I don’t really send Halloween cards – it’s not that huge in our household, but I do recognize that it’s a big deal to others! (My American friends, not to generalize, but I’m looking at most of you!) Anyway, I thought I’d make up a quick embellishment for a card or candy treat, and was looking around the craft room for something that would suit. Again, realizing that I don’t have many/if any Halloween themed stamp sets….I remembered another demo friend, Ann Brown, mentioning that she had done a mummy with washi tape. Well, the only washi tape that I had was all pretty and coloured, and somehow I didn’t think it suited a mummy. So I tried masking tape (FAIL, the masking tape was beige so didn’t look quite right). I found some rolls of paper tape – the medical type that you can use to hold gauze bandages in place, and BINGO! It worked easily, even if it’s a little hard to see in the picture. The bonus with the paper tape, like washi tape, is that it’s tear-able. I tore length wise along strips of the tape to get a more ragged edge, and then just stuck pieces down, overlapping, to create the mummy bandages. The base is Stampin’ Up!’s Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, which I purchased as part of the Cookie Cutter Christmas discounted bundle with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set. There is actually a coordinating Halloween set (available in wood mount or clear mount) but I hadn’t purchased it – hence my need to improvise! I used the brush end of the Stampin’ Write Basic Black marker to colour just the eyes from the bear face in the Christmas set to create the eyes for the mummy.
On a side note, current convention is to spell Halloween without any punctuation, and I realize that I’m revealing something about my age (and my grammar police side), but I have to retype the word every time because I automatically include the apostrophe. You know, Hallowe’en. I will go console myself with some chocolate now, I think. Good thing we have some extras here!
There’s a special starting on November 1st, so something to look forward to! I will post more details that day, so please come back to www.yamstamps.com and check it out!