Trick or Treating with the Paper Adventures

Spooktacular salutations, friends! I have a treat to share with you this evening – and a few tricks as well – as the Paper Adventures Team is hopping with a “Trick or treat” theme tonight.


You may have already sensed that we are all SUPER pumped to be joined tonight by Stampin’ Up! Superstar Brian King. I actually squealed when Kelly told me this news – Brian, thank you so much for hopping along with our team. We are all big fans, whenever I am in search of inspiration for clean and simple yet fabulous you are always the first person I turn to!

In saying that, my cards for tonight’s hop are anything but clean and simple. While I have absolutely no legitimate need to make Halloween themed cards for any practical reason, from an artistic point of view I find them impossible to resist. They are so much fun!! Every Holiday Catalogue it’s always the Halloween themed DSP that is my favourite. And the temptation to splash around some bold colours and big black elements is just too much!

So I busted out the Pigment Sprinkles and some black cardstock and had great fun!


My first two cards were created using the same technique. On a panel of watercolour paper I placed a die cut circle of contact paper to act as a mask. I then liberally sprayed the paper with water, then with a spritzer with water and Pigment sprinkles mixed together – Gorgeous Grape on one and Granny Apple Green on the other. While it was still wet I added a few extra dashes of sprinkles (dry powder) in Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight. I dried the panels with my heat tool then removed the circle masks. The pigment sprinkles bled into the edges a bit but I don’t mind how this looks for these cards – the rough edges look a little more “spooky moon”!


Then it was time for more fun with some splatters. I used Shimmer Paint for some metallic shine, and Basic Black and Gorgeous Grape inks. The trick to doing this with our inks is to squish some ink onto the lid of the ink pad then use an Aqua Painter to drop and mix a little water in then flick drops of this all over the panel. The shimmer paint you can pick straight up with a wet paint brush, or mix a little blob of it with a couple of drops of water on an acrylic block and then flick it off that. Just make sure with the shimmer paint that you clean all your tools up straight away (and any rogue splatters that made it to your work surface or phone…)


Here’s a close up of all those beautiful splatters and the pigment inks on the watercolour paper. I love the pop of metallic the shimmer paint provides.


For the tree I used the Sweet Silhouettes dies and the fence is from the retired Farmhouse Framelits dies from last year’s Holiday Catalogue. The finishing touch was a vellum label with the Trick or Treat from Itty Bitty Greetings white heat embossed. I think this is the only Halloween stamp I own!


I have one more Halloween themed card to share with you tonight, this one came together while I was playing with inks and some Halloween designs. Although I’m not going to knock Kelly off her throne as Queen of Punch Art, I think the little spider buddy that I came up with is still pretty good!


The spider is made from a couple of scalloped circles from the Layering Circle Dies and the daisy punch – which just so happens to have eight petals! – for the legs.  Add a couple of googly eyes and voila! Arachnid.


The front panel of the card is Basic Black and Gray Granite ink blended through a brick stencil. More splatters, of course, then a circle was cut out and a circle of the spiderweb pattern from the Monster Bash DSP was added behind there.


So there’s a few fun Halloween ticks and treats for you. I had such fun creating these. Now I must rush off because I’m taking the kids to Boo at the Zoo tonight – it’s the Halloween party that Perth Zoo puts on every year and it is SO. MUCH. FUN.


Keep hopping along now to see what Narelle has to share with us, and make sure you hope right through to see everyone’s projects this month. It’s easy enough to do, just click on this button at the bottom of every post.



Thank you so much for stopping by,







Brian King (guest designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!!

6 thoughts on “Trick or Treating with the Paper Adventures

  1. Pingback: Paper Adventures Team Hop | Trick or Treat – kelly kent

  2. Siobhan! I am in awe of the spooky beauty of your tree, moon and fence cards. What gorgeous scenes you’ve created with some great colors! The spider card is such fun! So happy I could hop with your team today! ♥

  3. Sheryl Abernathy

    I love your designs. They are incredible – so realistic and that spider card is just the cutest!

  4. Siobhan! I love your creations, those background colours are so bright and vibrant and your punch art spider is so cute! Isn’t it amazing what you can make with only 1 Halloween stamp. Thanks for sharing. Mandy x

  5. Fab creations Siobhan-love the colours and thanks for the guidelines on how to create this effect-stunning! I’m not a fan of spiders, but this is the friendliest looking spider I’ve met-even I can look at this one 🙂

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