Thursday, October 6, 2011

IO Challenge- Halloween/Favorite Costume

I feel like such a lucky blogger in that I was able to make Halloween cards for the last two IO Challenges. Halloween really is my favorite stamping subject matter! For today's challenge, we were supposed to make a card dedicated to Halloween or our favorite costume. My favorite past costumes were dressing as a Christmas tree with lights, going with three other friends as the four seasons (I was winter), or the year I went as a mouse caught in a trap. I figured the first two costumes would make cards that looked like Christmas rather than Halloween, and well, the mouse was kind of gruesome. I decided to stick with just making a Halloween card.

For the background of my card, I started with a sage notecard and first stamped it with the Canvas Cover a Card background (CC073) in Colorbox chalk Ice Jade ink. I still maintain that the Canvas stamp is the most versatile background you can use on cards. It adds just a little texture to a plain notecard. Next, I stamped the Damask Cover a Card background (CC081) on top with black VersaFine ink. What is it about damask that works so well with Halloween cards?

For the center of the card, I cut out a light yellow oval and black lacy oval using my Nestability dies. I stamped the Bat Silhouette (D2405) on the yellow cardstock using black Memento ink and then sponged Tea Dye, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, and Black Soot Distress inks around the image.

Need more challenge inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, and Vicki created. Also, there has been a change to the IO Design Team. Kathy Menzies has stepped down and Vicki Garrett has joined the team. Be sure to check out Vicki's blog and welcome her to the team. She is one talented lady!

Want to play along? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!

4 comments:

Michãel said...

loved that mouse in a trap costume. and oh yeah, pretty cool card as well!

Summerthyme Studio said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card. Love your interpretation of the challenge theme and very excited to be Joining you on IO!

Vicki

Ellen said...

Fantastic halloween card!

Kathy Ethington said...

I love your card...there is something about bats and moons. and I totally agree with the background stamp.