CHALLENGE: Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search (Free -Poisonous- Spirits)

 Created while binge watching old Veronica Mars episodes. "Earth to Mars...!"

Created while binge watching old Veronica Mars episodes. "Earth to Mars...!"

I used the Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamp set once again for this Guest Designer Search submission. Instead of using the bottles as wine or liquor bottles, I used them as potion bottles for a Halloween-themed card. I masked off where a label would be when I stamped them in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then put clear embossing powder on top. I used a black marker to draw in the space next to the label, then went over the area with a Versamark pen and heat set clear embossing powder. 

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The actual "labels" are not heat embossed so I could ink them with a blender sponge in the coordinating Distress Ink.  I then used a magic marker to decorate the labels. The coordinating die set does not include these three images so I fussy cut them out. I also heat embossed and cut a set to make the backs of the bottles since they would be seen when the card is open.

 The images are suspended in the punched hole with clear thread.

The images are suspended in the punched hole with clear thread.

For the card base, I used watercolor paper and Distress Ink to do an "ink smooshing" technique (yes, I think that is a technical industry term!). I "smooshed" Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive onto a craft mat, spritzed it with water, then "smooshed" the edge of my paper onto the pooled ink on the craft mat. This gave me that nice, vibrant, varied color. I would let it dry, then repeat the process until I achieved the rich color I desired.

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I layered (without adhering) the watercolor stock and black card base to use a 1.5" punch to create evenly-spaced circles that would match up. I added clear thread between the watercolor piece and black card base before adhering them together. I then sandwiched the thread between the coordinating front and back of the bottles. 

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I dusted off my Cricket to cut out the "trick or treat" sentiment using the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge. A few sequins and string finish it off! Thanks so much for stopping by and viewing my project!