Saturday, September 11, 2010

Two Bat Cards

With Halloween just around the corner I've been playing with the new Bat Punch (catalog p201 item #119279).  I love popping out these little guys so expect to see more cards featuring these spooky little flyers. Here is is my first card with the bats.  The pumpkin  was also easy to make, it is 5 ovals made with the Large Oval Punch (catalog page 203 #119855), I just sponged around each edge  with Pumpkin Pie and layered them together. I love it when you get a great look from something so easy and simple!  Add a pair of google eyes and a hat and voila.

For the background I put a piece of Always Artichoke paper through the Big Shot using the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder.  I punched out 6 squares and layered them on a piece of black paper.  I wanted the colors dark and muted and the artichoke and black were perfect.  Also, its hard to see in this photo but the card base is Confetti White instead of regular white. The confetti paper again helps to mute the look. 

I was going to just leave the bats plain black, but at the last minute I added the eyes with the gel pen (catalog p195 #105021).  I'm really glad I did, it was a good balance for the google eyes on the pumpkin. 

So - what do you think?  I'm trying to decide what cards to make for the Halloween Card Class on October 24th. Let me know if you really like this one and want to be sure its on the class list.  Registration is open now for this event.  If you send Halloween Cards this is a really fun evening.

And check out this next card. "Thistle" blow your mind.  Stampers are always trying to make flowers out of everything, so I wondered what a flower would look like made with the bat punch.  Turns out it makes a thistle!  This was really EASY to make.  I used Melon Mambo and Always Artichoke.  The flowers and stems were punched with the 2-Step Bird Punch.  Oops, I added the 3 bird wings at the base of the flower after I took the photo of the parts.  I'm sorry I forgot to go back and re-do the recipie card.

The thistle just screamed "pink!" at me so I needed pink ribbon for sure.  So here is the next cool thing - I used the white (yes white!) Organza Ribbon (catalog p190 #114319).  I just colored it!  I sponged the melon ink onto the ribbon to make it match the paper.  This card was incredibly quick and easy to put together.  I was worried that the bat punch would only get used at Halloween time but now I can't wait to spend more time playing with it.


I love these 2 new punches (the Bat Punch and the 2-Step Bird Punch).  If you don't have either of them yet you should think about it.  They are both so much more than they seem.  My next post will have another card made with the bird punch. Its a card we are doing at the Stamp-a-Stack tomorrow. 

Let me know if there is any way I can help you with your stamping.
Please contact me with any suggestions or questions. Your feedback is appreciated.
Be sure to check my class calendar for future events.

Happy Stamping --Katie

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