Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Havin' a Hootin' Good Time............

   A big welcome to those of you joining me from the new Card A Day Blog .  I do hope you'll consider becoming a follower.  If you're already a follower, and are not yet familiar with this fun, new inspirational blog, please stop on by.  We have several wonderful designers, weekly themes, and challenges with prizes!!

  I am having so much fun using OWLS on my cards this week.  Every day, it seems, I'm thinking of different ways to use this versatile image, especially when I hear the owls hooting in the woods behind our house at night.

  The card I have for you today has a slightly more atmospheric mood.  I'm using it for Halloween, but it can easily be adapted with a different style of owl and different backgrounds and elements for most any kind of event.

  I guess I've been in a 'krafty' mood this week -- paper, that is -- because that's how this card started.  But the way I feel about it.....

  My card base is the standard A2 (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") size.  I stamped the background forest in Stampin' Up Basic Gray ink using a wonderful 6"x6" stamp, 'Branches,' from Impression Obsession's Cover-a-Card line.  If you're not familiar with these stamps, do check them out.  They have some really fabulous backgrounds (disclaimer here:  no affiliation).  I wanted a shadowy look, but not too dark.  My big golden Autumn moon is cut from a lovely shimmery paper from Paper Temptress using a large Spellbinder's circle die.

  I needed something for my owl to sit upon, but I wanted a change from the branch, so I put him on Martha Stewart's Spooky Fence punched from Recollections black card stock.  The owl, itself, is from the Stampin' Up set, Dark and Dreary, and was stamped on white cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Zing black embossing powder.  The sentiment comes from a Studio G mini set, and is stamped on the same gold shimmer paper used for the moon and also embossed with the black powder.  It's matted on a bit of the punched fence for a little added detail.  Both the owl and the sentiment are mounted with dimensionals.

  The three little birds in the tree are actually part of the fence punchout.  I felt I needed a bit of something on that part of the card, so I cut them off the fence, coated them with Glossy Accents and put them in the tree.  For a finishing touch, I used glitter pens to add a spooky glow to the owl's eyes and some moonlight glimmer to the spider webs, the fence and the ground between the fenceposts.  If you click on the photo, I think you'll get a better look at the detail and texture on the card.

Here is a photo showing you the supplies I used:

  Just for a fun surprise, the inside of my card is stamped with the same background as the front.  It reads, "So Have a Happy Whoooootin' Halloween."

  I hope you've enjoyed your visit with me today.  Feel free to leave some love, and tell me what you like (or don't) about today's card.

Do remember to always keep your creative juices flowing.........



  1. Awesome job!!! Great scary card!!! Love the background and the fence ;) I have never tried the Zing in black but it looks awesome!!

  2. Love this card! It's a good one for halloween looks so creppy. I haven't tried the zing in black neither may have to do that soon. Great Job!

  3. Your card has inspired me to try to use my stamps more! Just love way you arranged things... the owl, moon and phrase just jump out! Thanks!


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