Friday, 25 October 2013

Cardmaking: with skulls and chains

Hello hello.
Do you know the Daring Cardmakers ? They're a weekly challenge blog who've reached their 7th birthday this month:
And they recently invited me to pull on a party hat and join in the celebrations over there today.

After giving me a list of themes I could choose to play along with I chose Spooky Birthdays ... because, really, any theme that justifies me using a skull and chains on a card is always going to win me over!

And here's my card:
The skull in question is a Cuttlebug die-cut + embossing set while the chain is a scrap of silver wrapping paper cut with the 'Delicate Chain' Poppy Stamps die, and I arranged them to give the idea of a skull chandelier:
But - skull & crossbones aside - by keeping the other elements quite subdued and subtle I was aiming for a fairly sophisticated, even feminine, finished result. And you can't beat a touch of crochet trimming and bling for that can you?
And, as you might have come to expect, no card of mine is really complete without a few word snippets, these cut from an old children's annual: 
Here's the end result again, to save your scrolling finger!
For more Spooky Birthdays ideas make sure to hop over to see how the Daring Cardmakers have interpreted the same theme and check out the challenges and competitions too.
And join me here over the coming weekend as I prepare to post off my final few Going Postal missives of the 2013 series! It's your last chance to get your contributions linked up, pinned to Pinterest and promoted on my Facebook page too.  
See you soon.


  1. My goodness, this is an intriguing contrast, Julie - those delicate florals, soft whites and then a skull and crossbones to boot. All the more sinister for it!

  2. oooh this is fabulous Julie!! I love the skull on chains!!
    hugs Lou xxx

  3. love the texture and colours in this. it really works.

  4. Fab card. I love the chains and to make a chandelier was brilliant.

  5. I think I would quite like a skull chandelier in my house! Your cards are always such inventive works of art Julie - thank you so much for being a Guest Designer as we celelbrate 7 years of Daring Cardmakers :)

  6. Love the chandelier idea, and I also love that you've managed to make a spooky card that still looks elegant and sophisticated.

  7. Wow, fabulous the elements to your card!
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    Shell in Alaska

  8. Halloween just got "blinged" what a wonderful card.

    I love it. :)

  9. Love skull cards - and yours is fantastic! - fab use of the chain to create a chandelier :D


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