Monday, October 31, 2011

4 cards: Animated Movies & Shabby Shriek...

Trick or Treat!?!

Today... a whole whack of Halloween cards to share with ya.
Late late late, but I was bound & determined to squeeze them in this year.
(There are 4 cards with the usual photo madness) so it's a lengthy post...

Animated movies...

A tribute to two
Halloweeny animated movie faves:
Snow White & Coraline.

Snow White

snow white poison apple card

Do you love it when things on your cards dangle & spin?
...makes me feel happy!

Here's the inside of the card:
snow white poison apple window card (inside)
(the poison apple is double-sided)

I tried but I couldn't resist cutting this
apple out & tying it to a string...

The Poison Apple printable is from
Less Cake {more frosting} here:

Click the image to go to her site & see it.

I added her website to the back of the card with credit to her
fabulous image, since terms of use ask you to keep the watermark.

martha EK success punch spider web frame

The white frame is made with the
Martha EK Success Spiderweb punch
& I cut out the center of it with an exacto knife.

The apple & the purple and acid green papers are all
clear heat embossed and messed around with this way...

1) Stamped everything with that Funky I.O. background stamp, heat embossed in clear
2) The apples (front & back ones) are coloured with these Copics: Mimosa Yellow YG00, Yellow Green YG03, Mignonette YG11; Cool Gray no.7 & a colourless blender.
3) The top purple piece was done emboss resist with Milled Lavender Distress Ink (which was too high contrast a look with pure white embossing, so I painted over it with purple acrylic paint to even it out a bit. That was fun!
4) The bottom acid green emboss resist piece is Shabby Shutters Distress Ink tinted around the edges with a Mauve Shadow Copic marker BV00 and black marker).

The trick or treat text used around the frame
(and inside the card) was super easy to make...
a sort of DIY vellum sticker action:

1) Make a word document with the sentiment in grey typewriter font. (Just let me know if you'd like a copy of it)
2) Print it on vellum cardstock & heat emboss the wet ink jet printer ink with clear embossing powder to set it.
3) Add strips of double-sided tape behind the lines of text & trim it
4) Stick your new custom embossed vellum stickers on your project.

But the best part by far was tying the little embroidery floss bow,
since at first it was all messy, then I realized glue would help it
stay nice and tidy & it was satisfying:

embroidery floss stiffened with glue- snow white poison apple card

I rubbed the acid green embroidery floss with my new glue fave Wellbond,
which is non-toxic and acid-free, so it was okay to get it all over my hands. :o)
I bought mine at an online art store here in Canada (Curry's)...
worked like a charm (and it dries invisible).

Trick or Treat custom chipboard tag

A custom chipboard tag printed on the computer,
punched with a circle punch, stitched,
splatted with inky water, then stuck on a cheapo chipboard circle,
& attached to the bow with wire (dressed up with some purple seed beads).

One of my favourite things to do, is to give it an outline & colour it:
hero arts just for you paper find edges recolour link tutorial
Here's the tutorial for how to do that, in case you're curious.

After printing it, I splattered it with watery black ink:

hero arts Just for you background recolour find edges & distressed

...then edged it with black marker and added more of the DIY
vellum sentiment stickers & stuck it inside the card.


A fave! We've bought all of Neil Gammon's books & loved them.
We've got his DVDs in our movie collection
Charles discusses Coraline's use of a sub-world & the double
with his World Lit students.
Nerdy Halloween fun!

So, I made this card to give to Mr. Nerd:

button your eyes coraline card

...with, what else, buttons:

Black is traditional

If you've seen the movie, you may know that "Black is traditional" ;o)

Shabby Shriek...

Last year I made these apothescary digis to share as freebies,

but I've never posted a card made with them,
so here's the old card I made last year...

apothescary jars & shelf digi freebie mel stampz
The patterned papers are BasicGrey 6x6 packs.
You might say it's in the "shabby shriek" style! (ynuk ynuk!)

And I made a new A2 sized card, this year,
along the same lines:

Apothescary jar freebie card mel stampz

The 'funnest' part of making it
was the bat stitching in the corners:

bat stitching

I drew a bat shape on scotch tape & used it on all the corners
as a piercing guide, then hand-stitched them with turquoise sewing thread.

The white distressed heat embossed script background
is from Purple Onion Designs (my fave text stamp):

Late 1800's Script background stamp:

And that's all she wrote, folks.

Hope you're having a frightfully good day!

P.S. I'll be posting new touched up versions of the apothescary jars with a scrapbooking project next month, if anyone wants to try 'em out. (and nope it's not Invasion of the Body Snatchers: I did say scrapbooking there. Crazy, huh?)

P.P.S. Disclosure: two of the items I used in today's cards were given to me for free from companies: EK Success Martha spider web punch and the Purple Onion Designs script background stamp.


Holly Young said...

oh what wonderful cards these all are! I couldn't pick a favorite if you made me!

Sandy Ang said...

Lovely projects. I really like the inter-active elements of the dangle.

TT said...

Thank you for the halloween wishes and the creativity again. Wish that you lived nearby to teach me to use the computer like you do. On second thought I don't think life is long enough. :) Tricia

Dawn said...

I can't believe you stitched bats! I can believe it.... YOU never cease to AMAZE me!!!

kReN said...

Wow! Nifty card. I hope to work through some of your digit tuts in order to teach myself all these new skills. TFS! kren

Sue said...

All brilliant halloween cards Luv Sue x

Kim Etherington said...

Fabulous, gorgeous work as usual Mel! Love love love and envy envy envy your patience and talent!

Ruth S said...

Such wonderfulcards as ever! Thanks so much for the tuts and inspiration, packed with detail, Rx

Unknown said...

Ya know WOW me every single day. I spend an hour just pouring over your blog posts...but BLEW MY FREAKING SOCKS OFF!!! That card is just DIVINE!!! I absolutely LOVE IT!!! I have got to get my digi on more often! You rock!!!

gaijinjoy said...

Your cards are frightfully good! Thanks so much for the apothecary image. Admiring your crafting brilliance.

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

I thought for a second there you'd stitched on chipboard already. Breathing deeply ... I'm good. :D

Lisa - papergrace said...

These are simply AH-MAY-ZING! Love the tiny stitched bats!! Seriously girl...what can't you do? Love them all. And for some reason I feel an itch to find seed beads. Why is that? ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I love all of these!

Frederique said...

Wow, all your cards are wonderful. Where do you get all these ideas?! Do you ever have time to sleep?? Carry on as when I am short on inspiration it's straight to your blog I hop, hop, hop....

Pauline said...

These are fabulous!! Love the Apothescary jars, and I love the dangling poisoned apple and scary withch fingers! Great tip for the paper piercing too, I will try it out!

Lightleaf Studio said...

I loved this post. I hope you had a fabulous Halloween.

Mari said...

I've been saving up for when I had a moment to *really* read your posts. Tonight I only had time for this one. Mel... You ARE SO COOL! :) I'd LOVE to live in a crafty compound next to you! You are so creative and really unique in this (sometimes) cookie cutter world. *mwah*!

Erum Tasneem said...

Super fabulous stuff Mel!!!Mind blowing! love love love everything going on in this post. You know you rock! Super talented Queen of crafty genious-ness!

Margo said...

Just saw this blog entry on the Snow White & Coraline cards - LOVE THEM! Awesome job with each and every detail!!! Very fun and inspiring ideas! TFS!