1. Use strips of paper to create your own pattern. The card below on the left is just a series of strips glued onto white card stock on the diagonal. It’s easy, uses up “left-overs,” and is just as cute as cards made from a full sheet of paper. You could also weave the strips together like a basket for a more abstract look.
2. Punch circles out of paper scraps and glue them onto card stock. I chose to make all the circles the same size and line them up evenly. Alternately, you could use different sized punches and randomly adhere them down for a more playful design. (I kinda wish I had done that, actually.)
Hope you had fun following along as I created my Halloween cards and decorations. And I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!
P.S. I would love to know which was your favorite card or project from this series.
Today’s card design is decidedly more sweet than scary. One of the patterns in the Happy Haunting paper pack is a series of hexagons with a variety of patterns like polka dots and damask, a series of vignettes like witches and pumpkins, plus words like “eek” and “trick or treat.” Instead of cutting a square for the front of the card, I cut around some of the hexagons and added faux stitching to make it look a little like a quilt. I added a few mini hearts and a couple of black brads for some dimension.
Another quick, simple, sweet card. But, add the ominous Bram Stoker quote inside and… spooky!
Double, double, toil and trouble;
fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
something wicked this way comes.
~ William Shakespeare
Today I have a “double, double” post because I wanted to share my two favorite layout tricks (that aren’t really tricks at all!).
I like to use one paper pattern for the background and a contrasting strip of paper that I either center on the card (above) or place in the bottom third (below). Then I use a couple of paper punches in different sizes to make a medallion of some sort. In the center of the medallion I might put a sticker like I did with these cards, or I might use a button, a decorative brad, or a ribbon. Finally, I adhere the medallion to the center (above) or right half of the card (below).
These two go-to layouts never fail me. They are quick and easy and I can make them look different every time with different papers and embellishments. I do like to mix it up, of course. But sometimes it’s nice to use a layout that’s simple and familiar.
The foulest stench is in the air,
The funk of forty thousand years.
And grisly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom.
~ Michael Jackson
I love the sticker sheet in the Happy Haunting paper pack and the “officially creeped out” one goes well with the spider patterned paper because, let’s face it… spiders are creepy. I wanted to center the sticker on the front of the card so I cut down the card stock to a 4″ x 4″ square. A two-inch scalloped punch, a couple of sheets of patterned paper, and some foam squares create a layered effect. Once again, a dashed white line creates a fun boarder. I also used black and white twine to add a little more visual interest (the twine is threaded through two small holes I cut in the side of the card).
Finally, the above quote from Thriller is sufficiently creepy for the inside sentiment. I think this is my favorite Halloween card so far.
“…but his horror was still more increased on
observing that the head, which should have
rested on his shoulders, was carried before
him on the pommel of his saddle!”
~ Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
What could be more scary than a headless guy riding a horse directly toward you? I haven’t read The Legend of Sleepy Hallow since college, but it seems like the story would provide great quotes for Halloween cards.
For this card I chose a pattern from the Happy Haunting paper pack that is a dark charcoal with silhouettes of bare trees under a full moon. Normally I don’t use this kind of pattern for cards because larger images are better suited for a scrapbook page. However, the full moon fits perfectly on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card. For the sentiment, I used another sticker. It’s too small to stand on its own so I cut a medallion from another pattern to “point” to the “boo.” Some faux stitching in white ink ties the elements together.