Toil & Trouble – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #631

Well it won’t be long and my all time favorite season will be here.  I adore everything about Autumn.  The harvest, holidays and especially the colors.
I have always loved Halloween and have such found memories of Trick or Treating.  I never once had a store bought costume.  We made up our own costumes back then.  I was a hobo more than once.  Stick with a bandana tied to the end of it, grunged up jeans and over sized flannel shirt, dad’s old hat and you were in business.  What homemade costumes did you come up with as a kid?  I would love to hear about them.
About today’s project, I’m starting my Halloween projects early this year.   Just because I love to make them and I am so excited to already have the new Stampin’ Up! Halloween stamps in hand.    This project has the new Stampin’ Up! sets, Halloween Bash and Toil & Trouble in them, Oooooooo  very spooky. . . . . .
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Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .
Project Supplies:
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Toil & Trouble (item 131724 wood or 131727 clear) and Halloween Bash (item 130577 wood or 130580 clear)
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Gray, Rich Razzelberry and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, Old Olive Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzelberry, Elegant Eggplant and Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up!  Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430),  Stampin’ Write Basic Black marker, Neutral Candy Dots (item 130934), Apothecary Accents Framelits (item 127003), Big Shot Machine (item 113439), Big Shot Magnetic Platform (item 130658), Chevron Border Punch (item 132154), 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (item 119850), Brayer (item 102395)
Started with a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punched a 1 3/4″ circle from the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask for the moon.
Brayered Pumpkin Pie ink at the top of the card stock.
Brayered Rich Razzelberry ink next.
Brayered Elegant Eggplant ink at the very top of the card stock.
Removed the moon mask and then stamped the sentiment stamp from the Toil & Trouble set using Stazon Jet Black ink.
Sponged Old Olive and then Basic Black at the bottom of the card stock.
Die cut one of the dies from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set using Sahara Sand card stock and the Big Shot Machine.  Note:  I cut two but decided to only use one.
Note:  Only used the one on the left.
Cut the bottom off of the die cut.  Sponged Basic Gray ink and Basic Black ink on the piece.
Stamped the crow on Basic Gray card stock using Stazon Jet Black ink.  Cut the image out.
Cropped the main image panel by taking 1/2″ off of both the right and left sides of the card stock.  It now measures 3.5″ x 6″.
Colored in just the middle of the stamp from the Halloween Bash stamp set using a Basic Black marker and then stamped it on the tombstone.  Popped the tombstone and the bird up on the main image panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Ripped the edge off of a 3.5″ wide piece of Basic Black card stock and popped it up at the bottom of the main image panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Sponged Basic Black ink around the edges.
Cut a 10″ x 6.5″ piece of Basic Gray card stock and folded it in half (card base).  Also cut a 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of Basic Black card stock and punched the Chevron Border stamp down the left side of it.  Cut a 6.25″ x 3.75″ piece of Rich Razzelberry card stock.
Stamped the inside of the card base with the sentiment from the Halloween Bash stamp set using Stazon Jet Black ink.
Put the card together and added two Sahara Sand Candy dots.  Here it is finished.  🙂
May your day be spooktacular!
Until my next post. . . . . .
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5 responses to “Toil & Trouble – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #631

  1. Lisa Jackson

    As usual, another gorgeous card. The first card I tried to duplicate of yours was a Halloween card. About 2 yrs ago. Kinda of a forest scene with a witch flying through the sky & a big full moon. I, too, like the fall colors!
    Yes, when I was a kid, mom made all our costumes. The three I remember the most were a pumpkin (stuffed full of newspaper), Raggity Ann (my friend was Andy) and the Jolly Green Giant.

  2. Great card! Halloween’s my favorite too! One year, I dressed as a gypsy. Wore a long flowy skirt and peasant shirt of my moms and a scarf tied around my head. Big hoop earrings and I was set!

  3. Oh Michelle, this post was wonderful and brought back some fond memories from my childhood. My mom was the best at making our costumes. One year that stands out in my memory is the year my brother and I were both mummies and our constume consisted of toilet paper. Can you guess what happened? About three houses away . . . it started raining. hard. (insert sad face) I do hope someday that I unearth photos of all of those costumes. thanks for bringing up a pleasant memory.