Monster Hugs

Given my massive love of Lawn Fawn products, it’s pretty amazing that I’ve never actually entered any of the Lawnscaping Challenges. I decided this week was the time to rectify that situation.

Lawnscaping 104 SketchRather than having a theme, the latest challenge (#104) is a sketch challenge. Since I generally find the concept of making a card around a sketch a bit easier than around a particular theme, I was really happy to see this!

For my card, I decided to mix things up a bit a use the Monster Mash stamp set in a non-traditional way. I opted to pair them with colors one would typically associate with Spring rather than Halloween. Using seasonal stamps in a non-traditional way like this is a great way to get more mileage from your stamps.

Monster Hugs | Mel's Card CornerFor my card base, I used a piece of Powder Blue Bazzill card stock. I cut the rectangles from the sketch using various pieces of paper from the Let’s Polka, Mon Amie petite paper pack from Lawn Fawn. I used my Cuttlebug and the Stitched Circles dies from Simon Says Stamp to create a shaker window frame using a piece of paper from the Pint-Sized Patterns: Beachside petite paper pack. I then used the larger circle to also cut a clear acetate window from some Dura-Lar film as well as a plain white card stock circle from some Crafter’s Companion Ultra-Smooth for the backing piece. I also used this piece to stamp the sentiment (also from the Monster Mash stamp set) using Pixie mini pigment ink from Close to My Heart.

In retrospect, I probably should have made my shaker circle larger. Mine ended up being about two inches in diameter. I can assure you, it’s NO fun trying to cut and double-layer teeny tiny little pieces of 3M foam tape to make a shaker this small. LOL

Monster Hugs - shaker setupIt was then time to stamp and color the little monsters. I stamped them on some more of the Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I knew I wanted the little one-eyed monster and the larger one-eyed monster huddles together. This meant I would need to do a little bit of masking since they were individual stamps. I used my MISTI stamping tool for that part.

MISTI - Monster StampingI stamped the little monster first and then created a small mask from some 1″ Post-It tape. I trimmed out the right side of the mask and placed it over my little monster. I then stamped the larger monster next to it overlapping them slightly. Getting masks lined up correctly is just so much easier with my MISTI. I actually don’t mind masking now! LOL

After getting all of my little monsters stamped out, I colored them in shades I felt would be complimentary to the papers I had selected. I did the little one-eyed monster in RV02 and RV04. The larger one-eyed monster was done with BV00, BV02, and BV04.  I also used some B00 and the Blender Pen to add a little color to their eyes. The three-eyed monster was done in G00, G02, and G05. I used Y06 and Y08 for his legs/arms and used Y17 and YR04 for his horns. Finally, the short round monster was done using R20, R24, and R27.

Monster Hugs - shaker fillThe final step was assembling the shaker and then putting everything together on the card base. I filled the shaker with some 4mm Springtime Mix sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I also added three more in the 6mm size as an embellishment on the finished card.

Monster Hugs | Mel's Card CornerI had a really fun time making this card for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by to learn more about it!

Until next time …

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