It's the last Friday of our summer vacation. The kids start college on Monday, and I go back to work on Thursday. During this past week, I've been shopping with Amanda for new clothes. The clothes that I wore back in May are now a size too large. Don't get me wrong....it's a good problem to have!!! My weight loss journey is so close to ending. I have 2.8 pounds left until goal. It seems surreal that my body is now 75 lbs lighter. To celebrate my weight loss, I made a big change when I got my haircut today. I've been itchin' to try something new. Amanda's exact words when she saw it was "Mother, what did you do? It's short". Now, my hair was already kinda short. I just went shorter. Dennis loves it, and I'm pretty sure Christopher (my son) is going to freak! Oh well! I like it!!!
Anyhoo, how about a vintage Halloween project? Oh, I had lots of fun getting inky making this week's Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge project.
It's a square card......my favorite!!!
The Elegant Eggplant card starts with a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock folded in half. The edges are sponged with some Frosty White Shimmer Paint.
I start building my texture by running a 4" x 4" piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock through the Big Shot using the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder. I love how it resembles wrought iron scrollwork on a fancy gate. Could that gate be located at a haunted mansion? Hmmmmmmm! The thought of the iron inspired me to grab my Frosty White Shimmer Paint. I sponged some on very sporadically all over this layer.
The next layer is some striped Elegant Eggplant dsp from the Regals Patterns dsp stack. This layer has been sponged with the Frosty White Shimmer Paint as well!
Now, it's time to build the focal layer. I had a Crumb Cake doily sitting on my desk. It was cut using the Paper Doily Sizzlit. I trimmed it to the size I needed to fit my card. I then dragged some Basic Gray ink all over it. I wish the photo could catch how dramatic this looks. It looks SO cool in person!!!!!
I then grabbed my Toxic Treat stamp set. I stamped the image onto Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black StazOn. I then grabbed my sponge daubers and ink pads to start building the background. The ink pad colors I used are More Mustard, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I then sponged over it with Basic Gray ink to tone down the brightness.
Following the sketch, I added a length of Elegant Eggplant Scallop Dots Ribbon and tied it into a classic knot.
All that's left is my scallop circle element. I used the brand new 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch. I love it's fun size. It coordinates perfectly with the 1 " circle punch. I chose to use the "boo" and a flourish from my Tiny Tags stamp set.
I just love how I can combine two of my loves into one card: vintage and Halloween.
Well, I am off to start this weekend!!!!! We are mattress shopping. Our backs are going to thank us!!!!!!
I wish you a fabulous weekend!!!