I got this Quirky Trees set because I thought it would make a fun modern Christmas card, but I had the idea of maybe using the trees as witch hats for Halloween. With the Halloween colors, I think it worked pretty well!
As I said when we started the Halloween challenge, I’m not much of a Halloween card-maker, but I’m really enjoying it! I’m especially liking the challenge of using stamps that are not for Halloween. It’s always great to stretch your stamps!
The purpose of Throwback Thursday is to “repurpose” some of the older content, making it new again. With the hundreds of videos, you probably have forgotten or maybe missed some of the old stuff. So, once a month I’m here with a fun reminder.
For today, I chose a Halloween card from 3 years ago that I made for an Ellen Hutson blog hop – it’s a pop-up ghost accordion:
It was really easy to make – I used printer paper to make sure it was thin enough inside the card.
See the post for details and a video. Have a wonderful day!
I’m in a Fall kind of mood. I just got this Winter Woods set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. I LOVE this set. I didn’t really even appreciate the stamp I used for this card until I actually used it. It’s seriously the finest set of tree branches I’ve ever seen – it’s like hair. In the video I keep referring to the branches as leaves, lol. In fact, I kept calling the set Winter Leaves, then Winter Trees, but then I got it right in the video: Winter Woods. I don’t know why it’s so confusing to me.
The photo of the card does not do it justice. You get a better view of it in the video. Here is a close-up of the branches:
Be careful with the water – too much water and you lose the detail. You can always add more, so go slowly.
Enjoy the video!
4 x 5 1/4 inches
10.2 x 13.3 cm
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
10.8 x 14 cm
Zig Markers used (in the order I used them): Light Brown (which I referred to as yellow in the video), Orange, Mid Green, Wine Red, Deep Green, Brown, and Dark Brown
It’s very hard to get a good photo with the black and the sparkliness of it. I used the Simon Says Stamp Repeating Circles die, which makes these windows very aligned with no effort! But, you could of course repeat a circle die yourself or use a punch. I feel like punches aren’t as popular anymore, but I really do think they are so useful!
Fill your circles with whatever you have on hand – pumpkins, witch hats, bats, ghosts, or even skulls.
I love making Halloween cards and using the wonderful colors of the season. This little witch is one of my favorite stamps.
Mummy Card for Grandson Rowan
I used some SU stamps that are older versions. All stamps are embossed. Grass die from Impression Obsession. Punched hole 1-3/8 inch to place 1" spider, hung with fishing line (spider stamped twice so that it shows when the card is opened. Spider anchored between face of card and black cover sheet with heavy-duty 3/8" double-sided tape and the fishing line so it is taut. Wink of Stella clear pen used on mummy.
Scarecrow card for Granddaughter Harleigh
This second Halloween card was made almost identically to the first one. Pumpkins were added from dies and stamps were colored with Copic markers. Scarecrow filled in with Wink of Stella clear pen.
Scary Skeleton Card for Grandson Rhys.
This third Halloween card is almost identical to the first two, with resources being the same. Fog around skeleton is from Color Box Frosted White ink. Wink of Stella clear pen used to highlight skeleton and pumpkins, with pumpkins being colored with Copic markers.
Julie Nutting witch stamps
Waiting for the Great Pumpkin on a Starry Night
Inspired by a Sandy Allnock video. Everything is free hand. Inktense pencils, Mijello Gold watercolor and Faber Castel color pencils. I didn’t want to cover any of it with a sentiment so I’l put something on the inside. For my friend who loves Halloween, pumpkins and her black cat. We also saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night in NYC earlier this year, so this card is very personalized.
Haunted houses SU
Halloween Spooks Card
This is my go-to Halloween favourite. I used the MFT Birdie Brown Fab-boo-lous stamp set. Hope you like this card too!
Lots of masking but love the critters. MFT stamps.
This card uses the stamp and detail dies from Stamplistic.
I love this repeating circles die cut! I used alcohol inks in a Haloween colored theme. Inspiration from Jennifer McGuire with using scraps. I designed a card last year with alcohol inks that I did not like so I used the scraps this year.
Another repeating circles die with alcohol inks.
Used oxide ink for the background. Colored owl with Arteza real brush markers. Sprayed with Heidi Swapp gold iridescent spritz. I was ready to give up on this card until I did the spritz. My husband thought it was too cute to discard. 🙂
Design from the Pazzle Craftroom and cut with my Pazzle Inspiration. Resized to make an easel card.
Shaped card made from file the Pazzle Craftroom. Colored the eyes with alcohol markers.
Design from the Pazzle Craftroom and redesign to be an easel card. I thought these with scary cute. Used the pen tool to write the sentiment.
Skull from the Pazzle Craftroom and modified to be an easel card. Used the pen tool to write the sentiment!
The design is from the Pazzle Craftroom. I used the pen tool in my machine to draw the design and sentiment on the acetate with a black Sharpie pen. I added black alcohol ink on the back to create the shadows under the window. Sorry you can see a ghosting of my hands holding the camera, I thought it added to the spooky feel 🙂 Of course google eyes on the spiders are a must!
This image is from a Power Poppy set called "Feeling Fall". Stamped with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter.
Another MFT set. Love that it’s cute not super frightening.
Stamp sets: Holiday Frame-GKD, Bats-GSD
Paper: Orange-HL, Plum Punch, Slate - GKD
Give Thanks Patterned Paper - GKD
Pens: White Gel, Black Gel, Glitter Gel, Copic Markers
I combined stamps and vendors. My daughter helped me place the bat hanging from the branch in the circle. Love the Bats set; it is from Gerda Steiner Designs. The frame and many of the papers are from Gina K Designs and the other from Hobby Lobby.
Loved this image of the black cat standing on a fence in front of the Hunter’s Moon! Halloween cards are my favorite to make!
This spider is really too cute to be scary...I can’t belive I said that about any spider! Had fun making this card!
Put this little ghost on fishing line, sandwiched between a front and back of the ghost - and he spins in the opening!
Scary ghost !
This represents the scary part of Halloween!
Lighted Box card with stand
It's All About the Candy Corn
The inside says, "Just handover the candy corn and no one will get hurt."
Just a friendly little greeting...
...to wish you happy trick or treating!
Krafting Kimmie image called Batty Princess, stamped with Stazon black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.
All the little critters are from Purple Onion Designs.
Halloween Cocktail Time
The cocktail image is by Leigh Hannah for Impression Obsession; the cobwebs and spider by Inkadinkado- oldies all. I had fun coloring with glitter pens and using Black Soot Distress Ink (for the first time!), using deckle edge scissors to trim the panels: whisper white and garden green mounted on smoky shadow card base. Hope your Halloween is lots of good fun!
Kraftin Kimmie "Horace", stamped with Stazon Black ink and colored with SU markers and an aqua painter.
Images are from Oxford Impressions
Ghost likes the cocktails
I picked up on the pun "ghost and boooz" and used my cocktail stamps to complete the scene. The background paper was a perfect complement.
Trick or treat
Eek, It's Halloween
A card for a daughter of my friend. The little spooky guys are all on action wobblers. The Stamps and paper are Close To My Heart (all retired)
I used the Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil to do the background. It is so much fun to use.
The Pumpkins all jiggle.
Finally using some of my patterned paper. I used Brusho for the night sky background.
This was a fun card to do.
Joyce Soo Hoo
Center stair step Halloween card
Sending You Monster Hugs
Another card using the Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil.
Trick or Treat
My last Halloween Card also using the Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil.
This card by Sarah immediately caught my eye as the cutest and most thoughtful thinking of you:
I love that the whole thing is blue, including the bunny sweater. And those rosy cheeks. The sentiment is just so simple and says it all. I just love it so much.
Next is this colorful beauty by Donna:
Not only is the coloring fantastic, but the animals are so darling. They have their eyes closed, like they are really thinking of you. And the bird on the rhino is too cute.
Next is this beautifully colored bouquet by Sherry:
First, the coloring is gorgeous – I love how the tips get more red as you move outward from the center until they are bright red at the very edge. I also like how this card is an unusual size. I never think to fit my card to the stamp – it’s always the other way around!
Finally, this masculine card by Hannah:
Hannah downloaded the ship image from the internet for her card. I’m thinking about how much you can personalize a card by doing this. Maybe you and a friend have an inside joke about a product, a character/celebrity, or maybe a special location. You could incorporate a photo of it on your card. Anyway, in addition to that, I love the knot!! Nautical is kind of a popular theme for cards – this knot is such a great idea!
Thank you again to everyone who took the time to submit a card. I’ll be back in a few to launch the October Halloween Challenge!
I am still in love with the fruit from the Sunny Studio Berry Bliss set! I used it on this card and decided to use the strawberries on another card. They are my favorite! Can you believe it’s just two steps for this stamp? I don’t know how they do it so well. 🙂 Here is a close-up of the stamped strawberry:
I used one of the new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog stamps called Buffalo Check. It’s a great versatile, subtle background stamp!
Today I layered Oxide ink over Distress Ink using a stencil. I used Broken China and Lucky Clover, but I think this technique would look great with a light pink and a red. Or a yellow and green. The design could easily be used for a masculine card.
We are on the brink of the holidays! Yay! I thought it would be fun to have a Halloween challenge this year! I don’t make a lot of Halloween cards, but when I do, it’s always so fun because there are so many different characters and objects you can use… witches, bats, candy corn, pumpkins, etc.