Many of you know that I hate spiders. You could say that I do actually have arachnophobia. Yeah, yeah…they’re great for the environment and all that…but so are BATS! I would SO much rather have bats about than spiders! Blech! But. When I saw this month’s Oh! The Horror Challenge on Smeared & Smudged, I was instantly inspired. Take a peek-see… Check out that stunning sky! Those pretty trees! That single spider dropping from it’s elegant web. How could you not be inspired by this? Originally, I was just gonna use the sky as inspiration…but then I remembered this way cool tree that I have…and then oh! That nasty (but totally perfect!) spider stamp that I have (hey, it came in a set!). I went very literal with my card…and I think it’s rad. The color is much richer in person. It really follows the colors of the poster. I stamped my tree (Stampers Anonymous) first, then I stamped my spiders (Inkadinkado). I embossed the images in black. Then I started to play with my beloved chalk. Really folks, if you don’t have any chalk…you should really invest in some! I started with the pink and worked my way up the card. I used 4 colors and blended them really well. But the chalk leaves the embossed image…well…chalky. I tried using my eraser (very gingerly) but that was a pain in the ass, so I decided to re heat it just a tiny bit. It re glossed the powder and looks fab again. You just need to remember that if you try this, to not heat it too much. Otherwise, the powder will melt into the paper and might ruin the look of your piece. Here you can see the sheen of the embossing powder. I hafta say, I really do like this spider image. The way they swirl around, is actually pretty cool. This card is only one layer! I haven’t made a single layer card in ages! And it only took my about 10 minutes! I am really pleased with it. I hope you check out this and some of the other challenges at Smeared & Smudged. Each month we have several amazing challenges you can play along with. And of course, there are always prizes to be won! So come and visit the S&S Forum! And be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, posted on my sidebar. Have an inspiring day!