Must Have Monday: Spooky Bats Punch
I know I'm not ready to talk Christmas yet, but I can get on board with some Halloween chatter! This year I decided to delve into some spooky crafting, from cards to exploding boxes and everything in between. After all, I've always loved Halloween, but never crafted for it. The Spooky Bats Punch was a Must Have item for me, and guys, I cannot stop using it!
While at first glance it may not seem very versatile, once you begin playing, it's pretty hard to leave it alone. I keep sitting down to use other products and find myself pulling out the Bats for "just one more project." Today I'm sharing two of the cards I've made. Last week, I shared an alternate use for the punch which you can find here.
Batty For You
For my first project, I wanted to share my take on one of my most popular pins. While I've perused her website and cannot find this actual card anywhere, Debby Hughes over at Lime Doodle Designs has some amazing work worth checking out! The image to the left is easily one of the most-pinned projects, especially this time of year.
While I absolutely LOVED her card, I did want to put my own spin on things, so I decided to pair the Spooky Bats Punch with the Twinkle Twinkle DSP. I cut the hole using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (you'll see where that ends up in the next project) and backed it with a piece of Mango Melody Cardstock I spritzed with Bleach. I added some of the fabulous Glittered Organdy Ribbon for some shine.
Next up I added the branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I punched the sentiment from Trick or Tweet on Mango Melody before using the Classic Label Punch. To make my bats a bit more fun, I added googly eyes to them. And I have to say, I am IN LOVE!
Masculine Halloween Card
Since I already had the circle from the previous card, I decided to make a more masculine card with it. I mounted the sky background to the striped Smoky Slate DSP (Neutrals DSP Pack). I matted it with Night of Navy and attached a branch die cut. Next I used the spider strip from the Toil & Trouble DSP before tying it off with the Night of Navy Baker's Twine.
While the clear mount stamps don't bend like photopolymer, I did manage to get a bit of an arc out of my sentiment. The Dual Banner Punch set off my sentiment and allowed me to draw the Night of Navy in again. I finished the card off by adding Wink of Stella to my bats and propping them up with mini dimensionals.
If you haven't invested in the ink refills, I hope you'll rethink their value! Considering the techniques specific to them, as well as keeping your ink pads and Stamp n' Write Markers happy, they are like magic in a bottle. Head on down to the comments and let me know your favorite technique with the re-inkers!
I hope you're loving the Spooky Bats Punch and the possibilities it presents. I can't wait to see what fun projects you all come up with! Head on down to the comments and let me know what you're most looking forward to from the Holiday Catalog!