Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Penny Black Halloween by Kathy Racoosin!

Happy Halloween, bloggers! We're thrilled to have Copic color-er extraordinaire, Kathy Racoosin as a guest today! If you aren't already, be sure to check out her blog, The Daily Marker, for oodles of inspiration! Today, she's whipped up a special Halloween exclusive treat just for us!  Below, Kathy tells us in her own words some of her creative process when creating this beauty!



This air vent die from SSS is so versatile and perfect for my foreground. To add quick color and texture stamp directly on top of the paper with the ink pad. 

I wanted a darker color under the air vent die. Stamp with Vintage Photo directly onto the paper strip again.



I love the deep embossing when I use the Spellbinders embossing folders. Did you know that they are reversible? This brick "folder" is perfect for so many backgrounds. It's super easy to color with any neutral alcohol markers. I used some warm and cool greys, a few beiges and a yellowish color. Don't worry about blending because you will add some distress ink with Pumice Stone to add highlights to the wall. 


Add some distress ink with Vintage Photo to all of the layers on the edges with the distressing tool .





Cut out the image and add some distress ink to Penny Black's witch to make her more witch like. 

I also added some white pen detail alongside the red trip on her dress and sleeves. 


The sentiment was from SRM stickers. I love how you can cut the words to fit your needs. The sentiment bubbles from SSS are the perfect size for me.



 

...And here is the finished product!!
 Make your own spooky masterpiece:
 


 Happy Halloween! Enjoy the holiday! :)












Steph











Congrats Blog Candy Winner: Andrea! From the blog: Simon Says: Just Add Pearl! Please email me at Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com with your address and the name of the blog you won from to claim your prize!


Blog Candy Alert! How would you like to win an exclusive SSS goodie pack? Join our following and comment on this post with your Halloween costume this year (if you dressed up!!) for a chance to win! Good luck!

P.S. Kathy has some candy on her blog too! Be sure to pop over and say "Hi" for a chance to win! :) 
 

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174 comments:

  1. What a great card. I love the background.

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  2. Fantastic card! I never cease to be wowed by Kathy's work!

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  3. Amazing backgrounds. Love how you add the white dots to give more detail.

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  4. Kathy's work is exceptional..love her!!!

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  5. We don't really do Halloween in NZ, but I do get the next door children come round... so I'm wearing a witches Hat and have some black and orange lollipops and black jellybeans for them.
    Isn't Kathy's card too cute. Love the background

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  6. Gorgeous card...love the background!!!

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  7. What a fun card! Love those backgrounds, they look amazing. Thanks Kathy for sending me over:-)

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  8. Lovely card with a stunning background.

    hugs
    Catherine
    http://vidhucreations.blogspot.in/

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  9. We are hoping to be able to trick or treat but only time will tell. Love the coloring!!!

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  10. I love these backgrounds!
    no halloween costumes for me this year.

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  11. Very cute card, love all the little things that went into making it! Happy Halloween =)

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  12. Love the stunning background and Kathy's coloring is amazing. Love how the white pen adds so much detail to the image.

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  13. Yup - masterpiece is the perfect word for anything Kathy creates! Love this fun, fun card! :)

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  14. Fabulous card Kathy - sorry - we don't have Halloween here

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  15. Stunning work on all the individual elements that came together for this fun card. Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your techniques.

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  16. Wow, Kathy is the master at creating a scene! Really awesome Halloween card! No dressing up and handing out candy this year as in am in an apartment now, although I loved doing it when I was in my old townhouse. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  17. Gorgeous card with a great tutorial...we don't have Halloween here, sorry!
    xxx Margreet

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  19. I have the brick folder.. thanks for the info. No costume this year. :( no little kids anymore.

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  20. We don't do Halloween.. but if we did.. I'd wanna be a female Beetlejuice! I just love him and his hair :) thanks for the chance to win, I love that BG on Kathy's card!!! Happy Halloween to SSSx

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  21. Wow Kathy - that BG looks fantastic. And so fun to make. Who doesn't love an embossing folder and Distress Ink. And your coloring - like how Steph called you "color-er extraordinaire". Says it all.
    No costume this year. Sure hoping DD gets the pumpkin carved in time. Teenagers!

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  22. Gorgeous card by Kathy. Love her work :)

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  23. LOVE it ..SUPER card!

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  24. I think I will dress up as a clown this year. Happy It Halloween Everyone !!! Be Safe have fun and Pay It Forward.

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  25. Kathy has made a gorgeous background here, it really looks awesome, but so does the entire card. I really love the colors to and all together is perfect. Awesome job done here again.

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  26. she is Wicked! she looks just like Bette Middler from Hocus Pocus!

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  27. This is wonderful, Kathy! Thanks for the tutorial and learnt some tips!

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  28. I always dress like a "good" witch. The trick or treaters seem to enjoy it.

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  29. What a wonderful technique! Beautiful card!!

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  31. Wow, this card looks so great! I love it!
    Hugs, Uta

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  32. hi what a cool card. I love the brick background and the colors of the witch!

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  33. Love Kathy and have been following her blog for some time. She is a FANTASTIC colorer! I'm not dressing up tonight, but I was a doctor the other day for a party - just wore scrubs.

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  34. Kathy always does such great work and is such an inspiration. No costume this year, but one of my favorites was the year I dressed as a "Freudian Slip". Black slip (over black tights and black turtleneck) with words such as "ID", "EGO", mother, cigar, etc, printed on paper and pinned all over the slip. Maybe knowing that I am a psychologist gives this a bit of perspective.

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  35. Love that brick background! Kathy's card is fantastic!
    This is the first halloween that no one will be home - so no costume (just a lot of driving kids around to Japanese class and work.) :)

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  36. Kathy's workmis always fabulous. Love this card.

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  37. Stunning card by Kathy, great bg and coloring. I don't celebrate hallowen so no costumes :-(

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  38. Wow...what a great card! And, I'm not dressing up this year...taking my granddaughter out trick or treating tonite...I want her to be the star of the show.

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  39. Love the texture made with the dies! Awesome card!

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  40. Cute! I love the different backgrounds for the floor and wall and the witch is amazing!!!!
    I'll be dressing like a mom who just wants to make sure my son and his friends have a good time and get along!
    Thanks for the great share! I already follow Kathy because I know how amazing she is and I already follow Simon Says!

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  41. Super cool card - love it! All the techniques on this card are just wonderful!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Love the texture from the bricks and air vent! No Halloween costume for me!

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  44. That is a FAB card and great stamp...love the background!TFS new stuff!
    Creative Wishes,
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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  45. Kathy is the best! She can do anything with her copic markers. Amazing job.

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  46. What a great background technique. Great way to create texture. I love the card.

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  47. It is a cool card! Love how you played with die and got this effect! As usual a great card with cool techniques! Hugs, Gerrina

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  48. The backgrounds are great! Love the witch too!

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  49. Great card! Love all that texture and the coloring!
    DeniseB

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    1. Forgot to say I wore my stand-by costume of a bat with my glittery bat wings! The glitter falls all over the place!
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  50. This card is truly amazing! The background, coloring and all the detail is wonderful.

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  51. Kathy makes the best cards - love it!

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  52. Wow, I love this!!Great details!

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  53. Wow Kathy sure knows how to work magic with her stamps and inks!

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  54. Kathy is the world's best colorer. Amazing work Kathy. xxxxx

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  55. Minnie Mouse :) and my daughter is dressing as Snow White.

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  56. Such a cute card. I dressed up for a party as a honey bee and today my department at work is dressing up as "nerds". It should be fun!

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  57. Cool card--I like how she colored the brick. No dressing up here--not into Halloween.

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  58. Awesome card, I don't dress up.

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  59. Wow!! Beautiful card Kathy!! The air vent die is perfect for the floor!! I don't dress up for Halloween, but will be taking my 5 year old princess Trick or Treating :)

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  60. LOVE that brick background!!! No costume for me this year, just work :)

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  61. oh my I just put an order in yesterday. LOVE that brick background and will add that to my wish list. Love the coloring on that!

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  62. I LOVE this card all of the different textures are really cool. I was a hipster for Halloween this year :)

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  63. Coloring is beautiful and the background is perfect for this cute witch. We got snow here from the storm so Hubbie and I are going to stay in and watch old movies.

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  64. What a great card ... thanks for sharing!
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  65. That witch is fantastic! I love all the inking and coloring on the backgrounds, too! So effective! We are staying home to hand out goodies to the trick or treaters.

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  66. Love the card! No costume this year but some day I will be a pirate!

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  67. This card is totally awesome! Love the witchy detailing. I don't dress up anymore for Halloween, my best costume was an alien outfit that was all in the facepaint! I love doing that one.

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  68. What great technique ideas! The witch reminds me of Bette Midler's character in Hocus Pocus. I will not be wearing a costume this year, but my husband and I are planning for a Fred and Wilma Flinstone couples costume for next year!

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  70. This card is so creative! I just love Kathy Racoosins' work. She is so talented. Love the brick background. Dressing up as a cow with real squirting utters!

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  71. My costume this year will be a decorated sweatshirt...I work at a Preschool/Daycare and can't be too scary or different- it really throws the infants off if it is not the same-ish as everyday!
    I do love the white accents next to the red trim on the Witch-(you did mean trim, and not "trip", right?)

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  72. Kathy does such an excellent job on her cards! Unfortunately, I will not be trick or treating...but ifi were I'd love to dress up as a pirate.

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  73. Great card and great tips! My costume will be that of a 'cardmaking crafter' while I answer the doorbell between crafting sessions. ;-)

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  74. What an awesome card, I love everything about it! I'm dressing as Supergirl this year :)

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  75. Not dressing up, but I WILL be playing the role of artsy journaller and painter this week as I setlle into my early winter crafting!

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  76. LOVE how the AIRVENT die looks like a hardwood floor.
    I'm just being me:)

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  77. I bought a huge witches hat to wear as I walk my youngest around. Hopefully the rain will stop by nightfall si it isn't a soaking wet Halloween!

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  78. Great tutorial! I love that brick wall. Hugs! xx

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  79. Gorgeous card!! Not dressing up but i will be passing out candy!

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  80. Kathy it is always a pleasure to see your creations! You make it sound so easy but you are a marker artist :)!

    I am not dressing up but my newborn is going as a peapod.

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  81. Kathy's card is terrific. Such detail. Love her work and your blog.

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  82. Fabulous creation. Love those backgrounds especially the brick.

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  83. So much texture going on here! Great colours and colouring!

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  84. Love the background used, it adds so much detail to the card. I don't dress up for Halloween, it been a very long time since I have.

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  85. AWESOME!! I LOVE the FUN texture and the NEAT ideas!! THANKS for sharing your card is TOO FUN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  86. No dressing up for me but I love the card:)

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  87. Love what you did with the vent die, and the witch is so funny. Great ideas!

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  88. What a fabulous card! Love the background and you did a fantastic coloring job on the witch!

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  89. What a great card. Love the witch. Iris

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  90. No costume for me but there will be candy for all the little ghosts, ghouls, witches, princesses, astronaut(grandson) and spiderman(grandson) who come to visit!!!! In spite of Sandy, Halloween is still on!!! Love this little "witchy" card too!

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  91. Great card! Love those background techniques! I plan to dress up as a friendly witch to greet the trick-or-treaters at the door.

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  92. Fabulous, as always, Kath! Happy Halloween!

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  93. I love that witch, and the bricks are so lovely.

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  94. I am so blown away right now...this is STUNNING...love the background and the witch is perfectly colored...I LOVE IT.. Kathy is amazing.. :)

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  95. Oh how neat I love how you did this. The card turned out wonderful.

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  96. I'm not dressing up this year, but I met my hubby 10 years ago at a Halloween party. I was dressed as a dead prom queen then! :)

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  97. Beautiful card. I love the backgrounds :)

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  98. I answer the door to our Trick n' Treaters with a pair of horns on my head, like a satyr in a fantasy, not a devil.
    ~Anni

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  99. I love that witch stamp itreminds me of Bette Midler in the movie Hocus Pocus. The brick wall is so cool! It looks so real!

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  100. What a fantastic card! Kathy R. is the best color-er I've seen yet. I'd love some blog candy from SSS!!

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  101. What an amazing card. Love that background. I am wanting to get some of those amazing Spellbinder folders. TFS

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  102. Great effect combining the brick and the air vent!

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  103. What a GREAT card! Love the techniques with the bricks and air vent!
    TFS and happy halloween!

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  104. Happy Halloween! I loved that card. No costume for me this year :(

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  105. Beautiful background! This little scene is just amazing. No costume for me this year, but my kiddos are excited to wear their costumes tonight. :)

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  106. Great card, and thanks for the how-to tips. I've got some fangs I'm popping in every time there's a knock at the door... and I've lined my treats basket with all the Halloween tags I've been making. One little boy just tried to grab one of them as his treat!
    Alison x

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  107. Love the card. Not dressing up this year. My 6 yr old son is Mater Muscle (from Cars movie) and my 3yr old daughter is a black cat.

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  108. Great techniques; great cards.

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  109. Super cute card! Love the brick and the way it was done! Kathy, you do a fantastic job on all your cards!

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  110. Love your card, Kathy!!...awesome as always!!

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  111. That is one fantastic brick wall. No costume this year. I'm down with the flu . Even though I got a flu shot. Could there be a link there?!?

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  112. I don't dress up for Halloween anymore! But, I love
    kathy's witch!!! And, the brick wall is awesome!

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  113. what a great technique to show off these fun crafty tools! love the card!
    no dressing up for me right now. our trick or treating has been postponed to Saturday because of the storm.

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  114. No costume for me this year, although I saw a great idea about using a bunch of paint samples to dress up as fifty shades of grey. :P

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  115. Awesome card! No dressing up for me.

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  116. i love this card, and the background awesome

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  117. Wow, cool card! LOVE the wall by
    I didn't dress up this year, but I've had plenty of witches and monsters knocking at my door!

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  118. Great card - thanks for all the background tips !

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  119. I didn't (am not) dressing up, but my daughter dressed up as a gypsy! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome SSS fun!

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  120. I work am a Para Educator at a center-based special education school in Michigan. There are 3 staff members in my class. We decided to do a theme so we dressed up as "Rock, Paper, Scissors". I was the scissors. My dear hubby helped me make the costume. The scissors actually were hinged so that I could really act like I was cutting with them. :D Thanks for a chance to win.

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  121. i did not dress up tis year, I took a vacation day, so no need! thanks for a chance to win,

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  122. Love this! My daughter was a witch and son was Slenderman and I was the lady giving out candy!

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  123. Very nice card. The brick background I will have to try. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  124. I love the colorful brick background with that great witchy image! A super cool card!

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  125. Wow! Amazing background, that floor and bricked wall are awesome, thanks for the chance to win.

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  126. What a fabulous card! The texture and inking on that floor make it so unique! LOVE this!!!

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  127. It's always so enjoyable to see the creation.
    Just a work costume-witch's hat with purple spider web and danger tape.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  128. I just became a Follower. I didn't dress up (we don't really celebrate Halloween), but we did do candy for trick-or-treaters for the first time in about 8 years.

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  129. Wow! amazing coloring and the background is superb!

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  130. Would love to learn how to color like Kathy does. What a cute masterpiece. This year, I dressed up like a witch with a huge black hat to boot. Really had an enjoyable evening.

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  131. love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra ltb
    slbt17 at yahoo dot com

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  132. Nice card! I love your copic coloring!

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  133. I love your coloring. Great job. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com.
    Am i supposed to also say what I wore? I wore nerdy big glasses with tape on the middle. I was a nerd at work.

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  134. love the technique tips. and really like the card, the background is wonderful and the witch is colored so nicely. thanks for sharing and the chance to win. Im dressing up as a witch, Halloween trick or treating is delayed until Sat here because of the recent storms.

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  135. Love this card! Thanks for sharing your techniques with us!

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  136. What a beautiful card. The brick background is amazing!!

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  137. What a cute card! Clever use of the air vent die too!

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  138. Absolutely amazing backgrounds and card! Love it! :-) xx

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  139. Gonna try the background....because it is fabulous!

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  140. That background is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

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  141. Happy Halloween! I did not get to dress up, but my 4 month old grand baby did and she was a pumpkin, and so adorable. LOL Kathy's Halloween card is so fun! I admire her copic coloring, always. Thanks for a chance to win some SSS goodies.

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  142. This background is amazing. Unfortunately we don´t celebrate Halloween party in Estonia but I wish I could see it just once and I would like to be a wich with the purple hair :D

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  143. Hope everyone had a great Halloween. Even though it was rainy here there were lots of kids asking for candy!

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  144. I didn't dress up, but would love a chance to win.

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  145. We don't have Halloween, so no costume=)

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  146. I dressed up as Gum from a video game called Jet Set Radio!

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  147. So neat to see the process of putting the card together and a creative use of a die!

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  148. Already a follower from way back! I didn't dress up as Halloween is not a tradition that we have celebrated for a long time here in NZ. Love the card though.

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  149. Already a follower from way back! I didn't dress up as Halloween is not a tradition that we have celebrated for a long time here in NZ. Love the card though.

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  150. I am following! And I did not dress up for Halloween this year but I can tell you what my 5 year old daughter went as! Jean Gray from the X-Men. I had to make her costume since it's impossible to find her in the stores! Thanks for the chance to win a SSS goodie pack! I love Kathy's card too!

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  151. Cute card!! Love all the color! I didn't dress-up for Halloween this year but did take the kids trick-or-treating!

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  152. I was supposed to dress up as a Mama bear but our plans fell through. Oh well there is always next year. Thanks for the opportunity to win some goodies.

    Lisa D.

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  153. what an amazing and creative card! love it! I didn't dress up, but my daughter was a My Little Pony, and my son was Superman. :)

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  154. Oh man, this card is fantastic! I wore the same costume as I wear everyday. lol

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  155. Such a fantastic card, love that background. No Halloween here, thanks to Sandy....

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  156. wow! This is amazing!!!! I love it, thanks for the share!
    Lisa

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  157. Oooh, love that wacky witch! Kathy's techniques create beautiful effects. Thanks for sharing!

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  158. what an awesome background using that vent stamp.

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