Happy Halloween with Freshly Made Sketches

Don’t you just love it when a simple change of colors completely changes the way a stamp set can be used?  Two stamps are used in my card today – one is pretty specifically a Halloween set, while the other is an all-purpose stamp set that becomes a Halloween set when the right colors are added.  🙂  Here’s my project:

Halloween Street, Draw the Line, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS155And here’s Karren Johnson’s sketch that inspired my card (you can see that I turned her sketch on its side – I hope she doesn’t mind):

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Mask, Ink Up, Unmask, Color, Huff, Stamp, Clean, Stamp, Snip, Glue.  It’s That Easy.  To create the oval, I masked the images above the word “Halloween” and stamped the image in Tangerine Tango (I used the masking technique I shared yesterday).  I then peeled away the tape and colored in the houses and trees with Stampin’ Write Markers.  I huffed the stamp and stamped it down.  I cleaned the stamp and then inked it up with Rich Razzleberry (just to get the “Happy” banner, which I snipped and added to the other images.
  • Draw the Line + One.  The four black lines along the base of the card front are stamped  with Draw the Line.  The three rows of circles are also stamped using that set.  I inked up a pencil eraser to add color to the circles – I worked really hard to make sure they were imperfectly placed inside the circles (maybe I didn’t work THAT hard to stamp them imperfectly, but it was the look I was going for).
  • A Halloween Color Combination.  I created another Halloween project yesterday that uses only orange, white and black – you’ll see that soon.  For this one, though, I added some fun by pulling in purple and green (Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive).  I think they belong in Halloween just as much as orange and black.  Feel free to save off his color combination if it also inspires you.Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Draw the Line, Halloween Street  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Stampin’ Write Makers (Basic Black, Old Olive)  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. What a wonderful card, and a really nice colour combo – I will sure save it ! Have a nice day !

  2. Brian the color combo is perfect for Halloween. I absolutely love the “Draw the line” border you made I thought it was DSP. Very clever, especially with the pencil eraser.

  3. Very nice, Brian. Have a good day.

  4. I also thought it was a DSP Brian – woo woo – great job!

  5. Draw the Line is adorable the way you used it! Love those dots! A cheerful little Halloween card for the morning, thank you, Brian.

  6. So cute……love the fun dots in the circles!

  7. Add me to the list of those who thought it was DSP. Great idea to DIY.

  8. Hi BRIAN , I love your card , those are the perfect colors , going to save them for the future , love how you made your own DSP !!! Your the man ! I mean your the King , lol !!! See you soon !
    Hugs Frenchie.

  9. Fun card, Brian! Love the colors!!

  10. OMG You make that sound so easy! I might have to try that.

  11. That is one of my all-time favorite Halloween color combos. There’s something about throwing a little purple into the mix that livens everything up! Love the cool, graphic design of your card. Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  12. Well I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that Draw the Lines stamp set before! I love the way you’ve used it — what fun custom-made dsp. Fabulous card, Brian! It’s always good to see you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  13. Wow! I haven’t seen this border stamp Brian – might have to put that one on my next order. How clever are you to off-centre colour the circles in with those cool Halloween colours? Karren wouldn’t mind you flipping the sketch at al – sometimes a little creative licence is needed! Thanks for joining us again with your fab creation. x

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