First - have you seen the new Doodle Factory Halloween images???? I just got mine and hardly knew where to start they are so insanely cute. I will be making lots of fun Halloween stuff with them, so stay tuned. If you want any of these images, click here to order and use promo code "savetenLF" to get your DF images for 10% off!!! This is good for anything on the site, by the way.
Okay - want my "Close Enough Tutorial"? I've never been much for cutting OR coloring, believe it or not, and now it seems like everything I make has both detailed cutting and careful coloring in it. I think the DoodleFactory did it to me. Well sometimes you're cutting around very fine images, and you end up leaving some white cardstock sticking out beyond your image - see the first photo. That is totally unacceptable. Well never fear if you have the impatient stamping disorder I do. Just get out your E40 Dark Black Copic and cover those pesky white edges up! Much easier than continuing to cut, IMHO (In my humble opinion). I also hold the marker perpendicular to the edge of the cardstock and color the very edges if I'm going to pop an image up off my card, as I did in this case. When you look at my finished card, you'll see that all the white ugly edges on my pumpkins have magically disappeared, with a very tiny effort! It really cleans up your cut images - try it out! And you don't need Copics - a black felt tip Bic or even a Sharpie would work just fine.
So for this card, I stamped "Trouble", the kitty's haunting dead relatives in white on black cardstock. Then I highlighted all the feline ghosts with a white pencil. I masked and stamped the three pumpkins on a sheet of Whisper White, colored them with Copics using Zindorf's purple and orange pumpkin for inspiration, and cut them out as a single piece. I touched up the edges with my Dark Black Copic. Then I stamped and colored Trouble. The orange paper is from my new Basic Grey Ambrosia pad that I got with my Doodle Factory images. It really has some cool patterns in it. I stamped the greeting from "Graveyard Sentiments" in black on a scrap of this paper. Then I stuck Trouble down and popped the pumpkins up in front of him with dimensionals. I mounted all that onto Lovely Lilac and added little stripes with my white gel pen around the border.
I really like that purple with the orange - it looks like a spooky light is shining on the pumpkins.
What do you think?