Woo Hoo! It’s time for the August release from Catherine Pooler Designs and it’s FANTASTIC!! There’s a little bit for everyone this month — from amazing layering sets with flowers and leaves to products for all your spooky fun Halloween cards, too!
The Creative Team is kicking off our big three day blog hop for this release. You should have arrived here from the blog of the amazingly creative Josefine. If you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a full list of all the blog hop participants at the end of this post. Be sure to visit all the stops so you won’t miss out on any of the fantastic inspiration or the chance to win! More on that later. 🙂
For my first card, I created a one layer card using the gorgeous Rose Garden stamp set. This is a four-step layering stamp set which gives incredibly realistic looking roses. There is a layering guide included with this step set, so don’t let the four-step layering intimidate you.
I started by using some 2″ Post-It tape to mask off the area for my sentiment. I then repeatedly stamped the roses all over the entire panel. Here are the ink colors I used to created the yellow roses on this card:
- Layer 1 – Limoncello stamped off
- Layer 2 – Limoncello full strength
- Layer 3 – Tiara stamped off
- Layer 4 – Tiara full strength
After stamping all the roses, I used a ruler and 0.3 Copic Multiliner and drew a line along each horizontal edge of the masking. I then used a C1 and C00 to add a bit of shading to give it a bit of dimension. I then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using Something Blue ink. The sentiment is from the Grateful Heart stamp set from an earlier release. To complete the card, I used a B00 and added a drop shadow around each of the roses.
For my second card, I decided to use the Halloween products from the release. I thought the images from the Everything But the Broom stamp set would work great with both of the patterned papers Catherine has available in her online store. In fact, when I saw this purple on purple diagonal striped paper when the Peacock and Paisleys Patterned Paper was released a few months ago, my very first thought was how cool it would be for a Halloween card. I partnered it with a big of Black Tie Gala patterned paper and some black foil cardstock from my stash to create this very graphic card.
For the focal panel, I started by stamping the Trick or Treat sentiment on some Premium White Cardstock. I added the fun little spider web in the upper left using the new Twilight ink which is a gorgeous soft gray. One a separate piece of white cardstock, I stamped the spider and witch hat using Midnight ink. I cut out the sentiment using one of the Circle Dies and cut out the hat and spider using the Everything But the Broom coordinating dies. I also cut a second spider out from just a plain piece of white cardstock. More on that later.
I colored the witch hat using some Copic markers. For the purple part, I used V20, V22, and V25. For the orange band, I used YR04, YR07, and YR09. I then added a coat of Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to give it a bit of shimmer.
The next part of this card is where the fun really comes in. I used a piercing tool to poke a tiny hole in the center of the sentiment circle. I ran some silver metallic thread through the hole and taped it down on the back side of the circle. I put a mini glue dot on the back of each spider. I pulled the metallic thread taut and then stuck it to the glue dot on the back of the stamped spider. I then adhered the other spider to the back of the stamped spider capturing the metallic thread in between then trimmed away the excess thread which allows the spider to swing about freely.
I adhered the sentiment circle to the card using thin foam squares. I let it hang off the edge slightly and trimmed away the excess with my scissors. I adhered the hat to the circle using a bit of liquid glue along the bottom and half of a thin foam square near the point of the hat to keep it from sagging. To complete the card, I used the Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen again to trace around the entire spider web to give it a bit of glisten.
I’m absolutely obsessed with that adorable little spider! I’ve picked up this card several times per day since I made it last week and just keep playing with it. It’s amazing how the simplest of things can bring so much joy. 🙂
I thought it would be fun to create a bit of envelope/mail art to go along with the little swinging spider card. I used the Spider Web Background Stamp and Twilight ink to create the spider web in the lower left corner. I added the fun small Happy Halloween greeting from the Spooky Hollow stamp set using Grape Crush ink.
I decided I wanted to add the spooky tree as well, but wanted it facing left instead of facing right as it does in the stamp set. I used my MISTI and did a bit of mirror stamping using the new Sand Castle ink and thought it turned out great! I used a Zig Blender Pen to extend the base of the tree out a bit to create a little hillside to stamp the tombstones from the same stamp set using Twilight ink.
As always, there are prizes up for grabs, too! Be sure to visit each of the stops on the hop all three days and leave a comment. One randomly selected commenter from each day will be selected to receive a $25 gift certification to Catherine’s online store. Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog on August 20.
To make things easier for you, here’s a full line-up of today’s hop:
- Catherine Pooler
- Ilina Crouse
- Tracie Pond
- Ashlea Cornell
- Karen Baker
- Jen Carter
- Jenny Colacicco
- Kristie Goulet
- Maureen Merritt
- Josefine Fouarge
- Melissa Miller <– You are here.
- Ingrid Blackburn . <– GO HERE NEXT!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today. If you did, be sure to head over to Catherine’s store to pick up items from this fantastic release!
Until next time …