Hi y’all… so exciting … Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop – theme is ‘Halloween Fun’. I can’t wait to see what everyone is sharing today…

I have to be up front with everyone, I’m not much into Halloween. My Mother was – she got all dressed up every year – she & Dad were in a Halloween group that got together only once a year – big party, costumes, never knew where the party was… they had a designated meeting place and would caravan for 30-45 minutes to the party site. I. was. horrified… My Mother always came up with these outlandish ideas for costumes and they most often won best costume. Me? Not so much. so, fair warning, my card is… tame, understated, not scary.

Autumn Essentials Dies
AIK Blog Hop, Sep

Pumpkins are an essential part of Halloween. We carve them – a family event usually, and do – well, not the traditional carving. It’s a witch or a cat, or a scarecrow, or something like that – not a pumpkin ‘face’ . We started this when we moved to NJ – 34 years ago and have had LOTS of fun with this. It’s usually pretty cold – and messy. I set up a table (or two or three) in the garage for carving. Did I say it’s messy? it’s messy! In the past we have had some friends over too, but you know, this year that probably won’t happen – it will just be family.

I digress… back to the card… Crushed Curry cs run through the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder creates a wonderful background. On this go three Stitches Shapes (squares, the smallest) adhered with liquid glue about 1/2″ from top and left side. Then comes the pumpkin part – so F-U-N… drop Stampin’ Ink on a wet wipe in the colors Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. TIP:… I put my wet wipe on a glass that used to be part of a picture frame. The glass edges have been covered in Duct Tape or something similar so there are no raw edges that might cut. This keeps your work surface dry. Here’s what the wet wipe looks like…

Wet wipe technique

Next I took a piece of Pumpkin Pie cs and put it on top of the ink splotch. This gives the paper an uneven color – as you see in the pumpkins. I then die cut the two pumpkins with the  Autumn Essential Dies. I die cut another set in plain Pumpkin Pie as I wanted the detail of the pumpkin plain, not colored. I also die cut the outline of the two pumpkins. I laid the detail pumpkin on. top of the outline pumpkin and adhered the two together with liquid glue. Then I took the colored pieces of the pumpkin and inserted them into the appropriate fitting place for each pumpkin. Voila – gorgeous pumpkins! These were adhered to the card front embossed panel with dimensionals. I added a Linen Thread bow by tying it around the larger pumpkin stem and frayed the ends. I added Curry embossed panel to a piece of Cinnamon Cider with liquid glue. This got dimensionals and was adhered to a Pumpkin Pie card base. For a bit of glitz and fun I added Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins – five of them.

Autumn Essentials Dies
AIK Blog Hop, Sep

For the inside… Very Vanilla cs and Festive Corners stamp set… Memento Black ink for the web, wet wipe inks for the spider and for the word SPOOKY. It isn’t very spooky really, but nonetheless, I like it! I adhered this to Cinnamon Cider cs with liquid glue and then into the card base, also with liquid glue. And the card is complete…

Festive Corners for the inside

For the envelope I embossed a panel of Pumpkin Pie cs with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and adhered it to the envelope flap with liquid glue, trimmed it to fit. I then stamped ‘Happy Haunting’ with ink from the baby wipe onto the front of the envelope. This sentiment comes from the Celebration Tidings stamp set. (this set is so versatile!)

AIK Blog Hop, Sep

I enjoyed making this card – just my style… hope you liked it too…

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  • Crushed Curry 4 x 5 1/4 + scraps for Stitched Shapes (squares, smallest)
  • Cinnamon Cider 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (2)
  • Pumpkin Pie 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2 + scraps for pumpkins
  • Very Vanilla 4 x 5 1/4