Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Bird Crazy Flying Witch Card!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!! I'm already sugared up, and I haven't even started passing out candy yet. Today, I have made a Halloween card with lots of Ranger Alcohol Ink, new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, and his Stamper's Anonymous Bird Crazy line, for a sweet kiddo in our neighborhood. I'll give it to him when he comes Trick or Treating! I love passing out candy and treats to all the cuties in our hood!
You know...Crazy Birds make any project fun and happy! They really just might be the most versatile stamp goodies ever, and you just can't go wrong using them. They always make me happy when I see them on other people's projects, and always make me happy creating my own little characters with them.
To make the background, I squirted, yes squirted, lots of Alcohol Ink...lightest to darkest...on Gloss Cardstock. Then I added drops of Blending Solution, and added more Alcohol Ink, letting layers dry, until I liked the look. I stamped the Grunge Alphabet on this in Wendy Vecchi's Violet Archival. This stamp is so perfect for Halloween backgrounds I think. I wish you could see it more with the finished card. Then I gave the background a good shine with a clean clothe. I also die cut a circle out of the Gloss, and added a little Cloudy Blue Alcohol Ink to it to make the moon.
On another piece of Gloss, I made thin stripes of Clear Gesso with a paintbrush, very randomly. With the Gesso was still wet, I squirted on Alcohol Ink, leaving white spaces.
I quickly wiped away the Gesso and wet Alcohol Ink, and this is what I got. The Gesso, made a light resist. I LOVE this!
I added a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle to the whole piece, and let this dry. I die cut the Birch Trees out of it. I LOVE this will be a favorite!
Still using Gloss Cardstock, I stamped the birds and Halloween  gear in Jet Black. ALWAYS REMEMBER to dry your ink on the Gloss Cardstock with a heat tool or it will smear.
Now I know that Alcohol Ink will lighten and even smear Archival Ink when you stamp first, but I like the softer look. So I painted in the Alcohol Ink with a paintbrush on the images. Yes, the border Jet Black did smear, but it was the look I wanted for this, and I wanted bold color as well. After painting everything in, I die cut the pieces, and then used the soft clothe to really make them shine. I always do that when I work with Alcohol Ink and Gloss looks nicer. Then I used Distress Markers to color the edges, and even highlighted a few things, making them darker. They worked well on the surface. Then I gave them all a blast with the heat tool.
I inked in the edges of the Birch Trees with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and even rubber a little into some of the cracks! LOVE!!!!
I stamped the sentiment with Violet, and then outlined this and a few things on the witch with Stickles. You gotta have some sparkle on Halloween!
I wanted a different kind of edge for my base card, so I dug through the stash and found an old pair of Deckle scissors. Then I used a Picket Fence Distress Marker to add a little highlight on the deckled edges. I think it came out really cool. Finally, I layered everything on the base with lots of foam tape to give it a really good dimension.
She is flying through the night sky in search of candy to fill her bucket!!!
I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable Halloween evening, and I hope you don't go into a diabetic coma with all that sugar! ;0)


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. OMG what a totally crazy fun card, Anita!
    Happy Halloween.

  2. oh i love this!!!! i have all those crazy birds but just haven't had the courage to get them working for me!! i love anything alcohol ink and how you created those birch trees....BRILLIANT!!!! and the 3D effect is awesome!!!! Happy Halloween my friend!!

  3. Anita! you are incredible! Your Crazy bird is so cute and perfect for Halloween! beautiful as Always! barbarayaya

  4. Such a cute card, it''s wonderful.

  5. I wish I was a kid in your neighbourhood receiving this gorgeous card Anita!


  6. You have used some fantastic techniques Anita, I am definitely going to try out the one on the trees, it looks amazing! You are so right about these birds, they always, always raise a smile - I hope your witchy bird got a bucket full of candy! Fabulous card! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Love those googly eyes and fabulous spooky forest background - what a fantastic Halloween make! Hope you had a lovely time treating all those tricksters!
    Alison xx

  8. Hi Anita, Halloween is one of my favorites anyway, and you just topped out with this card in my book. I just purchased the crazy bird and look forward to having fun with it. Maybe Emma (the 4-H girl) will too. Kathy

  9. Nice Job Anita love what you did with this....

  10. Seriously Brilliant Anita! Filled to the brim with magical ideas, from that terrific background, onto your fabulous trees (yes loving this die) then that crazy bird so fantastically attired, with just the right amount of bling too. The white tipped deckled edges are perfect for this. Now you've gone and reminded me that long ago I bought several scissors with varying edges and I don't think they have ever seen the light of day! (oh the shame, the shame!!!!). Happy Halloween to you, hope your fave trick or treater loved this card. Nicola x

  11. Not only is this adorable but I loved what you did with the trees! Very cool.

  12. Love this card, Anita! The way you used that birch tree die is wonderful! Love the effect!

  13. So Totally Adorable!! Love the way the Alcohol ink is so bright!!

  14. Such a fun Halloween card, Anita. Love that you gave the cray witch bird some eyelashes! Absolutely stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  15. This is so much fun Anita, I love it!! Just popped my head in to say thanks so much for all of the kind comments you left for me while I was away, you are so sweet! I am mostly all settled in now and finally able to take some time to visit my favourite blogs!! Take care and I will see you again soon. hugs :)

  16. Anita...this is absolutely darling! I so love how you've used that tree die cut as the background for your Halloween crazy bird. Brilliant! Love the colors and just everything about this. You are one talented lady!

  17. what a super Halloween card Anita xx I love the amazing details and top tips you have shared. I was not sure of the crazy birds at first as it was not Tim's usual style, however, I did succumb and they are certainly loveable and versatile.

    Have a lovely weekend x
    Annie x

  18. I just had to pop over and get my "art fix" from you, Anita! And I am so glad I did...this is such a fabulous creation! You have me grinning from ear to ear! The background is gorgeous, and the die cut the texture there! The colors are perfect and the layers and dimension make me feel like I could walk right into this creepy woodland and drop a treat in that crazy bird's pumpkin. It's whimsical and magical and soooo you! Love it! Hugs!

  19. Holy crap! Pardon my french, but this is STINKING CUTE! My gosh, the process, the colors, the depth, the fun, the mood, it's bewitching. I love it!!!!
    Sorry it took so long to get over here :(
    Lisa x

  20. Fabulous card! Thank you so much for explaining how you made it.


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