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Friday 24 July 2020

Creative Card Making with Barbara

Hello everyone! Barbara here, I'm so happy to be your Creative Guide for this month!
Today together with you, I want to start the Halloween season for this year. I couldn't resist! I used the new die by Tim Holtz, Arthur. I adore this owl, it's simply magic!
Here's the card...

Here's the tutorial, let's go!
The first thing I do when I realize a project is to choose the colour palette I want to use. For today's card, I decided two of the various colours that characterize this celebration, purple and green.
For the background I used Alcohol inks and Yupo Paper White.

Arthur is a fabulous die and it's very easy to assemble, but it requires a little bit of precision and above all it requires cutting all the pieces to be used in advance. Here they are below.

I adore Arthur's eyes and his face expression!!!

Do the same with the branch. After assembling it, I used a 3D die that creates the faux wood effect, Lumber.

To complete the first Halloween card, here is another brand new and truly versatile die, the Spider Web. I cut two of them and coated it with two embossing powders from Seth Apter, Blizzard and Rustic Indigo. I like playing with powders, overlapping them, mixing them ...
Once I got my pieces I completed the background using a stencil together with Alcohol Ink Lift. The effect is very beautiful, it is a very easy and fast technique that makes any background particular and not ordinary.

Same powder along all the edges of the card.

Now you can assemble all the pieces!
Finished! Below I took some pics of the details, hope you like them!

I hope you enjoyed reading the tutorial! If you're interested, you can find the whole list of materials that I used to create this card, on my Blog Yayascrap & more!
I also remind you that you still have a whole week to participate in our monthly Challenge: Watercolour Wonders! You can get all the details here.
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!


  1. A fabulous Halloween card Barbara and I understand why you like Arthur and that great expression x Great background and I adore the details with the die and stencils. Thanks for sharing this great step by step x

    Sending best wishes
    Annie xx

  2. A fabulous card, Barbara - looks like you had lots of fun creating it, and the process photos are just as beautiful as the finished creation!
    Alison x

  3. Barbara, I love Arthur and he looks resplendent in those colours and against that fantastic background. Great step by step too! Anne xxx

  4. Fabulous Card Creativity , Barbara. Arthur's looking mighty splendid amongst all the spookilicious goodness! So much to love . Tfs x

  5. What great colors and design on your wonderful Arthur card Barbara! xx

  6. Fabulous background Barbara, thanks for sharing your techniques! Deb xo