Monday, August 27, 2012

Magazine Monday - Halloween

I seem to be in a Halloween  mood lately. I found several cards of inspiration in the Fall 2011 issue of Paper Creations. I’ll be sharing my take on them over the next few weeks.

Today’s card was inspired by Trick or Treat by Jenny Gropp. (pg 62) Jenny chose to use a 5” square card. She matted a striped patterned paper in gray/ white/orange/ black print against a black mat. She used a white pen to create a running stitch line around the edge of the black mat to ‘enhance’ the frame effect.

Here layered ‘diamonds’ in an orange plaid and a gray print were matted on black. She then ‘top stitched’ the prints with a black pen.  She used the same prints to stamp Trick or Treat tabs.

Her shoes image (Outlines Rubber Stamps) was stamped on white CS, matted on a the orange plaid then again on black. She anchored everything with a black/ orange plaid ribbon.

I like working with what I have. I just bought these shoes as part of a Studio G Halloween stamp set. The set also included a hat and a crow. I stamped the shoes on white CS with Memento Black then colored in the stripes with LePlume yellow-green. The Trick or Treat is part of a 4-pack $1 from Micheals.

My background mat is from All My Memories. The other papers were all from a misc. slab I bought at Michaels years ago. The green and purple CS are from ValuCS packs. I used an EK Success corner punch for my mat. The ribbon is one of the new ribbons from Studio G Halloween collection. I cut it in half lengthwise to make it more narrow.

The only thing I wished I’d done differently was to mat the striped paper against black CS to help pick up the black mat in the center.

Next Monday… Spiders pay us a visit and I’ve used one of the embossing folders I picked up at convention.

Creative Blessings!


  1. love those shoes. all you need now is a house to squash her with LOL

    1. I saw something yesterday that said (paraphrasing) 'life has been much better since that house fell on my sister' LOL There are 3 of us girls. We have this thing... My oldest sister is the bad witch, my middle sister is the good witch and I'm the real witch

  2. Trick or Treat! Love your card! Looking forward to seeing the spiders next week.

    1. Thanks Brenda. It's all ready to post. I might set it as an auto ;-)

  3. I adore creating Halloween cards, when else can you put lime green, purple and orange together and have it look good? Lol! Love your witchy shoes! Thanks so much for the shout in your post. It's the biggest compliment to have a part in the inspiration for your card!