Happy Halloween 2014

Boo to you!

It is Halloween today which means lots of fun little goblins, monsters… or Queen Elsa and Anna… will be out roaming the malls, neighborhoods, and stores today.  I have to admit, I love answering the door for trick or treaters and seeing all the super fun and adorable costumes.  Though, to be honest, I also love spending Halloween in Las Vegas when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday.  Let me tell you, you see the BEST costumes around the casinos in Vegas.  But, given that I have two little ones right now, I’ll save Vegas for a few years and enjoy the cutesy fun of the holiday.  I mean, how is this not so much fun??

Halloween 2014

Nicholas is Wolverine this year (he loves superheros) and Caitlin is a cowgirl… or as she calls it Cowboy Girl.

And speaking of cutesy fun!  Check out this cards, just for you for Halloween!

This was another of my Fall Fest cards and when the girls over at Stylin Stampin’ Inkspiration were putting together a Halloween post full of fun Halloween card ideas, I just had to add this one to the mix.  It is fun and easy to do, but I found a few tips along the way when creating it.

Project Tips & Tricks

  • The photopolymer stamps, for some reason, do not seem to take coloring by marker when they are brand new.  I tried with these pumpkins and it was yuck!  However, if you ink up the stamps with your ink pad and then clean them off, suddenly the marker holds a lot better!  I’m not sure why it works but it did for me.
  • Using markers will work on these stamps, but if you want a darker color, use a post-it note to cover the stems of the pumpkins while you ink them up with Tangelo Twist ink and then ink the stems with your Mossy Meadow ink.  The nice thing is that since the stamps are totally clear, you can set your ink pad down on the table and tap the stamp into the ink pad and still see what you are doing!  Yay!
  • Make a fun spooky background to your card by stamping just the jack-o-lantern faces on the white cardbase or a white piece of paper for a neat alternative to polka dots or other pattern.
  • Add a little sponging with a sponge dauber and Hello Honey ink to give your card a little glow.

And if you want even more holiday ideas, don’t forget to hop over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog for more inspiration.

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From my family to yours, have a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween!

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(and yes, those goofy smiles on the pumpkins were hand drawn by each kiddo!  So they may not be perfect to some, but like our craft projects they are unique and wonderful all on their own. Smile )

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