SurReally Cool Hourglass Shaker & Winners Announced

It's my favorite day of the year, so what better day to share with my fellow Halloweeners how I made one of my all-time favorite cards?!

 And if you haven't checked already, I have a link at the end of this post for you to find out all the winners from all our 31 Nights of Halloween festivities.

This card came together super easy using the slimline SurREALLY Cool Halloween papers, and the killer cool new slimline Hourglass die

I trimmed the (girl) SurReally Cool Halloween paper down to 2.75 x 8.25 and added it to a black card base. Prepping for my shaker card, I trimmed the sunburst paper down to 3.25 x 8.25 and used the slimline Hourglass die to cut out the hour glass shape from the center. Then added clear acetate to the back and then foam tape all the way around the hourglass shaped opening, making sure there were no gaps/openings that would allow any shaker pieces to escape.

I die cut the black spindles, the hourglass topper, and the hourglass base pieces twice each and glued the matching pieces together to make them each two layers thick. I like the stability and dimension of stacking dies and I typically do that with all my die cut pieces often even more than two layers.

 Once I had them stacked I added some foam tape to the back of all the pieces (except the two feet). For the two feet I just kept those a single piece each because I didn't need the dimension for those.  

(*I fully assembled the hourglass before adding it to the card front.)

On the card base I added the Sprinkletz shaker pieces that I wanted toward the bottom of the girl, then placed the foam backed sunburst hourglass piece on top. Then carefully placed the fully assembled black hourglass to the front. 

My final step was to add the black feet using tweezers to easily tuck them underneath the base. 

This is just one of the many ways to assemble/use the Slimline Hourglass die, there are so many cool options for this die, I hope you find it as fun and easy as I do. And I hope you have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Until next year my friends...Mwaaaahahahaaa!

And don't forget to check out the Whimsy Stamps blog to see all the winners from our annual super spooktacular 31 Nights of Halloween event, maybe it's you?!

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Ghostly Shivers Wobbly Slimline

These ghosties look like they are doing their very best to give us the shivers. Whaddya think, are they doing a good haunting job?

If you're looking for some quick last minute Halloween card ideas this is a good one, I think it took me all of 10 minutes to make!

I started out with a white 8.5x3.5 slimline card base, and glued a 7.5x2.5 strip of purple cardstock to the center.

I die cut the Slimline Wobbly Windows from black card stock, and added a double stack of foam tape to the back, then adhered it to the card front.

The ghosties are all from the the BOO die set, cut from plain white card stock and placed in the various windows and around them some on foam tape and others not, it's all just personal preference however you want to arrange them.

The Chills Word die was used to die cut the "SHIVERS" and "CHILLS" words from grey cardstock.

I cut each word out two times and stacked/glued them together for added dimension. You could stack even more layers too. I really think stacking dies makes such a difference in the final look.

And there you have it, a slimline Halloween card so easy to make it's SCARY!

Don't miss out on all the hauntingly good fun over on the Whimsy Stamps blog (and other social media #whimsystampshalloween) during our annual 31 Nights of Halloween event. There's LOTS of Halloween project inspiration, special guests, and PRIZES!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN cardmaking favorite time of year!

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Jeepers Creepers Hourglass

I just can't get enough of the new Slimline Hourglass die, isn't it just the coolest die ever?! 
For your viewing pleasure (eye pun ;) I've paired it with the new Jeepers Creepers rubber stamp for this creepy Halloween card.

I die cut all my slimline Hourglass pieces first:

2 white cardstock pieces using the main hourglass die, score each of them across the top at about 1/4" and adhesive just across that 1/4" area to make an attached hourglass shaped card base. The scoring helps the card open and close easily. (Here's a video tutorial for another way to make the card base)
1 piece of clear acetate using the main hourglass die.
1 Vanilla cardstock bottom sand piece.
4 black spindles, 2 toppers, and 2 base pieces. (I stacked and glued two spindles together, and did the same with the top and base pieces). I like stacking my die cuts to give them more dimension and stability. You could even stack more if you like.
The topper and base were cut out from the new 6x6 Nevermore papers, which give a perfect wood effect.

I stamped my Jeepers Creepers eyeballs and colored them with Copic markers:
E50 - E51 - E04 -E93 -YR23 -YG63 -B95
Then masked off the eyeballs and sponged on some grey ink. 

I used the Burlap background rubber stamp to make the sand texture. The Burlap background is one of my go-to stamps...I use it for so many projects. I also sponged on a little ink around the edges of the sand piece.

Once all my stamping and coloring were done I just assembled the hourglass. You don't even really need the acetate layer but it does give it that extra touch to make it seem even more real.
Those Jeepers Creepers just crack me up, and I know the slimline Hourglass die is going to be a long-time favorite of mine...there are so many fun ideas for it, I hope you enjoyed this one.

If you're like me and can't get enough Halloween card ideas, then be sure to check out the Whimsy blog with all the 31 Nights of Halloween festivities going on. There are a bunch a great special guests, and lots of fun and big prizes.

I'll leave you with this song in your head..."Jeepers creepers, where'd you get them peepers, jeepers creepers, where'd you get them eyes." You're welcome - lol.

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Introducing "EEK" the performing spider

I can almost hear the carnival music "doot, doot, doota loodle, doot, doot, dOOt, dOOt". I'm just having way too much fun can ya tell?! - lol

To make my card front I used the two largest dies in the Slimline ATC Windows die set to cut out the thin stitched black frame with rounded corners.

I also used the (second largest) Slimline ATC Window to die cut the SurReally Cool Halloween paper (LOVE LOVE) then glued it nestled inside the black frame. You don't have to do this step, you could just glue the uncut piece of patterned paper behind the frame but I like the look of it this way. 

I used both of the same sheets of SurReally Cool Halloween paper that are in the pack for this card. One piece to nestle inside the black frame, and the second piece for hand cutting some of the individual elements. The individual elements I choose to hand cut were the little spider stand/stage, the entire bottom streamers, and also used one of the streamers as "Eek's little hat. All of these hand-cut pieces were popped up on foam tape.

Likewise I used that same second piece of paper to die cut the EEK! word. I also die cut the EEK! word two additional times from plain black card stock and stacked/glued them together then glued the patterned paper layer on top. The black cardstock beneath the patterned paper gives a nice shadow effects and more dimension. 

I could have cut the sentiment from the glued in piece of paper (before gluing it down) but I figured I already cut into the second piece for the individual elements so I didn't want to take the risk of not getting the EEK! word exactly where I wanted it.  

My finishing touch was die cutting the spider from the Spiders and Webs die set (love). I die cut him twice from plain black card stock and stacked and glued the two layers together. Then I cut him out one more time with a black glitter paper and glued that on top, added foam tape to the back and placed him where I wanted him within the scene to complete my card. 

I totally love the SurREALLY COOL Halloween papers, I think it's my favorite pack of papers ever, and it makes killer Halloween cards super easy! What's your favorite Whimsy Stamps paper pack?

Hope you are having a spooktacular good time celebrating our 31 Nights of Halloween festivities on the Whimsy Stamps blog and all around social media?! 
Be sure to check the Whimsy blog every night for all kinds of awesome Halloween projects, special guests, and prizes!

Happy Halloween season!
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