Hello and welcome back! Today I am sharing a group of fun Halloween cards created with the Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quad’s Halloween Layering Stencil and coordinating dies.
Check out my YouTube video for these cards here: https://youtu.be/CUbiwrnvuvY
I know I have mentioned before how much I love the layering stencils but most especially the sets that let you create 4 cards at the same t time. It is absolutely brilliant to be able to mass produce cards with these wonderful layering stencils. I love anything that can safe time and make oodles of cards all at once, LOL!
For the ink blending on these cards, I used a combination of dye inks from Pink Fresh Studio and Concord & 9th. I did try the Distress Inks at first but found that I had a bit of bleeding with the inks once I removed the stencil. The inks I used were Concord & 9th Sprout and from Pink Fresh Studio I used Lavender, Stargazer, Clementine with a bit of Ripe Persimmon and Detail Black.
I ink blended each layer of the stencil with the various colors and would often go back with a darker color and a detail blending brush to add additional depth and dimension. For the cat and the witches cauldron I used the Stargazer ink which is a beautiful rich, night sky blue color and then to add some depth I added detail black around the edges. They turned out perfectly. For a bit of glitz, I used some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone on the layer of the stencil that had the cats eyes and the bubbles for the cauldron. I had ink blended these layers in Green and the Moonstone glimmer paste allows that color to show through so you get a gorgeous effect of sparkly green which is so perfect for the kitties eyes and the bubbles.
Once finished with my ink blending, I cut down the panels to A2 size and then used the coordinating Taylored Expressions Halloween Cauldron die and Halloween Cat die to cut those out of my panels.
For these cards, I also used the new Boo Script & backer die from Taylored Expressions. I love the little spider web detail on this die. I cut several of the BOO words from foil and glitter card stock in my stash. For two of the backers, I used matte and shiny purple foil card stock from my stash. On the other two I used the new Foil It Spider web and some toner foil from Thermoweb called Rainbow Shattered Glass. I LOVE, LOVE this foil. It’s so pretty.
To create the backer to my BOO sentiment, I used the Foil It Spider web toner sheets from Taylored Expressions. These are precut to A2 size so they are perfect for creating card backgrounds. I ran one of the cards through my MINC machine and foiled the spider webs with the shattered glass rainbow sheet that I cut to fit the A2 toner sheet because I don’t like to waste my foil. Once I remove it from my MINC machine, I pulled back the foil to reveal the beautiful rainbow Spider web Really, why can’t this be a thing, rainbow spider webs I’d feel so much better when I accidentally walk through one, LOL! Now, I am left with the negative foil piece that has the Spider web pattern in it from my toner sheet. To utilize the leftover foil, I used a Decofoil Toner Sheet and cut it down to A2 size. The Decofiol Toner Sheets come 3 to a package and they are 8 1/2 x 11 so I usually cut them down to A2 size leaving me with 12 pieces that I can foil. I place the foil and toner sheet into my carrier sheet (folded parchment paper or Heidi Swapp has a clear carrier sheet that comes in different sizes). Toner foil goes over your toner sheet pretty side up. Once you run that through your laminator or MINC machine, you’re left with a fully edge to edge foiled background. In this case it was a solid Spider web.
I used these solid foiled sheets to cut two backers for my BOO sentiment. I also cut some additional backers from black heavyweight card stock to add a bit of dimension to the backer as I wanted it to pop off the page.
For the card backgrounds, I used various die cuts to create some interesting scalloped and wonky rectangles to add some flare to my cards. The scalloped background is from a very old MFT Stamps DIE-Namics set which is retired. I will try to link to a few similar product below that would also work. The Wonky Rectangles are from Pretty Pink Posh and the Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stacklets from Taylored Expressions.. I use these dies to cut backgrounds from some foiled card stock
I also used the Spider Web die from Pretty Pink posh since I didn’t have any of the Taylored Expressions Spider Web dies. Plus the little spider from Pretty Pink Posh is too cute. I die cut a Spider web from some purple glitter card stock and then I snipped it down to fit my card. I added that to the geometric patterned background after I added a layer of vellum to tone down the background a bit. The little spider was cut from some black glitter card stock and I added a piece of orange card stock behind his eyes. I cut two strands of silver DMC embroidery thread and placed on end behind my ink blended card stock and secured with some tape and then added the other end behind my spider with some glue and then put a small piece of 3M Foam tape and added the spider to the card front. The spider web hides the place where the embroidery thread comes over the top of the card stock and gives the appearance that the spider is dangling from the web.
Taylored Expressions has these cool layering pumpkins but I decided to just die cut two of them in different sizes from some white card stock and then I colored them with my Copic markers. To add the face to the smaller pumpkin, I used some Detail Black ink from Pretty Pink Posh and Ink blended on one of the faces from the Jack O’Lantern Stencil from Taylored Expressions. I love all of the faces in this stencil. You can create a whole background or you can use them with the little die cut pumpkins and they look so cute! The pumpkins were added to the A2 horizontal card with the kitty.
For the background on that card, I used a toner foil sheet from a company that is no longer in business. You could use any geometric or patterned background really. I will link to a couple that I like below. I used some bright green Deco Foil in Spring Green and created the foiled background. It was a bit overpowering so I added a piece of vellum on top to tone it down before adding my Wonky Stitched Rectangle frame, cat, pumpkins and sentiment. I like that the pop of green in the background pairs so well with the eyes on the cat.
For all of my sentiment strips, I used the Simple Strips Halloween stamp and the coordinating Simple Strips Die and Simple Strips Backer. I stamped the Simple Strips Halloween stamp onto some black card stock and embossed with Hero Arts White Ultra fine embossing powder. Using the coordinating Simple Strips Die allows me to cut out all 18 sentiment strips at once. Anything I didn’t use for my cards, I put into my little Simple Strips Storage Box. I love that I can cut a bunch of sentiments all at once and have leftovers for another project that I can put in a storage box. I don’t have a separate box for each omission, but you could certainly do that.
Each of my sentiment strips was added to a matching backer which was cut from glitter card stock using the Simple Strips Backer die. Love the finished look of these.
I did not add many embellishments to these cards. They are pretty bold with the Halloween colors. On a couple of the cards, I added some purple sequins. On my kitty card, I had some Halloween themed sequins so I added a couple of the ghost sequins on top of the pumpkins and a bat in my background. Then I added a few of the iridescent stars to the background.
That wraps up my very long post for these fun Halloween cards from the Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quad stencil. I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards.
I have listed all of the products below that I have used to create these cards today. If a product is no longer available, I have listed something similar that would work. These are listed for your convenience and reference.
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