20141005_153852-1When I recently received the latest Design Team Package from Diemond Dies with all of the new Halloween dies, I was so excited–like a kid on Christmas morning! LOL  There were so many great new dies and my mind started reeling with ideas for how I could use the dies differently. REMEMBER: Diemond Dies is having a 10% off everything sale through today, October 5, 2014 and you can also use my coupon code: thankskristina, for an extra 10% off plus free worldwide shipping on orders over $35!

These two projects, which I made with the “witches boots die set,” are so different. The Halloween card was made with basic Bazzill card stock in black, purple, white, and orange.  I used the small witches boot die to cut out little windows and backed the opening with a small scrap of paper on which I wound black and white bakers twine back and forth, adhering the twine to the scrap with wet glue. To make the top of the witch’s 20141005_153834dress, I just used black card stock and trimmed the edge, where it met the white card stock, with black gathered lace and black pearl trim.  For a little softness, I added a triple loop purple seam binding bow cinched with more bakers twine that is also tied in a little bow.

Inside I used the Diemond Dies Labels 1 Nesting Die framed with a scrap of orange card stock, the corners of which I punched with my Martha Stewart bats corner punch. The sentiment inside says, “Happy witches to you on Halloween” (I love a good pun) and is from a Hampton Arts clear stamp set.

The Christmas ATC was made with the same Diemond Dies “witches boots die set,” but using different papers gives it a fanciful elvish look! The base of the ATC is made with white card stock layered with scraps of white paper doily. I used a baby blue colored Tsukineko ink and a light touch with a finger dauber to give the background a nice wintery icy look.  The other paper I used is by Imaginisce and is called “Gingerbread Village.”  I fussy cut each one of those elves out of that paper and added dimension by using foam adhesive to pop them up. I also used the stripe area of the same paper for the large elf socks.  Using black cardstock I cut out the elf boots and covered them with Glossy Accents for some shine. I topped them with puffy Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique in white.  Warning: The heat it takes to puff up the Liquid Applique can make Glossy Accents and plastic based stickers curl and bubble so you may want to do the heating before applying those other materials.

The following is a video share of both projects:

The Halloween card is being entered into The Paper Nest Dolls Anything Goes Plus a Bow Challenge and
The Paper Wings Productions Halloween or Black and Orange October Challenge and
The Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes Include a Handmade Bow Challenge

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