% off.   (And remember to use my October host code VWQ3RYAN and I’ll send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November with a $75 order).

Over the Top Twist-and-Pop Halloween Card

For an awesome WOW card, take a leaf out of Cathie’s book.  Make an over-the-top twist and pop Halloween card and you’ll have no shortage of treats this spooky holiday season.

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Let’s see how to make cards with zentangle designs that are over-the-top WOW! 

I pulled out all the stops for this classy – and fun, layered card.  But shocker! There’s not a stitch of stamping on it!

So you’re going to want to pull out those framelits and get busy along with me!

STUNNINGcards with zentangle designs

Before we get to the details on this bold card, did you see yesterday’s post?  I announced my NEW features you can get in on in my Facebook Group.

  • Weekly showcased products
  • Steals of a Deal
  • Regular Facebook Lives (Wednesdays at 4:30 MST)
  • Friday Flashes (a quick tip)

So over in my VIP-ers Facebook Group you’ll find this week’s Product of the Week, the fabulous First Frost bundle.  

 

I love how easy this beautiful bundle is to play with.  Not just for Christmas…it’s for all occasions!  Just like on today’s project.

Let’s take another peek and see where I’ve used it here.

USE UP your zentangle designs with framelits

So is this what you’re thinking right now?

…well, it’s not the die-cut words…

…I don’t see any stamping…

…the ribbon isn’t from that suite…

…those colours are not what I was expecting…

Where is it?

zentangle designs make card making EASY!

 

It’s ALL in the embellished layers.

  • the zentangle leaves are a framelit from the set of Frosted Bouquet Framelits
  • my background tag, also from the framelits is cut out of the Tin Tile embossed silver foil (isn’t that TO DIE for?)
  • don’t miss the mat shadowing the silver tag either!
  • the silver berries are the detailed thinlit in the dies
  • my two black flower buds are peeking out too

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

I’ve shown you lots of ideas for how to make cards with zentangle designs.  Like these fun Christmas ones I started with, to this pretty butterfly card to these ho-ho-holiday gift tags.

But in each one of those, the zentangle was the MAIN part of the design.  On my card today, it’s an accent piece.  And I think is an ideal fit for the rest of the card.

After all, black and white is always right, isn’t it?  Classy, cool, contemporary and perfect for all occasions.

What do you think?

Want some details to make cards with zentangle designs like this one?

  1. Create your zentangle
  2. Then copy it onto Whisper White cardstock (yup, cheat like I do and get lots of mileage from one design 😉)
  3. Select a framelit and place it on top, moving it around until you like what you’re going to cut out.
  4. Add it to your card design.

Here’s the back of the tag.  See how I cut the black label in half and glued it on? 

make cards with zentangle designs

Then I glued down all my Frosted Bouquet die cuts.  Last, I added Stampin’ dimensionals on top both to anchor the dies and to affix the element to my card.

This is what it looked like before I added my words.  (I had to think twice on whether I really needed them! LOL!)

I LOVE to make cards with zentangle designs

Want another idea?

This was a birthday card for my friend Karen.  Much the same idea but just a tad different.

Zentangle designs for cards? YES! Gorgeous cards!

So pull out some of your zentangle pieces.  See which framelits fit perfectly on top.  You might be surprised!  

And if you’re not a tangler, pull out your designer paper and use it for accent pieces too!

Here are all the supplies I used on today’s card.  

Zentangle Designs make AWESOME cards

So the next time, you get a bit stumped for ideas, look at your framelits from a new angle.  Grab a completed tangle and just maybe you can make cards with zentangle designs too!

Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

Let me show how to create spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween.  They’re so quick you just might want to craft up a bunch of backgrounds to celebrate Halloween and Christmas!

And seeing it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know I’ve got the full measurements and instructions for this fun card.  Plus a bunch of TIPS to use when you’re making it.

Once again, we’re diving into our watercolour pencils case for an ultra, ultra – I mean really ULTRA – simple wash of colour.

Here’s what we’re making today.

Scare up some easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween

OK, I guess it’s not THAT spooky with the cute glimmery stars and moon.  But bats aren’t the most cuddly creatures on my list.  Can’t you just hear the “flap-flap-flap” of their creepy little wings?  Ewwwwwwww.

Soooo, moving on…

Bat’s aren’t ALWAYS creepy.  In fact, they’re sorta cute in this mini takeout box don’tcha think?

Here’s how you can create this card for the Halloween aficionados on your list.

Ingredients

  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Basic Grey cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Sparkle Glimmer paper – scraps
  • Black foil sheets – scraps

Recipe for Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

 

Quick and easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

VERY lightly colour your Basic Grey watercolour pencil onto the middle portion of your watercolour paper.  TIP1: Lay the pencil on its side rather than use its point to colour.  TIP2: Leave space on all four sides of your colouring so you will have a border.  TIP3:  Try not to make an even shape.  For example, don’t try to make a circle, oval or square, just a few squiggles (Yes, I’m SURE that’s a real art term🙃!) of colour.

Use your Aqua Painter to drop in some drips of plain water onto the coloured area.  Use the tip of the Aqua Painter to move around the “paint” that develops.  TIP4: Use more water than you think to get a really translucent feel.

Let your watercolour background dry completely.  Check here for my thoughts on whether to heat set or not.  

Stamp the swirl (probably my go-to stamp for a whimsical background in a FLASH!) in Basic Grey ink onto middle of card.  Stamp greeting on bottom right.

Punch out bats from Black foil sheet.  Punch out moon and stars from Sparkle glimmer paper.

Glue Basic Grey panel to front of folded Basic Black card.  TIP5: Offset your panel for a fun look, still leaving a small black border at the bottom and top edges.  

Centre and glue watercoloured piece into middle of folded card.  TIP6: Use Tear & Tape adhesive or liquid glue for a more permanent adhesion.

Glue moon and stars with liquid adhesive.  Attach bats with mini dimensionals.

Spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

Time to get into your craft room.  Remember to keep it simple today. 

And if you think these two punches would be awesome to add to your crafting supplies, just click on the image to go directly to my online store.  Then the little UPS truck will screech to a stop outside your door in about a week.

 

easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for stampers

Be sure to keep checking back to my blog here for more quick and simple card ideas this fall and holiday season!  

Between the blog and my newsletters, there are TONS of ideas headed your way!  Not on my email list?  Click here to sign up.  It’s fast, free and the BEST way to keep you in the loop!

Thank you so much for joining me today for spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween project – now get busy crafting 😋!  

Painted Harvest Handmade Autumn Card

Painted Harvest Handmade Autumn Card

My friend Pat sent me this beautiful Painted Harvest handmade autumn card for Thanksgiving.  I LOVED her card so much, I just had to share it with you so you could Pin it and CASE it. 

Did you know CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything?  And it’s what we stampers love to do!  

So don’t be shy.  Feel free to Pin it to your Pinterest boards.  It’s always a great idea to save fabulous designs like this so you can craft up a handmade autumn card.

Make a classy handmade autumn card

Don’t know how to Pin It?  It just depends where you’re reading this.

A. If you’re on your tablet or phone,

  • press the “Share This ^” at the bottom of your screen
  • select Pinterest and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

B. If you’re on a desktop computer,

  • on the left hand side of your screen you will see some buttons, one red one with the Pinterest P in it
  • click on the P and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

Go ahead, give it a try!

I LOVE this stamped and die-cut handmade autumn card

I’m not sure what appeals to me the most.

  • The simple layout
  • Her colour choices (save my Inkspiration below to keep it in mind)
  • That Buffalo Check stamped background (isn’t that your FAVE new background stamp?)
  • Her punched and die-cut embellishments peeking out from the framed sunflower , or
  • The sunflower (you probably already know, it’s my all-time favourite flower 🌻)

What do you like the best about it?  Leave me a comment.

Let me show you Pat’s colour combo which is just ideal for this time of year.

Painted harvest handmade autumn card

Tips for a Painted Harvest handmade autumn card

 

I LOVE this handmade autumn card

 

  1. Pull out your Stamparatus for exact and full-coverage placement of the Buffalo Check background stamp.
  2. Cut your Whisper White panel slightly smaller than the stamp so you get complete coverage with one stamping.  Pat’s is 4” x 5 1/4”.
  3. Pick out two coordinating stamp pad colours to create your sunflower.  Pat use Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Rotate your sunflower stamp just slightly to offset the darker Pumpkin Pie petals.
  5. Sponge Pumpkin Pie ink onto one punched out Daffodil Delight leaf for a rustic and matched feel.
  6. Use a variety of die-cuts and colours to accent your focal point.  Here you can see 2 leaf punches in 2 colours and a leaf embossed and die cut from the In the Woods framelits.

 

Here are all the supplies Pat used to create her awesome handmade autumn card.  To add these to your own stash of goodies, simply click on the image.

This is NOT your average handmade autumn card

Did you Pin it to save for later?

If you love the Painted Harvest set as much as I do here’s another vellum card idea you might want to pin.  

Inspiration for our card making comes from so many places.  And imitation is the gosh-darn BEST form of flattery.

Don’t be afraid to completely copy a design you love.  Or use it as a jumping-off point.  Or just take elements you can’t live without and incorporate them into your own layout.

Give it a try.  Take little pieces of Pat’s design and add them to your own handmade autumn card this year and see what you can come up with.

Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

I love, love, love to create vibrant colour watercolour pencils.  And I wanna show you how to get deep saturated colour too with this super “almost UNlimited possibilities” supply item!

Sure, I love my soft subtle backgrounds like the colours here too.  But give me bold, clear colour any day of the week and I’m a happy camper!

Now a disclaimer.  While the techniques on this card ARE simple, there are a few more supplies and steps than I normally use.  

It was just that once I got started, I was having sooo much fun, I couldn’t stop!  You know, how that extra pinch of spice rams up a recipe?  Same here!

It's EAST to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

OK I have to ask.  What’s the first thing you notice?

  • The coordinated colours of paper and “ink”?
  • The two cute wine glasses?
  • How about the softly shadowed words?
  • Maybe it was the little touches of holly?
  • Or maybe the ribbon and bow to underscore the card?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

Whichever grabbed your attention first, here are my tips for how you can achieve the same attention-grabbing results.

Top Tips to Create Vibrant Colour with Watercolour Pencils

 

  1. Colour a large area of watercolour paper with different coloured pencils, blending them together (I used Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Real Red for my intense colour.)  See my other tips here for layering and blending your colour.

create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

Spritz with a heavy – yeah HEAVY – coating of clear water with your Stampin’ Spritzer directly onto your paper.  WARNING: Don’t freak out when your paper curls up!  It will lay flat again as it dries.

create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

Let your paper dry completely. 

I know!  This has got the be the absolute HARDEST thing to do, but it’s worth it to let it air dry.  Why not try it both ways?  Heat set one with your heat tool and let another one air dry.  Let me know which one YOU like the best.

Now go ahead and use your paper as you would any other paper.   I ran mine through the Big Shot with the Merry Christmas framelits to add it to my card.

I LOVE to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

 

Then I wanted to have coordinating “wine” so used the same combination of watercolour pencils to colour in my glasses.  After colouring, I used my Aqua Painter to blend the ink.

Other Details on my fun Christmas Cheer card?

How easy is it to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils?

 

  • A white shadow around my “Christmas” die echoes the white embossed “Cheer”.
  • Three cute holly leaves fussy cut with my Paper Snips and adhered to the card and glasses.
  • My strand of Old Olive sheer ribbon tied in a simple bow at the base of the wine glasses.
  • A rhinestone dot for my “I”.
  • Linen textured background on my Rich Razzleberry (see how to do this here  )
  • A wash of Wink of Stella over my greeting, and my wine to catch the light.

Oh So Simple technique to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

While there are a few more steps to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils for my card, your recipient will love it.  A bit of Christmas cheer to spread some holiday cheer.

So how about if you give this a try now? 

Here’s everything I used so you can recreate this for your own holiday greetings. Simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.  (And be sure to use my October host code VWQ3RYAN and I’ll send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November with a $75 order).

YES, you can create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils

If you liked this card, you might also like this congrats card using much the same technique, but with a different look.

Now with the Illuminated Christmas card I shared yesterday, you’ve got a couple different techniques to try with your watercolour pencils. 

But I’m not done yet.  Be sure to check back here.  I have another one (at least) up my sleeve!  And while maybe it’s not about how to create vibrant colour with watercolour pencils, I think you’ll find it’s just as cool a look!

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