Sweet AND Spooky Handmade Halloween Cards!

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Come see a great way to make sweet and spooky handmade Halloween cards that will delight everyone who is lucky enough to receive one!

While we love the occasional scary card, we mostly like Halloween cards that are cute and not too creepy. Today Carol is sharing her fabulous design for sweet and spooky handmade Halloween cards that are just adorable but have that little hint of haunt in the background. Let’s hear right from Carol how she created this delightful card.

First let’s create the nighttime background scene. Place an A2 sized piece of 80# Neenah into a stamp positioning tool such as the MISTI. This will allow you to re-stamp as needed. Of course, you can also use a stamp block.

Pat your anti-static tool over the panel. Ink up the Framed Crows In Trees background stamp with Versamark. Stamp the image onto the card panel. Sprinkle on black embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Trim the piece to 4″ x 5-¼”. Die cut masking paper with the fourth smallest Nested Circle die. Place the mask over the top right corner.

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Use blending brushes to color the background with a dark blue ink, adding black ink just around the edges. I used two of my favorites for a night sky: Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress inks. Use a dry towel to remove any extra ink that may be sitting on top of the embossed areas. Remove the mask and marvel at the beautiful night sky w/moon scene you just created!

Adhere the scene to an A2 card base.

Next die cut 80# Neenah with the Build an Owl die. This is a one-piece die, and I find that it’s way easier to just die cut white cardstock, then color the pieces. But you can certainly use your colored cardstock scraps to die cut the owl pieces. These owls are so cute and whimsical and you can make your owl whatever color you like and are the perfect element to add to sweet and spooky handmade Halloween cards.

Die cut the Owl Halloween Add-On’s die from 80# Neenah. PRO TIP: When there are lots of small pieces as there are here, I like to go ahead and assemble the elements before I color. Now I know exactly where everything goes and can more easily decide on the colors to use. Be sure to save all of the extra pieces for another project!

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Use ink blending brushes to color all of the pieces. I began with the main body portion of the owl and added Lilac Color Fuse In from Set #6. Also add some darker shading around the edges.

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Next I added Magenta Color Fuse Ink from the same set just around the edges to add more depth to the piece. You can see the difference here:

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Continue to color the remaining pieces in the same manner. The other Color Fuse inks used for this card are: Custard, Autumn, and Amaretto from Set #1; Hearth from Set #12 with a bit more Black Soot Distress ink.

Next die cut the Ghosts Die from 80# Neenah. Since I just needed one ghost, I used a scrap piece of cardstock to cut the one I wanted. (This is another one-piece die.) Use glue to adhere a small piece of black cardstock behind the ghost’s eyes and mouth.

Stamp the sentiment from the Pumpkin Dress Up set with Versamark onto black cardstock treated with anti-static powder. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the stamped area and use a heat tool to melt and set it. Trim the sentiment to a rectangle strip. Add foam tape to the back of the owl, ghost, and sentiment and adhere to the background scene.

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Isn’t that SO FUN? That bright purple against that velvety blue makes everything pop. And it truly is the perfect combination of that teeny bit scary background with the friendliest little batwitchowl! (What would you call this cutie?)

If you are inspired to make some of these combo cards, here’s what you will want to grab from our store:

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There are lots of ways you can adapt this idea for these sweet and spooky handmade Halloween cards. Use different characters in the foreground – our characters from our Pumpkin Dress Up and Pumpkin Dress Up Set #2 would be super cute! Or mix them together to make a little “neighborhood” of trick or treating pals. Change out the colors to your heart’s content. Turn the cards into little gift card holders., candy bar wrappers or little tags to tie onto candy bags. There’s no end to the opportunities to treat your friends!

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