Hi friends! The wind is howling today and it puts me in the mood for some spooky craftin’!
I have always loved Halloween! As a kid there was the dressing up and candy and as an adult I love seeing the kids in costumes when they trick or treat and throwing an occasional Halloween party. It’s such a bummer that halloween is on a weekend this year because it is the perfect party night but the pandemic throws a wrench in those plans. Still, I plan to hand out candy as I live in a pretty rural area and I can make treat bags up ahead of time to drop in trick or treaters buckets so there wont be any germy rummaging in bowls of candy. I saw one guy in Ohio attach a piece of gutter to this porch railing and made a candy chute, kids just need to hold their buckets open at the end to get their treats! How creative!
I think we can enjoy Halloween safely whether is is treat bags down a candy chute or mailing a friends a card and today I have some ideas to help with that!
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1. Make envelopes first then trim scraps of envelope paper to use on your cards. The cards are A2 size (half of an 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock)
2. Cut white cardstock down to 3 3/4″x5″ and ink up with various shades of distress ink, heat set and flick water on all but one panel. Dry. *Heat-setting before flicking water makes the oxidization more pronounced. Heat-setting between layers prevents muddy colors.
3. On the panel with no water flicks stamp the large owl scene and heat emboss with black powder. Then take a clean brush and paint water over the own and castle to “bleach” it. Let dry. Stamp the other images on the other backgrounds, heat emboss and trim if needed.
4. Ink edges of panels and paper scraps with black soot ink if desired. Add brads and ribbon to background panels and adhere them to your cardbases.
Trouble shooting embossing tips!
Always use a anti static pouch (or baby powder) on your cardstock before stamping to heat emboss. It will wick away moisture and reduce static so your powder will only stick to your pigment ink.
If you do get stray powder use a small clean paint brush to brush it off.
Stamp with a slow drying pigment ink so you have time for the powder to be applied.
Heat up the heat tool for a few seconds before heating your powder. Move the tool to a new area after you see the powder starting to melt. Over heating will flatten the embossing powder and can scorch the paper.
If you missed a spot stamping fill it in with an embossing marker then re sprinkle powder and reheat. There no shame in that game!
So, before you toss a less than perfect embossed card in the trash try one of the above tips to spruce it up. Remember, handmade is not supposed to be perfect (what is perfect anyway?) a homemade birthday cake that is less than perfect in appearance is still as delicious (probably more so) than the expertly frosted one from the store. And your handmade birthday card will be more beautiful and meaningful than a perfectly mass printed one from the store. Your work is beautiful, share it with the ones you care about, and til next time happy crafting!