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Friday, October 28, 2011

"What's A Ghoul To Do But Eat De Chocolat" A Blockheads Design Team Halloween Project!

 Happy Halloween Everyone!

It's candy time and today I'm treating you to a Blockheads Design Team creation that has a chocolate theme going on in more ways than one...intrigued?  Read on to find out what my surprise chocolatey ingredient is ;0)

 'What's A Ghoul To Do But Eat De Chocolat'

Mansion Digital Stamp and Goth Girl Rubber Stamp available from Blockheads Paper Arts
Marvy Le Plume Permanent Markers
White Gel Pen
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad
Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink pad
Black Soot Distress Ink 
Ink Blending tool (look in the Other Brushes section)
Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Banners die
Sizzix Fence die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Nostalgic Tissue Tape
Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Surprise Chocolatey Ingredient ;0)
Brown Cardstock
Black card blank
Neenah Solar White cardstock
White paper
Plaid ribbon
Double-sided tape
Glue stick
Pop dots in various sizes and thicknesses
Heat It embossing tool
Dymo Buddy Label Maker
Blockheads Paper Arts now has a new exclusive line of digi stamps and I started my project by sizing the Mansion digi stamp in Photoshop and printed it out onto white paper and then cut it out.   I coloured the Mansion all black for a silhouette effect with Black 910 Marvy Le Plume Permanent marker.  I didn't want to completely lose the printed detail of the Mansion and that's why I decided to use the paper because the Black Le Plume Permanent marker has more of a semi-opaque quality to the ink on paper compared to its more solid opaque quality on cardstock.

In cased you missed the great news Blockheads now carries the new Marvy Le Plume Permanent markers and Copic Sketch markers!!  I used the Marvy Le Plume Permanents for all my colouring on this project.

I coloured the windows of the Mansion with Yellow 625, Orange 835 and Orange 837 and used the Yellow marker to blend all 3 colours together to achieve that warm but spooky glow!  But the windows were a bit too cheerful for the mood I was going for so I toned them down by going over them with just one layer of Ash Grey 873.  Now the spooky mood is set!

I stamped the Goth Girl from Blockheads Paper Arts exclusive line of rubber stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and then cut her out with sharp fine point scissors.  I prefer to do all my cutting out before I colour my images just in case I don't like the way it looks and then at least I didn't waste my colouring.

Goth Girl is a Goth Ghoul today so I coloured her clothing with a plaid pattern to match the plaid ribbon I used!  I created the plaid pattern with Y625, O835 and a Black Copic Multi-liner.  Her skin is coloured with OR821 and then I went over some areas again with the same marker to give her face a bit of shading.  I used Black 910 on her hair and shoes and you can see what I mean about it being more opaque on the cardstock compared to the paper I printed the Mansion on.  Her corset, shoes and sections of her stockings are coloured with OY848 which is the chocolatey brown colour and I also used Y625 on her stockings, gloves and cuffs.  I then added shading throughout the image with AG873.  I added highlights and hair details with a white gel pen and finished off with a touch of metallic silver on her corset buttons, jewelry and her cane is silver too.

Now for the card.  I used a black 6.25 x 5 inch folded card blank and cut a mat slightly smaller from chocolate brown cardstock.  I embossed 2/3rds of the mat with a Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and using the Direct To Paper method I inked up just the embossed bubbles with a Platinum Planet Brilliance ink pad.  Heat set the ink and then distress the cardstock edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and a foam Ink Blending tool.

Now I can reveal my surprise chocolatey ingredient!  I covered the bottom 1/3rd of the mat with Hersey's Kisses Air Delight foil wrappers!!  The wrappers are metallic silver with chocolate brown bubbles and now my silver embossed bubbles on the upper portion of the chocolate mat is a mirror image of the bottom!  Cool heh!!  I also adhered two of the Hersey's Kisses 'Air Delight' tags along the bottom edge of the mat and distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The wrappers and tags were all adhered with a glue stick.  I then adhered a length of plaid ribbon along the background join line with double-sided tape.  Next I adhered the Haunted Mansion to the mat with low profile pop dots and then die cut a Sizzix rickety fence from black cardstock, distressed it with touches of Platinum Planet Brilliance and adhered it to the mat with thicker cut up pop dots.  

I then adhered the Ghoul Girl with even thicker pop dots for a multidimensional layered effect.

Next I created the sentiment with a Dymo Buddy Label Maker and adhered the words to the top portion of the mat.  I like the way the silver bubbles also look like stars in a chocolatey sky!

I die cut a Tim Holtz Tattered Banner from scrap cardstock and covered it with the 'De Chocolat' portion from Tim's Nostalgic Tissue Tape and lightly distressed it with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Then adhered it to the card front and adhered the mat to the black card with double-sided sticky tape.

And there you have it...a multidimensional chocolate themed Halloween card good enough to eat!
I hope you like it!  I would love to hear your thoughts on my projects so please feel free to comment away ;0)

Now that Halloween is practically on top of us that means Thanksgiving and Christmas is just round the corner!  Yay!  Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year and I'll be getting into the spirit of the season with lots of wintery projects and a Thanksgiving project too!  So stay tuned for lots of holiday inspiration!

Have a spooktacular Halloween weekend and I hope you get time for lots of stamping and eating candy!

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