Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hocus Pocus

Good morning folks, hope you're all having a lovely weekend. It rained here most of the day yesterday so I got on with some necessary crafting for a workshop I'm teaching on Monday so will be able to share some cards from that with you soon.
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and our last one was certainly popular with a very large number of entries. We hope you like this theme as much as it's Halloween or Halloween Colours for those of you who don't do Halloween.
My card features a stamp set I've had my eye on for ages and finally succumbed to as it's not hugely Halloween themed and can be used for other occasions too.

I absolutely love this owl image which is from the Hocus Pocus stamp set by Indigo Blu as is the spider web complete with spider. I think the owl is so cute and cuddly looking although the castle in the background is quite Gothic.
I stamped the owl with Memories black ink and coloured both him and the castle with Promarkers. I then sponged on Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress inks for a brooding sunset.
I then made a frame using the Tim Holtz cabinet card die and stamped on the spider and web on one side and just the web by masking off the spider on the other side. I added some doodling to the webs to make them fit the space. I sponged on a mix of Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Distress inks. I stamped the text on one side with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and doodled some brickwork round the edges of the arch shape.
I then cut a panel of white card slightly larger than the purple panel and sponged Mowed Lawn Distress ink down the sides, stamping the spider web on with the black ink.
I added the panels to a black card blank and finished off with a black card border punched with the Martha Stewart wrought iron punch.

The Fashionettes have made some fabulous inspiration for you to see HERE and please don't forget if you enter that we must see some stamping on your project to qualify for the prize from Marina of Cottage Crafts or the Top 3.

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
2 Sisters - Cute and Creepy
Craftymess Challenge - Halloween
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Too Cute To Spook
My Sheri Crafts - Halloween


Caroline said...

This is fabulous Fliss I love the owl and the layout and colours used are beautiful. Caroline xxx

Sue said...

I like him too ..he looks all soft and feathery....great tutorial:)

Brenda Brown said...

A great stamp set Fliss and I love how you have used hem.
Happy Sunday.
Hugs Brenda xox

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic colors, the owl is beautiful.

Annie said...

Fabulous Halloween project Fliss. Love the background and the owl is amazing.


Crafty hugs
Annie x

Dots Dabbles said...

Great masking Fliss...I thought it was all one stamp! this has a very magical feel, and I keep expecting Harry Potter to appear. Great spooky effects Fliss
Dot x

Claire said...

Hi Fliss, gorgeous card with those beautifully blended colours. Your new stamps are fab, I love that owl. Hope you're having a good weekend
Claire xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, Great card, and I do like that stamp set, he's a lovely owl.
Ejnoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Fiona said...

Hi Fliss, you've made a great job of this card, I love the stamp set and the vibrant colours. I heard Focus' Hocus Pocus being played last night at a gig-fantastic!

Sandie said...

Wow...a gorgeous card,loving the owl,IndigoBlue have some grogeous stamps don't they.

Love the colours and layout too.

Thank you for joining us over at Craftymess.

Sandie x

craftattack said...

Great piece, looks like Hogwarts! Valerie

brenda said...

This is really lush Fliss,I always love seeing the traditional Halloween colours, such a shame they seem to be restricted to this time of year.

The owl is just awesome.

B x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fabulous card Fliss, love the rich colours of the background and I too love that owl :) xx

Anonymous said...

That owl will certainly be a useful stamp as you say Fliss, he can be used at any time of the year.
The vivid colours work an absolute treat.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Meggymay said...

Fabulous card, the Owl is awesome. I love that stamp set as well
Yvonne x said...

Fabulous! I love the owl and the spiders web. Great design and beautiful colours. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

butterfly said...

That is a wonderful owl image - and you've framed him so beautifullly! Love the spiders' webs, and the gorgeous colours - yum!
Alison x

craftyeyes said...

beautiful image lovely colours thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

craftyeyes said...

beautiful image lovely colours thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

Sarah said...

Very cool! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

Angela said...

Hi Fliss,
Love this fab Haloween card and with great colours. I really like how you have coloured the owl. the colours are very true to the bird.

Thansk for taking part in the Craftymess 'Haloween'challenge with us.
Angela xx

Terry said...

Fliss, I agree that is one great owl and love that you placed him on the cabinet die! Great masking and the blended colors are gorgeous! Have a great day!

Ephemera said...

Loving your card Fliss, that owl is stunning, and is the perfect foil against the rich background. xx

Shirl said...

I too love that stamp Fliss truly a beautiful owl and absolutely perfect for this Halloween project. Gorgeous.

Hugs Shirley x x