Happy Halloween! (Yeah, yeah, I know it's mid-August, but the days move quickly, ya'll! It'll be here before you know it. Don't wait too long on the candy, either, or you'll be giving out boxes of raisins and believe me, word spreads quickly among the trick-or-treaters!)
Today I'm sharing a card I made to show off several of the new dies (and stamp set) from the Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
This card is a standard A2 size (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and features a card front made by combining the jack-o-lantern charm (Halloween Charms) with the witch costume from Props 9. A circle from the Labels & Circles die creates the body (and the stitched label backdrop) and the circle is stamped with a greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps. The spider and web are from the Halloween Scene set and the small bat die from the Midnight the Bat set will perfectly cut out the small stamped bat.
When the card opens the Iron Fence pop-up arches up. I also included more elements from the Halloween Scene die set and stamped greetings.
One thing that's fun to do with the Iron Fence is to take advantage of the pop-up to animate other things. In this case I wove the Props 9 broom through the spokes of the fence and glued the pumpkin charm to the end. As the fence arches, the broom pops up with it and the jack-o-lantern is suspended in the air. The arching fence also allows the 3D Ghost charm to expand behind the fence. So much interactive fun in this card!
The Iron Fence comes with an anchor sleeve for under the fence. If you cut your sleeve from the same pattern as the background it's easy to disguise. In fact, if you have a black slider arm but a lighter background (like this card) you can add two sleeves to the slider arm instead of one. Two sleeves creates the perfect length to cover the slider arm below the fence. You also always have the option to eliminate the sleeve(s) entirely and use a larger piece of paper to anchor the slider arm. I did that for this card, which you can see in the close-up below.
Learn how to assemble the Iron Fence in this how-to video:
The new releases are shipping right now to independent craft stores worldwide. If you do not have a local store you'll also be able to purchase online soon. Here are the items I used on my card today: