Hi Friends, and welcome to  a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It’s that time of year where pumpkin spice lattes fill our cups, apple cider simmers on the stove and cool crisp mornings chill our bones. It’s my favorite time of the year and some of my favorite projects are ones with a Halloween theme. This week’s challenge is just that, Hallween/Dark Colors. If you’re not into Halloween, that’s no problem, just create something with dark colors. Also, this week we’re featuring Tim Holtz products. So join us for this fun challenge and don’t forget you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon’s amazing store.

Also, please join me in welcoming our October Guest Designer, Wanda Hentges from Art By Wanda. She’s an amazing talent and I’m so happy she’s here with us this month. Please stop by and say hello.


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Handmade Halloween Card with Spiders and Bats



Creating the Halloween Card


Leaf Sprinkled with Glitter

Create leaves by painting on Ranger Multi Matte Medium in thin layer over leaf and sprinkle with Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Allow to completely dry.


Glittered Leaf Sprayed with Distress Spray Stains

Spray leaf with Distress spray stains.


Leaf Sprayed with Distress Spray Stains

To blend colors together, spray lightly with water. Allow to completely dry.


Embossing Folder with Embossed Black Cardstock

Create small panel by embossing black cardstock with Tim Holtz Damask embossing folder.


Damask Embossed Black Cardstock Colored Over with Carved Pumpkin Distress Crayon

Color over Damask pattern with Carved Pumpkin Distress Crayon. Set aside to allow pigment to completely dry.



Cardstock inked with Distress Inks

Main card panel: Ink cardstock with Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves using an ink blending tool.


Cardstock inked with Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalae, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot Distress Ink

Pull everything together: Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Set aside to completely dry.


Spider Web Stamped onto Plastic


Making sure the beautiful colors aren’t hidden on main card panel, stamp Tim Holtz Webs background stamp onto plastic with VersaMark embossing ink and Ranger Black embossing powder. I’m using embossable window plastic from JudiKins.


Embossed Spider with Web on Plastic

Stamp spider onto another sheet of plastic in the same manner as the webs.


Spider Web Image Stamped on Plastic Attached with Brads

Attach both plastic panels onto main card panel with hex brads as shown above.


Card Panels

Cut 6″ x 8″ Damask patterned cardstock from Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash and mat onto a piece of black cardstock. Mat Damask embossed card panel onto piece of black cardstock and attach to the left top corner. Your main focal panel will go on to of this.


Handmade Halloween Card with Spiders and Bats


Here, you can see completed card with steps above in mind. It may look hard to do but when you see the process, you can see just how easy it really is. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put this card together and that you get out your Tim Holtz products, create a beautiful ink blended background and stamp your image on plastic so as not to cover up those beautiful colors. Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me to the end! I really appreciate it!


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  1. Fabulously spooky card Cathie! I love the background and embossed panel, the colours and whole design of this is awesome! Love the cobweb with the spider in front, very clever to use the acetate, it really makes the whole design pop!

    Lols x x x

  2. This is amazing, Cathie! I love all the background panels and just can not decide which one is my fave! Love the damask which gives such a wormth to the project and the blended panel behing the web. Such a great aide to use the acetate! LOVE THIS! Hugs, Marzena

  3. this is amazing Cathie…love the see through panel and that embossed background is gorgeous…hugs kath xxx

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  5. Oh my… Cathie….it’s just wonderful!!! The plastic panel is genius…As always it’s a jaw-dropping take on the challenge! Huge hugs xxx Simona

  6. such a wonderful composition of layers- and I LOVE how the fall colors really glow behind the web!

  7. Love this project! Would you mind sharing the cut dimensions of the cardstock, paper and clear plastic that was used for it? Thanks so much!

    • Thank you, Lee Ann. It’s a very large card. The entire card dimensions are 6-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. The plastic is cut to the size of the image.

  8. Stunning card, Cathie! I LOVE the blended background and the way it really highlights the spiderweb! Super cool!

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  9. Very beautiful halloween/fall card, so rich with depth of color, very dimensional, I would have never thought of using his supplies in this way and I own almost everything on your list! I learned a lot too! Thank you for sharing how you made this lovely card with us!!! I am so inspired to give this a try! I think this is one Halloween card I would never get tired of looking at or making! Its timeless and classic, elegant and a little edgy. I hope Tim comes by and gives you a thumbs up! Great job! Btw, I saw this in the TH Addicts Facebook group.

    • Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. I appreciate it and I’m so happy you enjoyed the tutorial. I enjoy sharing my projects along with the process, although most of the time it’s a technique that most already know. I like to think maybe someone who is just getting started in this wonderful crafty world may pick up something new and further their journey into creating with their own hands. I hear so many friends say they could never make something but I think when the process is shown with photos and broken down into steps, it shows just how doable it is and hopefully this encourages someone to pick up a stamp and ink pad and start their own creative journey. Again, thank you for taking the time to leave your encouraging words and so happy you saw this on the TH Addicts FB page. There are so many wonderful talented people on there and I love the group. Everyone is so kind. Have a wonderful day! Cathie ♥

  10. Wonderful card, Cathie! It is just glowing with the oranges, which really makes the spiderweb stand out. It’s a beauty! hugs, Maura

  11. This is an absolute stunner! I adore the way you incorporated the spider web and how you made orange look totally classy and not garish. It’s traditional, but completely original, too!

  12. Your Halloween card is stunning! The richness of the colours, stamps and leaves you created are amazing. I think I will have to add that Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter to my wish list …lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy October and Weekend! J 😊

  13. A truly wonderful card that has such great impact by using those beautiful, rich autumnal colours and I love the cobweb, it just adds such great texture… Fabulous work as always, Cathie! <3

  14. Beautiful colors!!! Love those leaves!!!

  15. Fantastic card Kathie! The inky background really shines and I love the look of the spider web. I have that embossable plastic somewhere, but didn’t use it in a long time. Thank you for reminding me of it.

  16. Wow… this is such a gorgeous Halloween card! Cathie. I love the fabulous background colors and the spider web is awesome. 🙂

  17. You never chase to impress me! You are growing and growing and growing as an artist and I am so in love with this card!

  18. Such a gorgeous card, Cathie! Love the pretty colors and the way you’ve created the spider web with the spider! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Great card, I am going to make it as a background on a scrapbook page. Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Amazing card, these colors are fabulous and so bright, I adore them! Wonderful design too! barbara

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