Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Going Batty! (an interactive window card)

Another pressure emboss resist card...

bats in the window card mel stampz

Originally, I made this for the Hero Arts window challenge
that was over last month on the 29th (but I'm slow as molasses!)

The pressure embossing is done on
BasicGrey Ambrosia 6x6 paper:


pressure emboss resist & cross stitched skulls

Using Cuttlebug's Skeleton Scroll folder. Then, a couple of coats
of clear heat embossing & black ink for the resist.
(There's a pictorial here showing how to do it).

The part that was the most fun of all, though,
was stitching crosses of white thread over the skeleton's eyes:
pressure emboss resist & cross stitched skulls - Copy

The hanging bat was a howl to make
since he swings around on a thread:


When you open the card, he dangles inside it:

dangling bat inside window card

He was super easy to put together using
these Jolee's Boutique Halloween party stickers:

I just stuck them to the back of each other with some white thread
sandwiched in between & coloured any white areas that showed (on the
back of the stickers) with a black marker. He has a fuzzy pom-pom body
that gives me the giggles.

To get the window shape, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities die
taped on with scotch tape to keep it even. Cutting through these two things:
1) a black A2 card-on the front only 2) The pressure embossed piece

To make it look like the bat was breaking through I did this stuff...

1) Stuck piece of white piece of acid-free copy paper to the back of the embossed piece (I cut the white paper a bit bigger than the embossed piece so it would also act as a white mat around the embossing).
2) Stabbed through the white paper with the point of scissors to make a hole.
3) Tore away pieces of it to make the edges jagged.
4) Curled the torn bits a little for dimension.

Inside the card Monsieur Bat has a spider buddy:

bat window card Hero Arts inside

(from the Hero Arts set Spooky Spider Web)

To put the inside together, I did this schtuff...

1) ...opened the web image in Photoshop.
2)...dragged & dropped the spider in & re-sized it using transform.
3) Positioned the spider near the bottom.
4) Drew a line for him to hang from using the line tool.

Spider has some poor soul wrapped up in his webbing:

bat window card Hero Arts spider

The Boo sentiment is from another Hero Arts digi set called Happy Haunting.
I just printed it & cut it with an EK Success oval punch, added googlie eyes, stitching
& some more BasicGrey Ambrosia paper that I hand cut for a thin border.

I cut around the spider legs with a hobby knife (exacto blade)
to try and make it look like he was holding the boo sign.

Thanks for dropping on by,

P.S. Disclosure: Megan from EK Success sent those Halloween party
stickers to me to play around with. Thanks, Megan!

P.P.S. I was so inspired by Lisa's fab video tutorial for her trifold window card that I wanted to link it up here. She has some great ideas.


Noreen said...

Very cute, Mel! I'm all into Halloween and I really enjoyed your card.

Kim Etherington said...

Love this card! That fuzzy wuzzy bat is uber cute! Love the technique you used with the blk ink over the pp.

Suzi said...

I don't like Halloween! But your card is so adorable! Major conflict here! I love the x's in the eyeballs, and the way you "stabbed" through the paper. It's just all together fun! Oh, but I do love halloween candy! I'm so conflicted about this day! But not about your card! It's great! TFS!

Dawn said...

hahahaha...oh, too cute! LOVE the dangling spider and stitched eyes or lack thereof! LOL

another clever Melcreation!


Crafty Loops said...

What an awesome and interactive card. Its terrific. Lee x

Coqueta Bonita Creation said...

yay!! this is adorable, anyone who receives this card will be pleasantly surprised!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wowza- what a cool card! I love the background and LOVE the window with the spider.....! Love love the stitching in the skulls for eyes.....!

SaraBug said...

What a fun card I love everything about it.

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

This is A-MA-ZING! Even better than the last one. OMG, will totally try this!

Rufus said...

Well no wonder Mr. Fuzzy Wuzzy bat makes you giggle...he's fun! Love the way he's busting out of your card! And the X's in the eyes on the embossing is brilliant. I used your pressure embossing, heat embossing then inking technique and reclaimed some really horrid paper, into something actually nice looking!! So thanks!

Marian said...

Awesome card! I LOVE the hanging spider!

Anne said...

Brilliant! You're always such an inspiration, Mel - thanks for sharing.

Victoria said...

Very cool batty card. My kids would just go crazy for it!

Holly Young said...

I love that technique Melissa - it really looks so cool! Your bat looks so cute popping out of that torn paper!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how fun Mel!! Love all the textures and the fun bat!! Spook-tacular!!

Erum Tasneem said...

every time I come over here and the first word that comes out of my mouth is "WOW". Today, I am kinda speechless and mouth is shaped in an "O" LOL
The bat is FABULOUS! The texture, your paper choice (stripes) just rocks!
Those stitched crosses are CHERRIES on top of a very very yummy cake :)
too bad you couldnt enter the challenge, they would have loved this!

Noreen said...

Cute ideas!

Beate said...

Your card looks gorgeous inside and out. Love all your details!
Hugs and smiles