Witchy Again!

Whoo-hoo! Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m back this week with another card featuring stamps from the Good Witch Shoes set. You know I had to get one more Halloween Card in before the big day which is just about a week and a half away.

Funny thing, whenever I break out this stamp set to make a card I can’t help but think of two things:

1. Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie). I can totally picture the Sanderson sisters wearing boots like those in the Good Witch Shoes stamp set.

2. The stamp set reminds me of the song, “These Boots are made for Walking’” by Nancy Sinatra. The song came out before I was born, but I’ve always really liked it.

Anyhow, on to my card for today…

I started out by cutting down a piece of watercolor cardstock using a circle die. I stamped the boots and Happy Halloween sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed them with some black embossing powder. I also ran the edge of my die cut circle across my Versamark ink pad so that all the edges had embossing ink on them. Next, I sprinkled the edge with the black embossing powder and heat set it. This gave the edge of my die cut circle a bit of definition.


To color the boots, I used my Zig Clean Color watercolor brush markers and added some color and a bit of water. I ended up adding a couple of layers of color to brighten it up since the color can become diluted with the water.

When my water coloring was dry, I used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen and went over all of the white areas on the background and gave it the sparkle treatment.

For my background panel, I used a simple sponge blending technique on another piece of watercolor cardstock. I blended 4 colors to create the background, orange, purple, navy blue and just a hint of black. Blending ink on watercolor cardstock takes a bit of effort to get a good blend. It just takes a bit of work to get a smooth blend. When the background was finished, I sprinkled a bit of water on the background to get the spotted effect.


I used the bat from the Witches Spell stamp set and once again heat embossed them with some Pewter embossing powder. The Pewter gives the bats a bit of a metallic shimmer.

To finish off the card, I added some purple gemstones to the background panel and adhered the whole thing to a piece of dark navy cardstock with some dimensional foam. I added my circle with the stamp and sentiment to the center of the background with some more dimensional foam.

This was a super quick card today. They would be easy to mass produce and make lots of fun Halloween cards to friends and family.


Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy store to look at their Seasonal stamp line. You’ll find the awesome Halloween stamps I used for today’s card and so much more. There are stamps, dies and festive papers for all of your holiday card making needs.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by.




The Art of Fall

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope you’re having a great day. I’m so excited because it’s finally starting to feel like fall in Colorado. Today the temp was in the upper 60’s with low 40’s tonight. I think they even have a frost warning out tonight.  I know I’m weird, but that makes me happy. We’ve already had measurable snowfall in our mountains the past couple of weeks. Won’t be long now – it usually snows in Denver before my birthday and that’s a little over 15 days away, so we’ll see.

This week I’m getting in on the fun for this month’s challenge: Fall! Again, my favorite time of year so it’s really a no brainer for me to get in on this fun!


I’ve put together two super quick cards that really allow you to get your hands inky literally.

I started off by cutting a piece of Canson watercolor paper to approximately an A2 size which is 4 ¼ x 5 ½. Next, I rifled through my dye inks and pulled out my favorite fall colors and set them aside.

One at a time, I placed the leaf stamps from the Dare 2B Artzy Tangle Leaves stamp set on my MISTI positioning them so that they would be centered on my cardstock. The MISTI also insures a clean stamped image and it would also allow for adding more ink if needed since I was stamping on watercolor paper

I stamped each leaf using my Versamark – stamping a couple of times and then sprinkled with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Midnight Copper. It’s a really pretty rich, espresso brown color that has a metallic look to it. I just love it!

Once each image was stamped and heat embossed, I set them aside and cleared some space on my craft mat.

I’d seen the very talented Jennifer McGuire use this technique recently, but she used similar colors which you don’t have to worry about colors blending together when they’re all similar shades of the same color. I wanted my leaves to appear more fall like so I chose to use multiple colors using the same technique. Initially I selected 4 colors and then decided they didn’t mix well together as some colors tend to turn muddy when mixed together so I settled on 3 colors instead. I smooshed (love that word) my inks directly onto my Ranger craft mat. I chose green, orange and purple colors for my first card. When I added my inks directly to my mat, I made sure that the colors were separated from each other. 


Next, I used some Sheer Shimmer Spray from Tsukineko (say that 3 times fast, lol!). I’d had these sprays lurking around in my craft stash forever. I’d picked them up on clearance at Joann’s for $. 99 for the two travel sized bottles. One was gold and the other was silver. They are very similar to Rangers Perfect Pearls mists or even just making your own shimmer mists with Perfect Pearls powder and water.

I shook up the gold spray really well and sprayed it directly onto the inks I’d smooshed onto my craft mat. I was pretty generous with the spray giving each color of ink 2-3 sprays of the shimmer.

Here comes the fun part. I took my fingers to the lightest color and mixed the color and shimmer spray together. It was pretty cool to see the gold shimmer mixing with the ink color on my craft mat.


If you remember the days of finger painting in elementary school, this next part is a breeze.  I took my fingers and dipped into my now shimmery ink and began blotting it directly on top of my heat embossed image.  Dabbing and blotting and adding more ink when needed. Obviously the more sprays of shimmer spray to ink the wetter your image will look and the closer it will resemble watercolor as more water will make the colors move across your paper more.

For my maple leaf, I didn’t add as much water as I was trying to control it more and have a deeper saturation of color. I colored the image using my fingers going from lightest color to the darkest.

I will say that I tried several different colors for the maple leaf and each time I got a bit of a different result. You really just have to experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. I probably made 4 different leaf images just experimenting with the different colors and even different embossing powders to see what I liked best. It’s always fun to play though – it’s a great stress reliever for sure.

When I was happy with my initial colors that I’d blotted on, I used my heat tool and dried the ink on my paper. At this point, I could have gone in and added a bit more colors in some places, but I chose to stop.

The coolest thing is that when the ink is dried you can really see the gold mixed in with the color. It’s such a great effect.

The second card was just as fun, but I didn’t have to get my fingers all inky. Once again, I smooshed my ink colors to my mat and sprayed them with the gold shimmer spray again. This time I chose purple, orange and yellow colors of dye ink.


 I took my other piece of embossed water color paper with the oak leaf and simply laid it face down in the ink/shimmer spray that was pooled on my craft mat. I pressed it to the mat several times to pick up the ink in different areas and sort of mix the colors together.  It creates this awesome watercolor effect and while the water was pooled a bit on my paper I was able to move the paper to direct the ink.

I love the look that this gave my card panel. It kind of reminded me of Easter egg dye but with that awesome gold shimmer to it.

When both panels were completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Tangle Leaves set and heat embossed it with the same Midnight Copper embossing powder.

Each panel was then added to a layer of colored cardstock and adhered to the card base.

These cards were so simple and fun to make. They’re pretty quick as well so it’s easy to make multiples because you can almost do them all at once. I even grabbed another piece of water color paper and mopped up the rest of the color/shimmer spray and now I have a nice abstract water color background for another card. I wasn’t about to waste that shimmery color, lol!


Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you check out all of the awesome new stamps and dies in the Dare 2B Artzy store. It’s a great time to start planning those holiday cards!

Hope you have a crafty day – go get your hands inky and celebrate fall!




Thinking of You

Hi everyone! Wow, admittedly my blog has been all over the place this month with my DT posts for Dare 2B Artzy, between Halloween and Christmas. It is that time of year however – Pumpkin Spice everything and Halloween decorations and costumes just two aisles down from the Christmas ornaments that are slowly being put out. I love fall and the holiday’s though.

Today, I’m taking a step back from that to share a card that I made for my BFF, David to give to his aunt.

The base of this card was actually from a kit from a company called Queen & Co. I think I ordered the kit basics from The kit consisted of some pre-cut white card bases A2 size (3 or 4), a precut layer of foam that had adhesive on the back and front that was cut with butterflies, a piece of acetate and some little sparkly gems in a rainbow of colors and a top layer that was also precut with butterflies that was supposed to go over the acetate. All of the butterfly designs were pre-cut but the kit also came with the A2 size butterfly die so that you can cut/create more cards/projects.

I purchased this kit because I’d never created a shaker card with a dimensional foam layer and I thought this might be a good kit to figure out the mechanics of putting together this type of card and it was. Plus it did save time not having to cut all of the layers – sort of. More about that in my post.

I’d had my kit for several months and just hadn’t had the time to do anything with it but one night we were going over to my BFF’s house to have dinner and watch Fear the Walking Dead. I usually take my stamps and color so I can “listen” to Fear the Walking Dead because I can’t watch all of it cause it kinda eeks me out a bit. I decided to take the kit and have my best friend put the card together for his Aunt. I thought that would be something nice he could do for her since she is very ill with what the doctors believe is cancer and has refused any kind of treatment or testing.

I showed him the kit and together we figured out how to put it together. I let him decide the colors of gems and let him fill up the die cut holes where they would go before I put the top layer of acetate on to seal it up.

I told him that I would decorate the front of the card and color it or something and then he could give the finished card to his aunt. However, when I went to use the die cut cardstock cover for the front of the card, I found it impossible to keep the ink for my stamps from smearing and smudging on the cardstock. It was a shiny heavy-weight cardstock, but I couldn’t find any ink that would actually dry on the surface. I tried every ink I had in my arsenal and even tried heat setting it. Nothing really worked so I scrapped the cardstock that came with the kit and decided to use the die that came with the kit instead to just make my own cover.

I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock in 110 lb weight to about 5 x 7. Originally, I’d planned on simply stamping and coloring the front, but decided I wanted something a bit more vibrant and colorful. Instead I used my Ranger Liquid Pearls in  Hydrangea (purple) and Pumpkin (orange). The Liquid Pearls work great alone or also mixed with water. For this project, I squeezed a generous amount of Liquid Pearls on my craft mat in both colors and spritzed both colors with quite a bit of water. You’ll want the consistently of paint, but you don’t want to add too much water or it will bet a bit too runny to work with. Also, you should consider the cardstock you’re using as well as you may not want to add too much water unless you’re using watercolor paper which would stand up better to more water and medium.

Using two separate paint brushes, I started brushing on the Pumpkin color Liquid Pearls from the bottom in even strokes. Taking the paint about to the half way point on the card where the paint becomes a bit thinner at the center. When I was happy with the bottom, I did the same on the top except using the Hydrangea color and bringing it to the half way point of the card as well.In the middle you’ll get a blending of the two colors. I’d say that with some colors you’d need to be a bit careful so you don’t have a muddy color in the center.


I set my painted panel aside to fully dry so I could die cut it. Next, I started working on my flowers for the front of the card. I had this adorable flower stamp set called Pinwheel Daisies from JustRite Papercrafts. I found this stamp and the matching die set at the Scrapbook Expo in Denver earlier this year and fell in love with it. I thought it would be perfect for the front of the card.

I figured out which of the flowers I was going to use for my card and stamped them with some Versamark ink and then used some Black embossing powder on it and heat set it. Once it was set, I used my Copics to color in the flowers with some bright, bold colors. Keeping the color scheme consistent with my card front and pulling from the colors of the gems that are in the shaker. Once my flowers were colored, I was able to use my matching dies to cut them out. I’m always grateful when I buy the matching dies – especially on small, intricate or detailed stamps because it really is a challenge to try to fussy cut those things. I’ve made that my new rule, if a stamp set is super small, detailed or has a lot of smaller stamps – I get the matching die if there’s one available. It may cost a bit more, but it’s so worth the time you save.


With my flowers colored and cut, I went back to my card front and tested it to make sure it was dry. The Perfect Pearls dries pretty quickly, but I did run my heat gun over it for just a couple of minutes just to make sure it wasn’t tacky in some places.

Once done coloring, I was finally ready to emboss my panel. To do this I used one of my Next Level embossing folders from We R Memory keepers. For this card, I used the folder called Wave. These really are a great way to make your cards pop with texture. Each package has two different folders in it and they sell for between $6-$10 on Amazon. I just love them. I ran the panel through my Evolution machine in the embossing folder and it comes out with a gorgeous quilted look.

Next, I grabbed the butterfly die that came with my card kit and ran it through my die cut machine to create the cuts that would line up with the foam in the shaker. Confession: I actually cut the panel facing the wrong way the first time because I wasn’t paying attention to the way I placed the die when I ran it through the machine. My little error led me to have to recolor a new panel with my Perfect Pearls again and then re-emboss it as well. UGH! It happens. I did keep the other panel because I can use it for another project that doesn’t need a shaker so not a total waste.

After my little detour of trial and error, I finally had a finished colored, embossed and cut panel that was ready to be adhered to my card base. Since the panel was being adhered to the sheet of acetate, I used my 3D Crystal Laquer glue to put glue down on the acetate being careful not to get too much around the edges fo the butterflies. I lined up my card front and put it in place over the acetate so that everything lined up beautifully.

Finally I was ready to place my colored Pinwheel Daisies on the front of my card. I used the extra butterflies from the die cut panel and glued some of those in place to add some dimension to the card front and make it look like they were breaking free and flying off the card.

For my sentiment I stamped a simple Hello and heat embossed it with some hot pink embossing powder. Inside the card, I stamped the Thinking of you sentiment. Both of those sentiments were from the My Favorite Things Card Kit Beautiful Blooms. I love the clean and simple font that the stamp set has. I actually picked that kit up from my friend Carisa over at Inky Fairy Designs when she was having one of her awesome stamp de-stash sales.

I love, love, love how this card turned out. I was thinking that it was a bit of a cheat to use a kit for this card, but in reality it turned out great because I actually was able to turn it into something really vibrant and pretty for my BFF to give to his aunt. I will say having the kit to see the mechanics of the shaker card was pretty cool. I could totally make these or something similar on my own now that I know how everything goes together.



Hope you enjoyed my card today. It was a bit of a mini-break from all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards/inspiration that are out right now.






Dare 2B Artzy’s Christmas Blog Hop

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Blog Hop!!

With Christmas a few months away (3 months to be exact on Sunday!!), our Designers thought it would be fun to have a Blog Hop sharing some inspiration with our new Christmas stamps!

Creating Christmas cards is so much fun and we have a bunch of fun Holiday stamps for you to choose from!!


You should have arrived here from Monica’s blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!!

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad!! (Whoo-hoo!)

Blog Hop will end Sunday evening at 7:00pm Central.

We will then post a winner!!


Happy Friday! Hope everyone is having a fun hop and getting lots of ideas and inspiration along the way.

I wanted to create something a bit different for the hop this week. I decided to create a cute ornament that you could give as a gift to friends and family or you could even pre-cut all the pieces and have a fun family night with everyone assembling their own unique ornaments.

I apologize in advance but this is a bit of a long post, but I figured everyone might want to know how to make these fun ornaments.

To create this ornament, I purchased the clear 4 inch ornaments from Michaels. They’re pretty inexpensive so you can pick them up for a couple of dollars. Each package comes with two halves of the ornament as they are meant to make one whole ornament. For this project you will need one half of a 4 inch diameter ornament. They do have other sizes available, but this is a good size for building your scene.

There are a couple of stamp/die companies that make dies specifically to fit these clear ornaments. You can do a quick search on the internet and find several options or even check out Pinterest. I don’t have any of those types of dies in my stash so I sort of had to wing it for this project.


I found the easiest thing was to die cut everything I needed at once and set it aside until I was ready to assemble the ornament. That way it gives you a chance to look at the placement of all the layers before you start gluing everything in place.

For my base, I used a nesting circle die set that contained several sizes of circles. My outside layer (the back) that attached to my ornament was also 4 inches wide which made it a bit tricky to glue in place. There may be some other die companies that make a circle die that is just a smidge bigger and that would probably be a better option for this project.

I cut one, 4” circle from some of the fun new Dare 2B Artzy Christmas paper (ooohhh, I love this paper – it’s so fun and the patterns and colors are awesome). 

Next, I used a scalloped circle that was also 4” in diameter and cut two of those out of some more Dare 2B Artzy Christmas paper.  On one of the scalloped circles, you’ll need to stamp your sentiment or the “To/From” if you’re going to give this as a gift. Set that aside as it will be the last layer to go on the back of the ornament.  (Note: if you don’t have a scalloped circle you can just use one that’s the same size as your other circle that your scene will be attached to).

For the inside backdrop of my ornament, I used my next smallest circle die which was 3 ½ inches wide and I cut a piece of light blue cardstock with it. I stamped the top 2/3rds of it with a snowy looking dots stamp I had in my stash. It has little circles and stars on it to look like snow. I stamped with some Versamark Dazzle white embossing ink and used some white embossing powder on it.

I used my stitched hillsides dies and cut 3 varying layers of stitched hillsides from some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once I had them cut, I layered them together and tried to determine how I wanted the placement of the hills to look. When I was happy with how they looked I used some removable tape and taped them together to hold them in place and positioned and taped down my 3 1/2 inch die over the layers and ran it through my die cut machine. This creates the hillsides but gives them a rounded bottom edge which lines up with the light blue circle background that I die cut.


Next, I cut 3 little trees from some white cardstock. I added a bit of Stickles to the trees in Star Dust to give them a bit of shimmer as if they had snow on them.

To create the arched banner, I used my 4” and my 3 ½” dies and positioned them on some white cardstock so that the smaller circle was centered inside the larger one. I used a piece of Post-it tape to hold them together and I ran them through my die cut machine. This created a circle ring. I cut the ring in half with my scissors.

Using my MISTI, I placed my half of the ring and held it in place with the magnets and then positioned my sentiment stamp, “Warm Holiday Wishes” so that it would stamp in the arch. The sentiment is curved so it was easy to get it positioned. I stamped it with some Versamark ink and heat embossed it with some red embossing powder.  When I was done, I trimmed off the excess on each end and made the V-cuts to make it look like a banner.

After all that die cutting, I was ready for some stamping and coloring. Since my scene inside my ornament was going to be a wintery one, I just knew I had to use the cutest penguin ever from the Dare 2B Artzy stamp set Penguin Fun. Who doesn’t love a penguin in a sweater? They’re irresistible I say! I decided that he’d look even cuter with the ear muffs that the other penguin in the set had on. I didn’t want his ears to get cold standing in the middle of this wintery scene, LOL.

To create my mask, I stamped the penguin in the sweater first onto some white cardstock. I used my MISTI to make sure I got a good, clean impression. Then I stamped the same penguin on a 3 x 3 Post-it Note, making sure to stamp his head near the top of the Post-it where it was sticky. Post-it’s work great for masking small stamps like this. Next, I fussy cut the penguin from the Post-it note making sure that I cut directly on the very edge of the image. When he was all cut out, I placed him over my original stamped image, making sure that all the edges were covered.

Using my Misti again, I carefully positioned my ear muff penguin over the sweater penguin, making sure that the heads lined up. There is a bit of a difference in the angle of the two penguins but for this purpose I didn’t care too much because I knew I was fussy cutting out my finished penguin. Once I was satisfied with the placement of the penguin, I closed the MISTI door so that it would stick in place to the door and then I inked it up and stamped it over my original image with the mask in place.  Voila, when I removed the mask from my original penguin, he was now adorned with ear muffs. I love it! I colored the penguin with my Copics and fussy cut him out.


Finally, I was ready to assemble my ornament.

I placed my 4” circle on my craft mat first, making sure that the pattern paper you want to see through the ornament is face up. I added some dimensional foam to my light blue 3 ½” circle background and positioned it in the center of my large circle die cut. Next, I placed my arch banner with my sentiment at the top and held it in place with some dimensional foam as well.

I used some permanent adhesive on the back layer of my first stitched hillside and glued it directly to the bottom of my light blue background so that it was centered. I used dimensional foam on the other two layers of stitched hillsides and carefully aligned them in place as well.

Next, I used glue and dimensional foam for the trees in the background, being careful that the trees are not placed at an angle to the rest of the background.

Finally, my top most layer in the foreground was my penguin. I added some dimensional foam to him and centered him beneath the sentiment.

Once everything was glued in place, I was ready to attach the ornament dome. To do this, I took a piece of scrap acetate that I had from some packaging and set it aside.

I put about 2 mini-spoonful’s (you could use an ice cream taste tester spoon from your favorite ice cream store or probably a baby spoon would work well also) of the shimmery Buffalo Snowflakes and spooned them into the center of my scene. You can buy the snowflakes at almost any craft/hobby store. I picked mine up at Joann’s and they had a bit smaller bag there which is perfect for what I needed. Once you’ve spooned some snow onto your scene – DON’T SNEEZE! Trust me. The snowflakes are light and it takes very little for them to blow everywhere.  I also added a pinch of sequin snowflakes in light blue & white that I found a Michaels.

When I was satisfied with the amount of snow, I put some glue onto my acetate. For this project I used 3D Crystal Lacquer. It works well on paper as well as plastic and it sets relatively quickly. I took my ornament dome and gently ran the edge through the glue on my acetate sheet, making sure that it had glue all the way around it. Then I used the ribbon loop at the top of the ornament as a guide on where to place the ornament on top of my paper. I held it in place for about a minute to make sure it was going to stick. When I finally picked up the ornament, I took my finger and ran any excess glue that squeezed out around the edge to help create a seal.  This glue dries very clear so if you get a little extra on or put extra on to sort of caulk around it, it’s not really noticeable.

Because the plastic dome is a bit heavier than the paper scene that I created, it wants to tilt a bit. To correct this, I took 3-4 pennies with some permanent glue dots on the back of them and carefully stuck them to the back of the ornament at the bottom (don’t push hard or you run the risk of pushing in the back). This helps balance the ornament a bit more. Then you just take some dimensional foam and fill in the gaps between the pennies and then the rest of the back as well. Next, you’ll take your scalloped cardstock, with your stamped sentiment or to/from and place it over the back to cover the pennies.

For the finishing touch add your favorite holiday ribbon or bakers twine to hang the ornament.


Of course the penguins make perfect Christmas ornaments, but you could really use this technique for most any holiday or special occasion. It helps that they’re so fun to make and really allow you to look at your supplies and stretch your imagination as to what you can make with what you have.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop in the hop is Karen’s blog!

We hope you are inspired all along the way!

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Happy Hopping!



Feeling Witchy!

Hi Dare 2B Artzy fans! How is everyone’s Wednesday going? There are two upsides to it being Wednesday. Number one, you’re half way through the week and number two, I’m back today with another fun Halloween Card. I’m so excited for fall and Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I absolutely love this time of year!! 

Today’s card features this adorable Witch from the Witches Spell stamp set. I’m a total sucker for cute Halloween stamps and I really fell in love with this witch when I first saw her. She’s so cute and I knew I couldn’t wait to color her up and make a cute Halloween card with her.


To start, I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock to 5 inches x 10 inches and scored the long side at 5 inches. This would be my card base.

Next, I used a die to cut a large circle that is 3 inches in diameter out of another piece of white cardstock. I placed it over the front of my card base and centered it. I took a pencil and traced around my circle very lightly. This gave me a guide so I’d know how far into the center to ink my card base.

To create my moonlit background, I sponged on some inks in several shades of purple, dark blue and a bit of black. I blended my inks using darkest colors on the outer edges getting lighter towards the pencil outline in the center of my card base.

I wanted to create some shiny, sparkly stars in my background. To do that, I used my MINC toner ink pen and dotted on some of the ink onto my background. The ink for the pen is a little thicker than marker ink so I set it aside to dry.

Next, I sponged my white circle with a couple shades of yellow and a light amount of black to create some shadows to transform it into a full moon.

I stamped the witch from the Witches Spell stamp set and colored her using my Copic markers. I even put a bit of a purple streak in her hair just for fun. Once I was finished I fussy cut her out. I left a bit of a white edge around my witch and I colored it yellow to make it appear that she is backlit from the moonlight.

I also stamped and fussy cut the bat from the set. I added some Black Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the bat and also the cute Witches Hat which makes them sparkle so much as you can see from the photo.


My card base was finally dry enough to run through the MINC machine.  I placed a piece of silver foil over my card base, making sure that the entire front was covered. Next, I placed the foil covered base between a piece of folded cardstock and ran it through my MINC with a setting of 4. I typically run my images through the machine twice, just for good measure. Once the image was cooled, I peeled off the foil to reveal the starry sky. Foiling is such a great way to add interesting details to your cards and now with all of the available colors of foil you can do so many cool effects with your projects.


I added on my moon, witch and the bat to my card base using some dimensional foam.

The sentiment, Trick or Treat was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with some white embossing powder and die cut it with a fishtail flag die.

I added some sparkly white dimensional dots complete the look.

Hope you enjoyed my card today as much as I enjoyed creating it. If you’re making Halloween Cards right now be sure to check out the super cute Halloween stamps in the Dare 2B Artzy store, there’s quite a few to choose from. If you like this adorable witch from the Witches Spell set it is on sale right now in the Dare 2B Artzy store so grab it while you can.


Be sure to check back on Friday as we’re having a fun Christmas themed blog hop to inspire your upcoming holiday cards and projects. It’s going to be a lot of fun and you’re sure to find lots of holiday inspiration from everyone on the Design Team.

Have a great week!  Hugs – Tonya


Rockin’ Witches Shoes!

Happy Wednesday! Wow, we’re half way through the week – got to love the short week after a holiday weekend. I’m so excited to get to share this card with you today. I’m finally getting into the fall holiday groove (I’m a little late based on my crafty friends who have been making Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards since July). That’s ok – my holiday craftiness may be late to the party, but we’re starting it off with a Dare 2B Artzy bang!

This card combines two of my favorite things Halloween and shoes! Whoo-hoo! Leave it to Dare 2B Artzy to combine the two into this adorable stamp set called Witches Shoes. I can’t tell you how much I love this set. I was super excited to have received it. The set features 2 sentiments and 6 image stamps.


I started off by coloring the large funky witches shoe from the set, combining all of my favorite Halloween colors. I was actually thinking as I was coloring, I’d totally rock a pair of these, LOL! It is so fun with all of the zentangle design in it. Next, I colored the broom from the set too. I kept it somewhat neutral since it’s all about the shoes. I fussy cut both the shoe and the broom out.


Once I’d finished cutting out my images, I went through my Halloween paper stash and found a cute piece of cardstock that had orange and black bats all over it. It was a bit busy so to tone it down a bit, I cut a large rectangular spider web. Initially I was only going to use a green spider web, but it turned out to be pretty bright. To tone it down, I die cut a second spider web using some black cardstock and layered them a bit offset from each other to create an interesting background. I think the bright green in the spider web also makes the green I used on the shoe pop a bit more.

Because my entire background was a spider web, I couldn’t really layer my shoe and broom directly on top without them getting lost in the background. To break things up a bit, I cut another piece of orange and black polka dot cardstock at a wonky angle and added some little die cut x borders to it. I layered that over the top of my spider web and placed my shoe and broomstick at an angle on the orange panel using some dimensional foam to make them stand out a bit.


I added a layer of newsprint cardstock to my back panel and glued all the layers together. I wanted to put all of my layers onto some purple cardstock, but I didn’t have any more in my stash, so I faked it. I cut and scored my card base from some white cardstock and simply sponged on some purple ink around the edges to make the card base on the front appear to be purple. It’s an easy fix in a pinch when you don’t have the right color paper.

To add my sentiment, I stamped the Good Witch/Bad Witch sentiment in purple and put some clear embossing powder over it and heat set it. I sponged on a little bit of orange ink to tone down the white cardstock my sentiment was on. Once I was finished I die cut the image, brushed some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen in Amethyst around the edges and added some dimensional foam (a double layer) to the back and placed it off to the side on the front of my card. I added the little green clothespin with the owl. I love this sentiment and the little owl looks so serious, but he’s cute none the less.

I thought that my spider web background needed a guest so I decided to add the little spider from the Witches Shoes stamp set. I totally hate spiders so I decided to make him purple because somehow purple spiders are less creepy – right?! I stamped the spider a couple of times using my MISTI and then I used some clear embossing powder on him and heat set it as well. I fussy cut him out and put a piece of dimensional foam on him and placed him in the web.

Finally, I added a few purple sequins to give it some sparkle in a few places. I also added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens on a couple of places on the shoe and the boom, but they don’t show up very well in the pictures.


All in all, I really love this card. I think I enjoy creating cards for Halloween more than any other holiday. They’re always so much fun to make and it usually involves my favorite colors. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with this new Dare 2B Artzy stamp set, Witches Shoes. You could even use the MISTI and a mirror image stamp (or back of a large square stamp would also work) and mirror stamp the shoe and make it a matching pair of rockin’ witches shoes – how cool would that be? Personally, I’m thinking someone needs to invent some zentangle witches shoes in real life because they would be so much fun to color and decorate.

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed my card today! Have a great week & spend some time getting crafty!



Dare 2B Artzy September Challenge!

Whoo-hoo! It’s September. It’s a long, holiday weekend marking the end of summer AND because it’s the start of a new month Dare 2B Artzy has a new challenge for you.  This month’s challenge theme is


I’ve said before that fall is my absolute favorite time of year – mostly because of the cooler weather and gorgeous fall colors – but I’m a fall birthday as are my mom and step-dad. My mom and I actually share a birthday which is pretty cool. Because of that fall is always a special time of year for me for many reasons.

My card today features the fish from the Restore the Soul stamp set that was released not too long ago. I also used the cattails die from Dare 2B Artzy which I love for adding some dimension to my cards.

We want you to join this challenge and share your amazing Dare 2B Artzy creations that feature a Birthday theme. There’s an amazing Dare 2B Artzy prize up for grabs so you want to be sure to get your submissions in before the end of September!

Here’s my inspiration for the challenge:

To create this card, I knew that the fish was going to be my focal point. From the handful of times that I’ve actually been fishing (because I’m not an early riser and I’m not very good at it), I’d remembered that fish have a shimmer when the light hits them – even in water. I wanted to recreate that shimmer. In order to do that I need that I needed to convert my fish image into an image that could be foiled with the MINC. I stamped my image onto a piece of white cardstock. Next, I scanned the image on my HP all in one machine and sent it to my computer. I pulled the image into Adobe Photoshop Elements and cleaned up any spots or color variations that the scanner might have picked up. Once I was satisfied with my cleaned up image, I reprinted it to a laser printer. I believe there may be other methods now of foiling stamps, etc. but since I only have a MINC this is how I make it work for me.

Once I had my image printed to cardstock from my laser printer, I cut it down to a smaller size piece of paper and I was finally able to use the MINC to foil my image. I used a sheet of silver foil and ran it through my MINC machine twice inside of a piece of cardstock folded in half. I don’t use the clear folders that came with my MINC for foiling because I find that they get scratched easily and that those scratches transfer onto the image I’m foiling. Folded cardstock works great! I let the image cool a bit before peeling off the remaining foil. I don’t think I will ever get tired of the reveal after foiling something.  Crafting technology is pretty darn cool!

  Next, I colored my fish using a combination of orange and teal-green with my Copics. The nice thing about foiling is that it also helps with color bleed so you don’t have to be as careful with your coloring. Once I’d finished coloring my fish, I fussy cut it out and set it aside.

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I cut a second piece of white cardstock about 5 x 7 in size. I figured out where I wanted my horizon line and I placed an 8 x 6 post-it note across the bottom of my cardstock – approx. 2 ¼ inches from the bottom. This masked the bottom portion of the card while I worked on my sky. I sponged on several colors on ink in yellow, orange, cantaloupe, lavender, blue and a bit of dark blue. I blended the colors together from the yellow starting at the horizon line and up into the blue sky to create the look of a sunset. I added a bit of darker purple to create the sort of darker color clouds you get when the sun is setting. I really like how blending colors together you always get a different effect depending on how you apply the sponge to paper.

Once I was happy with my sunset, I removed my mask at the bottom and then placed the mask over my sunset so I wouldn’t be mixing colors.

To create my lake, I wanted to make it a mossy teal green so I blended some teal and olive greens together with a bit of yellow near the top to create the appearance that the sun was shining across it. Once I removed the mask I was able to use a rectangle die to cut down the sponged panel to a better size to fit on a card.

When I was finished with all my ink sponging, I actually brushed on some Perfect Pearls powder in Perfect Gold over my sunset and Forever Green over my lake. I love the subtle shimmer it gives.

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Next I die cut some stitched hillsides in some Kraft cardstock and then stamped the top layer with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Ahoy Fox stamp set and heat embossed it with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Tannenbaum Green Gold. I layered the stitched hillsides with some dimensional foam in between them and then glued them in place in front of my lake.

I die cut the Dare 2B Artzy cattails from some dark green cardstock and glued them in place on my stitched hillsides. With my cattails in place, I was able to figure out where to place my fish and ended up making it appear that he was jumping up out of the water. I’m not sure that normal lake fish even do that, but for the purpose of this card they do, LOL!

I cut down some dark brown cardstock and layered it behind my panel and glued the whole panel to a Kraft cardstock base.

For a finishing touch, I added 3 yellowish-clear dimensional dots called Skittles with some glossy accents glue and let them dry for a few minutes to make sure they were secure. They pick up the light a bit so I thought they could pass as fireflies. We don’t have fireflies here in Colorado, but I remember the first time I saw them when I was visiting North Carolina – it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I’m sure that’s what would make a fish jump out of the lake – to catch fireflies.

I love that my finished card ended up having these gorgeous colors but yet it can definitely pass as a masculine card. In fact, I think I’m going to give this to my step-dad later this month for his birthday.

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We can’t wait to see what you create!!

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Hope everyone will join the Birthday challenge this month. The team is looking forward to seeing your Birthday inspired projects featuring Dare 2B Artzy stamps & dies! Happy Stamping!

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