It's September, and after Labor Day, so time to start thinking fall. Right?
Hmmm. What does "fall" bring to mind? Cooler nights for sleeping. Trees wearing their colorful best. V- formations of geese, and all their honking, heading south. Robins disappearing. Crisp leaves underfoot on a woodland walk. Mosquitoes: GONE! Wearing more clothing. And socks. Putting away the lawnmowers and bringing out the snow throwers. Winterizing the garden. And? And? HALLOWEEN!
I decided to give My Digital Studio a try for a little Halloween spookiness. I had been intending to purchase the stamp of Frightening Feline, big cat fan that I am. However, when I discovered that it was available from My Digital Studio (MDS), and for only $1.95, I decided to go that route.
In playing with my scary little feline, I opted to create a hybrid card. That is, create some portion of it in My Digital Studio, and the rest as a traditional card. Hybrid == a combination of digital and traditional card making.
I actually created the focal point of my card in MDS using the square tag template. I added the kitty in the center. To create my background of Pumpkin Pie, I added a square punch, and resized it to fit the entire tag. I then paper-filled the punch with Pumpkin Pie card stock, moving this layer to the back. Along the edges, I "sewed" a simple row of black stitching, then came back and added black zigzag stitch right on top of the straight stitching. I liked the way the stitching overlapped on each of the corners.
To set off the frightening feline, I added a little "Boo" in the lower right corner. Simple, huh?
I printed it out on white card stock. Then proceeded to my studio downstairs. I trimmed the cat square, leaving just a bit of the white card stock showing on all edges. I then mounted that to a square of black card stock, 3.5" x 3.5". Using the largest of the Apothecary Accents Framelits, I created my black mat. To give the mat a bit more character, I positioned the black frame within the appropriate space from the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, and pierced a nice border all around. To give a little dimension to the black against the black, I mounted the cat square onto the frame with Stampin' Dimensionals.
A Googlies (page 27 of the Holiday Catalog) eyeball graces both the top and bottom points of the black frame.
A little more dimension was added by putting a 4" x 5.25" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock through the Big Shot inside the Herringbone Embossing Folder, then sponging all the edges softly in black. The black frame was added to the herringbone background with a couple more Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, the completed panel was adhered to a white card front.