Making Halloween cards is so much fun. They can be spooky or playful. The 2018 Holiday catalog has a couple of cute stamp sets for this holiday. I selected the Spooky Sweets and the Spooky Bat punch that goes with it. I also picked up the Takeout Treats which will work for several holidays and all occasions. I’ve also been playing with some One Sheet Wonders lately. A One Sheet Wonder is a template for cutting the paper into geometric shapes that can be used to make several cards. This is a great way to convince yourself to cut that paper you love so much because you know there won’t be a wasted scrap.
For my cards I used a 6×6 inch piece of Garden Impressions. This is a bold floral pack of paper that is packed with color. But wait – Halloween cards? I know you’re wondering how that’s possible. The pack as this lovely watercolor Night of Navy and Blueberry Bushel abstract that reminded me of a fall sky at twilight. I had to use it. My inspiration for the layouts came from Nicole Belesimo. You can see her cards here. Both of us used a cutting template from Kathy Roney. Her template is here. The template makes six cards – and here they are.
This is card #1. I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder on a piece of Night of Navy to add texture. The Garden Impressions DSP is set off by Basic Black cardstock. I punched the bats using the new Black Foil that is also in the 2018 Holiday catalog. I love the shine they added to the card. The sentiment is embossed using some retired Crushed Curry powder I had – but you could use the new Pineapple Punch powder. I like the yellow on black. You will see I used it a lot. The ribbon is Basic Black Satin and there is a stray rhinestone. I have some black rhinestones left in my stash. If you don’t, you could use the new Black Blends from the Holiday catalog and color one of the standard rhinestones.
Card #2. I used a layer of Basic Black over the Basic Black card base so that I could stamp my clouds from the Spooky Sweets set and not worry about making a mistake. The sentiment is from Seasonal Chums – available in the Annual catalog. The grey ribbon is from the last Sale-a-Bration. Black Satin would have worked just as well. The moon was stamped in Daffodil Delight on the same color cardstock. I punched it out using the Twinkle Builder punch from the Annual catalog. (I saved the stars for a later card).
Card #3. I used a lot of the Black Foil on this card. A wide stripe is layered over Night of Navy. I punched one end of the foil with the Twinkle Builder. Behind the foil, I used a scrap of Daffodil Delight to make the negative space pop. The one-inch squares of DSP are layered on Night of Navy too. More foil bats, a few rhinestones, and the embossed sentiment finished it off.
Card #4. There are the stars I saved from card 2 plus a few extra. The sentiment is from Takeout Treats, embossed in yellow and punched using the Everyday Label punch. Instead of Night of Navy, I used Blueberry Bushel as my background layer.
Card 5. I was a bit stumped how to use the four small pieces. As I played around with them I layered them on a black scrap and thought it looked like a window. I used the retired Season to Sparkle to stamp a dangling spider in one of the panes. Pineapple Punch cardstock layered behind the Night of Navy makes the moon and stars shine. I layered the sentiment over a piece of Black Satin ribbon using small dimensionals.
Card 6. The last card, I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder again, but I wanted MORE. So I got out the small bottle of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from the Holiday catalog. This stuff is so cool. It’s like Wink of Stella on steroids. I just dipped my finger into the lid and got a tiny bit and then smeared it on. I kept adding small amounts until I was happy with the look. I can tell you that a little goes a LONG way. I can’t wait to order the copper, gold and white for more holiday play. For this card, I also got out my Blends. The new Mango Melody blends with the Pumpkin Pie let me make a very cool jack o’lantern. I also used a gold foil doily and the Triple Banner punch for the sentiment tag. And a rhinestone may have found it’s way onto this mixed media masterpiece.
So there you have it. Six cards using a 6×6″ piece of Garden Impressions DSP for inspiration. I hope I’ve inspired you to Cut the Paper!