Halloween is big in our house this week…the little people are so excited and can hardly wait for the spooky night and so it’s all we can think about…

With that in mind I’ve been thinking about bats…they’ve always fascinated me…I grew up in a small town in England and we used to live near an old derelict church…this church had a bell tower and at dusk bats would fly out of a window at the top of the tower and and it seemed sooo spooky to us kids…and this is the inspiration for my card today…

I wanted to create a card featuring bats with one inside a window getting ready to fly out – by using layers and Circle Punches, this is what I have done…I also wanted to keep my card clean and simple to make the bats the focus and have used just three colors – Basic Black, Cajun Craze and More Mustard.

My card base is Basic Black onto which I layered a piece of Cajun Craze that I textured using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (pg 214).   My sentiment is from the stamp set Wicked Cool (pg 23) and I used Circle Punches (pg 202) to punch it out and create the layer.

I cut a piece of Black cardstock to size and edged it using my Scallop Edge Punch (pg 200) – I then decided where I wanted my window and punched a hole out using a 1 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Then I cut a piece of Cajun Craze to size and edged it again using the Scallop Edge Punch – I set it over the black layer and drew the circle so that I knew where to punch my hole which I then punched using a 1 3/4″ Circle Punch…

The top layer is a piece of Designer Series Paper from Wicked Fun Specialty (pg 172) through which I again punched a 1 3/4″ hole and finally added some Black Grosgrain Ribbon – I added it to my card base with Dimensionals…

My bats?  So easy to make – I simply punched them out of Textured Black cardstock using the Bitty Bat Punch (pg 200)…and that is it!  You can add bling to these bats really easily by coating them with fine Black Glitter which makes them really shimmer.

I am really happy with my bat card and love that some childhood memories came back whilst designing it…isn’t it interesting where inspiration can come from?

Don’t forget to come back and visit tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday where I will be showing you how to make a cool family keepsake that is perfect for a Thanksgiving gift…plus there will be more blog candy up for grabs!

Bats in the Belfry…
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3 thoughts on “Bats in the Belfry…

  • October 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm
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    Hi Sarah, I really like this card. You used different textures and layers,and it all comes together nicely.

  • October 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm
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    I love this card!!! Everything about it, is just right! I don’t usually make Halloween cards but I think this one has me inspired, too bad Halloween is this week already! lol! 🙂

  • October 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm
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    Great card! Fun with the bat ready to fly out the window.

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