Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Tri-Shutter Card

Hello again everyone, and welcome back to the blog.  Barbara here with some fun cards to share.  This month, we are showcasing the Classified collection, a beautiful array of black and white embossed card stock.  Best of all, it is on sale 20% off.  No coupons necessary!  In addition, we are pairing up with Sin City Stamps this month.   They have the most fabulous stamps to offer, with new designs coming out regularly.

Well, you all have probably heard that wonderful saying that "great minds think alike".  I think that saying is appropriate this week, since both my fellow DT member, Ro Donner, and guest designer Bev Code, and I were thinking exactly the same thing when we started our projects.  None of us were aware what the other was doing.  I guess we all decided it was a good time to make some tri-shutter cards.  You can see Ro's post by clicking here, and Bev Code's post by clicking here.

I am working on a Halloween mini album, and I had lots of small pieces that I absolutely refuse to throw away.  These cards are really good for using up all of your beautiful paper scraps.  I was going to postpone mine, but then I thought, why do that when I can show you how different they can look.  And different they are.

The Robin's Nest supplies used:

Black Fleur Glitttered White Cardstock
Classified Cardstock
Black and White Clock
Black and White Glitter Border Swirl
Damask Black and White
Black Classic Glittered Cardstock
Orange Glitter Crackle
Pink Glitter Crackle
Purple Glitter Crackle
Halloween Glitter Stripe
Jade Diamond Dew Drops
Obsidian Diamond Dew Drops

Other supplies used:

Sin City Stamps Halloween Bingo
Sin City Stamps Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul
Clear Shrink-It plastic (Aleene's)
Dylusions Ink Sprays:  After Midnight, Fresh Lime, Squeeze Orange, White Linen
Tim Holtz dies:  Elegant Flourishes, Paper Rosette (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink:  Gold Mixative, Lettuce, Butterscotch
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad:  Pumice Stone, Seedless Preserves
Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger)
Glimmer Glaze:  Sea Kelp, Adobe (Tattered Angels)
StazOn ink pad:  Cactus Green (Tsukineko)


Cut Black Classic Glittered Cardstock to 5-1/2" x 12", score at 2", 4", 8", and 10".

Measure in 1-1/2" along top and bottom horizontal edges, and cut between the 2" and 10" score lines.

Valley fold the 2" score line, mountain fold the 4" score line, valley fold the 8" score line, and mountain fold the 10" score line.
Reverse the folds on the center portion only.
Cut glitter crackle card stock pieces, and the reverse (green) side of Halloween Glitter Stripe  3/16" smaller than the rectangular areas, and print papers from the Classified Collection another 3/16" smaller than the solid cardstock, arranging the different prints in a pleasing manner within each rectangle.  Here is how the first layer looks.
I sprayed each of my print pieces with various Halloween colors using Dylusions ink sprays.  If your color is too dark, you can easily lighten it with the White Linen spray.  I learned this little gem of a tip from my blogger friend, LeslieRahye.  Then you can add other colors over that and they will show.

Here is how it looks after adding the second layer.
Now, it's beginning to look a lot like Halloween.  Bwaaaahaaaaaahaaaa!

I die cut two smaller flourishes from chipboard, painted each with Sea Kelp and Adobe Glimmer Glazes, then added a layer of Rock Candy crackle paint.  After dried, I adhered to each side panel of the card.
Color the rubber stamp image of the winged skeleton with Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot) and stamp onto a piece of clear shrink plastic.  When dry, use circle die to cut out around the image.
You can either use your heat gun or a toaster oven to shrink the plastic.  Follow directions on the package, and as always, use caution and be very careful.  The shrinking is done when the piece flattens back out and, if needed, you can place a wooden stamp block on top to keep it flat while it cools.
As you can see, it did not shrink in to a perfect circle, but hey, it's Halloween.  What's perfect on All Hallow's Eve?  And, I kind of like the way he has a slight tilt in his stance.  Here, you can see the size difference, and now my large image fits on top of my rosette that I'm about to show you.  That's the advantage of using shrink plastic.
Color the rubber stamp image of the broom skeleton on white card stock, fussy cut, leaving a tiny white border.
To knock down the bright white, I sponged a tiny bit of Pumice Stone all over the image.  I think it gives it a more vintage look.

Stamp the Roman Numerals "X" and "III"  in green StazOn ink onto clear shrink plastic, trim into a square, and heat until shrunk.  I love this effect.  It looks like a piece of mica.
Stamp onto clear shrink plastic
See how the color intensifies after shrinking
Die cut a paper rosette from Classified Cardstock.  Color strip with Dylusions Fresh Lime and Squeezed Orange.
Form rosette and adhere to a large glue dot.  Ink edges with Seedless Preserves.
Cover the back of the shrink plastic pieces with Gold Mixative, then drop Butterscotch and Lettuce alcohol inks on top of that.  You will get this lovely look behind the numerals.

For the winged skeleton image, adhere the piece to a piece of white card stock with Glossy Accents, and cut out.  This will be adhered to the center of your rosette to keep it together.
Adhere to white card stock with Glossy Accents, trim off excess

Add strips of washi tape to the four corner pieces, and adhere diamond dew drops within the design.
Now, you could add more embellishments and stamped images to this card, but the paper is so pretty, I thought it stands out on its own.  Besides, I did not want to go too crazy, and sometimes, you just have to know when to stop.
I hope you enjoyed my version of a tri-shutter card today, and that Ro, Bev, and I have inspired you to try your hand at making one of these fun style cards. They really are not hard to make, and you get to use your scraps instead of throwing them away.  

I have to tell you that all the the papers from The Robin's Nest are of the highest quality.  They stood up to repeated misting and heating with my heat tool.  Even the glitter and resin areas did not melt or flake off.  So, if ever you wanted to get some of their beautiful Classified collection papers, now is the time, while they are on sale.  They honestly are worth every penney!  And thanks so much to our sponsor this month, Sin City Stamps.  I hope you will stop by their online shop and see all of their wonderful stamps on offer.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!



The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Wow Barbara! This is fantabulous!!! Thank you!!

Susie Bentz said...

Very cool!

Robin Horasanian said...


Bev said...

fabulous and amazing details.. great card

juscrap said...

wow!!! Great job! I love this!

Tonya said...

As always stunning! Love all the little details in your card! Beautifully done!!!

Robin O'Crowley said...

Fabuloso, from Mexico

Creative M said...

Have a wonderful day,
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Cely said...

this is so fabulous. love all the textures, patterns, and layers. great job!

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