Hello Friends. Today I have a miscellany of fall holiday cards. A little Thanksgiving, a little Halloween and a little Christmas. Enjoy!
This card and the next one use the Taylored Expressions Mini Color Blocking die which is only "mini" (4" x 4") compared to their larger version (4" x 5¼”). The scalloped and straight-sided squares and rectangle dies inside the 5 window opening come with the die which adds endless versatility to your layouts.
Celebrate the Season – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Snowflakes; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Jean Manis
Happy Turkey Day – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Trees, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Little Bits Leaves; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Michele Boyer
For a little Halloween fun, I used the new Poppystamps Haunted Mansion set inside the Halloween Circle Frame. I cut the mansion from black and silver cardstock then added scor tape across the window openings on the back of the house, exposing the sticky side through the front openings. I sprinkled on silver glitter to "light" up the house!
Then to make the card seasonal and colorful, I cut a bunch of leaves using the new Poppystamps Fall Leaf Collage and very colorful cardstock. I added the leaves to the left side of the card and colored them with the clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. So in real life they are shiny too!
Now, who says a Haunted Mansion can only be a Halloween house? I used the Haunted Mansion in a winter scene, setting it against a background created with the Birch Tree Stencil and distress inks. I use Viva Decor pearl Pen in White Ice for the trim and added a seasonal greeting.
I love, love, love this snowman! He is so cute and all the little parts to decorate him come with the die. For the shiny background I first sponged a blue background using Memento dye inks then used the Shimmer Stars stencil and Pearlescent embossing paste on top. Honestly this background took 5 minutes to make!
Last but not least, the new Carved Diamond Pumpkin makes a great shaker card. I cut it twice and sandwiched a bag of sequins in between. I added the leaves and the greeting and the card was finished.
We've gotten lots of new fun items in stock -- here's a link to our What's New page -- take a look!
Must Have's for Die-Cutting -- Tools that will enhance your die cutting experience.
Metal Shim -- shims your "sandwich" so you can cut intricate dies more easily. Available for $13.29
Rubber Embossing Mat -- for embossing dies and plastic stencils. Available for $9.99
Score 'n Pierce Tool -- pokes out dies after they are cut and scores cardstock ($11.00)
Adhesive Eraser -- picks up all those pesky bits of stray adhesive ($2.69)
Others: Tweezers ($6.29); Fine tip glue bottle ($5.49); Tombow glue ($4.49); Detail Scissors ($5.99); Wire Snips ($11.00)
Must Have's for Stamping -- Tools that will help you stamp like a pro!
Stamp Positioning Tool -- You have probably heard about the MISTI stamp positioner. Well fortunately other companies are now coming out with similar tools that are less expensive. They are just now announcing them so they won't be available until later in the fall. Here's a new one from Hampton Arts:
The Stamp Perfect tool will retail at $24.99. It has a hinged design with an easy to read ruler, etched grid, foam pad and 2 magnets. It is 7" x 9'. The Stamp Perfect positioning tool allows you precise positioning of your image every time. It will be available in late November.
Powder Tool -- To eliminate stray embossing powder, always treat your cardstock with the EK Success Powder Tool before stamping and embossing. ($5.99)
Acrylic Blocks -- We have a new footed acrylic block that is fabulous. It has a grid on the top so you can easily line up your stamps and foam feet that lets you position your stamp precisely then press on the block for stamping. Check it out on our What's New Page.
Please stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act! Chloe and I would love to see you!