Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, which means binge-watching horror films. At least for me, anyway! Anyone can find inspiration in the most unlikely places; for me, it's horror films. Well, during October.
Regarding stamp companies, one of my all-time favorites has to be Kindred Stamps. They have unique stamp sets that will take your card-making to another level.
For the "I Love you To Pieces" Floating Card, I used Kindred Stamps "The Horror!" Stamp Set. One thing to note about Kindred Stamps is that all their stamps are limited edition and are retired at a certain point. As of writing this post, this stamp set is still available and is only $23.99. A steal for a 6x8 stamp set.
This set is perfect for those October babies. Especially those born on Halloween!
How they were able to make a Killer Clown adorable is beyond me, but they did. Now to card construction.
1. Card Base: Cut a piece of Black Card Stock to 8 1/2" X 10". Score at 5" to create a card base that measures 4 1/4" x 5".
2. Inside Card: Create the insert for this card and create the floating clown illusion. Cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 4 3/4" x 8 1/2". To make the stone texture, blend, working inside out, Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. After the ink dries, Use a circle die (or electronic cutting machine) to cut a circle out of the center (4 1/4"). I used the largest circle die from Kindred Stamps Card Basics Die set for this card.
Using a size .05 Micron Pen (or another pen), create lines around the circle that looks like bricks. Shade using any black colored pencil. Score at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", and 6 3/8". If you're anything like me and enjoy using a reasonably small scoreboard, you can rotate the insert and score at 2 1/8" instead of 6 3/8". In my opinion, it takes the guesswork out of scoring.
You have two choices for the inside of your card. You can use the black card base to create depth/background. If you want to add more color, I suggest using Distress Oxide Inks. However, I do not own any Oxide Inks at the moment, so I used another piece of white cardstock using squeezed lemonade, hickory smoke, and black soot to create the illusion of glowing light in the background and glued it to the inside flat.
3. Sentiments: I used Happy Halloween (glued to the back behind the clown) from the stamp set and I Love You To Pieces.
4. Clown: I used Gina K's Amalgam Ink in Obsidian to stamp both the clown and sentiments. To color our clown, I used my Arteza Real Brush Pens and my Arteza Water Brush Pens. Using the water brush pens, block out the parts of the image you are ready to color. Making coloring much smoother and preventing the colors from bleeding too much. After coloring, I used Hero Arts Crystal Clear Laquer to give it that shiny balloon look.
After the lacquer dries. Fussy cut or use an electronic cutting machine. The great thing about Kindred Stamps is that they sell corresponding cutting files for their stamp sets for just $1.99. Certainly cheaper and easier to store than your normal matching die sets.
Attach the clown to your insert. Use a small piece of thread; I used grey. Adhere the thread to the back of the insert and the clown to create a floating illusion.
For the front of your card, you can get creative. I used Halloween 6x6 paper pads from Carta Bella and Pebbles.
I'm really happy with how this card turned out. It's so cute and something different from your average A2 card.
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