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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Simply B Stamps 13 Days of Halloween: Day 13

Halloween may be over but there is one more challenge left for Simply B(etty) Stamps 13 Days of Halloween!  Day 13 is here and the theme over on Simply Challenged Challenges is "Trick or Treat"!  They want to see our craftiest tricks or treat them to the Halloweeniest project we can create!

I apologize that my "how to" instructions on this are a bit lacking in photos, but I was finishing as my parents arrived to take us to my brother's birthday dinner (who was born just before Halloween twenty some odd years ago and who the card was for) and my photo session was a bit rushed!  I chose to make a twisted easel card.  This is a fabulous take on the traditional easel and adds a fun little twist (pardon the pun) to any occasion card!

It's easy enough to make.  I started with a piece of card stock measuring 5.5"x11".  I then scored it at 5.5" to create a square card base.  This is no different than making a regular card.  The twist comes in when you score one half of the card diagonally.  I then cut another piece of card stock to 5.5".  This is my card front.  See photo below.

I decorated my card front as I would any other card.  The image is called Hamlet from The Coquettes collection.  He is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  Papers are Glowing from Authentique. 

I then decorated the inside of the card as it is partially visible when the card is propped open.  The key to easels is that you need something raised to hold the front in place when it is open.  I used a skeleton embellishment from Jolee's Boutique, but anything raised will do the trick.  I also fashioned a little pocket for the inside to turn the card into a money holder.  Folded up bills fit inside quite nicely and keep the gift, or treat if you will, secure.

The only other thing to remember with a twisted easel is that it's best to have the card open on your craft desk before adhering the front to ensure it ends up in the proper direction.  Because of the "twist" the front is in a different position when open than a traditional card or easel.  This can be tricky so I advise a trial run opening and closing it to determine in which direction your front needs to be placed before committing to the adhesive!

And there you have it!  I have completed all of the challenges for the 13 Days of Halloween!  It was a ton of fun and I'm sad my favorite holiday is over, but it's never too early to start planning for next year!  But I suppose I should get through Christmas first.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back in tomorrow for the Sassy Studio Designs Fifty Shades of Sassy blog hop!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E000, R20, W4, W6, W8, W10, 100, YR04, YR07, YR18, Y35, Y38, E23, E79, YG93, B00, B32, B34, B37, B39) and Prismacolor Art Markers (79, 149, 196, 209).

- The Sketchy Challenges: Sketch #35
- Color Me Creative: Anything with a Twist of Orange
- Di's Digi Challenge: Anything Halloween
- ATCs and Cards with Attitude: #26-Add a Sentiment/Anything Goes



Robin said...

Fabulous card Regan! I love the twisted easel. Great gift idea. Hugs, Robin

Flutterby Trina said...

WOW love your card! Thanks for the tutorial its been far too long since I have done one like this!!! hugs x

Kelly said...

Sweet card x

Tami G said...

wonderful coloring.. like the twisted easel..

Trish a.k.a stampi said...

love it and thanks for the tutorial the one I found I could not follow and now after seeing yours I can do rock! Thanks for joining us at SCC

Manderly said...

This twisted easel is fantastic...but it is your coloring that rocks! Thanks so much for entering ATC's and Cards with Attitude Challenge. Will be seeing you again, I hope!
DT Coordinator

Irene's Creations said...

This is awesome and great tutorial to go along with it.

Joanne said...

Wow your colouring is superb especially the shading, so professional. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at ATCs with Attitude.

Shelly said...

Fab halloween creation and a great card shape! Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Design Challenge, Shelly x

Shelby Goolsby said...

This is such a neat card!! I love the money pocket and your coloring is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at CMC.

Corinne said...

just wonderful! great job!