Hi, There, Stampers!
With all that’s going on in my life (nothing terrible – just time-consuming) I don’t often have the time to sit down and design my own cards. In fact, after I designed the card that you saw in my last article, I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to send out Halloween Cards this year at all!
But all I had to do was go to Pinterest, key in the name of the Halloween Stamp Set I had on hand – Pick of the Patch – and I had more ideas that I knew what to do with. Of course, some were way more complicated than I wanted to fuss with this year. Gorgeous, but just not something I could make for the dozen or so people to whom I usually send Halloween cards.
But Then I Found Two to CASE!
You may remember that the way I like to translate this acronym is Copy And Share with Everyone. There are another one or two versions. But I like mine!
This is the card that I chose to make many multiples of for my Halloween mailing. The original layout was from my online friend, Terri Tank. She and I have belonged to several online groups over the years, and I love her work.
The one thing that really impressed me about this card was the use of the Sketched Plaid background stamp to give this layout some much-needed texture. The other thing that made this card so, so, easy was that I didn’t have to mask anything, nor did I have to worry too much about the spacing among the found different stamps in this card. The final plus for this card was that there were just two colors – Pumpkin Pie and Black (in the shape of Memento Tuxedo Black Ink).
The one big difference between her card and mine was that I made a background mat of Basic Black Cardstock for the stamped layer. The original card had a Basic Black card base. But I didn’t want to add any more layers to this card just to keep it a bit more on the simple side (for the sake of all those repeats).
As For the Other Card I CASEd
I really liked the layout of this card. But there were just too many layers and too much punching for all those duplicates. So I decided to make just one, and to make it a bit fussier.
The leaves in the background are part of the Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks set in the Winter mini catalog. If you’ve seen a lot of sponged sunflowers around this fall, they are undoubtedly made from another set of masks in this collection. But I wanted to use the fall leaves in the set, and here they are in the background!
For both the background sponged leaves and the pumpkins on the stamped layer of the card, I used both Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. The sponged “yellow” in the background is just a light hand on a brush with Pumpkin Pie Ink on it.
Using Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for the backgrounds through was a no-brainer.
Getting the Cards In The Mail!
I’ll be out of town again next week, so I have to get these cards ready to mail in the next couple of days. I’ll return from my latest trip and put them in the mail right away. I am SOOOOO glad to have this out of the way!
Happy Stamping and Happy Halloween!