Sunday, October 2, 2011

Card for Weekly Challenge #42

This cold, early October already has me thinking of Halloween.  I bought the Autumn Celebrations cartridge just for the Halloween images so I decided to use that cartridge for my Weekly Challenge card on the Circle Blog.

I started with hand-coloring a piece of white, textured cardstock with pastels. 

I knocked off the pastel dust and then blended them with my fingers to make a spooky night sky.  I sealed the pastels on the paper with Krylon Crystal Glaze. 

I trimmed the paper down to 4-1/4" x 9".  Then I took it back outside and sprayed the sealant once again.  I really liked this product becasuse the paper never buckled and it really worked nicely to prevent color transfer!
While it was drying, I cut my elements.  The trick-or-treaters were cut at 3" on the Imagine using the Autumn Celebrations cart.  I used built-in colors in the Imagine queue for the characters-- the green was one I created adding black to one of the colors in my queue.

The fence was cut using a Martha Stewart punch.

The following were cut on the Expression: 
  • The tree was cut from Chic and Scary at 4" and was sprayed with Glimmer Mists in Graphite and Tattered Leather.
  • The moon was cut from October 31st at 1-1/2" and sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Graphite.
  • The bat was cut from October 31st at 1".
I adhered the tree, fence, moon, and bat flat to the pastel layer.  I popped up the trick-or-treaters 1/4".  I cut an orange mat 1/4" larger and adhered it with ATG tape.

I cut the card from black card stock at 9" x 9-1/4" so that it would fold down to 4-1/2" x 9-1/4".  I attached the layered orange mat to the card with additional ATG tape.

The inside of the card was created by first placing a 3-3/4" x 8-1/2" piece of orange card stock in the Expression.  I selected Centerpoint and moved the blade to the center of where I wanted a jack-o-lantern face.  I cut the image from Pumpkin Carvings at 1-1/2" and stopped the machine just before it cut the square around the face. 

I created my text on my computer:
  • The quote was printed using Microsoft Calibri at 11 point. 
  • "Happy Halloween" was created from a new font I found at called Milkmoustacio at 60 point.  I am LOVING the fonts on Font Space! (Thank you, Okie, for the heads up on that!!!)  Click here to see my favorite fonts.  You can set up your own free account and download any of their fabulous fonts -- and save your favorites too!
I printed the text onto a piece of white paper and then lightly taped the orange card stock over the text and printed it again.  This is my inside sentiment.  I adhered it to the inside of the card using ATG tape.

Thank you for looking at my card.  You can see all of my projects, including my other cards, by checking out My Project Gallery by clicking the tab at the top of my blog or by clicking here.


Hrvatica said...

Love your card. I really like your use of pastels.

papercraftscissors said...

It has such depth!!! Love your hand colored background - and the dimension and movement of the cuts is fab!

Thanks for sharing the buckle-free properties of the Krylon Crystal Glaze too.

A super card in all aspects!

Diane Hodrick said...

How cool!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Awesome card.. I keep thinking , do I need the "Autumn Celebrations Cartridge???"

Jackie said...

Nadia! You really really ROCK! What amazing work, I love Halloween, it's the time to believe, to pretend, and to dress up. Your card is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

eunice said...

Fabulous card, Nadia! I love how each project is thought out and executed like a piece of art. The colors, dimension and mood on this card howls out at me..."HALLOWEEN!"

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AllisonF (Goody Bag Diva) said...

really beautiful!

MelodyR aka RyandMysMom said...

Awesome card, Nadia! Love how you created the mood in the background - very clever! And the fun images of the kids trick-o-treating!

Angie's Paper Passion said...

TFS! Cool Halloween card! I love the background that you created and the colors are great! I see a Glimmer Mist that I NEED to buy now - Tattered Leather. Thanks also for the link to the FontSpace site. I love fonts and this is a great site. I've already signed up and downloaded several!

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