Saturday, 17 October 2020

A Frightfully Fun Birthday

I was intrigued by The Rainbow Cards smoky slate challenge this month and an idea just clicked so I ran with it...

This is the last birthday card for this year, famous last words!

The set is Witch Way to the Candy from MFT and required a fair bit of masking starting with the frog and working down.

As the frog looks a little worried I thought I'd have the bat swooping in rather than actually perched on top.

It made me laugh at all the horrifying things the frog might be thinking will happen with the incoming bat, highlighted by the fact the bat looks hilariously naughty.

I masked off the area and applied hickory smoke Distress Oxide over the masked and already coloured images then spritzed with water, not too obvious from the photo.

Just for a bit of fun I added an orange bow to the cat and a sentiment from Monster Mash by Sugar Pea Designs.


Googly eyes were considered over many days but I resisted the urge of my inner child!


Watercooler Wednesday - Tristan's All About Occasions
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Too Cute to Spook
Sweet Stampers - Autumn or Halloween 
Krafty Chicks - Clean and Simple


  1. Wow...this is such an interesting way of using the mft stamps. Great job with this grey/black/white colouring...the little orange touch is fantastic! Love your card so much...
    Thank you for joining us at sweet stampers challenge,
    hugs Anke

  2. Great card - love that little scene and your colouring is fab, Jo x

  3. I call this art. You've masked so precise, that I thought first, it is one stamp. All characters are perfectly colored and the background is stunning shadowed. I like the little touch of orange. :-)

  4. What an awesone card Claire. I love the corner focal design and your beautiful colouring. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

  5. Such a fun scene Claire, amazing masking and perfect colouring as always! Googly eyes are one of my faves too lol! Cathy x

  6. I love how you make birthday cards with Halloween stamps - must be really fun to receive and I have a stockpile of Halloween cards with nowhere to go! I love how this looks in the grey tones, like a pencil drawing. I like your new thumbnail photo too!

  7. A really fun card and clever masking to achieve the end result.

  8. This card just makes me grin from ear to ear! How cute are those stacked critters with those big eyes!! Your coloring and shading is sheer perfection here and I'm just loving this wonderful little card! You've definitely out-done yourself with this one!

  9. Super cute card, Claire! Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week...PS can you please check your email? LOL...thank you!! :)

  10. Hi Claire

    This is just fabulous. I love all the grey tones with the splash of orange. A great finished look and great little characters too.

    Super clever masking too.

    I hope you have had a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  11. So fun and brilliantly done, Claire! Love the stack, the faces, and the color scheme

  12. Wow!! Leaving the design in black and white is a great idea. It has a great effect and goes perfectly with a Halloween card. I also thank you for becoming a reader of my blog. Happy crafting!!

  13. Oh wow, this is fabulous....I really don't want to refer to a frog and a bat as adorable....and yet!!!! Love the pop of colour too

    Thank you so much for playing along with the Cuties xx

  14. This is a great birthday card especially for October! And, I know, my birthday is this month. LOL. Love that you kept it grey monochrome. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.

  15. Hello Claire, Thank you for joining us at The Rainbow Card Challenge. Your card is really wonderful!!! Your coloring is awesome and to stand all those critters on top of each other is really excellent!!! I will be following your blog from now on!!! Please join us again next month. Can't wait to see what you create for our Christmas Rainbow card...
    Elena DT

  16. Your card is so creative. I love how you combined the birthday with Halloween.

  17. What a brilliant card for Halloween birthdays, love the design xx

  18. Such a beautiful and spooky card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  19. Wow - what a fabulous card. Your masking of the critters stacking them is great and what a clever idea. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Card Challenge.

    sue n.

  20. This is amazing! I love the stamps you used and how there is shadow and depth! Thank you so much for joining us at the Rainbow Card Challenge! Hugs! Katy-DT :)

  21. Wow! I love the cute card! The images are adorable and the coloring is fantastic! Great to see you in the Rainbow Card Challenge gallery. Hope you will join us again this month. Nandini, DT

  22. Fantastic coloring job! Thank you for joining The Rainbow Card Challenge this month!

    Mary Ellen
    TRCC DT,

  23. Absolutely gorgeous! What a fun and adorable card. And that design is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at the Rainbow Card Challenge.

  24. Can't believe I missed this one Claire. Beautifully done, as always. Your inking is so neat and those critters are definitely cute!! Lovely to see you at The Cutie Pies xx


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