Hi Friends,

I haven’t been on my own blog much this week, because I have been so busy becoming a member of the Design Team at Strawberry Jude Stamps!  Yay!  I feel so blessed and honored!  Thank you, Lord!  And thanks to Jewel Charsley, Owner/ Operator of Strawberry Jude Stamps for opening her door to me.  Also, a thank you go to Jewel’s assistant, Jeanette Angle, who has given me much attention and direction getting started on the Design Team.  I’m lovin’ it!  My first card was featured on their blog on Friday, September 23nd.  Hopefully, I will get a Design Team badge soon to post on my blog’s sidebar.  I will link below the location of my post on their blog.

Now to take a look at the card I posted.  I am SO EXCITED!!

Jack Watermarked

I finished this card at nighttime and had to post it right away, so I didn’t have the opportunity to use natural light when I took the picture.  In reality, the white on the card is very white.  It always bugs me when my whites look off-white, just like when your whites in the laundry don’t come out as white as you wanted!  Here’s the directions for the card.


The first thing I did was stamp my pumpkin layers and work on finding a color combination that gave the pumpkin the colors I liked together.  To get a pumpkin similar to this guy, if you have ink pad colors in any hue of yellow, orange, brownish-red, and brown, you are good to go.  Spread some ink samples on a scrap piece of paper and decide which colors look good together.  You don’t need to buy the same colors I used because you may already have colors that layer together  nicely and look good to you. 


I used thick cardstock since I was stamping six layers, but it will be fine if you use thinner cardstock, like 65#.

  • Strawberry Jude Stamp Set, Jack-O-Layers – The stamps are numbered. Stamp #1 in the lightest ink color; #2 second lightest ink color; #3 third lightest color and so on to stamp #6 using the darkest color
  • 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) – If you don’t have this marvel, use Fiskars Stamp Press or an acrylic block.
  • Ink Pads used for the jack-o-lantern:

stamp #1 (solid flat) – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Squeezed Lemonade

stamp #2 (almost solid) – Hero Arts Ink Pad, Butter Bar

stamp #3 – Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Sunshine

stamp #4 – Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Orange Peel

stamp #5- Hero Arts, Ombre Ink Pad, Butter Bar – Orange Soda  (I didn’t use the butter

bar section of the three inks on this pad).

stamp #6 – Hero Arts Ink Pad, Tangerine

I suggest that if you want to know the colors I’ve mentioned here, that you put the complete ink pad name in your browser window and bring it up to see the hue. 

  • EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors – Cut out the jack-o-lantern right on the edge.
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Coffee
  • finger dauber – Use to go around the edge of the pumpkin with the brown ink to make it stand out. Use whatever blender or sponge you have.
  • Crafter’s Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen – Put sparkle on the eyes, nose and mouth. If you have ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Tip Marker, you could use it instead.  Spectrum has a clear undertone.  Wink of Stella has a golden undertone.  Set this aside to dry.

The Stem

  • Layer 1 – Anna Giffin Cream Ink Pad
  • Layer 2 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Antique Linen
  • Layer 3 – Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Coffee
  • Layer 4 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo

Go around the edge of the stem with the Coffee ink and a finger dauber.  Use a dab of liquid glue to adhere the stem to the pumpkin.  Lay an acrylic block on this to dry.

jack-close-upIsn’t he a beauty?  I just love how Strawberry Jude layering stamps are made with such detail.  It looks like there’s a candle inside, don’t you think?


  • paper trimmer
  • Ranger Inkssentials Manilla Cardstock, cut to 5 ¼ X 4 ¼ inches – A smooth and heavyweight cardstock that takes blending like a breeze. Use watercolor paper in lieu of this.
  • Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool with a sponge for each color ink – Use this tool to blend the following ink colors on the background panel.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink PadsBroken China, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot 

To see the YouTube video I watched to decide how I wanted to blend my background ink, see the link below.

Jack night sky

  • scrap paper – Mask off the area where the house sets on a hill.
  • Ranger Inkssentials Mini Mister Spray Bottle
  • purified or distilled water
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder, Perfect Pearl – Mix a very small amount of Perfect Pearl powder with enough water to fill the Mini Mister. Shake well.  Spray this lightly on the background panel.  Wait a few seconds, then lay a rag or paper towel on towel of the splatters and press down.  LET THIS DRY COMPLETELY (or the white speckles coming next will pick up the distress ink colors, as mine did).
  • Copic Opaque White Paint – Lay a tiny bit of this on a craft sheet or acrylic block, and spray the Perfect Pearl mixture into it.  Blend with a small brush.  Use the brush to splatter a few white speckles on the sky.  DON’T SPLATTER THE SECTION WHERE THE HOUSE IS GOING TO BE ON TOP OF A HILL.  Remove the scrap masking paper and let this dry.



  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cut and Emboss Machine
  • 65# Recollections Black Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Village Dies – After die cutting, take a small piece of thin white cardstock and apply the squeezed lemonade ink to it. Glue the piece to the back of the house, so it looks as though the lights in the house are on.
  • Our Daily Bread Fence Die – This is the only fence die cut I own and it seemed too short for the side of the pumpkin.  So you need to cut 2 fence die cuts to stack one on top of the other for the fence to be high enough for the large jack-o-lantern.
  • Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die
  • Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel, white – Edge the sides of the house and fence where the sky light would shine. Leave the other side in the shadows.  Add a little white to the grass.  Let this dry.
  • My Mind’s Eye 6 x 6 inch pattern paper
  • Wplus9 Bountiful Blooms Die, hello
  • Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel, white – Go around the edge of the word so the black sections of the word stand out like the white sections do.



  • 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock, cut to 8½ x 5½ inches to make the card base
  • Martha Stewart Score Board and Bone Folder – Fold the cardstock in half to make a 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inch card (A2 size)
  •  65# Recollections White Cardstock, cut to 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches
  • Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad, Orange Peel
  • finger dauber – Go around the edge of the white cardstock to make an orange border. This will go under the front card panel.
  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Tape – Adhere the orange border to the card base. Adhere the front panel on top.
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue (or any craft glue you have) – Using a thin line, add just enough glue to the backs of the die cuts and pumpkin to adhere them. ADDING SOMETHING WET TO AN AREA THAT HAS DISTRESS INK ON IT WILL SMEAR THE INK, SO BE CAREFUL TO PLACE THE DIECUTS WHERE YOU WANT THEM THE FIRST TIME.  Place something like a large acrylic block over the card front, giving the die cuts time to dry.
  • Crafter’s Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen – Put sparkle on the house, trees, fence and grass. Let this dry.
  • Sequins – Neat and Tangled Mermaid Tail Sequin Mix; Simon Says Stamp Mixed Yellow and Clear – Adhere with small dots of glue. Lay something on top of these until they dry.

That’s my card!  If you want to make a card similar to this without creating your own night sky, use a piece of patterned cardstock that looks like a night sky as your background panel.  You could also use a piece of plain orange cardstock as the border under the front panel.

It was so exciting making this card for Strawberry Jude Stamps.  I look forward to working on my next card.  I’m very happy to be a part of the Design Team!  Go, Strawberry Jude!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  Come back real soon!

Happy crafting,

Tricia Ann 



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Halloween  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Halloween Inspiration  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge



My first post as a Design Team Member at Strawberry Jude Stamps http://www.strawberryjudestamps.com/single-post/2016/09/23/Jack-O-Lantern

The YouTube video with background ink blending, called Night Sky Tag with Distress Inks and Distress Markers part#1 Flying By to Say Hi   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wl-M0E6hAg

To shop at Strawberry Jude Stamps, go to http://www.strawberryjudestamps.com/stamps

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