Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WWC90 - Happy Hallowe'en

This week's challenge is hosted by Libby and she is presenting a very graphic challenge with just two colours, black on white.  As if that isn't enough, Libby's challenge is also what we call a "Simply Stamped" challenge.  You have to do a lot of thinking and planning to achieve a "simple" card.

Before we get started and I unveil my own creation for this challenge, I am going to give you a very quick run-down of what our expectations for this challenge are:

"Simply Stamping" is a return to basics.  We expect either one single stamped base layer or a base with one single layer on that.  We expect simple stamping.  You can use masking, heat embossing, stencilling, sponging.  You cannot use an embossing folder or embellishments or additional layers (not even a tag).

What our team discovered is that it's not very easy to stamp simply.  It remains one of our most difficult challenges.  I decided that I would use two layers.  My base is Basic Black cardstock and then I added a layer of Whisper White upon which I did all my stamping, sponging, detailing.  It took time, but I was so happy with the results.  Normally I would have stamped my jar on a separate piece of Whisper White and then popped it up on Dimensionals.  Well, that's not allowed so it became part of my stamping challenge.  And it worked.

Stamps:  Jar of Haunts, Spooky Fun, Bite Me (retired)
Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks:  Basic Black
Additional Tools:  Sponge

I hope you'll check out the wonderful "simply stamped" creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.


  1. Oh Heidi what a delightfully spooky scene you've created complete with spiders and oozing blood or goo or whatever is in that jar! You've really shown that this simply stamping challenge can have a lot of interest without having to add layers and other distractions. Great card!

    1. Thanks so much, Penny. The Simply Stamping is making me plan a lot more than I have to when I can layer or die-cut. It's good practise.

  2. Hi Heidi
    Love your card! For a single layer, you got a lot of spooky stuff going on! And I like how you made your cobwebs a little more " natural" in the way they are attached. That's not easy to do with stamps.

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. I will admit that my Project Life pen got a workout, ensuring that the webs all had an anchor of sorts. The beauty of black on white is that you can't tell where the black stamping ends and the black "filling in" begins.


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