Halloween Hello at Pals Paper Arts

It’s time for another fun color challenge from the Pals Paper Arts.  Woo hoo!  This week, the color challenge is a haunting combination of Tangelo Twist, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  I created a beautifully spooky project with non-Halloween stamps from the Annual Catalog and added a little bat from Freaky Friends for flavor.  Here’s my 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ card:

#Hello, Freaky Friends, Mixed Bunch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA223And here’s the banner for the PPA challenge that inspired my project:PPA223I was also inspired by Jaydee’s Halloween-themed challenge over that The Paper Players:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • That Little Bat.  I reached for Freaky Friends to add a little accent to my “Hello” sentiment.  My original thought was to cover the heart in “o” with the bat.  What was the problem?  Well, the bat completely covered the “o” which left “Hell”.  Although spooky, it was definitely not what I was going for!  I slid the bat up a little bit and noticed how perfectly he sits on the top of the “o” – it’s almost like his little body was designed to sit there.  “Eureka!”  I love him there.
  • Concentration.  Each of the three colors plays a very important part in the design of this card.  I wanted to showcase the Tangelo Twist, so I left my background Basic Black with little pops of Very Vanilla.  Any extra Tangelo Twist would have counteracted its importance in the center of the card, so I concentrated all the color in one place – front and center.
  • A Beautiful Pattern.  The beautiful, lacy pattern that halos the sentiment is created with the Mixed Bunch set.  I stamped the image (in the lower, right corner) several times and punched each one out with the Blossom punch.  I snipped straight through center of each, leaving 6 pieces.  I gathered those pieces around the backside of the sentiments and glued them down to create a “nest” that is beautiful (and a little bit creepy).

Stamp Sets:  #Hello, Freaky Friends, Mixed Bunch  Papers:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Tangelo Twist, Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Blossom punch, 2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts to check out the projects from our other Designer Team Members.

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  1. I love how you used the Mixed Bunch set here! Very cool idea!

  2. Brian, the first thing I noticed on your card was that cute little bat that indeed looks like it was made to sit there on top of the ”O”, so glad you didn’t cover it, the word “hell” would have been to scary.
    I love the beautiful “nest” you created with the Mixed Bunch stamps and punch, it frames this sentiment perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. “Wicked cute”, as we say up here in Maine!

  4. Love what you did with the Mixed Blossom stamp image! You are SOOOOOOO clever!

  5. Love the non-traditional elements (except, of course, the bat)! He looks right at home there, though!

  6. This is what I think a Victorian Halloween card would look like. I think it’s an adorable card and the little bat is more whimsical than scary. Great job Brian.

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS CARD! Way to go Brian.

  8. Love it too, Brian.

  9. So dang cute!!! Love it…………….

  10. Joining the others on the “Love It” bandwagon……..

  11. Totally on the bandwagon!

  12. Such a clever approach Brian. Well done!

  13. Mary Alice Bellis

    It never ceases to amaze me with the clever ideas you have. When I saw the card I thought “What did he use for that doily?” and I was so surprised to learn it came from Mixed Bunch. I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to give that a try.

  14. Beautiful, Brian. I love your use of Mixed Bunch. Thanks for playing at The Paper Players!

  15. I love everything about this awesome card! I can’t wait to try that doily background!

  16. Wow. Love it BRIAN !!!
    Tfs, hugs Frenchie ,

  17. I really like what you did with the mixed bunch stamp set! So clever! Great card!

  18. I second everything everyone had to say–you are cleverrrrrr!

  19. Your use of the Mixed Bunch stamp set to create a doily is absolutely brilliant, Brian! Love that cute little bat, too!

  20. Brian, your mixed bunch background is genius! I love the way it showcases your sentiment! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  21. Brilliant Batty Brian – a gorgeous card. LOVE that I have a new twist on using the Mixed Bunch stamp sets. Thank YOU so much for sharing your crafty cleverness. Cheers!

  22. Brian, your card is so pretty ~ wish I would have made it 🙂 Really, I love it!!

  23. Super “spooky” love card Brian!

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