26 October 2020

Witching You Happy Halloween


For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Halloween. Having the opportunity to dress up and become someone...or something...else for the night appealed to me. That fact that it was a night shrouded in spookiness made it all the better. 

To understand my love of this holiday, perhaps you need to step back through the looking glass to take a glimpse at my past. As a youngster, each weekend, I would watch the old, classic horror movies with my grandmother who lived next door. Perhaps that is why I didn't find Halloween scary. I couldn't wait to become one of the creatures of the silver screen--or in my case, the television. Plus, when I wasn't watching one of the abundantly available ghoulie movies, I could be found reading Frankenstein, Dracula, or any number of vampire books (long before they became a popular genre). 

Since there will be no Halloween gatherings for us this year, I decided to send my family and friends cards. For the front, I chose an adorable digital stamp from The Greeting Farm, Hallo Witch. I used my alcohol markers to color in the image, and then I scanned it into my computer to print multiple copies. I then used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut them into stickers. To make the little witch appear to be flying through the night sky, I used foam dots for dimension.

For the background, I first cut a stencil using my Cricut. Then I used Lemonade Distress Oxide for the moon. For the night sky, I used Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans Distress Oxides. Since I had multiple cards to make, and I was trying to keep things simple, I added a few BoBunny gems to each card to represent the stars.  

I found this fantastic, Purple Gothic Digital Paper with black cobwebs for the inside of the card. Since being homebound during the pandemic, I discovered a new appreciation for digital papers. The convenience and selection have kept me creatively happy! 

The interior cut-files are from Cricut Access. If you do not have Access, a fee is required to use the images.

Since I made this project in August, the last step was to create a box to store the cards until I could mail them out in late October. I did a simple black box, glued a piece of the background paper on the top to know which design was inside, and tied it with a silver ribbon. 

This was a fun project to create...until a little frustration struck. About half-way through the project, my paper trimmer decided to start fraying all of my paper. It wasn't a new problem, but I was tired of continually replacing blades. That was it. I decided to get the Fiskar ProCision rotary trimmer. Oh, boy! Let me just say it cuts paper like a hot knife through butter. It is a joy to use. So if you are in need or looking for a new paper trimmer and do a lot of cardmaking, the cost is justified. 

I hope you all enjoy YOUR Halloween! If you made cards, be sure to share your project in the comment section. I would love to see your designs. 

Happy crafting, everyone!    

Post a Comment