Friday, October 30, 2015

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Fermented Friday

Here is my final card of the week.  It is a center step card and totally out of bounds for mailing.  I just gave up at the end.  Anyhow she can hand this one to someone.  So much more personal.

The ghosts are punched out of vellum so they are transparent -- just like real ghosts.

Hope everyone has a terrifically terrifying Halloween!

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Tenebrous Technique Thursday

My technique for this Thursday is "Ghosting".  I stamped a word script stamp with Versamark onto some glossy paper and then rubbed some black ink over top.  The ink resisted where the Versamark was stamped onto it for a ghostly look.  Then I stamped Mike's spooky tree on top.

Alas this card also did not go through the card slot and extra postage was needed.  Again I probably should have seen it coming but I honestly thought all the dimensionals I used to pop up the image would just squish flat.  Oh well.  I was still trying at this point.

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Wayward Wednesday

My card of the day finds me finally stepping over to the dark side of embellishments with that "Boo!" sticker.  It was plastic and therefore didn't squish down so it pushed the postage machine over the edge and into extra postage.  My sister was not happy.  On a brighter note, once I finally became corrupt I was free to let my creative juices loose and do whatever kind of card I wanted.  (Yes, I noted that it didn't take me long...)

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Turbulent Tuesday

Here is my card for today.  Notice I have a bit of an embellishment here (even though I was told not to).  I justified it at the time by saying that it would lie flat through the mail however looking back I realize that this was my first step towards open rebellion...

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Murky Monday

This card is a pretty simple one.  I give these to my sister who has forbidden me from adding on embellishments because they cost more for her to mail.  The sky is sponged in Broken China and the spiderweb in the corner is embossed in white.

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween treats!

Okay, not for anyone reading this blog post -- for my bridge students.  I'm going to fill them with chocolate and hand them out this week to anyone who shows up and plays bridge in our novice games.

I used Tim Holtz's new coffin die cut and stamped with a hardwood stamp.  For the leaves I randomly blotted on some distress stains (Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn) and then cut out with Tim's long leaf strip.  The sentiment is also Tim Holtz.  I sponged around the edges in black and then glued on with liquid glue.  The bat is another Tim product and the ghost is a Sizzix die cut.  I used vellum so the ghost would be transparent.

I made enough for 9 tables.  At first this was fun but a little overwhelming to actually glue all these coffins together.  I tried using sticky strip at first but the places to glue were just too small -- especially with the lids.  In the end I just used liquid glue and I held the parts together with tiny little clothespins.  That worked really well.  I could do quite a bit at one time and then when I ran out of clothespins I just waited for the glue to dry and then did some more.  The coffins with ghost on them will be filled with white chocolate and the ones with bats, dark chocolate.  Here they are:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blog Hop!

Hopefully you came here from Hetty's blog but if not you can start the blog hop here at Michael Strong's blog.

I made a Halloween card for the blog hop.  For this spooky card I took 3 squares of cardstock (3x3, 4x4, 5x5) and layered them on top of one another.  Then I randomly stamped Mike's cat and a spiderweb stamp in black craft ink on top.  When the ink was still wet I sprayed on some Dylusions sprays (Lemon Zest and Squeezed Orange) and then splattered with some black ink.  The ink ran a bit to get a cool, spooky effect.  After the pieces were dry I pulled the pieces apart and matted them with some black cardstock.  I then put on some clear embossing paste with a small circle stencil in some places and let dry.  I added some black ribbon and some orange fiber and added a tag with the sentiment.  Hope you like!

There will be a name drawn from all the people who comment on the blogs and the winner will get Mike's new Pumpkin Harvest stamp set! 

Next up on the Blog Hop is Peg:

Stamps:  Michael Strong (Spooky Silhouettes)