Halloween Card: Trick or Treat Cat

Happy Halloween! For my last Halloween card this year, here’s an ode to spooky black cats (on a broom, no less!).

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

I borrowed this idea from a Lime Doodle blog post. I heat embossed in fine black embossing powder this awesome stamp of a cat flying away on a broom. (It’s a wooden stamp given to me as a gift by another crafty friend.)

Then I created an easy circle mask, using my Martha Stewart circle cutter on a sheet of Eclipse masking paper (it has a sticky back so that you are basically creating a big sticker that you cut out in the desired shape and size). I sized the circle to be slightly larger than my image. Then I placed the entire sheet, minus the circle, over a white card stock layer sized at 4″ x 5.25″.

Using a sponge blending tool, I shaded the now-exposed circle with three shades of orange and purple Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord. I left the center mostly white as a highlight. When you remove the mask, you have a cool circle in the colors of your choice. Plus, the inks resist the embossed image,

For the sentiment, I heat embossed in white embossing powder on black piece of card stock the words, “Trick or treat,” from a Recollections Halloween stamp set. I die cut the sentiment using a banner die from Simon Says Stamps and used foam adhesive to raise the banner center.

The finishing touches include adding purple enamel dots from Hero Arts, rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper, and adhering it to a purple card base from Bazzill.

What do you think? Enjoy your Halloween. Hope you get lots of treats, not tricks!

Thanks for looking.


Halloween Card: Cat Woman

Here’s another relatively quick Halloween card that features a “cat woman” costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

All the images are from a Penny Black stamp set, Cat Spell. This appealed to me especially because I am known for throwing on some cat ears, painting some cat whiskers on my face, and calling it my cat woman Halloween costume. It’s timeless!

I stamped the images in Versafine black onyx ink on watercolor paper and colored them with a water brush and both Distress Markers and Inktense pencils in various shades of black, orange and purple. I like the vibrancy of the orange with the Inktense pencils, but the skin tones from the Distress Markers.

After cutting out the images, I adhered them to patterned papers from a 6″ x 6″ Pebbles paper pad, Tricks and Treats. I rounded the corners of the Happy Halloween sentiment with my Corner Chomper and used foam squares to pop up the cat woman figure. The orange card base is from Bazzill.

As a final touch, I used my Sakura Stardust pen to add a little sparkle to all the pumpkins.

What do you think? Is the cat woman costume a keeper?

Thanks for visiting!

Halloween Card: Lots of Washi Tape!

Hello again! Sorry for the long time in between posts – I recently took a wonderful trip to Paris and am still getting back into the groove of things. I will create a Paris-themed card and post later; for now, here’s a quick Halloween card.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

I borrowed this idea from Michaels and used Halloween-themed Washi tape in a variety of patterns to create this background. Even better, my local Michaels had them on clearance, so I picked up quite a few!

As you can see, it’s really easy to make an interesting background by layering the tapes at different angles. Since it’s tape, you don’t have to worry about adhering them; plus you can tear the ends and fold them under the black card stock layer.

Keeping it even easier, I found these cute Martha Stewart Halloween embellishments from last year’s stash. I adhered everything to an orange card base from Bazzill.

You can’t see it here, but on the inside I pinned an adorable mini flair button that says, “Candy Monster,” in the lower corner. I think my niece in Memphis will like it!

What do you think? What are you making for Halloween?

Thanks for looking!

Halloween Card: Spooky Jack O’Lantern

Here’s an inverse of my earlier Halloween card featuring the orange Jack O’Lantern. Meet its brother, the black Spooky Jack O’Lantern!

The orange glitter paper mimics a glowing candle on the inside.

The orange glitter paper mimics a glowing candle on the inside.

I used the same design as the previous Halloween card. Only this time I cut the smiling Jack O’Lantern face out of black card stock (Bazzill) instead of orange. I used the same EK Success punch and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

I added the Spooky sentiment with the Paper Studio gemstone letters. Here’s a hint in case you run out of O letters: Use a craft knife to remove the extra gemstone from a Q letter.

For sparkle, I used the same Martha Stewart orange glitter paper. Only this time I cut out a small square and adhered it to the inside card flap using foam adhesive. Now it looks as if the Jack O’Lantern is glowing from the inside.

To obscure the back side of the orange paper, I adhered a fun pumpkin patterned paper from the same Martha Stewart Halloween paper pack. I also added an off-white paper to the other side so I can write a handwritten message later.

What do you think? Which Halloween card do you like better, Boo or Spooky?

Thanks for looking!

Halloween Card: Glittery Jack O’Lantern

I love this time of year in Florida. Though it’s still humid, the start of fall signals the promise of cooler weather. And, of course, pumpkin spice coffee (my favorite)!

To get in the mood for fall, I’m making Halloween cards. My first one is a clean and simple design, one that I think will appeal to my fashion-forward friends.

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A glittery Jack O’Lantern to celebrate Halloween.

I bought this EK Success Jack O’Lantern punch on clearance last Halloween. It was a thrill to pull it out of my almost-forgotten Halloween stash. Almost like getting a surprise Halloween gift!

I punched out the smiling pattern on some orange glitter paper from a 12″ x 12″ Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween-themed paper pad, Carnival. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper and adhered it to a black card stock base from Bazzill using foam squares. I like how the raised orange panel creates dimension and shadow for the Jack O’Lantern face.

Figuring out the right sentiment was a challenge. Originally I had created a banner sentiment from white paper and various Halloween-themed Distress Inks, but it looked too vintage against the glitter.

Finally, I found in my stash these¬†rhinestone alphabet letters from the Paper Studio. I used a ruler and a pencil to line the three letters up evenly to spell, “Boo.”

And I’m not done yet! Normally I don’t do a lot on the inside of my cards, but I thought this was a perfect time to use my mini Jack O’Lantern punch. I think it’s also from EK Success.

This time I punched it out of the same orange glitter paper, and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the bottom right corner of white card stock. I rounded the corners once again and adhered it to the inside.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O'Lantern.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O’Lantern.

Cute, huh?

Please tell me what you think. What are you making for Halloween this year?

Thanks for looking!