Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Three Black Cats

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 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 punches!

Thanks for looking,


Diane Barnes said...

You're such a clever puss Sam! Fab use of punches. I was thinking your great spider card would be great for halloween too.

Robyn said...

You are so creative!! I love the colours you have used.

kareNstampZ said...

what a clever puss you are - very cute cats & just purrfect!

Mandy Schiller said...

First spiders now cats! Is there anything you carn't do with our punches your very clever Sam!


Anthonette said...

I would've not noticed the cats were made from punches. Love them!!! You are soooo creative! I don't have those punches yet. Too many things on my "want" list. I love textured paper too. Thanks for sharing your very cute creation.

Karen said...

OMGGGGGGGG!! Sam you little legend you!! This fantastic!

I wish I could take credit for my little witchy but alas - it was the lovely lady from Stampin' School who created her!


tracy said...

you deserve a medal! simple as that.

Kristie said...

Awesome! You are just too clever :)

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW - not only are the cats GORGEOUS - I just LOVE the mix of colours. Your creativity is just amazing!

Danneil said...

I agree with ALL of the above comments Sam. This is fantastic!! So very creative!! You are such a clever girl.

yvonne said...

very clever! Love the cats, they look purfect :-)

Stephanie said...

I love your cats! What a great idea!