Friday, September 27, 2013

My Halloween Happiness Shoebox Swap

What a busy couple of weeks I've had - I'm looking forward to having the weekend off! Working two weeks straight without a day off or time to stamp is not fun! I'm excited for the weekend, the Ancaster Gem & Mineral show is on (I need more rocks like a hole in my head... but I will get some anyways!) and a shoebox swap on Sunday.

I'm sharing my shoebox swap card today. Shoebox swaps are always a fun time, the criteria for the card is that it must use products from the new HOLIDAY HAPPINESS CATALOGUE. I am to prepare all the pieces, cut the cardstock, embellishments, or any of elements of the card that are more time consuming - then just bring the stamps & ink for the participants to assemble and re-create the card!

I decided to do a Halloween swap since it's my favourite holiday, instead of Christmas... it does come first after all! The card features one of my favourite products - the Halloween Happiness stamp I just love this stamp, it's so cute. I've included some instructions on how to re-create my card!

I stamped the whole image in summer starfruit ink, then just the bottom in pumpkin pie and used a baby wipe to erase the summer starfruit ink from the stem area and used an old olive marker to add the green. Then I gave it a huff and stamped - I think it gives a nice effect, don't you?

The card base is pumpkin pie, with a basic black layer and a whisper white layer which I embossed with the chevron folder. After I embossed, I used my brayer and started with summer starfruit and lightly ran it over the raised cardstock, then I used pumpkin pie and tangerine tango (cleaning my brayer in between of course!).

The sentiment is stamped from my #1 favourite holiday catalogue product - the TAGS 4 YOU bundle (stamp set + punch). First I inked stamp in versamark, then half in the summer starfruit and the other half in pumpkin pie (being careful not to mess up my ink pads) then stamped my image. I then added heat and stick powder and heat embossed and added some dazzling diamonds and heat set again. I then punched out the image with the label bracket punch. I added a piece of black taffeta ribbon and popped the image up on dimensionals before adding it to my card. I added a strip of basic black across the card with some of new witches brew designer washi tape, I couldn't decide which washi tape I like the best, I think the black skulls (but I love skulls, so it's really not a fair competition!!). Hope you like the card, and I hope the other shoebox swappers will too!

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Halloween Happiness Stamp [131859 - $11.95]
Tags 4 You bundle (stamp set + punch) [Wood 133293 - $37.95; Clear 133294 - $32.95]
Heat and Stick powder [100625 - $5.50]
dazzling diamonds [102023 - $5.50]
Chevron TIEF [127749 - $9.95]
Witches Brew designer washi tape [132156 - $6.50]

 Have a wonderful weekend. Happy stamping :)

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