Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Distress Oxide Vortex & Halloween Misfits

I love Halloween. I love Dia de los Muertos too. But they are so different. Dia de los Muertos, as I wrote about here, is about celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It's fun, and joyful and bright. There's nothing dark or spooky about it at all, even though that's the perception from non-Southwest dwellers.

But Halloween does have a little darkness about it which I love. I love it because I feel like it's less about evil spirits, and more about misfits, and our attitudes about misfits.

If you're a female, odds are you are obsessed with the Salem witch trials. For women especially, the witch myth is all about outcast and unwelcome women. The Salem witches were most definitely outcasts, and witches in general are forced into the forests and their covens of similar outcasts because they're ugly, or maybe mentally or otherwise ill. I never thought it was a great message, but I'm pretty judgey about fairy tales in general.

Black cats are outcasts too - still to this day. Many of the iconic characters of Halloween are really just marginalized misfits - Frankenstein's monster, anything with a mask. For this reason, all those characters warm my heart. Halloween is the day they get to come out and just fly their flags for all to see. And get candy for it. It's sweet, really.

And black cats are the best cats, so there's that. 

So I love making cards that glamorize those outcasts - I've always been a sucker for an underdog, and this beautiful stamp set does just that. I love the flowy little silhouettes, the candy bucket, the motion in the image.

I decided to add just a little more motion with an Oxides vortex behind the witch and her kitty. I did that by brushing on Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Oxides with my "Life Changing" Blender Brushes onto just white cardstock. Then I put that in the center of my MISTI and centered this background stamp on the inked cardstock. I misted the stamp with water, and stamped it onto the background. Then I flicked a few more droplets onto it, set it with my heat tool and stamped the image in Nocturne.

I used the sentiment from this set to finish it off.
If The Broom Fits - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Circles of Faith - Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
That's Flocking Great - Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
"Life Changing" Blender Brush Set -...
[ PFS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | JGG | CRF ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | MFT | CST | CRF ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | MFT | CRF ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Ranger 2 oz MISTER BOTTLE MIS30676
[ SSS ]

She's beautiful! Take that, Salem! Remember to be nice to misfits.



  1. Wowza That background is gorgeous! Cute stamp too. I'd love to see the brushes in action. Do they take much pressure?

  2. Oh, my!!!! I really wanted a circular motion for the card I created for next Friday but didn't know how to do it. I love your vortex. Such a cool stamp. I LOVE the beautiful design of the stamps in this set. I can't get enough of the single cat as you will see soon! :)

  3. Oh man ! I love you so much Lydia !! My English isn’t good enough so I can blabber my heart out but , the least I can tell is :
    - I love silhouette stamps in general maybe because it’s actually a shadow....
    - I can’t agree more about the whole fairy tales thing... don’t help that much with stereotypes!
    - and yeah ! Black cats are the best !!
    Love from France, Marjorie

  4. Fabulous card. I love that vortex and the silhouette stamps!

  5. Halloween is my favorite holiday! Expectations are low, and there’s not a huge amount of prep involved. Plus, who can resist seeing all the cute little kiddos in their costumes? Your witchy card is amazing. I love the swirly vortex.

  6. I love your card and that background is gorgeous! I'm trying really hard to not click the link to that Vortex stamp.

  7. Cool card. Love the vortex. I loved your snarky ghost so much I had have him and also got the Wicked Together set because of all the fab cats! Picket Fence has some very ‘snarky’ sentiments so I’ll be shopping more on their site. Thanks,for bringing to our attention. Hugs!

  8. That background is just gorgeous!!!

  9. I see you have found a holy trinity in the oxide 😀 Love the vortex and the sentiment- and as someone who has never been part of the in crowd, I am always cheering for the outliers! And there is always candy. And parties. And food. TFS!

  10. Yes! A video of those brushes in action please! Great card!

  11. Gorgeous color scheme! Love it! #misfitsrock #Iamone LOL

  12. Love, love! I'm a Halloween baby. I have to have that vortex stamp. I bought the "Life Changing brushes" and use them almost every time I stamp! I bet there was a run on those.

  13. Love this Lydia, awesome background and oh so fun witch on her broom!

  14. I just love the oxides with the vortex stamp. I'm a Halloween baby and like to make cards for the kids. I just LOVE those "Life Changing Brushes." I use them almost every time I stamp.

  15. Love this awesome card Lydia! That background and the focal image are perfect together and the sentiment is the cherry on top!

  16. I love your card!!! The background really adds special interest & motion!
    I recently discovered Picket Fence Stamps and they are GREAT!!! I bought Sheetfaced! Can't wait to use it!!

  17. My oh my oh my......this is wonderful!m

  18. Love the background you created for this adorable card Lydia.

  19. I love this SO MUCH! My idea of a perfect Halloween card!


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