Monday, October 26, 2015

Throwback Halloween ATC's

Hi everyone,

It's Monday and that means a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week it's all about Throwback: Be inspired by any previous Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Looking back at the long list of challenges we've had over the years can be super inspiring. So this week we challenge you to pick up an older challenge of ours, maybe one you didn't have time for yet, and get inspired! Be sure to tell us which challenge your were inspired by in your entry. Want some fresh ideas? Check out what our team has come up with!

What a great idea to look back again what we have done over the years for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Monday, and our prior, the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. When I went through all of these challenges, I saw the tag I made for Paint it up in August 2012. I hadn't used that dry brush technique for a long time and would like to apply it for these Halloween ATC's.


This technique I learned in a workshop from Andy Skinner. I started with a sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock. To apply texture to the background I've cut up a lot of strips and pieces in various sizes. For more texture I cut out the Anique, Deluxe and Mini gears, along with the Haunted Webs.


Completely painting everything black is the hardest part. Because it has so many nooks and crannies where the paint doesn't come easily. Everytime it was dry I saw a speck of white here and there. But I finally found all the white spots, I believe. If you have already painted everything black and even started with the dry brush technique, you can always add more elements. So if you thing it's a bit plain or you have more elements you forgot to add, it's always possible! Just paint it black and then repeat the dry brush steps again.

Yes, I know, the Undertaker again, but this time the mini version! It's such a cool stamp set. And it works so well with the googly eyes. I noticed that the new remnant rubs Curiosities don't work so well on the painted surface. They wouldn't stick to it. Last year's Apothercary remnant rubs worked perfectly. And these also have a white sheet, perfect on a dark ground like this.


To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!
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Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!



Stephanie Leykauf said...

The googly eyes just go so perfectly with this skull! Love it!

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Anita Houston said...

Cool idea to review! I love this one!

Lorraine A said...

these are such a fabulous set of ATC's !! LOVE them and the googly eyes, FUN! :-)

Lols x x x

Terry said...

It is in the eyes! Love this ATC collection and the googly eyes just rock! Hugs!

Maura Hibbitts said...

These are so darn fun! Full of texture, and those googly eyes just make me laugh!

Ruth G said...

Very cool! So much texture and depth with the paint and die cutting and I just love the googly eyes for a touch of fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic! They are so cool and even better in real life! (Thank You!) It's not often I get art in the mail box and this was a real treat!

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your fantastic creation! The textures are awesome, Sandra. :)

Barbara Schiassi said...

Love this!!!!! It's mine and I'm so happy!!!! Thank you! Beautiful work!!!! BArbarayaya

Emma Williams said...

I loved this the minute that it arrived and thank you so much for sending me one of your little works of art ~ they are fabulous Sandra! :) Hugs...

Anna-Karin said...

These are so stunning Sandra! The texture is wonderful and even better in real life. I am so happy to have one of these. Thank you!!!

Anita in France said...

Amazing texture, Sandra ... and spooky googly eyes and yellow teeth on that skull! Anita :)

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

I love how these turned out and I told you that my husband thinks these are the coolest ATC's ever! I love how you created the textural layers with the gears and the googly eyes on the skulls keep them from being too scary! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Michelle said...

I'm not familiar with that technique. I love how it looks! Very inspiring Sannie!