I hope you are well! I have been avoiding the chillier than normal weather for this time of year by reorganizing my craftroom. (Except when I have to walk Coonhound Annie!) It is funny (or not so much!) how one thing leads to another when you start digging into stuff! I am not quite there yet as I am waiting delivery for another cube storage unit from Ikea. Did you know they make a 4 shelf insert that would work perfectly for paper storage in the Kallax cubes? I didn't and I was pretty excited when I saw it .... the things that make my heart go aflutter!!!
Today's cards feature Simon Says Stamp's Happy Haunting. Although this was included in the Happy Haunting Special Edition Card Kit during Stamptember, the stamp set is sold separately and available. If you are a Halloween fan, this big set is the cutest ever! It is filled with adorable images and clever sentiments. So perfect for spooky shadow boxes!
The Shadow Box
I began with the background panels of Bristol Smooth card stock that measured 4 1/4" by 8". The backdrop for one card was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Scattered Straw, Wilted Violet and Black Soot and then stencilled in the same colours with Simon Says Stamp's Clouds For Days. The other background was ink blended with Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. When the panels were dry, they were scored on the 8" length at 1 1/4" and 2 ½". The panel was rotated and scored at the same measurements on the other side. A bone folder was used to create a 'zig zag' fold.
Two pieces of Bristol Smooth card stock were ink smooshed for each of the cards using the same ink colours in their backgrounds. One 0f the two pieces was cut using background dies that measure 4 1/4" by 5 ½" (A2 size) to create the bridging panel. I used Hero Arts' Jungle Frame for one card and Simon Says Stamp's Outline Floral Frame for the other.
The other piece of ink smooshed card stock was used to create two inset hillside panels for each card using Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Slopes and Hills dies. The hillsides were trimmed to 3 ½" wide and scored at 1/4" on both sides. Sookwang double sided tape was adhered to the flaps. The height was staggered for each pair. To install them, remove the adhesive backing on one end of the hillside panel and line it up with the left hand side, second crease and the bottom of the background panel. Remove the backing on one side of the second hillside lining it up with the crease on the first hillside's flap. Fold the backdrop onto the hillsides. Done! To attach the other end, remove the backing on the adhesive on both hillsides and fold the other side of the background panel over.
Lay the bridging panel over the 'popped up' box to determine where glue needs to be applied. Adhere one end only and then flatten the box before attaching the other side. This procedure will ensure the card lays completely flat when inserted into an envelope. Voila!!! The shadow box is complete!!!
I embossed five ghosts on vellum paper with Wow! Glow in the Dark embossing powder. The rest of the images and the two banner sentiments were stamped on the other piece of ink smooshed card stock using a Copic friendly ink, Memento. The images are small and colour up quickly with Copic markers. Everything was fussy cut. Thin pieces of acetate were attached to each of the ghosts with runner tape. The ghosts were 'installed' first, again with runner tape, followed by the remainder of the images using white glue.
I decided at the last minute to add some sparkle to the skies! I maneuvered around the images to apply Nuvo Glitter Drops, White Blizzard! The eyes on the cats and bunny were coated with Nuvo Crystal Glaze making them pop. A small card panel, sized 3" by 4 1/4", was attached to the back of the card so a handwritten message could easily be included.