Happy Happy Halloween for FabFri72

I had a lot of fun with this week’s FabFriday sketch challenge.  I played around with lots of different layers and colors before landing on this fun combination.  I don’t usually incorporate doilies into my designs, but when Mindy Backes’ sketch calls for a doily, then a doily I shall use.  🙂  Here’s my card for the FabFriday challenge:

Sweet Hauntings, Witches' Night, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri72

And here’s Mindy’s sketch for this week’s sketch challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Darken the Doily.  While the sketch calls for a doily (and the Tea Lace Doilies were an obvious choice), I was really tempted to showcase the Spider Web Doilies for this project – a while doily didn’t seem right for what I wanted to make.  I used my brayer and the Archival Basic Black ink to darken the doily, giving it the richness I needed for a dark backdrop on this card.  The doily is very delicate so brayer with care.
  • Twice the Happy.  As if “Happy Halloween” isn’t enough, today I’m wishing you a “Happy Happy Halloween.”  Say them both out loud – there’s quite a difference in how you say “Halloween” after two – count them, two – “Happies”.  Do you recognize this sentiment?  At first glance, it might not stand out.  It’s from the Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set.
    Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

    The image is designed to work perfectly with the Note Tag punch (see it in the top, right corner?), but I opted to trim out the askew box around the sentiment and border it with a thin piece of Whisper White.

  • Honey Moon.  I knew I wanted a big, bold moon for the center of this darkened doily.  I played with different yellows (there are quite a few in the Stampin’ Up! color collection), and Hello Honey was the perfect shade.  The collection of bats from Witches’ Night stamp set were the perfect accent for my scary moon.  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this off:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey

Stamp Sets:  Sweet Hauntings, Witches’ Night  Papers:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Washi Label punch, Brayer, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday Challenge site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Using a brayer to color the doily makes for a quick and cleaner result, that’s for sure! Thank you sharing what method you used.

  2. …never thought of brayering a doily! Perfect result!

  3. I learned this week that we can heat emboss the white doilies as well. So many fun tricks and techniques to learn in our hobby! 🙂

  4. Love how you used the brayer for the doily! Genius!

  5. Love it Brian. Great work!

  6. I like using doilies now and then ,but have never colored those cute tea lace ones . Thank you for the hint and the caution tip ! I love the new Halloween Spider Web ones ,but this is a new idea you have generated that I want to try in some Fall colors . Which by the way I have a wonderful Fall color chart to use …thanks to you …Mr. Wizard !

  7. Love your card and LOVE the idea of using the brayer to color the doilies! Awesome!

  8. Great card Brian – I just love those bats! They really catch your eye especially on the moon background. I bet you had a lot of fun making this one! LOL

  9. Brian you are soooooo clever!

  10. A black doily, brilliant!!!

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