Here's a Halloween card that I designed for a Shoebox Swap. The Swap occurred the last weekend of September at Stampcation. This fun 2-day event is hosted by Linda Heller and Shantaie Fowler and consists of demonstrations by local Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, awesome Make & Takes designed by Linda and Shantaie, the Shoebox Swap, and lots of time and table space to work on your own projects.
A Shoebox Swap card is intended to be completed in 10-15 minutes using a design that can be followed with little or no written instruction. Since we only had the space available on a Stampin' Up! grid sheet to work with, we needed to complete any work that required time consuming steps or tools that require lots of space. So the gold embossed frame, black embossed owls, and the texture for the More Mustard cardstock were completed ahead of time.
This card begins with a card base of Cajun Craze (the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink). Attached to the card front is a piece of More Mustard cardstock run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Details Texturz plate. The edges of the embossed cardstock were sponged with More Mustard ink and then the sponge was lightly rubbed across the embossing. The edges of a strip of Well Worn Designer Series Paper were sponged with Cajun Craze ink, matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, and adhered about 3/4" above the bottom edge of the More Mustard cardstock.
The large rectangular frame, from the Frame It stamp set, was stamped with Versamark on Very Vanilla cardstock, covered with Gold embossing powder and melted with the Heat Tool. The frame, inside and out, was cut out with Paper Snips. A piece of Cajun Craze cardstock just a tad larger than the interior dimensions of the frame was adhered to the More Mustard cardstock; then the frame was adhered over the Cajun Craze cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals. The Halloween Owl, from the Warmest of Wishes Hostess stamp set, was stamped with Versamark twice on Very Vanilla cardstock, covered with Black embossing powder and melted with the Heat Tool. The embossed owl images were punched with the Owl Builder punch and Basic Rhinestones were added to the eyes of one of the owls. The shiny-eyed owl was adhered to the center of the frame using SNAIL.
The spider web image, from the Wicked Cool stamp set, was stamped a couple of times on Very Vanilla cardstock using More Mustard ink. The "Spooky" image, also from the Wicked Cool stamp set, was stamped over the spider webs using Early Espresso ink. The cardstock was inserted into the paper slot of the Medium Oval punch, centering the "Spooky" in the punch window, then punching the oval. The edges of the oval were sponged with Cajun Craze ink. A Scallop Oval was punched from Cajun Craze cardstock and the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink. The "Spooky" was adhered to the center of the scallop oval with SNAIL and adhered near the right edge of the Well Worn Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with a strip of Well Worn Designer Series Paper adhered along the bottom edge of the liner. (The edges of the cardstock and the strip of Designer Series paper were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.) The spider web image was stamped repeatedly across the top third of the liner and the "have a WICKED halloween" image, from the Wicked Cool stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Early Espresso ink. The second embossed owl was adhered just above the Well Worn Designer Series Paper.
The spider web image was stamped repeatedly at the lower left front of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope. The "Spooky" image was stamped over the spider webs using Early Espresso ink.
I had a great time at Stampcation and will be showing you more from that event very soon.
Stamps: Frame It, Warmest of Wishes, Wicked Cool; Inks: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Versamark; Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Well Worn; Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Scallop Oval punch, Medium Oval punch, Owl Builder punch, Embossing Buddy, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Texturz Impressions Pad, Texturz Silicone Rubber mat; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope