Thursday, August 27, 2009

PPA5: Halloween Theme

This weeks PPA challenge is to create a Halloween Themed card.

I wanted to try and create pumpkins using punches- and it worked pretty well, I think.

Here are the specifics:
  • This card started with a Basic Black card base measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • A 2" strip of Old Olive was adhered at the top.
  • A 1" strip of Elegant Eggplant was placed below the Old Olive.
  • Using the 1/2" circle punch, I popped out 5 Dusty Durango circles.
  • They were evenly spaced on the Elegant Eggplant. Some orange glitter dots (Non-SU) were placed in the center of each circle.
  • The title "Spooky" was created using the Lots of Letters Chipboard. TIP: I used a variety of fonts to create a more interesting looking title.
  • I covered each letter with Elegant Eggplant, cut them out with a hobby knife, then smoothed out the edges using a sanding block and a small nail file.
  • Jet Black StazOn was used to distress each letter.
  • The letters took a dip in some Versamark ink and were each heat embossed using Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
  • The pumpkins were created using a 1 3/8" circle punch, and a 1 1/4" circle punch. First I popped out the main circles out of Dusty Durango. Then, using the hole created from that first circle, I popped out "moon" shapes for either side. The moon shapes were adhered next to the sides of each circle for a pumpkin shape (and also makes it look like it has realistic ridges!).
  • I cut out pumpkin faces from more Basic Black, and also cut out a stem using Old Olive.
  • Using my Big Shot, the Swirls Scribbles die, and more Old Olive, I was able to create some vines for the pumpkin.
  • Two jumbo silver brads finished up the left bottom of the card.
Hope you will play along and make your own Halloween creation!

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Stamps: None
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Versamark (102283)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Old Olive (100702), Dusty Durango (115321), Elegant Eggplant (105126)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Swirls Scribbles Sizzlet (113441), Jumbo Brads (112534), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Glitter Dots (non-su), Lots of Letters Chipboard (109182), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930), Sanding Block (103301)


Tiffany said...

This is spooktacular Carrie! The pumpkins are really cute. Nice layout!

Melissa said...

I love your stems! Those are just awesome! How clever to use punches for punkins!

Cards by Gina said...

Carrie, I love everything about your card--the colors, letters, layout, and the pumpkins are awesome!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

Adorable ... love your spooky chipboard.

Patti MacLeith said...

WOW! You really got creative, Carrie! Excellent. I love those pumpkins!

Ann Schach said...

Very creative, Carrie! I love those pumpkins! You are one crafty lady!

Mary Fish said...

Just charming . . . love the Spooky font and your pumpkins are handsome! Hugs, Mary

Carla Bazhenow said...

Cool and clever all the way. Love it!