Happy Halloween, friends and fellow stampers! I’m so excited about being the host for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge! I remember the first time it was my turn to create a sketch. I was petrified! That’s the amazing thing about papercrafting: once you do something once or twice, it just gets easier and easier to be creative. I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas. New stampers tell me that they are only able to copy what they see and they’re not able to come up with their own ideas. I think it starts that way for all of us. First copy, next thing you know, you’re copying, but adding your own touches. And finally, the ideas are just popping in your head like crazy, to the point that you can’t keep up with them. So, if you’re new, my advice to you is just create often and before you know it, you’ll form your own style and originality.
Here’s my card to wish you a Happy Halloween:
Black and orange are the colors that I associate with Halloween, so I stayed with that color scheme for this card by using Basic Black and Tangerine Tango. The card base and matting are Basic Black card stock, and the background layer is Tangerine Tango card stock with a panel of black and orange striped paper from Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP. The panel was enhanced with borders of Basic Black that was cut with a die from the Finishing Touches Framelits.
The four squares are made up of various stamps from Toxic Treats stamped with Staz On Jet Black Ink onto pieces of orange and white polka dot paper, also from Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP. The images were jazzed up with a few embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the gate, Dazzling Details on the bubbles from the witches brew, and Neutrals Brads (black) to emphasize the “oh my” on the sentiment. The four squares were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
A simple Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon with an Antique Brad completes the card.
Here’s my sketch:
When I originally created this sketch, I had a completely different card and occasion in mind, but then I realized that this challenge would post on Halloween, so my plans changed accordingly. I hope you’ll stay tuned, because I plan to use this sketch again very soon for my original plan.
Please visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what our very talented Clean Team has created with my sketch and how this sketch can be used for a multitude of occasions. I’d be honored if you’d play along with us this week!
Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!
SUPPLIES: Stamp Set: Toxic Treats; Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP; Ink: Staz On Jet Black Ink; Tools and Accessories: Finishing Touches Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Neutrals Brads (black), Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon, Antique Brads and Stampin’ Dimensionals.