Hello and happy Wednesday!

I was checking out the links on the the ‘Fetti Find link list last night and all I can say is “WOW!”  You all are totally rockin’ Reverse Confetti stamps!  It makes my heart smile!

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What is WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS? It’s not really about one thing in particular, but rather “the works” of a stamped card or project.  Today we’re focusing on SWING CARDS, but a variety of topics will be covered in this segment… from color combos to shaped cards to inspiration pieces to mixing and matching stamps and/or papers…and everything in between.

So, I think that I may have mentioned that I am not a technique person.  Did you think that I was going to say that I love Halloween? *wink*

I have been stamping for a long time and really have never gotten into techniques.  Besides lack of interest, I think that they are often times messy, don’t match my style, are time consuming or I end up using 4 times the amount of paper to get it just perfect.  With that being said, I am sure you understand my reluctance to try techniques and such. I need to get over it, right? Well, I gave it a go on a folding technique.

I keep running into swing cards on Pinterest and other various galleries.  I know that they are nothing new to the paper crafting world but, in a way, they are new to me because I have never even attempted to do one.  So, I decided to give it a shot.  I’ve seen a variety of shapes and sizes done and knew that I wanted to make one that would fit into an A2 envelope and that had a circle swing.  I checked out a few YouTube videos and used the basic measurements from THIS video and die-cutting instructions from THIS video.  I had planned to have a photo tutorial on how I made this card, but I will be honest with you in saying that it is much better seen in video (which I don’t do quite yet).

It was really easy to do and I love the results!


For the front circle panel, I used the “October 31” sentiment from the SPOOKY SENTIMENTS set and combined it with images from the SPOOKY CUTIES set.  I used a combination of Copic C4, C1 and Blender on the ghost to give him (her?) a little more depth.  The fence is stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then embossed with Ultra Think Clear Embossing Powder.  I very lightly crumpled up the fence after I embossed it to crack the embossed area and give it a bit of a weathered look.


There is a bat that is cut out and attached to either side of the circle swing panel.  I had originally wanted to attach the bat with a piece of thin wire, but I didn’t have any on hand (not even wire from wired ribbon!), so I had to go with Plan B.



The opposite side of the circle panel…


I added the solid pumpkin (scored to meet the score/crease in the card), as well as the black cat silhouette from SPOOKY CUTIES.  The polka dot pumpkin (from FOREVER FALL) was a last minute addition that I am glad that I sneaked in there.

And, one last one of the card laying flat…


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Stamps: Spooky Cuties, Spooky Sentiments and Forever Fall

Pattern Paper from Pebbles; White, Black and Orange Cardstock

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink; Gray, Orange and Green Dye Ink

Dimensional Adhesive, Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Distresser

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