We don't celebrate Halloween in Australia...well, no one in my neighbourhood seems to at any rate...but I really wanted to participate in Shelli's Creative Challenge. Because it is not widely celebrated we don't have much in the way of Halloween-type stamps and embellishments...so I've been pondering this problem for some time. Then, as I was browsing through my Google Reader the other day I came across this amazing card by Karen Thomas....where she has used punch-art to get the Halloween theme happening. Such a clever girl she is!!!
Soooooo, to cut a long story short, I have spent this afternoon mucking about with my punches and have come up with this card. I am really pleased with the end product...and I don't think you can get much spookier than three black cats...can you?
All products used are from Stampin' Up! The background cardstock is Basic Black Textured Cardstock (I have a 'thing' for textured cardstock at the moment...LOVE IT). The next layer is Lavender Lace, and has been mounted up on dimensionals. Then there is a Pumpkin Pie layer that has been crimped.
The black fiber is from Stampin' Up!'s retired Neutrals Fancy Fibers pack. The 'Happy Halloween' sentiment is from the Occasional Greetings stamp set, and has been stamped in Basic Black ink, in two parts (using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align), so that it will fit inside the Designer Label punch. The Hodgepodge frame is from the Styled Silver set, currently available in the Australian Spring Mini Catalogue.
The three square boxes are made using Lavender Lace and textured Whisper White cardstock, and are punched out using the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" square punches. These squares are also mounted up on dimensionals.
My three black cats are made using a variety of Stampin' Up!'s punches. Their heads are a combination of the 3/4" circle, and the small oval punches. Their eyes are made using the 1/16" circle punch. The cats' bodies and tails are made using just the small oval punch. It is all in the placement of the punch! The cats are mounted up on dimensionals too.
and PRESTO...Halloween......by punches!
Thanks for looking,