The past couple of months saw me take a mini break from DT commitments with Gecko Galz , and I have to say, it is good to be back and playing with their products although let me say this, when I received September products I did draw my breath and go “Yikes” at the sight of Halloween. You see, it isn’t a place I would call my comfort zone however once I settled into the idea I so enjoyed using the digi stamps.
Yes, digi stamps can be a slightly controversial topic amongst us stampers! If it weren’t for Gecko Galz then I doubt I would have explored digi stamps and although you probably know which side of the fence I sit on with this debate I will say this, I just love to create so more than happy to play with both digi and real. I did wonder with this first sample if it is obvious which is the digi.
For my first DT post I am sharing a card where I used the Spellbound set. This is a well balanced set with skulls, the more cute side of Halloween, vintage women, etc. I selected this Poe inspired image. The first photograph shows the digi stamp which I had printed onto cardstock I had stained with walnut ink crystals. The solution provided exactly the appearance I wanted and then I simple had to abrade and age the edges and then I was ready to progress with my card. A more diluted solution was applied to cardstock which was adhered to the cardbase. My obligatory paint flicks and some random stamping. This cobweb stamp is from a new acquisition as not so long ago I was lucky enough to receive the Oxford Impressions Haunted set. Last year when I really dabbled for the first time with Halloween creations I realised that it wasn’t obligatory to create with black and orange or green and purple that I could use my favoured neutrals. That was freeing for me and made me settle into Halloween creations more easily. This raven stamp could not have been more perfect for the theme of the Gecko Galz image. A stamped Gothic style border which required lots of fussy cutting! I do tend to reach for whatever is lying about such as this fragment of corrugated cardboard which if I recollect came from a larger piece that was used on some Crafty Individuals safari samples. A lace flower layered with tea, coffee and walnut stained gauze. As is required here is the supply list and brief instructions:
Supplies:- Gecko Galz Spellbound Digi Stamps, Oxford Impressions Haunted, stained lace and gauze, lace flower, fragment of corrugated cardboard, A4 white cardstock x2, cardbase, walnut ink crystals, Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy
Instructions:- Stain two sheets of white cardstock with walnut ink crystals. Print digi image onto one prepared sheet. Abrade and age edges of image. For the second sheet of white cardstock cut to size of cardbase. Stamp cobweb and add paint flicks. Adhere to cardbase and ink edges. Stamp border and raven onto remainder of prepared cardstock. Fussy cut. Layer to cardbase with stained lace and gauze, adhere the lace flower and finally the fragment of corrugated cardboard.
Many thanks for your visit today, definitely in sharp contrast to my previous post of the notebook. I appreciate that Halloween is not everyone’s cup of tea so if you happen to fall into that category, thank you for being so kind as to visit. Don’t fear though, when I do share Halloween creations they will certainly fall into the category of meek and mild and not the ghoulish.
04 Sep 2013 34 Comments