Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vellum Bitty Bats

I'm back with another sneak peek Halloween card. The color combination is inspired by the colors from the Wicked Fun Specialty designer paper: Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Basic Black. It's a sophisticated take on traditional Halloween colors, don't you think? It's going to be very difficult not to use the Spider Web embossing folder on every Halloween card--it's just so dramatic--especially when you rub your stamp pad directly over the embossed parts and it just makes the web POP! I first saw the idea on Patti Chesky's blog and she calls it the direct-to-paper technique. Here, I lightly rubbed a Basic Gray ink pad right over the embossed web--try it, you'll love it! The new Tasteful Trims XL die made another appearance here in Old Olive for the big scalloped border.

The bitty bats were punched from our cardstock Vellum with the Bitty Bat punch. They are attached to the card with glue dots which I covered with a Basic Rhinestone. Those little jewels can cover all kinds of things with bling! Here you see a close-up of this fabulous specialty paper. The pack features 2 designs with velvet flocking! Those basic black polka dots are flocked and oh-so-cool.
Lastly, a peek at the inside. Usually, I use Very Vanilla or Whisper White on the inside but those colors seemed too bright for this card. Needed something a little moodier so a piece of Dusty Durango coordinates nicely with the Cajun Craze paper on the front. (I'm trying to use up my retired Durango paper!) A few more scraps of DSP, some Cajun Craze bats, a sentiment from All Holidays and I call it done!
I really like the layout of this card and I thought you might too, so here are some dimensions to help you recreate your own version. If you do, leave a link in the comments so I can come check it out!
  • the basic gray A2 base is cut longways 4.25" x 5.5" with a side fold
  • the cajun craze polka-dot DSP is 4" x 2"
  • adhere DSP to a coordinating piece of cardstock for stability--here I've used basic black 4" x 2.25"
  • cut piece of old olive 4" x 1", use your favorite border punch and attach to DSP
  • wrap approx. 14" piece of rich razzleberry 1/4" grosgrain ribbon around dsp and tie knot
  • sentiment stamped with sentiment and spider web from Wicked Cool and punched with Large Oval punch
  • punch bitty bats from vellum or paper of your choice and adhere with glue dots. cover with rhinestone if necessary.
  • inside panel is 4" x 5.25"
Thanks for stopping by today...have a good one!

stamps: wicked cool, all holidays
ink: cajun craze, basic black, basic gray
paper: basic gray, basic black, old olive, cajun craze, dusty durango CS; wicked fun specialty paper
xtras: spider web embossing folder; bitty bat, scallop border & large oval punches; tasteful trims XL die; rich razzleberry 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; basic jewel rhinestones.


Patti Chesky said...

Nance, your Halloween card is awesome! Isn't the direct-to-paper technique the bomb when it comes to that web? It just makes it look so life-like.

Your color combo is so vivid.....perfect for this spooktacular card!!

Diane - said...

Nance your halloween card is wickedly wonderful! I LOVE the Web folder and can't wait to get mine. (should've preordered), and I have used the direct-to-paper technique several times and didn't even know it had a name. I love the details in this card: the bats in vellum, the web, and that trim die! I wasn't even interested in it - thought How the heck would I use it? Now I just HAVE to GET IT! Great job.

Linda Callahan said...

Super web Spideygirl! And I love those blingy bats - great Halloween card!

jaydee said...

Nance - fabulous. I think I now NEED that DSP. I love your vellum and blingy bats! Great card.

Jen Carter said...

This is a fun card!! Love the embossed web! I also really like the vellum bats (very cool look) and the colors you used! Super fun!!

Lynn Put said...

Wonderful and fun! I love the vellum bats with the rhinestone detail and the spider web embossing is fantastic!