Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red Carpet Studios Challenge #81: The Haunted Mansion

Whoooohoooo! It's time for my favorite theme for cardmaking: HALLOWEEN!!! At Red Carpet Studios the movie is The Haunted Mansion! I'll be on my way to see the "real" Haunted Mansion in a few weeks for my vacation. (Super excited! It's my first trip to Disney World!)

So make up a spooky scrapbook page, or a card, or a tag, or anything papercraft related and share it over on the challenge blog and you might win a little something!!!

When I pulled out my Halloween stash, I was a bit overwhelmed. I had an overflowing assortment of things from years past. So I made a slew of cards made up of bits and pieces. I'll share a bunch here but you can also find other projects and ideas in previous posts and in upcoming posts, too!

Tim Holtz Halloween: The stamps on this card are from Stamper's Anonymous and Tim Holtz. These are the new Halloween stamps that came out this year. These are the mini size. (Technically, these are my sisters stamps so THANKS, SIS!) I like the look of the wood carving these images provide as I am a fan of hand-carved stamps. This card front was actually inspired by an art journal page that I did. I was just playing around with some spray inks and testing out these new stamps. The page turned out so nice, I decided to recreate it on a card front! It's a spray ink background on watercolor paper and then it's trimmed down to stick onto the front of a 5.5 X 6 inch card. (I used Dylusions spray ink, black archival ink pad for stamping, a star stencil, a silver metallic pen, and a torn paper scrap for the moon)

Vintage Halloween:  My older brother collects old Halloween postcards. (You see the images of these postcards reproduced a lot. He collects the authentic originals and has amassed quite a collection over 40 years!) I always think of him when I use these vintage images. You can turn old photos into creepy portraits with just a few stamps or stickers. All I added to the "Ghoulfriends" was the black masks and the couple's portrait just needed a witches hat and a few bats. The sentiment reads, "Under my spell". The purple card just embraced the "trick or treating" aspect of Halloween.

Owloween:  Owls are on trend so naturally I wanted to use up some felt owls I had lying around for a year or so. The background of this card is what is really unique. I like to make "motherboards" out of scrap paper that I save from other projects. A motherboard is just a 8 1/2 X 11" sheet of sticker paper with the scraps stuck onto it. I don't make any patterns I just want to cover all the adhesive. I prefer to tear my paper and have minimal overlapping to maximize coverage. If I'm going to make cards, I then cut the mother board into four equal parts (5.5 X 4.25 rectangles or 1/4 of a sheet). The smaller sections become my background. The many "lines" of paper suggested this layout to me. I stamped the tree "branch" and filled in what the stamp didn't have. (the stamp is from Seaside Stamps and is actually a whole tree just turned on its side. But it wasn't long enough to cover the length of the card so I added more trunk on the right.) The colors suggest Halloween but it doesn't have to be. (The scrap paper used on this mother board all came from my Book of Fire Altered Book project.)

Spooktacular Scrap Card:  This card was again made from scraps of other projects. The stripes of pumpkins was a patterned cardstock scrap, the word was from stickers I had to use up and so were the bats. The stars were drawn in with a White Uniball pen on the blue card. The moon is a stamping mask I used on an ATC I was working on last week. I needed to mask off a circle on the card so I could ink it a variety of blue colors. The circle, of course, took on all these blues and so I made it my blue moon on this card. This card literally took 10 minutes but it looks great!

Scaredy Cat:  Did I spell that right? I have no idea but this little card demonstrates how an everyday stamp image can be turned into a Halloween image. This cute little digi-stamp is from Bugaboo Stamps. The cat might be playing or stalking a mouse but on a Halloween card, he might be hiding from something spooky! Again, the background was a mother board from scrap paper used in different Halloween projects. I just added the words to cement in the Halloween theme. The mother board backgrounds really are so busy that all you need to add is a focal image and a sentiment then it's finished. Nice.

Hope you found some ideas for your Halloween cards whether they're creepy, fun, whimsical, or vintage. Whatever you make, be sure to share over at Red Carpet Studios so I can see your designs and give your blog a look see!
"The stars they turn, the candles burn
and the mouse-leaves scurry on the cold wind bourne,
and a mob of smiles shine down on thee
from the gourds hung high on the Halloween Tree."
       --Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree


  1. Wonderful work. You are going to love Disney.

  2. I am very pleased to have one of these in my little mitts. :)