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.
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.
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.
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.
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!