Sunday, September 7, 2014

Halloween sights

Halloween is just 8 weeks away!  And it falls smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of year...FALL!  Love the colors, sights and sounds...reds, oranges, yellows all touched by a bit of brown....mounds of leaves recently raked, mums and pumpkins by the front door...the crackling leaves as you scuffle through them, nuts falling from the trees, the cheers from the football fans....ah, I love FALL!!!

I've created this Halloween piece to fulfill the requirements by 2 month-long fall-themed challenges.  The first is by Die-namites Dies and the second is for eclectic Paperie.  Both are offering $25 gift certificates to their stores.  DD requires that you use at least one of their dies in your piece, use their sketch; there's an additional challenge to incorporate the dare.

Without further ado....
Overall size:  8.5" x 8.5"

Die-namites dies:  Leafy Branch DN-1046, Knobby Branch DN-1048, Summer Branch DN-1056
Canvas Corp.: Black & Ivory Ribbon Strip cardstock, Spooky Word on Ivory cardstock
Martha Stewart: fence, dripping blood border punches
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Black Soot Distress Glitter, Spiced Marmalade Distress Crackle Paint, Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles, distress inks & stains, Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, Jet Black Archival Ink
Sizzix:  mini movers & shapers spider, arch frame, Pattern & Stitches border embossing folder
Stampers Anonymous:  Apothecary stamp set CMS138, layering stencils (Halloween, shatter)
Core'dinations: Black Magic color core cardstock
Misc.: buttons, silk ribbon,

I love the look of layering the three Die-namites into very dimensional fall trees.  With the middle layer using core'dinations color core (orange with black surface) there's an added layer of color when the edges have been sanded.

Pewter Distress stain coated the back of the shatter layering stencil then placed it around the edges of the black base.  The image left behind is a bit shimmery but not shiny had I used silver distress paint.

Hope you get your fall colors on soon!


  1. Oh wonderful Halloween card, so gets me in the mood. Love the itty spiders :-). Thanks so much for playing along with us in our September ePlay challenge.

  2. Creepy! I just love it. I am not ready for Halloween yet:o( But receiving this card would surely help one get in the spirit. great job. Thank you for playing along this month for the Fall challenge over at eclectic Paperie!

  3. Awesome sketch challenge. Just beautiful. Great colorations.

  4. Absolutely creepy!! Thanks for playing along at eP

  5. Fun and creepy! Great take on the sketch - the layered die cuts are awesome! I really like how you incorporated the banner shapes, too. Thanks for joining us on the Die-Namites Dies Sketch and Dare Challenge this month!

  6. Oh my love love your wicked card! And you used two of my favorite Die~Namites Dies.....Thanks for playing along with the Die~Namites September Sketch & Dare Challenge!...hugs, Peggy Lee

  7. Oh this is just way too cool. I absolutely LOVE it, Susan. Creepy, spooky and vintage all rolled into one sensational piece!

  8. Love this spooky card thank you for playing along with Die-Namite Dies.

  9. Susan.....what a wonderfully eerie card you how you took the Die~Namites Dies September Sketch and made it your own....BRAVO!

  10. oh how fun. I love how you used the sketch for a scary halloween card, and the dies as trees! Thanks for playing along with the Die-Namites September Sketch & Dare Challenge.