Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - August 2023 - Accordions!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! It is Designer Challenge time and the Karen Burniston Design Team were challenged with the theme Accordion. That means we could use any "accordion" style die. 

For my card, I chose the Landscape Rectangle Accordion die and went with a Halloween theme! I know, I know, it's still summer, but I love Halloween! 

For this card, I used a heavy weight black cardstock for the base of each rectangle accordion piece. Then I chose two different Halloween themed patterned papers and created borders for the front and back of my card. 

For my first rectangle, I die cut a center piece from smooth white cardstock and created a green background using Distress Ink in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness. Then I added water to some Distress Ink in Black Soot and with a paint brush, flicked black spots onto the background. 

Once dry, I added the cemetery background from Karen Burniston's Halloween Scene die set. I cut this twice, once from smooth black cardstock and once from a glitter black cardstock. Then I trimmed the tomb stones from the smooth black cardstock and glued it on top of the glitter paper, so I looked like the tomb stones glittered. 

I die cut two ghost from Karen Burniston's Halloween Elements, adding black to the eyes to they popped! I glued them down behind the cemetery scene and then glued down the cemetery. 

I die cut three pumpkins, two from Haunted Tiny House Add-Ons and one from the Halloween Elements die set, from smooth white cardstock and colored them using Copic markers. 

Lastly, I die cut the word "BOO!" from the Halloween Elements using purple cardstock. I die cut two pieces and glued them together because my cardstock was very thin. Then I added some glitter gel. 

For the center rectangle, I die cut a panel from smooth white cardstock and added purple ink on it. I used Simon Says Stamps Pawsitively Saturated ink in Lilac and Orchid. 

Then I mixed water with Distress Ink in Black Soot and with a paint brush, flicked black splatters all over. 

Once that dried, I used some Distress Crackle Paint over the purple to create a "cracked" look to the background. 

I die cut two bats from Karen Burniston's Haunted Tiny House Add-On using sparkly black cardstock. I also used the same cardstock to cut the background of the "Happy Halloween" sentiment. 

I blended Distress Ink in Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin and Crackling Campfire and once dry, die cut the Happy Halloween sentiment from it. 

For my last rectangle, I used the cauldron and cloud from Karen Burniston's Good Luck Charms to create a witches bubbling cauldron. I die cut the cauldron from a shiny smooth black cardstock. I die cut the "bubbles" from white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers to look like bubbling goo. Then I added some glitter gel to give a little extra oomph!

I added some pumpkins from the Haunted Tiny House Add-On as well as the spiders, which I cut from sparkly black cardstock. 

I added the witches hat and bird from the Halloween Elements die set. Lastly I die cut a white rectangle from the Landscape Rectangle Accordion set and glued it down. 

I love using the Landscape Rectangle Accordion. It makes such a fun card with panels large enough to make neat scenes on it. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


  1. Your card is too cute. I love the colors you used with your Halloween card and the images are awesome. Halloween is my favorite time of year. Thank you very much for sharing this idea.
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  2. Love the Halloween theme - such wonderful make!

  3. Great Halloween card! Love the colors and cookie dough ice cream


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