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Friday, 17 September 2010

September Bog Waltz - Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps - Halloween


















































Here is my entry for the Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps September Waltz, where the theme is, as you can see, Halloween!  I have spent hours trying to photograph my card and although not entirely happy with this particular photo, it is the best of the bunch. 

Unfortunately, I don't have any of the WM Halloween stamp sets so I had to improvise.  I used the tree from the Asian Gardens set as the main image, stamped with brown ink onto a brayered landscape background.  I created the lined effect on the tree trunk by pressing the inked up stamp onto the Cuttlebug branches folder, then heat embossed the image with clear powder.  

As I don't have a bat stamp either, I made the bat by turning the owls ears/head feather die cut upside down and adding a punched cat head!  (maybe I should have stuck the decapitated cat on there somehow as it is Halloween after all?)  The haunted house stamp at the bottom of my card is from the Waltzing Mouse Blessed by You set.  I just drew a little ghost, cut him out and added him to the roof.

The skull was made by adapting the owl die cut (bought the die at a craft show last year and only just used it) then shading with Promarkers, the pumpkin was hand drawn and cut out of a card scrap, as was the bloodshot eyeball and witches hat.  The letters on the tag were made with Cuttlebug alphabet dies and I cut a simple shape from foam to make my spider.    His body was covered with brown eyelash fibre to make him nice and hairy and his legs are inked raffia. 

The tag is hanging from a Tim Holtz swivel clasp and the leaves and candy corn papers are by DCWV.  I think that's everything described...oh, I also used two sets of nestabilities and the large label behind the tree was run through the branches embossing folder to add texture. 

24 comments:

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Fantastic card - I love how your turned the Asian Garden tree into a spooky halloween tree. Awesome job.

Sandy said...

Oh wow what a wonderful spooky card.
Love the colors. Amazing.

Have a lovely weekend Denise.

Antje said...

Great idea to use the tree from Asian garden - looks realy spooky!

Jaala said...

I just love the haunted house with the ghost and the raffia spider legs is a fabulous idea! Great card!

Bonnie said...

Very creative to use all the wonderful stamp sets! Love it!

Julia Aston said...

Love your wonderful collage design on this Denise! how very creative! So glad you joined us this month!!

Kelly S. said...

Ohhh that sky is eerie! And menacing! Love the sparkle of the tree silhouette...VERY cool design, what an awesome job you did on your first waltz card!!!!

Belinda said...

Wow, what a creative use of the stamp sets! Love the brayed landscape bg and the way you created the wooden look on the branches! And love how you created the bat! So creative! Fab!

Joanne Gilch said...

Very clever use of the WMS products that you did have on hand. I can certainly sympathize with you on that issue.

Jen said...

Check you out! Necessity is definitely the mother of invention for you. I think the fluffy spider with his raffia legs is so fun.
Thank you for sharing

anya said...

Great job! Such a creative use of the sets you had on hand! So glad you could waltz with us!

Beryl said...

Wow - what a cracking card Denise. Halloween is not an easy theme but this is fantastic. Love the avatar piccie of you - great to see you. Thanks for calling by and not giving up on me. Hope to be back full time in the near future. I've missed it so much.
Beryl xx

Pat said...

Welcome to your first blog waltz. Love your crative use of the Asian Gardens tree - you've made it look quite spooky!

Claire Brennan said...

Oh what a creative piece!!! Love the wee spidoo!!!

Laurie Marmon said...

a great card. love the combination of the colors and elements. using the tree from the asian gardens is genius!

Monique said...

How creative I love how you have used Asian Garden to make your tree it really does look spooky... Great Halloween card :)

Diana said...

Really creative! Good job!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So clever! I would have never have thought to use the Asian Gardens image in that manner! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lenet said...

wow that's a really spooky card!

Tammy James said...

How very creative of you! Love your assemblage of the bat. The birds you commented on on my blog are not actually finches, they are Crimson Rosella's. : ) Thanks for stopping by.

Maureen said...

Great card - very creative use of these stamps!

Lavender Rose said...

Thanks for you nice comment on my Halloween card Tammy and for identifying these birds. I just Googled them and see they are a type of parrot, so much larger than finches, silly me LOL! Aren't they just a stunning colour though.

BethieJ said...

WOW love how you improvised with another set to make this WONDERFUL Halloween card! Nice job!

Ren-Yi said...

you clever girl :) i love how you were so resourceful and changed the unlikeliest item into a fantastic halloween card. fantastic!

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