Hot Mess ~ Success #3: Wrap it up!

Hi friends!

A little late getting online today as the Boy Scout troop
had a FUN-raising garage sale today starting at 6 am.

way. too. early!

You may remember from this post that once a month,
my crafty group of friends invited me to join them in making Hot Messes!
We take a technique with any messy quality and turn it into a card ~
and Barb, the hostess for October, said make it a Halloween theme.

  I previously saw this technique 'string wrap block art' on Splitcoaststampers
and thought it looked intriquing.
I kept putting it to the 'try this later' shelf and finally did.

And it IS fun ...

 Just not for me, LOL!

The idea is you dip the block of wood wrapped with string into paint ~
I chose to use ink.
I just daubed up the string by inverting an ink pad in varied colors.
By pressing it directly to the white cardstock,
it leaves a variety of blocked colors 
and you can basically create any number of patterns you want!

I've used Frightfully Sweet by My Favorite Things stamps,
last year's very popular Halloween stamp set :)

I colored the images with prisma color markers in colors to match the ink stripes,
and they are popped up on 3d foam dots.
The sentiment is a quick stamp with Picket Fence Studios black ink.

And that's October's messy card!
I wish I had more photos to show you on the process
but I could't find them on my phone.

You can see what the rest of the messy crew made today by
visiting Barb, Jeanette and Terry!
I'm sure they're SPOOK-tacular!

Tried a new techinique - check!
Made a mess - check!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Sooo Cute Kelly...Loz

  2. Kelly that is a wonderful technique. So sorry that you had to get up for 6 am...way too early is right!!! Darn boy scouts.

  3. A fantastic card Kelly.

    Sue xx

  4. Fantastic result with the string technique. It looks like these characters are standing on a stage!! Ready for their Halloween performance! Super cute!

  5. Such a fun background, Kelly, and these trick-or-treaters are just plain adorable!! Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

  6. Such a cute card, Kelly, lovely colours and design, Kate x

  7. great and cute card and fab idea with the twine Kelly
    Gr Karin

  8. Fabulous background and love the cute images
    Carol x

  9. Thanks for sharing this technique, new for me! Your background looks so pretty and different!! Love the cute Halloween characters, how sweet and fun!

  10. That's a neat technique! Awesome background and super cute critters!!! Sorry you had to get up soooo early! yuck! But I hope the yard sale was a success for the Boy scouts! :)


  11. That looks like a fun technique and I really like the resulting card! Those critters are just too much fun and oh so cute!!

  12. Kelly, I remember trying that string-wrapped block technique - years ago - and mine was a total disaster. Sooooo... I'm super impressed at how gorgeous yours turned out! What a sweetly adorable card!

  13. I did this once with rubber bands on a clear block. I like your idea better. Your card is beautiful and your technique is perfect. TFS!

  14. This is so dang cute. I have not heard of the technique, and the end result of your sweet card is great!