31 Nights of Halloween - Night 28 - Special Guest Ashley Dearie



Tonight we welcome Ashley Dearie back to the blog as she shares some fun, Halloween party ideas.

 Hello, again, crafty friends; Ashley Dearie here!  I’m so excited to be returning to the Whimsy Blog tonight as a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps’ 31 Nights of Halloween Celebration, Night #28!  We’re inching closer and closer to the the big night – All Hallows’ Eve.  I know our kiddos are super excited!  But Halloween is looking a lot different these days, and I have some fun inspiration in store for those celebrating indoors this year, and simple treats kids of all ages will enjoy.  


Our youngest son loves insects, spiders, and everything creepy crawly (not me! yuck!), but even I’m in love with the cuddly little eight-legged guys in Whimsy’s Fuzzy Spiders stamp set!  They’re SO cute, I just had to create some spidery fun I knew our little guy would love.  


I paired the smaller spider in the set with my favorite ‘Spider Cider’ sentiment from the Digital Haunting Halloween Sentiments, which is also included in the Spirited Sentiments stamp set.  I printed out the sentiments in a variety of spooky colors and cut them into circles using dies similar to the Pierced and Stitched Circles die set.  I stamped the spiders in black ink and backed the tags with black cardstock.  


I attached each tag to mini bottles of sparkling apple cider (a.k.a. ‘spider cider’) with black and white baker’s twine.  I chose the grape-apple flavor to emphasize the Halloween theme with the purple hue (but any cider will do).  I stamped the ‘Yikes’ sentiment (also from the Fuzzy Spiders set) in coordinating colors onto paper flags wrapped around striped paper straws to make drinking easier for little hands.  


For an additional little treat, I filled mini cups with brightly colored sour gummy worms and added little ‘Creepy Crawlies’  labels using another sentiment from the Fuzzy Spiders set, stamped with additional spiders in coordinating colors.  And each cup received a festive wrapping of spider designs from the Hocus Pocus 6x6 Paper Pack.  To continue my theme, I added pipe-cleaner and candy spiders to the top of each cup lid.  Each surprise also got a coordinating little mini card also made using spiders and webs from Fuzzy Spiders set and patterned paper from the Hocus Pocus Paper Pack.  


Our boys absolutely loved this cute little surprise, and I hope you do, too.  Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a very Happy Halloween no matter how you choose to celebrate this year.  Only three days left, so stay tuned for more amazingly spooky creations! 


Thank you, Ashley, for these adorable party ideas!  To see more of Ashley's work, follow her on Instagram.


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31 Nights of Halloween - Night 27

 




Hi crafty friends! Are you enjoying the month-long inspiration of Halloween and prizes? It’s Donna from the Whimsy Stamps Video Team, and I am sharing a cutesy Halloween card featuring the Candy Corn Dress Up stamp set.

I started by stamping out all of the images onto solar white cardstock with Copic friendly ink and colored them in with Copic Markers. Then I used my ScanNCut to cut the images out.

Copic Markers: E35, YR07, YR04, YR12, E34, Y15, Y08, Y00, B17, B13, B04, B02, YG17, YG03, N7, N5, N3, N1, N0, C3, C1, C00



For the background, I trimmed a piece of smooth cardstock down to 8.50” by 3.50” and ink blended the background using Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve, Picked Raspberry, and Dried Marigold.

I blended a small panel of smooth cardstock with Distress inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the grass. I die cut the panel with the grass die from the Grass and Cloud Edger Dies.

Next, I added water splatters and white diluted paint across both of the panels and set those aside to dry.

While the panels were drying, I die cut several trees from the Forest Majesty Die Set and added Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo to ink them.



At this point, I had all of the elements, and it was time to start assembling the card. I added the background panel using liquid adhesive to a slimline card base. I used foam tape to add dimension to the grass border and added in all of the images.

To complete this card, I trimmed a piece of black cardstock, stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, popped it up on foam adhesive on the card front, and finally, added the clouds from the Happy Sky stamp set.

I hope you are enjoying the 31 Nights of Halloween and are inspired by all of the projects so far, don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway on the Whimsy Stamps Blog!

   

31 Nights of Halloween-Night 26


Hello friends! Michele here with a not so frightening Halloween Treat Box! I am a bit partial to "cutesy" Halloween. ;)
So for my treat box, I started with the adorable Spooktacular set.  Who doesn't love a selfie taking ghost? I colored him with Copics and fussy cut him out.  
I created a shaker box using the Hexagon Treat Box Die and the Nested Hexagon Dies
I glued the acetate behind the yellow frame and popped it up with Shaker Maker Foam Tape.  I filled it with these fun Hocus Pocus Sprinkletz.  I tied black string and added one of the Sprinkletz to the center of the bow.  I added glossy accents to his eyes as a final touch

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

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31 Nights of Halloween - Night 25

Good Evening Whimsy Friends - Iris here today with another frightful post for our 31 Nights of Halloween Celebrations! 



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Now onto my spooky birthday card I've created especially for this frightfully fun event:

I am using some older and newer products on my card but the main focus is on 'Dracula I compel you' together with 'Dracula's Coffin' die set. For the background I cut out a window from a 4" x 5 1/4" white cardstock panel using the 'Wavy Stitched Squares' die set. Then I added a piece of designer paper from the 'Vampire' 6x6 paper pack. I adhered this panel to a red 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.


I stamped the Dracula image with Versafine Clair ink onto mixed media paper, colored it using my Karin markers and fussy cut it. Then I die cut the tombstones from the  'Dracula's Coffin' die set from scrap pieces of the same Vampire 6x6 paper pack. The trees are die cut from black glitter paper using the 'Tree Assortment' dies. The bats are created with dies from both the 'Dracula I compel you' and
'Dracula's Coffin' die set and cut from black cardstock. The scull was die cut from white cardstock and slightly inked with Antique Linen  Distress ink. The sentiment is included with the 'Dracula I compel you' clear stamp set. The RIP sign is from the 'Build-A-Graveyard' die set. 
I arranged my items the way I wanted them on my background panel and then adhered them with liquid glue and foam tape/squares. At last I added tiny red rhinestones to Dracula's eyes and also eyes to some of the bats with a white gel pen. 



I wanted the inside to have a matching sentiment too and stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturn ink and embellished with a few stamped bats. All stamps I used on the inside are included with the 'Dracula I compel you' clear stamp set as well.


All Whimsy products I've used to create my project are listed and linked below. 



    

    3D Foam Squares - White   
 
Nuve - Deluxe Adhesive     Karin Brushmarker Pro - Cool Aqua 204 - Whimsy Stamps


Thank you for visiting us today and don't forget to enter our spooktacular giveaway!

Wishing you all a safe and healthy Halloween season!

Hugs,





















Digital Divas Sensational Sunday Tutorial and October Special Guest Designer

Whimsy friends,
as promised we have a wonderful treat for you today.
Our lovely Claudia, who is a bit of a whizz at creating beautiful
stamped and hand coloured candles, has put together a wonderful tutorial for us all!




But before we share Claudia's Gorgeous Candle Tutorial, 
let me share with you the fabulous creations made by our wonderful

 October Digital Guest Designer

Tammy Bowlus

Tammy used the sweet Sweeping Witch Tia from our Brand New Some Odd Girl Digital Range.
I love the sweet slimline shaker card design Tammy created with the lovely Slimline Stars Background.


Tammy's second creation used Crissy Armstrong's adorable Gnome Trick or Treat image.
Another fantastic slimline creation using the gorgeous Slimline Hill House Die and a few Ghosties!



Tammy's final creation, used three really fun images from another new stamp range this month,
Meljen's Designs. Little FrankieCat O Lantern and Crazy Broom Witch made for a really fun trio.
Another gorgeous Slimline shaker card design, look closely at the little shaker elements too,
they're such a fun and fabulous match for the images! Fabulous creation Tammy!


Thank you Tammy so much for being our October Digital Guest Designer,
we absolutely LOVE what you created for us all.




If you'd like to watch the video first,
Head straight to the very end of this post.

The first thing you will need is a good sized church candle, in cream or white is best
and with a smooth surface, no texture or glittered finish as this interferes with the melting process.
It is recommended that this be done with a rubber or clear stamp, as this is a bit tricky in digital.
But as we are the 'Digital Team' Claudia has braved putting the fragile tissue paper through her printer!
Claudia doesn't recommend this, as it can be a difficult process, so if you do try, please do so understanding the risks.
Claudia suggests that a rubber or clear stamp is a safer option for this technique.



The next thing you will need is of course an image to colour.
Claudia did use her printer for this as she is a Digital Diva so wanted to use a Digital Image,
but as mentioned above, she recommends using a rubber or clear stamp as a safer process.
Claudia has used the stunning image Christmas Manger by Crissy Armstrong for this Tutorial.



You will also need a colouring medium, pencils and alcohol inks work well,
watercolours are not recommended as the water can cause tearing of the tissue paper.
It is possible if you're very careful however, so if that's your medium of choice, you can of course try.
Claudia recommends putting a paper towel or something absorbent beneath to absorb any
extra moisture and use a very light hand, so as not to tear the tissue.
It's good to do a test run with your tissue paper, to know how much pressure can be applied before it tears.
You will also need a heat tool to melt the wax, baking paper to hold the image in place whilst
you're melting the wax and of course tissue paper to do your colouring onto.



For best results it is recommended to carefully attach the very fine tissue paper over
cardstock before commencing the colouring and using a light hand so as not to tear the tissue.
Claudia used pencils as her colouring medium for this tutorial.



Claudia worked on two images concurrently, the tissue version for the candle and the second
which is on cardstock for an accompanying card, this makes such a lovely finished gift.



She has not shown us the colouring process in the video,
but we will have to convince her to show us next time as her colouring is delish!


Once the images are coloured up, the next stage is to fussy cut the tissue version of the image.
The cardstock backing makes it easier to fussy cut the very flexible fragile tissue paper.
You can leave a white edge around the image, as this will become invisible once the wax melts over it.


The next step is to lay just the tissue portion of the coloured image over the candle, removing the
cardstock backing that it was coloured over and laying it exactly as you wish it to appear on the candle.


Using a good length of baking paper to wrap around the candle, which will hold the image firmly in place
so that the melting can begin. Leave a handle of paper at the back to 'grab' whilst doing the melting.


Now the transformational part! Using your heat tool, move carefully and evenly over the candle to melt the wax
over the image. Do not hold the heat tool too close during this process. Take care not to burn your fingers,
it can become quite hot when you are turning the candle during the melting. 
Claudia explains this process brilliantly in the video. It's fun to watch it transforming!


You will be left with a lovely image on the candle and the tissue paper edges just seem to disappear
into the candle seamlessly, leaving a beautiful image on the candle.


Claudia chose to create a card to accompany her candle and so coloured a
cardstock version of the design also, to create the accompanying card.


Here is Claudia's beautifully finished set, such a stunning gift!


Video Tutorial


Huge thanks to our amazing Digital Diva Claudia for this stunning Stamped Candle Tutorial.

We hope you will enjoy creating with Claudia's wonderful tutorial.
Be sure to let us know if you give it a try over on our Whimsy Stamps Facebook Page.




We will be back soon with the November Digital Release, can you believe it?!
It'll be Christmas before we know it!

Hugs and happy crafting,