Paper Sweeties October 2015 Inspiration Challenge

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Inspiration Challenge time at Paper Sweeties, and I love the color palette for this one. Being October, there are always so many orange/green/purple/black challenges out there, but Debbie has given us a more subdued palette to work with, and I just loved using it to create a cute monochromatic Halloween card.
This was a super simple card to put together, but the stamping and masking for the Halloween scene took a bit of effort. And, it was totally worth it! To create this scene, I first stamped all the images I wanted to use (from 4 different sets, all listed in my card recipe at the end of the post) onto a piece of scrap copy paper, and fussy cut each one of them. Then, I mapped out the scene to determine how to layer the masks. When you have layered images, especially this many images, you have to keep perspective in mind, and the images have to be stamped and masked in order from the "closest" image all the way to the last image in the background. For example, this scene required that I stamp the images in this order: hat, puppy, pumpkin, dog bowl and bones, dog house, broom, weather vane, ground, and tree. After each stamp, I put repositionable tape on the back of it's mask and masked the image. It can get a little tricky once you have several masks because all the images are fully stamped, so the masks start looking like a jumbled mess, but when you are finished and remove all the masks, and the final complete scene is revealed, it is fascinating to see! 

I colored the image with Copics in several shades of brown and gray, then added white highlights with a paint pen. You might notice a lot of highlights on the dog bowl. My pen blobbed and, since I can't remove white paint from a colored image without totally messing it up, I tried to correct it by incorporating it into the scene. Not a great job there, but I can live with it. ;) I added a few Paper Sweeties Gold flower sequins for shine and filled them with a black Pearl Pen dot.
On the inside of the card, I used scraps from the black flag that is on the front for a couple of small flags, as well as the same embossed design for the background. The punny sentiment and broom are both from the Best Witches stamp set.

I hope you'll join us in this month's challenge! There is a Paper Sweeties' Boutique Gift Certificate up for grabs!!!

Before you get crafty, be sure to check out the rest of the Paper Sweeties' DT blogs, as well as the talented Lisa Bzibziak, our October Guest Designer. Their creations this month are UH-MA-ZING!!!

Cheryl Lea - That's Me!
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Nancy Penir
October Guest Designer:  Lisa Bzibziak

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Mynn xx said...

Cheryl, this is totally AMAZING!!! Your masking and all neutral coloring is just gorgeous! VERY beautifully made! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I can't even put into words how MUCH I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Lisa said...

Wow! Wow, wow, wow! I've masked before like this, but never to create such an intricate scene... very cool and very cute and beautiful all at the same time!

Michelle said...

What a fantastic card. I love the colors you used and was very interested in how you made this. Love, Love, Love this card. Thank You for joining us over at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog.

Michelle (DT)

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, I am chuckling!!!! I love this Cheryl! You have to frame this!!!

Maria said...

I'm so amazed with your card, Cheryl! It's truly a piece of art! Like Michelle needs to be framed! Love all the masking and coloring...absolutely fabulous!!!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

This is INCREDIBLE!!!!! Your coloring and masking is fantastic!!!!

Jenn Borjeson said...

This is gorgeous - absolutely fantastic coloring! Thank you so much for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge! :)

Jingle said...

Oh, my goodness, this is adorable! Absolutely stunning coloring on this image! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Jill Norwood said...

Cheryl this is a work of heART!!!!!!! I LOVE this card! You coloring is so incredible and the masking too! In think you should frame it too!!!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, I LOVE your coloring on this, and I always love a monochromatic theme! Masking is so much fun for creating scenes and you've done a stellar job on this. Fantastic, Cheryl!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

So cute, sweet and fun all rolled up into one absolutely adorable card. Love the monochromatic theme and the beautiful deep embossing. The inside sentiment made me giggle.

Thanks for playing along with us at the Freshly Brewed Challenges GREAT OUTDOORS challenge this week.

Heather D.

Raluca Vezeteu said...

Oh, WOW! Cute, cute, cute! I totally love it! Thank you so much for joining us over at Tiddly Inks! Good luck!
Hugs xx

marion said...

such an awesome card and love the monotone colouring you did. It is really outstanding. , thank you so much for joining us at our Tiddly Inks challenge and hope you will return in one of our next challenges ,hugs Marion

Sari / Granne said...

Loving the monochromatic world you have created and that embossing is fab.
Thank you for joining Oddball "Fall" challenge, hope to see you joining our new challenge also.