Friday, December 8, 2017

Inky Friends Blog Hop: Blending a Year of Cheer

Welcome to the Inky Friends' Blog Hop! This month's blog hop features the brand new Stampin' Blends and ideas to make a variety of cards that can be used all year long. Should you get lost, you may find a list of participants on the Inky Friends blog page.

You may have arrived from Stamps and Scraps with Yapha's blog where she featured September's Back to School theme. I picked my favorite month, October! I created a Halloween shadow box card featuring the stamp sets Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate and the hostess set, In the City.
To create the haunted house image, I used one of the houses from the In the City stamp set. I stamped it three times together with Memento to create this haunted house and colored it in with the Stampin' Blends using the light and dark Smoky Slate. The trees are colored with Old Olive light and dark Blends. The windows are colored with the Daffodil Delight Blends and the rooftops with the Crumb Cake Blends. I love how the Stampin' Blends add shadows and dimension to the images.  

To remove the door from the outer edges of the house stamp, I used a paint brush moistened with Stampin' Mist and brushed the ink off of the stamp like this . . .
The card folds flat to mail, but it's so cool when you open it up . . .
I got the structural idea for the shadow box card from Tami White. It's so easy to create! Just cut your cardstock 11" x 4-1/2" and score at 2", 6", 6-1/2" and 10-1/2". This little card has so much potential and such a Wow factor. Click HERE to download the instructions.

Thank you for stopping by. Please say hello and leave a comment. Now it's time to move ahead to see some creative projects using the Stampin' Blends for November projects. Hop on over to  Cindy's Heart's Delights Cards blog.

You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stampin' Blends Light and Dark Combo: Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Sets: Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate, In the City
  • Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night, Wood Textures
  • Colors & Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
  • Embellishments: Window Sheets, 3/8" Classic Weave Crumb Cake Ribbon
  • Tools: Everyday Label Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot:  Hearth and Home Framelits Dies, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


  1. I LOVE the surprise inside! How cool is THAT?! Great tip about removing the ink, too!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to October!

  3. What a stunning card! and the little surprise inside is gorgeous. Very cute. Great tip you shared. Thanks

  4. WOW. That's a pretty cool card! I love that you used non-halloween set to make the haunted house! Thanks for joining us!

  5. Oh my word, Kris, that is an amazing card! Such a great way to make the haunted mansion. And I love your trick to get the ink of the stamp. Brilliant!!

  6. Great way to create something amazing from this stamp set!

  7. I never would have thought to stamp the house 3 times to create the haunted mansion. What a fabulous idea! Your tip with using a paint brush to remove the door before stamping in genius!

  8. What a cool spooky scene both inside and out!

  9. Fantastic mansion, Kris!! Such a wonderful idea! LOVE your inking idea too! That works better than a Q-tip.


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