Monday, 1 September 2014

A Spooky Linky Party

Bring on the costumes and get ready to eat finger food and drink bloody mary's, it's time for our September Linky Party. With my children grown and left home, and no grandkids yet, Halloween isn't quite the same. To make it even less fun we live in a gated complex that doesn't allow kids going door to door so the only fun I have is to make spooky cards.

Every month I go through the same thing, trying to come up with something novel to present as a tutorial and this month I may actually have something original. I don't know what to call this fold but if you look down from the top it appears as a double Z. For my tutorial I'll share with you the dimensions I used to fold the paper and as that doesn't seem like much of a tutorial I'll take you briefly through the whole process.


The dimensions could change but I started with 5" for the centre panel framed by the centre 2 tree stands, then allowed 1" on either side of the 5" for the depth, and lastly 2" either side of that for the side panels. So the folds were at (left to right) 2" mountain fold, 3" valley fold, 8" valley fold, 9" mountain fold. Here's what it looks like from the top down. The spooky trees are from Crafty Secrets "Costume Cuties"

I feather cut through the top tree leaf canopy so the jagged edges you see are from cutting a layer into the black. I also cut the ground line on either side. That's what you see framing the inside 5". The next image where I show it inked allows you to see better what I mean.

You can see in this image where the fold lines are and if you look carefully on the lower edge you can see where I cut the ground and the top where I cut a layer into the tree tops. In this step I cut a circle and a house shape for stencils and sponged the night sky and grass working in a bit of turquoise to blend the grass and sky and a bit of deep purple around the trees. 

Now for the fun part! I sponged a little yellow ink around the house and moon. Finally I get to decorate it. The haunted house is from Crafty Secrets "Halloween CD4". It's coloured with copics. I cut the pumpkins from some paper scraps I had laying around, the fence is a Martha Stewart punch as is the witch, and spiders. I added googly eyes to the spiders and suspended them from tree branches with thick black thread. I used a Memory Box die to cut branches protruding out from the edge. Lastly it needed some moonlight on the scene so I painted white acrylic paint lines on the branches and spiders.
Hope the instructions weren't too rambling. Thanks for hanging in there.

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Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader

Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations

Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest

Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life

Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s

Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker

Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink

Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,
Special Guest

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  1. I am totally smitten with your project! It has so many fun folds and so many wonderful elements...just a wonderful Halloween project!

  2. I am totally IN AWE of this amazing creation Elizabeth! What a fabulous job of color & design! You certainly ROCKED out September Linky Party! WELL DONE and thanks for all the information!

  3. LOVE your spooky has such a beautiful 3D effect that I just love.....all the wonderful Halloween colors are fantastic...I love Halloween and love seeing all the beautiful DT projects...a great tutorial that I might have to try!!

  4. I am just loving this BOO tiful Halloween scene, Elizabeth! The fold is so clever, and all your scissor work really paid's spooky without being creepy. I love it! All the little extras you always add, like the googly eyes on the spider, make this a real work of art! Wonderful tutorial, too!

  5. What a Spooktacular 3D card Elizabeth! It looks totally cool with all the depth and all the forest of trees but also the way you colored the house looks so great! Your neighborhood appy-cocktail party I heard about sounds like a hoot and reminds me of ones we use to here in the summer before most of the neighbors moved away. We could only spend 20 minutes at each house and then it was on to the next. We usually did 5 or 6 houses and it was so fun seeing everyone's homes but Halloween would be even better if you dress up and with all the decorations.

    Great job and I loved all the photo angles you showed

  6. I love not only the fold, and depth of your project, but the addition of color and images just totally transformed the original background! seriously fabulous!

  7. Love how you added depth to the card. Love this too cute card!

  8. What total Halloween awesomeness, Elizabeth! You have created a spooky masterpiece with this remarkable design!

  9. I am trying to wrap my head around the time and patience it must have taken you to assemble this beauty! It is so amazing! I love the depth! And the background color...wowza!