In honor of this cardmaking holiday, the Design Team at Bombshell Stamps has brought you a very special blog hop! Don't know what World Card Making Day is? Well,straight from the WCMD website, " It is a day to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making. Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family."
The Bombshell Hotties have chosen to bring you holiday/travel themed cards to kick off the holiday card making season, so join in on the fun! Once you've viewed my card, use the links at the bottom of this post to hop over to the other participating Bombshell Stamps DT members and take a look at theirs.
In keeping with my 31 Days of Halloween here on Smeared and Smudged, I've opted to share with you a Halloween themed card. It features a stamp from the Bombshell "Cherry Bomb" set which, in my opinion, is PERFECT for Halloween! Have you guessed his name?
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To make my red devil come to life, I made a toilet paper mold. I know, it sounds kinda funny, but if you've never done it you have to try it! It's really simple and produces a very neat embellishment. Lay your stamp face up and tear off about 10 squares of white toilet paper. Spray your first sheet with water and lay it over your stamp. Wet it some more, and then use a paintbrush to gently push the paper down into the grooves of the stamp image.
Repeat with each sheet of paper and be sure to press out all the air bubbles as you go. When you're done, take a paper towel and press it over the top with all your might! This will ensure that you have a good solid image mold, and take away some of the excess water. Let it sit a few minutes before you gently peel the mold off your stamp. Use watercolors or reinkers to add color to the front of your mold, or leave it white. You can also tear the edges away, but be very careful. Then just let it sit and dry (or if you're impatient like me, set in a 200 degree oven on a cookie sheet until it dries out, be careful not to burn it!).
The spider web stamp I used is from the Bombshell set "Tattoo Backgrounds", and I embossed this in black onto a transparency sheet. The creepy word was printed from my computer. I used acrylic paint on my black card base, and then I just pieced my card together with the embellishments!
I hope you enjoy making your toilet paper molds as much as I did, and I'd be thrilled to see them if you want to share in a comment.
Now I have a very special giveaway to tell you about. I know that even with the best intentions, not everyone gets to make their own cards. So I'd like to offer an assortment of cards that one person can use to connect with their loved ones. Receiving a handmade card can be a wonderful experience, and I'd be honored to help one of you share the love! Here are the cards in the assortment:
To enter into the drawing, leave a comment on this post with your name and email(or website, some way I can contact you!) and you could be the big winner! I'll be drawing tomorrow morning. Now, visit the other Bombshell ladies! If you're really looking for a treat, visit the Bombshell Stamps website for awesome stamps, a super cool forum, and a rockin' gallery. And happy card making!