Well, the calendar says it’s October 31st and so that means it is officially Halloween! And so whether today holds parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, or just hanging out at home; I wanted to wish you a happy and safe Halloween!
For today’s card, I wanted to get some good time in with this Frightful Sight designer series paper. See, this is one of those paper packs that I thought was super cute and just my style for Halloween – and then I let it sit on my shelf for months! Can anyone relate to that? (Please, someone say yes!)
Anyway, I realized that Halloween was almost here and so I grabbed my paper and started playing around. The basic layout of this card was from a sketch my mom shared with me years ago but I think it still holds up. I sponged the edges of just about everything with Basic Grey ink to help give it a dirty/spooky feel and I especially love how it turned out on the cat. The pumpkin was made by taking a 1” circle punch and punching out two circles. I trimmed one down into an oval and then cut the second in half to glue behind the first “circle”. I finished it off with some scrap Always Artichoke cardstock to make the stem. Pop a few pieces up on dimensionals and add a Basic Grey corduroy button (currently available for a steal on the clearance rack) and there you go!
So from our house to yours:
Have a Spooky, Fun, and Happy Halloween!
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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Cajun Craze, Basic Grey, Basic Black marker
Paper: Cajun Craze cardstock, Basic Grey cs, Whisper White cs, Always Artichoke cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories: 1” circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Basic Grey corduroy buttons, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween this year! I hope your evening is fill with fun and yummy treats!
Here is my Halloween card treat:
If you are curious, I created the spider by punching out a 1″ circle in Basic Black and then used the Curly Label punch to punch out the legs (you just slide the edge of the paper just barely into the punch to create the thin legs). The mummy is just wrapping some ribbon around a Basic Black square and then adding white gel pen eyes. And the pumpkin is the 1″ circle punch again only I cut out 3 and layered them so that two overlapped and then the center pumpkin covered up the overlap. Add a bit of chocolate chip cardstock for a stem and you’re done!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black marker
Paper: Dusty Durango CS, Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Rich Razzleberry CS, Wicked Fun DSP
Accessories: sm Scallop Square punch, Curly Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Square punch, Small oval punch, Word Window punch, White gel pen, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals
When I was first playing with my letterpress plates and trying out different inks and paper, I ended up with extra pieces as samples. This Trick or Treat was one of the pieces I made using Confetti White paper and classic Pumpkin Pie ink. It turned out pretty well, so I had set it aside to use later. Then, I also had this card base I made using Basic Black paper and torn Old Olive cardstock originally for a punch art card that ended up going a different direction, and so I had that lying around too. So, put them together and add a fun halloween pumpkin and this is what turned out:
Punching the pumpkin –
I also had to get a little creative with the pumpkin. I didn’t have oval punches, which is what I would normally use, but I did have a 1-1/4” circle punch available. So, I punched out three full circles from some Tangerine Tango cardstock. I then slid one of the circles back into the punch so I could punch again, trimming off one side of the circle to make an oval like shape. Now, I did this by sliding the circle in and tapping the side of the punch to shift it into place – the complete pain in the tush method. If I were to do this again, I would either stick my circle to the back of a post-it note or use dotto to temporarily adhere the pumpkin to a piece of computer paper so that I had a bigger piece of paper to hold when trying to control how much of the circle I was trimming.
To finish the pumpkin, I sponged the edges of the circles with Chocolate Chip ink,. Then overlap two of the circles and adhere together. Adhere the trimmed circle/”oval” on top of the two circles. Cut a strip of Old Olive CS and adhere to the back of the pumpkin you just created for a stem.
Trick or Treat Recipe:
Ink: Pumpkin Pie classic ink, Chocolate Chip classic ink
Paper: Basic Black CS, Confetti White CS, Tangerine Tango CS, Old Olive CS
Accessories: Trick or Treat letterpress die, 1-1/4″ circle punch, sponge, paper piercer, Ice Rhinestone brads