I Was Framed!

Just joking. My card was framed, not me. Hey crafty friend, it’s Amanda with Pear Blossom Press, and all kidding aside, using a frame is a great way to showcase images, without having to build a scene. Think of frame dies as curio cabinets, waiting to be filled with whatever die cuts, or stamped images you’d like! For today’s card, I used a slimline frame with spooky dies for a fun Halloween card. And there’s a creepy surprise you may not notice at first…

I’d love to show you how I made this card. Grab your supplies and meet me in the craft room…

Slimline Window Dies
Slimline Window Dies
Mini Halloween Hauntings Dies
Halloween Treat Lantern Dies
Tunnel Card Halloween Add-on Dies
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PRO Deck

To start, let’s cut out the pieces. In addition to the Slimline Frame, I went through my stash and pulled out lots of Halloween dies for this card. I cut four black frames, one ghost and one spider web from vellum. Then, I cut the rest of the elements from white cardstock. You can substitute colorful cardstock, but I love to color my own with Copic markers. (You can see the colors I used below.) For the spider, I cut two layers and colored the front of one and the back side of the other so I could sandwich a piece of clear thread between them. After coloring the other pieces, I stacked up extra die cut layers behind the cat, skull, large bat and sentiment.

Before we can assemble the card, we need to create a background. I cut a slimline panel from white cardstock, then blended on several colors of green and purple ink. Be careful not to overlap green and purple too much, or they will turn brown. After splattering the panel with water, I added black splatter on top. Then, I adhered the panel to a slimline card base.

To assemble the card, I glued three of the black frames together. Before gluing the last layer on top, I sandwiched in the spiderweb in one box, cutting the overlap off and gluing it to the back corner of the upper right opening. I also glued the clear thread from the spider to the frame, allowing it to dangle. (I saw Jeannie Lieu use this trick on one of her cards and I had to try it! It’s so fun!) With the last black frame on top, the spider and webs are locked into place. I glued the frame to the card, tucking the ghost in at the bottom, and letting him float up. I glued the other die cuts in place, then finished the card with some sequins and clay bits from a fun Halloween mix. By pairing the card up with a bright green envelope, it adds a colorful pop. What do you think?

Of course, you can change the colors and shapes for any occasion, but I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your frame dies and get creative! Remember, you don’t need to create a scene, let the dies do the work. If you try this at home, tag me on Instagram, so I can cheer you on!

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