Hello friends!! October is here, and I can hardly believe it. The autumn colours are absolutely stunning outdoors and this weekend we went on four different walks, just to capture as much of it as possible. Beautiful sunny weather and quite warm.
This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, we have a Halloween theme. Since it is the first Monday of the month, we are showcasing a specific company/designer and the turn has come to Memory Box. You don't have to use Memory Box products, but it is always fun if you do.
I made a card this week, although I actually started doing something different, but I will post that another day because it didn't end up being a Halloween project. For this card I used the Memory Box Swirling Ghosts and Goofy Halloween Decor die sets, as well as the Pensive Alphabet background stamp.
Years ago, I did a lot of quilling, and I still do now and then, and I was happy to see that Simon Says Stamp now carries quilling paper. So you can expect more quilling tutorials coming along here, and maybe also a video. Speaking of videos, I have some news coming soon in that regard, and my new light and tripod set up is almost done. If Leo just stays healthy, I'll be doing videos very soon (he has been sick an awful lot lately, poor guy).
I used this Bright White quilling paper by Quilled Creations, and it can easily be coloured with Distress Inks as you can see above. I made a graduated strip, which is lighter on one side and gradually becomes darker. It is easiest to start with the lightest ink, since the inks tend to blend more smoothly then.
You can roll quilled coils with your fingers alone, but I like to use a needle tool, at least to start with. I often take the coil off the tool and finish rolling it using just my fingers. The needle tool leaves a nice round center, which you can see to the left. A slotted quilling tool works great too, and is easier to use. To the right you can see the one by Tim Holtz (included in the Tiny Tattered Florals set). You can see me use it in my Quilled Flowers in a Mason Jar Video Tutorial. Quilled Creations also has a slotted tool. The slotted tool leaves a small notch in the center.
I also added rub-on words to the background.
To glue down the quilling circles, hold with a pair of tweezers and carefully apply a tiny bit of white glue to the back. You can use a tooth pick for this, or a Precision Tip Applicator Bottle filled with glue. The quilled circles add a really fun element to the card.
I hope you will join us in our Halloween challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.
If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily.