Today is World Card Making Day and I thought I would celebrate by making a Halloween card (a macabre, gruesome card, which is really the best kind!) in my newly-cleaned studio. This studio photo is taken with the Panoramic option on my iPhone, so the island appears warped and the room looks larger than it is, but overall this is what it *should* look like on a regular basis. I have absolutely no excuse for not keeping it tidy when I have clearly designed it with a functional layout and plenty of storage. But unfortunately IKEA just sells the cabinets and boxes - not the little robots or monkeys that will put the stuff back into the boxes for me after I get it all out and litter it around the room. *sigh*
I will keep it clean. I will keep it clean. I will keep it sort of clean-ish.
Perhaps if I keep this little dude out on the table threatening me with his big knife it will help my efforts. Behold my sick and twisted Halloween Pop 'n Cuts card -
Now I will warn you right now - there's no step-by-step tutorial or video for this card. I also used a few stash items that I can't source - this card was just for fun. The items that I can source, however, including the dies, some of the paper and most of the stamps are listed below with shopping links.
This card was actually a warm-up card for this month's Sizzix Blog Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. Once a month I issue a challenge to my designer friends to make a project using a specified die, theme or technique and then I gather those ideas, along with a new project and video from me, into one massive inspiration post on the Sizzix blog. You can check out the September Designer Challenge here.
The October challenge is CLEAR CREATIONS (aka Defying Gravity) and you'll see the designer creations showing up on their personal blogs on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th or 15th and the compilation post with a new project and video from me on the Sizzix blog on Thursday, October 17th.
Basically the challenge is to cut the pop-up portion of the card out of a clear material, like a transparency, plastic paper, even die packaging (make sure you work the folds back and forth a lot if you're using die packaging) to make the mechanism "disappear" and the items that are attached to it will appear to be floating or flying.
For my card I cut the new Multi-Tier Pop 'n Cuts Insert out of clear die cut packaging and attached it with staples to my card interior, where I had already wallpapered the back wall and created the wood floor by cutting strips of Real Wood Birch, staining them with Distress Stain, brushing the edges of the slats with Black Soot ink and then gluing them down into a wood floor pattern.
I embossed the Braided Rug from the Foyer Textured Impressions Embossing Folder set onto a piece of orange cardstock and then brushed it with black ink, fussy cut it, and glued it over the edge of the plastic.
To embellish the clear Multi-Tier, I added my stamped, colored and fussy-cut Creepy Captain Underpants Boy. I used a craft-knife to carefully cut around his arm to tuck the knife under his mitten. (Seriously, what is the story with this kid? He remembers his mittens but not his pants?!) The blood on the knife, which has spilled down his leg and puddled on his shoe, is red acrylic paint with Glossy Accents to make it shiny. I have no idea where the knife came from - found it in my stash.
Funny story, though. I've had the tiny knife sitting on this stamp for days, hoping to get a chance to make a card with Creepy Captain Underpants Boy using the knife in some way. But when I finally got a chance the knife had disappeared!
The message that's cut off says "I found it!"
Here's a side view so you can see all the tiers on the Multi-tier. I did not use the little stairstep tier at the very bottom - just left it unfolded since I didn't want to use it. The upper stairstep tier holds a clear column to suspend the chandelier. CCUB is on the left tall tier and the candy corns and greeting are peppered onto the front tier and the right tall tier.
I know the front patterned paper is Authentique, and I *think* the interior wallpaper is House of Three, but not sure. I also dont know who makes the tiny Candy Corn stamp - it's unmounted and I've had it for decades. Everything else can be found via the shopping links below if you're interested in making a macabre card of your own.