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My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Elusive Images and Halloween Stamps

Halloween!  Time for some fun crafting! 

I have to say that I have never made any Halloween cards before, but when presented with the stamps from Elusive Images celebrating this time of year, I was hooked!  What fun - soooo creative - they allow your imagination to soar with the bats, grow with the  pumpkins, candles light your way through the cobwebs to the spooky houses and much more..... you can check out the designs available from this Elusive Images link.

The Design Team has been busy making cards and today we have a blog hop for you.  Why not join us and see our work and on the way you may find some candy ?  Feeling interested; feeling lucky - pop over to the Elusive Team Blog (link on my side bar) you will see all the DT blogs listed for easy assess.

This is the card that I made for the Blog Hop - it's not my spookiest, but I thought this would look good in the Cupboard as although it's a halloween theme, the layout is adaptable to other occasions and the techniques useful to you.

Materials used:
A4 Black linen and Bronze pearlised cardstock
Stamps: Elusive Images
Nestabilities: Squares Classic Large and Big Scalloped Large
Marianne Creatables : Swirls
Inkpads: Black, Clear Perfect Medium
Bronze Embossing Powder

Fold A4 card in half to make a landscape card - emboss 2 score lines along the top edge

Die cut:  2 Black  and 2 Bronze squares  (I used the 2"die)
Emboss the edges with an embossing pen  or tan mat.  ( I like this finished, but it is not necessary )

Make a frame from the 2 Bronze squares using a scalloped die - save the cut-outs
Make the same  frame from 1 on the Black squares - save the cut-out

Stamp the cut-outs black on bronze/bronze on black using clear Perfect Medium inkpad, cover with embossing powder and heat.

Fit the cut-outs into the appropriate squares.  Decide where you would like to position the squares, and add another 2 scores lines underneath.

On a rectangle piece of card, stamp the sentiment with clear Perfect Medium inkpad, over with embossing powder and heat. 
On the edges of the rectangle - with a prit stick glue (or similiar)  run round the edges in a thick  irregular pattern, cover with brozne embossing powder and heat. 

Die cut swirls from the Bronze card and assemble on card with the sentiment tag. 

Hope you have a go a this, it sounds lengthy when reading the instructions, but it's a design that all can use whether you are a beginner or an advance crafter.  If you don't have the dies - you could use a punch.  I'd love to see your work,  if you leave me a comment I'll come over and visit. 

NOW, my Design Teamies have some great cards to show you and I wonder where that candy will be????? 
To be in with a chance to win, here's what you will need to do:
1. Become a follower of The Elusive Images Design Team Blog and all the DTmember blogs
2. Leave a comment on my blog and all the teamies blogs.

The winners will be chosen by Random Org at the close of the Blog Hop on Friday September 17th and the winner will be announced after 5.00 p.m.

Come and enjoy some ghouly fun with us! 


judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Ikki, striking colours that you have used on your card. Great layout, really useful for any occasion. Have a spooky day, from your DT buddy, Judith xx

Jan scrap said...

This is way cool Ikki. The black linen paper looks great and I am particularly fond of the bronzed effect, have'nt tried it myself yet, but on this card it adds some sophistication as opposed to using the usual Orange and black theme for halloween.
Thanks for the tutorial.

Bets said...

I really want those images!! Great Gothic look

Aquarius said...

trying again to leave a comment - Mr Blogger not playing nicely. I love copper and black and it suits this theme so well

Sarah Liz said...

The black linen together with the bronze card looks really striking. S x

Unknown said...

hey you always do something a bit different. thanks for the encouragement you give
Jackie Beatson

Anonymous said...

What a different card and I love black. The images are lovely!

Beccy said...

Really unusual - looks great

Beccy x

Colette said...

Gorgeous card, very striking colours, bronze is a favourite colour of mine for Autumn,

Colette x.

Alexandra said...

I love the simple, spooky elegance about this card Ikky. Black and gold always look so rich together.
Alexandra x


What a striking card love the coloue combination it looks very classy.

Debbie said...

Hi Ikki. Your card is excellent. I love the copper against the black. These stamps are so useful. The explanation is very clear.

lionteen said...

Love the colours and the layout will be able to adapt this to other times of the year and even birthdays very very nice

veronica said...

very elegant and different card

Kezzy said...

WOW the card is stunning and very chic. I love it.

Vicky said...

Wow I love this one, I so need these stamps


Sarah said...

Love the copper and black together, very striking!

craftimamma said...

Hi Teamie, Hope you're having a good Blog Hopping Day! Love the card. The black and bronze work so well together and the little 'frames' look so good.

I'm having a lot of trouble with Blogger at the moment and can't even get into some blogs let alone comment so it's a good job I can't be counted for the blog candy, Lol!

Lesley Xx

Gina said...

Great layout - so versatile and I love the colours.
Gina R x

MissD said...

Like your card a bit different from the norm

Suzi B said...

Lovely card... love the colour scheme

Princess4Wiz said...

Fantastic card, Ikki!

I love the colours you have used and the embossing is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

Beth. x

Phree said...

Lovely card ikki, the black and bronze look great together.

Merry said...

Another terrific card...really love how you used the frames.

PaulineC said...

Great card with super colours.

Sharon said...

Love the colors you used for this card.

Christine B. said...

Love the cards. x ChrisB

Claire said...

Wow you're on a real Halloween roll!! What wonderful projects :-)
I'm loving this blog hop!!
Claire xx

Max said...

Lurrrrrve the bronze pearlescent card with the black - very effective.

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Max said...

Oh forgot to mention I have just recently joined the Graphicus Guild - only managed a quick flick through the membership folder but spotted you. =)

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