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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Spooky Cat but really an Owl PP359

Hi  all!  Lovely Laurie is our hostess this week at The Paper Players for a great sketch challenge:
 
Isn't that a good sketch?!  You'll see from the fabulous inspiration of my teammates that there are lots of ways to interpret it, too.  I recently received a box of pre-order goodies from the upcoming SU Holiday Catalog and have a sneak peek for you!  I couldn't quite bring myself to start making Christmas cards yet but I could get started on my first favorite fall holiday...
 I have to laugh at myself...I don't send many Halloween cards but I sure do like to buy the stamps and make the cards.  Can anyone relate?!  I especially like a bundled set like Spooky Cat that is bundled with an awesome cat punch.  Instead of the cat, today I feature the fabulous owl from this set. He looks more realistic than the more whimsical owls I have in my collection.  The base of the card is a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock run through the Big Shot with the Woodland embossing folder.  The rising full moon is cut with Circle Framelits from some retired DSP, Going Places.
The "tree" is actually two branch die-cuts from the Seasonal Layers Framelits.  Cut from Sahara Sand cardstock and then layered together with the fine tip glue pen.  They make the perfect perch for my owl and coordinate nicely with the embossed Woodland trees in the background.
You have to see the owl close-up as he photographs quite dark.  He is stamped in Fresh Fig ink on to the same cardstock.  I fussy-cut the image and then heat embossed his beak and claws with copper embossing powder.  How did I get just those tiny parts to the owl, you ask?  Some time ago, SU carried a Versamarker pen.  The same ink as a Versamark stamp pad but in a marker form--great for small areas!  It's retired from SU but I found it for you on Amazon...you're welcome. :-)
Just one last image for you....this stamp set also has a fun stamp that layers over the owl with a great sentiment.  I used the branch stamp from Colorful Seasons in Sahara Sand for the owl to perch on and Fresh Fig for his eyes and sentiment.  I also added a sponged Crushed Curry moon and some Fresh Fig "bats" (née seagulls) from the High Tide stamp set.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out the rest of the team at The Paper Players and play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, September 1st at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team 


11 comments:

Joanne James said...

I can totally relate to your love for Halloween crafty stuff Nance - I rarely sell any or send any Halloween cards, but I love to make with it! I was firm with myself this year though and went straight to Christmas - so far, so good. Love the colour combo on your card and that thin branch adds a great spooky feel to your owl's perch. Love it!

Jaydee said...

Nance, the inside is as fabulous as the outside. I love the bare branch against the embossed background, too. Such a great take on the sketch, my friend. Oh... and I agree.... too early for Christmas cards :-)
hugs
jaydee

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Very cool Halloween card. love how you did the versa marker on the owl... cute. the inside is very cool as well. love the "land" scene.

laurie said...

What a fun card Nance! Love all the textures and how you finished the inside too.Great idea for the sketch.

Have a great day!

LeAnne said...

Oh you clever gal, you! I have a Versamark pen but never use it! Very fun! And that tree branch is perfect, isn't it? Great moon, great scene...love it all!

Jan Clothier said...

Totally clever forest scene and the owl is great fun. I have a friend who loves owls, so this card would be right up their alley. Using the curve as a moon was a clever way to use the sketch.

stampwithsandy said...

LOL I am with you Nance, don't mail Halloween cards but love to make them nonetheless! Super cute card, love the owl and love the spooky tree you created with the branches. The embossed trees in the background are very cool, too!

Celeste Goff said...

What a fabulous card and I love that you took the design to the inside of the card too!

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, you know I LOVE Halloween cards! I love the embossing and the fabulous DSP you used for the moon! The owl looks very spooky sitting in that tree! I hope you are having a great week, My Friend! XX

Ann Abrahamson said...

I like the Halloweeny (is that a word?) colors you used and I think that is a spooky owl...perfect for Halloween! Hope you're having a good week!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Oh this is so fun Nance! Love the touch of embossing. I personally don't make Halloween cards nor do I like Halloween. I know, terrible right??!?!