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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Spooky scenes...

I had a good time creating some spooky scenes for these Halloween cards. My grandkids are of an age when spooky is more appreciated that cute.

I started with a piece of purple DSP that had a subtle wood grain pattern. I thought the wood grain actually looked like wisps of nighttime fog. I added a few splotches of additional purple ink to give it a little more depth.

Then I added a "bare trees" border die cut, a couple of bats, the word "Spooky" and a whole lot of googly eyes.

I also used a pull strip die, which when pulled and removed reveals a message which says, "Something wicked this way comes...," a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

On the inside of my card, I used a pale purple mat with one bare tree die cut and a stamped sentiment.

For this card, I started by creating a mask for my moon and then inking my background to look like the sun has just gone down, and the ghosts are about to start their haunting.

The cemetery is another border die, and I've once again added some bats to the scene. I happened to have a few 3-dimensional leaf and pumpkin stickers in muted colors, so I added those, as well.

The actual beginning of the quote from Macbeth (one that we don't see quite as often) was computer-generated and then cut out with a banner die. Of course, under the pull strip is the rest of the quote which is the same as on the first card.

The inside of this card is pretty simple with die cuts of the sentiment and the same three bats that I used on the front of the card.

I would have loved to have shown you how the pull strip reveals the message beneath it, but then I couldn't have sent that card to anyone! Since I was a little behind in getting my Halloween cards done this year, I decided you'd just have to imagine it.

We were able to get nearly all our outside "winterizing" done this past weekend. A good thing, since it may snow this week!

I pulled up all the bedraggled annuals, raked leaves and covered my roses with them and mowed the lawn for the last time. My DH actually washed the windows, inside and out; bless him! He also gave our back porch a coat of paint so it looks all fresh and clean again. While he did that, I finished cleaning out the RV and readying it for winter storage. It was definitely a productive weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

Cheryl, you make the cutest Halloween cards. That purple background is perfect for the google eyes. Your graveyard scene is cute too. Those tear strips are going to be fun to open.

Glittered Paws said...

My kiddos are still young enough to like the whimsy stamps for Halloween. This one is really clever especially with the zipper pull, I haven't seen that used in a while, I think there is a die for it. Your grand kids will like this for sure. I think mister is going to do some winter prep this afternoon like water hoses etc. as we are expecting a hard freeze tonight. We put out camper to bed last week (hope to keep the mice out this winter). Ugh

Lynette said...

Fabulous cards, Cheryl! I love the zippered place for your sentiment. I might have to look for that one! Wow, what a busy weekend you had. We only have a few things to do, but haven't gotten them done yet:(

Patti J said...

Sounds like you've been very busy! Don't work too hard! Loving your fun card! Won't the kids have fun unzipping this? Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynne in NI said...

Oh these are fab Cheryl, that zipper die is so clever! LOVE your spooky sky, your colouring is perfect!
Can't believe it's nearly snow time for you already, doesn't seem that long since it melted!

Glittered Paws said...

I just got the zipper dye and can't wait to use it, I watched a couple of videos n how to use. I think the grands will love pulling the zipper to see what is on the inside.