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Tutorial Tuesday: Black Cat Halloween

Happy Tuesday, Friends!  I don't know about you, but I have been battling sick littles for the past five days!  I'm still pretty exhausted (my littlest one had his first ever ear infection and refused sleep for days!) but I wanted to share a really quick and easy card that was fun to make.

This card was so easy to whip up, I could do it sleepless (in fact, I did!).  So, if you need to make something really fast, that doesn't take much time (or energy) then here you go!

Supply List:

Paper Dimensions:
  • Basic Black Cardstock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4" to make an A2 card base)
    • Plus a scrap to punch the cat out
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock (2-1/4" x 1/2")
  • Whisper White Cardstock (scrap big enough to die cut a 3" circle from)
  • After making my card base, I decided to make a moon from the 3" Circle Framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  I then sponged color using a Sponge Dauber and three different colors of ink (So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, and Crushed Curry) to make an ombre effect on my moon.
  • The easiest way to do this is to start with the lightest color (So Saffron) and work your way down.  I used a Sponge Dauber and sponged about 1/3 of the way down the circle and then blended in the darker color as I went.  It takes a bit of finesse, but this process goes pretty quickly.
    • Helpful Hint: Use a piece of Grid Paper (#130148) behind the circle or just a piece of scrap paper, so you don't daub ink all over your workstation!
  • I masked one of the inside "potion" bottles from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set to ink up just the dots and stamped those onto the top part of my moon to give it the crater-y effect you occasionally see.  (This part isn't necessary, but it looks kind of cool!)
  • Once your moon is to your liking, adhere to the card front.
  • Next, stamp the "Happy Halloween" sentiment onto the thin strip of Daffodil Delight using (my favorite black ink) Memento Tuxedo Black.  I notched the end with my Banner Triple Punch (but you could just use your paper snips and notch the end just as easily).
  • I punched a cat silhouette from a scrap of Basic Black Cardstock using the Cat Punch and popped it up in front of my moon with some Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I adhered my Happy Halloween Banner down and my card was complete!
Who would you send a Halloween card to?  This card will go to my cat-loving daughter.  She is always chasing her kitty around the house and he sleeps in the glider in her room.  I am pretty sure she'll love it!

Hope that you enjoyed!  We'll see you soon (hopefully I'll have caught up on some sleep by then!)


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