Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fright Night

An insurance company recently aired a commercial depicting a girl that believes everything written on the internet is true. I find the internet fascinating, and if it can tell me something, anything, that I have no clue about, I'll believe what I read until proven wrong. Case in point, I searched the origin of skulls during Halloween and found this: The skull is a symbol used by many different cultures to represent either the brevity of human mortality, the fear of death, or danger that can result in death... Skulls and skeletons are associated with Halloween because they represent the end of the physical part of life, something that is connected to Halloween both because of the death of the “light” seasons and because of the perceived connection to the spirit realm."

Lifestyle Crafts has this really cool, very detailed Skeleton Die from their Tricks 'N Treats Collection, and while I normally don't send out Halloween cards, I couldn't resit trying it out. (I've got plans to use this guy for other holidays!) The first card is a series of skulls die cut with vintage magazine paper, adhered to a custom made stamped and inked background. While I was attempting to adhere the first skull on the right, the paper tore a bit so I went it and ended up with a transitioning skeleton, I kind of love it!


This next card, also a one layer card, is more whimsical, and features the skull from the same Skeleton Die, this time cut out of black paper. Before adhering the skull to the card base, I coated it with glossy accents and then added some washi tape behind the eyes. A few strips of washi tape under the skull along with a sticker sentiment finished the look.


Lifestyle Crafts has given me a code to share with you...enter the keyword DRAGONFLY for 20% off! They just released their winter collection too, and there are some amazing products already on my wish list.

30 comments:

  1. I love these, that first one is just so perfect!

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  2. Love both cards!!!.... those skulls [not scary looking at all!] really awesome!!! I like the 2nd card the red just stands out!!! hugs...xoxo

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  3. Oh wow Karen, both of these are great, but that first card is really awesome!

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  4. Wow... very cool. The boys and I took a sugar skull making class this afternoon, so this card is perfect. Will share their creations a bit later. Lifestyle Crafts code, oh dear...

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  5. Lovely creations.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in

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  6. Awesome Halloween cards! I love the spooky skulls!

    Happy Birthday Friend!!!

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  7. Nice save on the first card - the "transitioning skull" looks brilliant! And I love the spooky red eyes on the second one. What type of die cutting machine do you use? I have a Cuttlebug and I'm not getting great results with the few Lifestyle Crafts dies I have.

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  8. the first is my favorite. I would have thought those skulls were stamped! well I'll be darned... the transitioning is very cool and the ripped one adds a bit of creepy... that was really on purpose, hee hee
    love to see how you plan to use this for other holidays... I am intrigued.

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  9. These are awesome Karen! LOVE what you did with the die on the first card, genius!

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  10. Wow...these are awesome!

    Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

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  11. I Love both of your cards!! I happen to love skulls, something about them, always seems to attract me (yeah...maybe thats weird to some?...)! :) Again, great cards!

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  12. Love your cards. The torn edge on that first skull is awesome. I'm glad you kept it because it adds an element of mystery.

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  13. So, a little bald dragonfly just told me that today is your bday. Alles, alles gute zum Geburtstag!!! You share your day with my mom.

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  14. Great Halloween cards Karen.

    Happy Birthday!

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  15. These are both great, but I am head over heels in LOVE with that top card! Amazing! Neat information, too! :)

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  16. Love these and I love the way your mind works. Love the magazine skulls and the bloodshot washi tape eyes!

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  17. Just wanted to say Happy Birthday!!!

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  18. First things first...I hope you are having a fabulous birthday and that your boys are spoiling to rotten!

    Two oh so clever cards...really love the second one!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Karen! You share your day with my hubby!

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  20. Amazing what you did there with that skeleton!
    Very cool indeed !

    and Happy Birthday Too You ;-)

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  21. Awesome and totally spooktacular!
    Hugs!
    x

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  22. So cool! Love the vibe of that first one. And I saw on Erin's & Jen's blogs that it is your birthday. Happy, happy day to you!

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  23. Wow, these are really awesome cards! The partial ones are really awesome and go so well layered with the text background and postage marks. I didn't think I would've wanted a skull die 'til now!

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  24. That skull is scary!!! Nice Target washi too!

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  25. Very cool!! Love the effect of the first card.

    The 2nd skull is a bit scary to me!! LOL

    And belated Birthday wishes :)

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  26. wow! absolutely LOVE your first card, Karen! beautiful background and the skeleton fit perfectly! and the second card is so simple and fun! fab work as always!

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  27. LOVE these!!!!! :)
    you have my address right?? lol

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  28. Great designs Karen! Love the 'layers' in the first card!

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