Hello crafty friends, it's Karen here today and I've got a fun birthday card today for someone
with an October or fall birthday. It's an interactive card as the ghosts
are all on swing mechanisms and move when the card is shaken.
I've used the "Ghosts" stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs for this one. My card is 5 1/2 " x 5 1/2" square, so slightly bigger than normal. I started by creating the background. I used Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles Powder in Wild Plum, Pumpkin Patch and Cut Grass. These are those fun shimmer powders that you sprinkle on, mist with water and wait to see what happens. It's a lot like alcohol inks - no two pieces turn out the same. Once I had the colour that I wanted, I set it aside to dry.
I used some Copic markers in BV23, CO and C1 to colour in the ghosts, and then fussy cut them out. The cemetary is from a "Graveyard" die set from Creative Expressions and I cut it from black cardstock. I also cut a few clouds from white cardstock as they were needed to hide the swing mechanisms. Once the background was dry, I glued the cemetary in place, and white heat embossed the sentiment which is from the Ghost stamp set.
The swing mechanisms are easy to make and no special dies are required. I used a piece of packaging acetate from a die set. Using a regular paper punch, I punched a hole near the top left corner of the acetate. I then cut a strip of the acetate just slightly wider than the hole, and just rounded the outside top edges around the hole. The picture may help explain this better.