From the Stampin’ Up! Blog – enjoy!
Hello, friends! Autumn is here—leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air, and Halloween (a favorite at our house!) is just around the corner. And if you happen to be looking for a different look this Halloween, I’ve got you covered! November 1 is the first day of a Mexican holiday known as Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead (celebrated to honor loved ones who have passed) and the colors associated with it are bright and festive.
In fact, sugar skulls—a traditional symbol of Día de los Muertos—have taken over Halloween decorations in the last year or two, and since the holiday catalog’s Mr. Funny Bones Stamp Set (item 142245) includes a teeny tiny sugar skull—it got my gears turning. I decided to whip up a party theme based around Day of the Dead décor—the bright colors, the bold sugar skulls—and it’s so much fun! Halloween doesn’t have to be dark and spooky; why not make it bright and colorful?
I started with a color pallet, and for me, there’s no better way to go bright than with one of my all-time favorite color combinations: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay. A few touches of silver and black—with Basic Black Metallic Thread (item 141695), Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon (item 142015), and Silver Glimmer Paper (item 135314)—added some bling. (Because no party is complete without bling!) And all of my stamps are from the fabulous Mr. Funny Bones Stamp Set; that tiny sugar skull stamp inspired it all!
One of my favorite ways to add texture and dimension to a project is with decorative masks—and this fabulous teardrop design from Seasonal Decorative Masks (item 141848) is perfect for Halloween. Doesn’t it remind you of ghosts?
The Layering Circle Framelits Dies (item 141705) were integral in creating each of the items featured here—I used them for every single project! The tiny scalloped edge in a contrasting color makes for such a sharp frame, and these Framelits make them perfectly in a variety of sizes.
I’ve used another of my favorite tricks throughout this collection as well—custom-made black embossing powder. Simply stamp your image in Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931), cover with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109130), shake off the excess, and heat set. Voilà! A bright, shiny, crisp black image.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope Mr. Funny Bones has inspired YOU to change up your Halloween party décor this year!
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016