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Hand Stamped Sentiments Entry #349: Haunted House Card

Halloween inspiration continues this week. I've been waiting for a more open challenge to finally pull out my Anna Griffin Haunted House Easel Card Die. Knowing how time consuming these types of dies are, I needed a challenge with plenty of flexibility. Thankfully, I found one from the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog. This week, the blog featured this inspiration photo:

In the bottom right corner stood the Haunted House. Needless to say, I knew what I was doing with my Monday. As usual, these types of dies are time consuming, not because of the initial cut, but all the little intricate pieces, of which you only get a few dies to help cut. I spent most of the time recutting shutters. Is the die worth it? Only for those really special people in your life. Nevertheless, here are the results:


I am always making in two, but I wasn't sure what color combinations would stand out. While the black house with white shutters looks sleek, I'm super fond of the purple house with orange shutters which is garishly spooktacular.

Let's take a closer look:

The first house took a little over an hour for assembly. I didn't quite know which shutters went with which. I also cut out purple frames for the windows on the bottom. I thought the effect would be cool on the purple background. Instead, the effect was just sort of "meh."


As for the second house, this all went much quicker (right around ~45 minutes). I knew exactly what I needed to cut. I also knew to make the bottom shudders pop as well.

And that's really it. 

I've done so many easel cards this week that it's time to go for something simpler in the next few days. Check back later this week for my very first CAS (clean and simple) cards.

And be sure to follow me on Instagram @DannysCards

For more Halloween inspiration, check out my other Halloween cards:

Comments

  1. Wow - your houses are stunning - I love the vibrant colours - thanks for sharing with us at HSS this week.

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  2. Stunning! I appreciate all the work you put into both cards and now you've inspired me to create an easel card. I haven't made one in a long time. Thanks so much for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

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  3. Wow these are so impressive! The attention to detail and love that they’re easel cards! Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

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  4. Wow, wow, wow! These are amazing little works of art! What a fun card for someone to receive! Thanks for playing along with us at HSS this week!

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