Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

No need to buy more!

Since I have started doing all of these challenges, I was thinking I needed to order some new stamp sets.  I felt like I had used everything I owned and wanted something different.  Then I started to think about how fun it has been for me to come up with different ideas for the stamp sets I have.  For instance, I have been using Googly Ghouls a TON!  It really makes me feel like I have gotten my money's worth for it!  There really is no need for me to buy more when there are so many amazing things I can still do with what I have.  Don't tell Brett I said that though, just in case. :) HA!

Over at Dynamic Duos it is Black Tie Week.  The color combination is Lucky Limeade and Basic Black with a Dessert Option of Halloween Theme. That sounds like fun!  I decided to pair it with the sketch from The Friday Mashup.

I have never tried the starburst technique and had a lot of fun with it!  I made mine monochromatic, which I think ended up looking really cool!  The edges are all sponged with Basic Black ink to make them look kind of spooky. 
I used a lot of techniques on this card!  I didn't have any ribbon that I thought went with the whole halloween theme, so I decided to color my own.  I have never done this before but it was really easy!  I just sponged Lucky Limeade over the entire thing and then added Basic Black to the edges and slightly to the middle.  For the bow, you need to do both sides so you don't have to have any blank spots when you tie it.  I had to use Crystal Effects to attach the bow...I couldn't get glue dots or TomBow multi-glue to stick at all, I think because of the ink on it. 
For the bottom part of the card I used emboss resist.  I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then clear embossed the images.  After that I brayered on Basic Black ink and wiped the excess off of the images with a tissue.  Then I spritzed it with Basic Black ink.  The whole thing has a kind of eerie effect in person! 
The medallions are actually made from Scallop Circle punches.  Punch your scallop and then put it back in, rotate it and punch again.  I put a temporary "handle" on the scallop to easily insert it back into the punch by adhering a scrap of cardstock to it.  These were then layered with circles of DSP. 
Phew!  That is the most work I have ever put into a halloween card, but it was so much fun!  I hope that you will try something new with what you already have and get your money's worth too!
Stamp Set: Googly Ghouls
Cardstock: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Black StazOn Lucky Limeade, VersaMark
Tools: Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Brayer, Sponges, 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, 1 3/4" and 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches
Accessories: 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Googlies, Neutrals DSP stack, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects


  1. Fantastic, love how you combined all the techniques in the one card. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.

  2. I just love the spooky feel you achieved with the techniques on this one. The emboss resist panel looks so cool! Thanks for playing along with my challenge at The Friday Mashup!

  3. Great card Shana! And very spooky! :-) I love the ribbon...a perfect match!!! :-)

  4. Wow, so many details here! You did an awesome job with custom color coordination! And the color combo is perfect for Frankie. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  5. Your card is fantastic! ;-) I love the sunburst technique you used, and that little image is so adorable. Great job making your custom ribbon, too! Glad you could join Dynamic Duos this week. ;-)

  6. Super fun card. The work you put into it really paid off. Love the ribbon! Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

  7. Love it! What a fun halloween card!! How clever to colour the ribbon!! Thanks for sharing with us at The Friday Mashup this week :)

  8. Cute Halloween card...great job!

  9. How do you make the sunburst? I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!