Halloween is my very favorite crafty holiday -- and as many people already know, it is Halloween that got me into (read: addicted to) paper crafting in the first place. I used to send out oodles of Hallmark Halloween cards and when I found myself in a crafting store back in 2006 (long since closed) and happened to see a display of adorable Halloween cards -- 5 could be made in a class that cost $25 -- I was hooked.
This fall has been an especially busy one -- we have two little kiddos now in our midst, and work has been moving at quite a clip. Regardless, it really pained me to think of letting Halloween pass without getting my crafting groove on even just a little bit. So somehow I cobbled together time and made *some* cards -- not nearly as many as I used to make, but still made enough for all of the kids' daycare teachers and my son's school friends, a bunch of work colleagues, and a handful of friends and family members. Since I was working with such limited time, I really had to come up with simple designs that could be mass produced, quickly. Here are my three designs.
I loved how this card came out. The card base is an old (but favorite) "mod dots" pattern from A Muse Artstamps. The images are all from an A Muse Studio cling set, and the sentiment is an A Muse Artstamps wood mount. I stamped all of the images in VersaFine Onyx. Then, all I did was use Stickles in four colors -- neon green, frosted lace, orange peel and lemon. All these years I had been wondering when and why the heck I would ever use frosted lace Stickles and then all of a sudden -- here was the PERFECT occasion!
This card base is another (long gone) favorite from A Muse Artstamps, the black bold stripe. The images are a mix: the candy corn trio, single candy corn, and pieces of wrapped candy are by Lawn Fawn; the sentiment is an A Muse Artstamps wood mount. I stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black and colored the images with Copics (yellow and orange for the candy corn; purple and green for the wrapped candy -- I am blanking on the names of the actual colors I used). To add some pizzazz I used two orange A Muse Studio jewels, and also used Stickles in (I think) crystal. Or maybe diamond. Man, I was really moving a million miles an hour when I was making these cards!
And finally, here's another design I made with the A Muse Artstamps black bold stripe card base. These turned out to be quite labor intensive (I got a little OCD and used a stamp positioner to make sure the images were straight and spaced consistently... and that just got old quickly) so I only made a few. I did love how they turned out. I stamped the image, a classic by A Muse Artstamps, with Memento Tuxedo Black. I used Copics to add some color (orange, green, and purple, plus Cool Shadow around the jars' edges to make them pop a little) and then blinged the images out with Stickles in orange, green, purple and black. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, also by A Muse Artstamps, with a Hero Arts white ink.
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