Scare Up a Little Fun with Spooky Sweets

How exciting that Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog is live! It has been so fun sharing some of the new products over the past month, and I’m excited to see what my customers are ordering. The launch of a new catalog is always a thrilling time. Halloween is the first holiday of the Autumn season, and I’ve created a fun card using two of the new Halloween stamp sets in the new catalog. Here’s my card:

Spooky Sweets, Trick or Tweet, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Halloween bat cardAnd here’s the banner for the challenge from Donna Mikasa that inspired my card:

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  • Spooky & Fun Halloween Sets. My card showcases images from two fun stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog – 2/3 of the sets in the book that are specifically themed for Halloween. I love the Spooky Bats Punch – it’s fine on its own, but it’s magical with the stamped bat from the Spooky Sweets stamp set. The smoke over the moon also comes from this stamp set. Here’s a look at the Spooky Sweets Bundle: Spooky Sweets Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 149973The “scare up a little fun” sentiment is pulled from a second Halloween stamp set – Trick or Tweet. This set showcases some fun animals in fun costumes – but the sentiments are really, really great. Here’s a look at the Trick or Tweet stamp set: Trick or Tweet, Stampin' Up! 147722Go ahead – add both of these sets to your wish list. 🙂
  • Spooky Clouds. The bat and sentiment are bold, but the cloud that covers the moon is wispy and mysterious. Unlike many “watercolor marks” in several stamp sets, this one is designed to be a cloud (in my opinion) – and it’s a perfect cloud. I stamped the cloud in Basic Gray ink on the Smoky Slate background and on the Crushed Curry moon (punched with a 2″ Circle punch). I glued the moon to the background, layering the clouds right over top of each other for a seamless transition. Here’s a closer look:Spooky Sweets, Trick or Tweet, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Halloween bat card
  • A Spooky Combination of Colors. I’m so accustomed to orange and black on Halloween cards that I almost, instinctively, cut orange cardstock for the base of my card. I really love, though, the mix of grays with the pop of yellow here. It’s so warm and so dark – but still festive and fun. Of course there’s black and white, but I love the mix of other colors. If you like this combination of Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Crushed Curry for a Halloween card, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry

Bundles: Spooky Sweets  Stamp Sets: Spooky Sweets, Trick or Tweet  Papers: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Basic Gray), Thick Whisper White  Inks: Basic Gray, Basic Black  Accessories: Spooky Bats Punch, 2″ Circle punch, Detailed Trio punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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Yesterday & Tomorrow

The New Catalog kicked off yesterday – if you’d like to see all of the suites in the new book or download a copy of the catalog for yourself, please CLICK HERE. Tomorrow I will kick off my list of My Favorite Things from the Holiday Catalog. I love sharing my favorites with you in hopes that it helps you to narrow down your wish list a bit – or maybe it helps to add a little something new to your list. <3

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  1. Brian, you’re selling me on this set with your cute cards!

  2. Love, love, love your take on the sketch! Nicely done, my friend!

  3. Love the mist over the moon~a perfect spooky touch. The color combo with this design completely says “Halloween ” but is also unexpected and fun. Fabulous as always!

  4. I love that effect across the moon. I think it looks eerie and a bit spooky.

  5. Fabulous layout and I love how you added the texture stamp and moon!

  6. Great job with this sketch…the bat is so cute! But the smoky cloud makes the card!

  7. I am absolutely “batty” over your card today Brian! To be absolutely truthful, I didn’t know what the heck to do with that smoke stamp. Thanks for straightening me out on that one! 🙂 Love your card and you did one heck of a great job with the sketch.

  8. Wow, the smoke is a really cool stamp, big-time affect.

  9. This card is fabulous! Love the colors, design, everything!

  10. What an awesome take on the sketch, Brian! Now I wish I had a moon and wispy clouds to CASE this!

    • Ha! Thanks so much, Donna! I’m so happy you like it – thanks for the inspiration! I DO know where you could pick yourself up a moon and wispy clouds…<3

  11. I’m partial to Halloween cards so it’s a no-brainer that I love this card. The polka dotted background is unexpected but I love it. And those clouds are fabulous and really set the creepy, bat-filled tone!

  12. Great Halloween take on the sketch!

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