October 23, 2015

Happy Halloween Birthday

Hi. Welcome! Amy Davis from Amy's Artsy Stuff  for the So Suzy Stamps today. I hope you enjoy.

I created a Halloween / Birthday card for my post today. Most of the paper I used is from Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale which is one of my favorites. I don't think there are any of their papers that I don't like actually. They are perfect for cards, mixed media, everything and they are gorgeous. Back to my card. I used one of post cards from one of the sheets in the pad. I grunged the edges with seedless preserves. I grunged all the paper items with either vintage photo or seedless preserves. Then I started layering from there.


I used a couple of postmark stamps first, Paris and London. On the left hand side of the post card there is an owl so on the right side I stamped some small script. You can really use anything here. I had a texture type stamp in my stash that I used on the edges of the postcard with green. A lot of what you do on the base layer of mixed media or collages gets covered up. But what isn't covered looks great and adds a lot of depth. Next I added the Halloween labels on each edge. I simply stapled them on, no other adhesive. Along the bottom I alternated the harlequin pumpkin and the polka dot pumpkin in ripe persimmon, leaning each in the opposite direction.


Next I put a row of flowers (roses I think) from the G45 set on the right side against the edge.


I wanted the witch to be a focal point so I put her in the upper middle of the card. It's a silhouette that I stamped in vintage photo. But as I was coloring in the hat with black stickles I decided to color the rest of her in as well. The broom and body are in vintage photo. Her hair is in the ripe persimmon and I couldn't resist, I gave her ruby red slippers to wear.


Then it was time to start adding pumpkins. I fussy cut a lot of them so I would have plenty. I laid them out before gluing anything down to see what would look best. I put some of them under the labels and some over. I used dimensionals on a few of them to add depth. I also had half of a moon from my last post so I cut it in half to fit in the corner by the witch.


Once all positions were decided and everything glued down I started outlining and coloring with stickles. I added some to almost everything. In the darker parts of the pumpkin, leaves, harlequin and polka dot pumpkins, and flowers. I actually put some yellow in the owls eyes and vintage photo on the branch the owl is sitting on. Oh and the purple glitter glass I added on the parts of the edge that were open. I let the card sit overnight to dry. The next day I added a tiny bit of purple smooch to the graphics on the tags and pumpkins.


As I said earlier it's a birthday card so while it is unconventional I still wanted to send birthday wishes. I did try to stamp it directly on the card and it got lost so I stamped it on another piece of paper, grunged it with purple and glued it down.

This was just the front of the card. I had a scrap piece of beige to make the base but you could use any color. I ran over the edge with my purple ink mini blender. I stamped the sentiments on the inside before putting the front on. I find it's easier to do it that way because it's flat vs. bumpy. I added black witch kitty on the inside too. Don't forget to stamp your cards with your name.

My last addition to the card was the Witch Butterfly. I LOVE these butterflies and I use them a lot! They are gorgeous and unique. I highly recommend checking them out at Renea Bouquets.


(By the way, there is a 'Happy Birthday' in a similar font like the other sentiment but I did not have it. Adding it to my wish list.)

Then I used super sticky tape to adhere the front to the card base. Gently pressing it down so all of it was down. The card itself is around 4x6 but with the tags hanging off it needed a 5x7 envelope. Like I said, I had lots of pumpkins and An Eerie Tale items so I decided to decorate the envelope to.

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The balloons are actually from Steampunk Spells, left over from another project so I added those too. I ran the flowers on the back through my Xyron machine to add adhesive and then stuck it on the back.

The final card!

I would love to hear from you please leave a comment below. Have a great day and Happy Halloween!

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  1. Beautiful card! Loveđź’—

  2. Awesome card Amy! So many details! The stickles really make the witch sparkle and those ruby red slippers reminded me of The Wizard of Oz! ^__^ I love it!


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