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Let friends and family know you (s)care with handmade Halloween greeting cards and party invitations from Better Homes and Gardens reader and card maker Jennifer Gardner.
Layers pack a punch on this purple-and-orange pumpkin card. To achieve the look, cut three
equal squares of black paper and place them slightly askew over larger orange squares. Use pumpkin stamps on orange patterned paper and attach them to the black squares. Emboss a Halloween greeting, and add some black brads for dimension.
SOURCES Paper: ColorMates (Dark Groovy Grape,
Deep Orange Cream), KI Memories (Haunted Small Dotty, Haunted Candy Corn Plaid), Stampin' Up!
(Basic Black). Stamps: Michaels (Halloween), Heidi Grace Designs (Halloween). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko, Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! Ribbon:
(Haunted Bobbins). Brads: Making Memories.
Invite friends and family over for a wickedly good time with this enchanting envelope and card. Emboss a bewitching message on the front for an enticing effect and use premade scrapbooking accents for quick adornments. The next slide shows you how to make the perfect pocket and pullout tab.
Make this fun pullout card in just six easy steps:
1. Cut outside paper to 5-1/2x9".
2. Score and fold at 4-1/4" and 8-1/2". This will leave a 1/2" piece to adhere to the front of the
card to create the pocket.
3. Punch half of a circle from the pocket's top using a 1-1/4" punch.
4. Glue the inside bottom edge to secure the
5. Create pullout insert by cutting a 5x4" piece of card stock.
6. Punch a 1-1/4" circle and fold it over the top edge to line up with the pocket's half-circle punch. Punch a 1/8" circle to thread ribbon.
Sources: Paper, Ki Memories: Haunted Pin Dot; Stampin' Up: Basic Black; Misc. White. Ink: Stewart-Superior Palette: Noir Black; Stampin' Up: Basic Black Marker, Summer Sun Marker. Stamps,
Stampendous!: Stop By; My Favorite Things: Fright Night Ribbon, Stampin' Up: Black Gingham. Accents, Stampin' Up: Winter White Embossing Powder; Jolee's By You: Witch ACC. Tools, 1 1/4" Circle Punch; 1/8" circle punch.
Make this sweet Halloween greeting by adorning a white card with a piece of double-sided scrapbooking paper. Fold up one side and secure with a dab of glue. Stamp a candy corn image and emboss it with orange glitter for a sparkly, sweet card!
SOURCES Paper: Archiver's (Brilliant White), KI Memories (Haunted Candy Corn Plaid), Bazzill Basics Paper (purple). Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Winter Holidays). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun). Accents: Reminisce (The Halloween Collection 2), Ranger: Crystal Stickles.
This spinning spider card is spooky and sweet. Decorate the front of the card with coordinating orange-and-black paper, ribbon, and stamps. The next slide shows you how to make this
Halloween greeting extra special by adding the spinning component.
SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Morning Marigold, Basic Black, Shimmer White), KI Memories (Haunted Multi-Stripe). Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs
(Spooked!), My Favorite Things (Fright Night). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Ribbon: KI Memories (Haunted Bobbins). Cutting system: Creative Memories. Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallop, 1-1/4" circle).
Add a fun factor to your card with six easy steps:
1. Cut base card to desired dimensions and score a fold line.
2. Cut a piece of paper the same size as the front of the card. Line up and cut a circle on both pieces to hide the suspension string.
3. Stamp desired suspension item, and punch or cut a circle smaller than the card front opening.
4. Punch a second circle the same size to "sandwich" the suspension string.
5. Place fishing line between the two cut circles, and glue the circles together. Adhere the fishing line ends inside the card front and second piece.
6. Twist the circles and release to see spinning action.
Sources: Paper, Stampin' Up: Morning Marigold; Stampin' Up, Basic Black; Stampin' Up Shimmer White; KI Memories, Haunted Multi-Stripe. Ink, Stewart-Superior Palette, Noir Black. Stamps, Lizzie Anne Designs, Spooked!; My Favorite Things, Fright Night. Ribbon, KI Memories, Haunted Bobbins. Tools, Creative Memories, Cutting System; Stampin' Up Scallop Punch; 1 1/4" circle punch.
Use double-sided scrapbook paper to make this intricate Halloween greeting. See the next slide for another view.
SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Parakeet,
white), Sandylion (Halloween Circles), KI Memories
(Haunted Multi-Stripe) Stamps: Stampabilities
(Spooky Boo), Michaels (Halloween). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Summer Sun). Gel pen: Sakura (Gold). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (black grosgrain), May Arts ( purple-and-orange stripe). Punch: Stampin'
Up! Accents: Reminisce (Witch's Brew), Fiskars Cloud
9 Design (Happy Halloween).
This card is as much of a treat to create as it is to receive. The next slide shows you step-by-step instructions on how to make this Halloween greeting extra special by adding the buckle component.
Make this fun buckle card in just six easy steps:
1. Cut card base to 5-1/2"x8-1/2". Fold in half. Trim 1-5/8" from front right of card base. This will become the "buckle."
2. Cut coordinating paper to 5-1/4"x1-3/4". This piece will be adhered inside the card base along the right side to hold the buckle in place -- but don't adhere until buckle has been created and is ready to attach.
3. Trim buckle to 3-1/4"x1-5/8". Score at 1/4" on short side. Round corners of unscored side to tuck into opening.
4. Using the word window punch, punch a vertical opening on the remaining right edge of the card base front. This will be the buckle opening.
5. Place the buckle through (using the rounded edge side) the vertical opening. Carefully adhere the scored 1/4" side under the coordinating paper while keeping the buckle lined up with the vertical opening.
6. Adhere coordinating paper to card base inside right front. Decorate as desired.
Invite your friends and family to a Halloween
party with this playful skeleton card. Make the bones dance by embossing the stamp and layering it on the front of the card. Add some festive brads for
a fun touch.
SOURCES Paper: The Paper Studio (white,
mulberry). Halloween words: The Paper Studio. Stamps: Inkadinkado (3850-M), Hampton Art (Celebrate).
Inks: VersaMark by Tsukineko, Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Embossing powder: Stampin' Up!
(Winter White) Brads: Making Memories.
Unlock a tomb of Halloween fun with this mummified card. Tear pieces of paper to use as mummy cloth, and dip the paper in dark ink for an aged look. Stamp "Boo" in the lower right-hand corner and add google eyes.
SOURCES Card stock: The Paper Studio (textured darks), Stampin' Up! (ivory). Stamps: Michaels. Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Burnt Umber), Ranger (Tea Dye). Marker: Stampin' Up! (Ruby Red). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (twill). Tools: Heidi Swapp. Google eyes: Michaels.
To make this card, punch two circles on the front
of folded orange card stock. Glue wiggle eyes on the inside so they align with the holes. The eerie orbs watch over a haunted house crafted from scrapbooking paper. See the next slide for an
SOURCES Paper: ColorMates (Deep Orange Cream), Bo-Bunny Press (Fright Night), The Paper Studio (Random Ghosts), KI Memories (Haunted Webs, white). Stamps: Heidi Grace Designs (Halloween).
Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Accents: Little Extras (Haunted House), Tree House Studio (wiggle eyes), K&Company (Glitter Stickers).
The inside of this Haunted Mansion card will give your friends and family a Halloween greeting!
Stamps make this creepy card fun. On a piece of black card stock, fold the sides in towards the center to create the front, and stamp a spooky warning to taunt your friends and family on one
of the folds. Pen a silly Halloween greeting or joke inside.
SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Basic Black), KI Memories (Haunted Multi-Stripe, vellum). Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs (Spooked!), Stampendous
(Open if you dare). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black, L'Amore Red, New Canvas).
This card is quick and easy to make. Grab
some olive card stock, a sheet of funky-pattern scrapbooking paper, and purple and orange
paper. Cut geometrical shapes from the paper,
layer them, and stamp a Halloween greeting on
the top layer. Cut notches on the top and bottom
right-hand corners. Finish the card with a coordinating ribbon.
SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper
(Parakeet, Yam), SEI (Halloween Hoopla Pumpkin Patch). Stamp: Autumn Leaves (Winter Holidays).
Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Ribbon:
Stampin' Up! (Mellow Moss grosgrain). Accents: Stampin' Up!
(Gold Interference III Pearl Ex mixed with hairspray).
Punch: Stampin' Up!
Sparkly polka dots add a fun and festive Halloween touch to this cute card. Layer patterned paper over orange card stock and adorn with bats.
SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Ocean, Purple), Stampin' Up! (Pumpkin Pie), Cloud 9 Design (Sparkle Ima Ghost, Sparkle Fester N. Rott). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (Canvas, Eggplant grosgrain).
Capture the magic of Halloween with an adorable trick-or-treaters stamped card. Attach a strip of orange-and-black paper on black card stock and secure with an orange ribbon. A few candy
stickers are a sweet addition to this cute card.
SOURCES Paper: (White), KI Memories (Haunted Webs), The Paper Studio (Halloween Vertical Lines), Stampin' Up! (Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie),
Strathmore (watercolor). Stamps: My Favorite Things (Fright Night). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, Summer Sun), Copic (E00). Ribbon:
May Arts (orange). Accents: Doodlebug Design (Trick-or-Treat), Ranger (Crystal Stickles).
We love the vintage-look of this simple, sweet card. Ink the edges of the paper to give it an aged look. Stamp a Halloween greeting and add an orange-black-and-purple striped ribbon for a card that's a real treat!
SOURCES Paper: Archivers (Kiwi Crush), The Paper Studio (Trick-or-Treat Polka Dots), K& Company (TC Halloween Orange Candy Glitter). Stamps: Stampendous. Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Riboon: May Arts (Doodle Treats). Punch: Stampin' Up!
Spooky spiders add a creepy crawly touch to patterned paper. Simply cut the paper at different angles and glue over a different-color pattern. Adhere spider and candy corn accessories with glue.
SOURCES Paper: The Paper Studio (white, textured card stock darks, Halloween-word print, spider web), KI Memories: (Haunted Candy Corn Plaid). Accents: K&Company.
This "spinner" card includes a tombstone that glides across the card, unveiling a haunted Halloween message. The next slide shows you how to make this card using pennies for your spinner.
SOURCES Paper: (white), KI Memories (Haunted Webs), Reminisce (Spooktacular, Rest in Peace). Stamps: My Favorite Things (Fright Night). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Accents: Fiskars Cloud 9 Design (Happy Halloween Bats). Punch: Stampin' Up!.
Make a Haunted Tombstone card in just three easy steps:
1. Decorate the front of your card as desired.
2. Mark a straight line in pencil across your card as a guide for your punch. Punch a path for your object to spin along using the word window punch.
3. Place the pennies together so a penny is on each side of the paper. Attach the spinning object to the front of the penny.
Editor's Tip:Trace the opening on the inside of the card and stamp a sentiment that will appear as the spinner moves across the card.