It finally cooled off here enough to get in some yard work.  It’s been so hot — things are just fried.  We can’t tell whether the plants in the garden took a beating from the heat over the weekend or whether our friendly neighborhood critter got to them first.  Oh well, the season is almost over.  Besides my brother in law has kept in me all the delicious homegrown tomatoes I can eat.  And as far as the yard work — well…I think I may decide to hire an extra pair of hands or two.  I’ve simply failed this year at keeping up. (I’d rather be creating!)

12 Days of Halloween

I’ve done two cards today for a little comparison.  The second is a stepped up version of the first.

For both cards, I’ve used Sweet Home and Spooky Fun.

Sweet Home and Spooky Fun basic card for 12 Days of Halloween from theartfulinker.com

This is my “basic” version.

I’ve used a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the base.

The Basic Black tree silhouettes are cut with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits.

The moon is from Spooky Fun and is stamped in Memento Black on Crushed Curry.

And the house is created with images from Sweet Home.  It was stamped in Archival Basic Gray on Whisper White and cut out by hand.  Then, I used the triple stripe stamp in the set and inked it in Memento Black.  This image was stamped horizontally down the front of the house.  I came back in with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and made random vertical lines to give the appearance of bricks.

The roof was inked in Archival Basic Gray  and stamped on Whisper White.  Then, it was cut out by hand.

The door and window were cut with dies from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits.  The frames for the door and window were cut from Smoky Slate and the door itself was cut from Basic Black.

All pieces were adhered directly to the card base.

Sweet Home and Spooky Fun stepped up card for 12 Days of Halloween from theartfulinker.com

For my stepped up card, I started with the same size Rich Razzleberry base.

Then, I took a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White and sponged on Rich Razzleberry ink.  I started in the corners and edges and worked in.  I purposely left the lighter area towards the center.  It makes the scene look kind of lit up.

After adding this panel directly to the card base, I added one tree cut from Basic Black cardstock directly to the sponged panel.  This tree was cut from a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of cardstock.

The second tree was cut from a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Basic Black cardstock.  It was attached using Dimensionals along the bottom and under the thickest part of the trunk.

Sweet Home and Spooky Fun stepped up card - detail view - from theartfulinker.com

The house is situated under the branches of the second tree but is also adhered with Dimensionals.

The house is slightly distressed.  You can achieve this by tapping the ink on and then dragging the ink pad in places.

To add some “character” to the door and house, I used the molten embossing technique in Silver.

After adding the house, I slipped the moon behind and adhered it to the sponged panel.

To finish the outside, I added a couple of loops of Halloween Night Baker’s Twine to the top of the card.

Sweet Home and Spooky Fun - card inside - for 12 Days of Halloween from theartfulinker.com

I finished the inside of the card with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White panel.  The upper left is stamped with the cobweb from Spooky Fun.  And the sentiment is also from Spooky Fun.  Both were inked in Memento Black.

Sweet Home and Spooky Fun Halloween card with envelope for 12 Days of Halloween from theartfulinker.com

And to make it a complete package, I stamped the inside flap of the envelope with the three bats in Memento Black.  Two are from Spooky Fun and the third somewhat larger bat is from Sweet Home.

Leave me a comment and let me know which card works better for you.

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