Happy Haunting for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not only those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group! I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you. I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

September - InKing Royalty Halloween Blog HopWelcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations – this month’s projects are all about Halloween. Prepare yourself for wonderful mix of spooky, scary and sweet. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Happy Haunting

I always approach Halloween with trepidation. Since I don’t like to be scared, I’m not a huge fan of the frightening, ghoulish side of the holiday. Since I don’t have children, I don’t really experience the cute, creative side of the holiday, either. Though I may try, we’ve not received a single trick-or-treater in nine years. When I sat down to make my card for this hop, I wanted to embrace the scary, midnight side of the Halloween holiday. Here’s my card:

Banner Year, Halloween Magic Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Spooky Bundles. My spooky card features elements from two bundles in Stampin’ Up!’s August – December 2020 Mini Catalog and some items from the 2020 Annual Catalog. The sweet sentiment (how adorable for a haunting to be happy) is from the Banner Year stamp set, part of the Banner Year Bundle. Here’s a look at this bundle:Banner Year Bundle, Stampin Up! 155214The really cool banner and super-spooky bats were cropped with dies from the Halloween Magic Dies, part of the Hallows Night Magic Bundle. Here’s a look at this incredible bundle (that’s both scary and beautiful):Hallows Night Magic Bundle, Stampin Up! 155188The tree that is silhouetted by the yellow moon is from the In the Woods Dies (you can click here to see them in my online store). Here’s a closer look at all of these elements together: Banner Year, Halloween Magic Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King
  • Magic in This Night. There are two Basic Black panels on my card that create the focal base of my project. Both pages are pulled from the Magic in This Night Designer Series Paper, a collection of beautiful, classic prints with a frightening edge. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Magic in This Night Designer Series Paper: Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 153517
  • Spooky Color Combination. While I love the big, bold Daffodil Delight moon that spotlights the tree and bat on this card, it’s the collection of black and grays that really stands out to me. While shades of black and gray can be very sophisticated, they are also perfect for a spooky card. If you like this mix of Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Basic Black as much as I do, I hope you will save this for future reference: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Banner Year  Papers: Magic in This Night Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: 2″ Circle Punch, Halloween Magic Dies, In the Woods Dies, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  7. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  12. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  13. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  14. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon

Here are links to the products I used in this card:



  1. This is so cute and unique! I love the shades of black in the different DSP pieces.

  2. The black silhouettes against the bright moon is decidedly “wicked!”

  3. Such a cute and happy bat! I like your layers and all of the pieces. I think my favorite part of the card is the leafless tree. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Fun card..love all the layers and then how the yellow pops!

  5. I’m with you Brian……I’m NOT a fan of being scared.
    But…..I do love how you brought out the scary side of the Halloween with this card.

    • Thank you so much, Kadie! I don’t like to scare OR be scared – neither is acceptable to me. Still, this scary card was fun to build. Glad you like it. ♥

  6. Definitely a spooky card Brian. I love everything about it. The yellow moon really brings your eye to the bats and leafless tree. Great job. I also enjoyed seeing what the rest of the InKing members made. You are right – lots of creative talent in the group. Enjoyed every minute of the blog hop.

    • Thank you so much, Grace! This was a fun card to make, but I, too, was amazed by the projects my talented team members made. Thanks for hopping through and letting me know how much you enjoyed their projects. ♥

  7. I think this is my favorite Halloween card, Brian, and I really love all parts of it! That curvy die as the base was such a great idea, and I love how you mixed the papers, (as usual.) And it is an alarmingly spooky card! Congrats????

    • 🙂 Thank you so much, Cindie! I wanted to embrace the spooky with the elegant, so I’m happy to hear I got there. The label die from the Halloween Magic Dies is gorgeous – happy it could work as a backdrop for my little scene. Thanks!

  8. Leave it to you to make a dark card fun! So many great elements, really love this card!

  9. Love your card! The tree with the bare limbs made it really scary!

  10. I love the mix of papers and shapes in this card. So creative! I especially like the moon, tree and the bat. You made creepy, fun! Love it!

    • 🙂 Thank you so much, Sheryl! It’s always fun to make something that’s a little out of our comfort zone – this was a fun hop. Appreciate your comments.

  11. And a fine job you did of the scary. I don’t much like Halloween either. Don’t get too scared.

  12. The addition of the leafless tree silhouette was sheer brilliance. Love this card.

  13. You did an excellent job of capturing the scary midnight aspect of Halloween. All the components come together beautifully, so it’s both scary and elegant. Love the tree you used.

    • Thanks, Candy! I’m in awe of the mix of scary and elegant in these products – made it easy for me to make something that’s both scary and elegant. 🙂

  14. Great elements you used to make this card. It interesting how you pulled off the color combination using the pretty DSP with the large yellow moon to make it pop. It all works beautifully together for a fun Halloween card. Enjoy your day!

    • Thank you so much, Hilda! As the card came together, I added more and more elements. It was really fun to make, and I’m glad you like it. Hope your day is wonderful!

  15. Great card Brian and beautifully done. I hesitate to say you’ve outdone yourself with one of your cards because you always come back with something better. I love this

  16. What can I say? Trust you to make the spooky theme elegant and impactful. The 2 DSPs play off each other perfectly and the yellow moon is so on point. Isn’t the 31st actually a full moon this year??! Brilliant design YET AGAIN.
    BTW~Great Blog Hop!

  17. Such a fun card, Brian! I love the colors and DSP you’ve used!

  18. Such a great card! I love the pop of yellow against all the black. The DSP is fabulous!

  19. I love to watch bats fly into the sunset too. Lol. I love that big focal point moon. Great spooky Halloween card! Thank you for this fun hop!

  20. I love, love the mix of DSP and card stock on your fantabulous Halloween card, this my favorite Holiday to be a little spooky, LOL!!
    The dark colors really get illuminated by this awesome moon, so perfect for fright night, Tee Hee!!?‍♂️
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Maria! I love that you (who loves tiny mice and sweet flowers) also loves Halloween. What fun! I’m so grateful for your sweet comments and am glad you like the card. ♥

  21. Kimberly Wynne Jones

    Great card, love the details!

  22. Hi Brian! For not normally embracing the Scarier side of the Halloween holiday your card sure turned out amazing! I myself LOVE the holiday and your hops! Such a wicked cool line up of amazingly talented crafters!

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