31 Nights of Halloween - Night 15 - Special Guest Tami Bastiaans

Good evening, Whimsy friends!
Tonight we welcome the talented Tami Bastiaans back to the blog.


Hello again! My name is Tami and I am so pleased to have been invited back to share a card for the Whimsy Stamps 31 Nights of Halloween. I love cats, so I wanted to make a fun card with the Spooky Kitties stamps.  This is a simple shaker card that uses an old technique called Iron-off Resist that I learned just last year from Jennifer McGuire, and I love it!

Begin by stamping the Whimsy Spider Web Frame rubber cling stamp in clear embossing ink on a piece of watercolor cardstock, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

The clear embossing will act like a resist, so you can blend or spray color onto the piece. I chose to spray some water and then some of the Distress Halloween Mica Stains from Tim Holtz. Let this dry naturally before the next step.

Get a clean piece of watercolor cardstock and place it directly on top of the stamped/embossed piece. This picture is just to show you the stamped piece is covered by a clean piece. But you need to make sure they are completely aligned.

Then using a hot dry iron, slowly iron over the papers long enough that the embossing powder reheats and soaks into the other piece of cardstock.

You will end up with two pieces with the image. The original, colored piece will no longer have shiny embossing powder, it will be matte. It kind of has a batik look. The Mica stain will still be shimmery even though the embossing powder has lost it's shine.

I cut the largest Wonky Stitched Rectangle out of some Black Metallic Kraftstock and cut a window out with the second largest Wonky Stitched Rectangle. 

To make the stitches stand out, I scribbled some of the Jack-o Lantern Distress Mica Crayon over them and rubbed the pearlescent crayon into the stitches and I love how they stand out.

I cut multiple large Wonky Rectangles from heavy cardstock and layered them to make a raised window for a shaker card. I cut the centers out and adhered all the frames together. 

Then I attached a piece of acetate to the top frame and covered it with the black, metallic frame.

I put some shaker bits in the middle of the spiderweb and then attached the Wonky frame. The spiders and webs were some confetti I found on Amazon.

I stamped a Spooky Kitty on some watercolor cardstock with Distress Archival Black Soot ink. Then watercolor the cat whatever colors you want. I chose the kitty with the broom because he is cleaning up all the spiders and spider webs. And I colored him orange because my alpha male cat is an orange kitty.

For the sentiment, I stamped the word BOO! In Ripe Persimmon and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide and clear heat-embossed it. 

Then I colored the watercolor paper with Black Soot Distress Stain. 

I adhered the sentiment and the cat to the front of the acetate, and there you have a quick, cute little Halloween card.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and thank you so much to Whimsy Stamps for inviting me to be a part of their fun 31 Nights of Halloween Blog Celebration this year! I really enjoyed it!


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  1. Love the spider web frame and the colors you used for your card! Great kitty stamp too! Awesome card!

  2. I enjoyed reading this post. Even though I am a long-time crafter, I learned a lot. Your explanations and photos were very good.

  3. Great tutorial, love how the spider web resist turned out. Thank you for being our special guest and Happy Halloweeeeeen!

  4. Adorable! I love the colored stitch8ng. TFS

  5. oooh I LOVE this card - thanks for sharing how you made the background

  6. Love the expression on the kitty.
    Fun card - bye bye spiders.
    thanks for sharing

  7. Super fun! Love the cool background you did

  8. Wow, interesting technique. May I ask, what did you use the piece that was ironed upon or where the embossed powder came off? Are you able to use that piece? I am intrigued! Enjoyed this and the shaker spider bits!


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