Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spread the BOO Halloween Card

Halloween brings to mind black cats, the word BOO, and the colors orange and black.  Combine all of these elements and the vision for a Halloween card appears.  I looked at my cats (they seem to materialize whenever I start my crafting) and said, "Okay, let's spread the BOO!"  This made me laugh out loud because I realized I had just come up with the theme for my Halloween Card.  I found a nice striped scrapbook paper in traditional Halloween colors that I used to formulate my color palette.  I also challenged myself to create a card without any stamping.  Now the fun begins.

The Making of a "Spread the BOO!" Halloween Card

Card Statistics

Card Front

I wanted to make a simple and classy Halloween card so I started by cutting and scoring black cardstock for the card base.  This card is scored at the top so that it opens from the bottom.  I constructed two separate panels; one panel for the front of the card and one for the inside.  When the panels were completed I attached them to the card base.

I started with the front panel.  This panel consisted of a deep orange cardstock base layered with gray and orange cardstocks.  A section at the top of the panel is the striped paper overlaying a gray lacy scalloped punched border.  Grosgrain ribbon is adhered over the top edge of the striped paper and wrapped around the side edges of the panel.  This panel is adhered to the front of the black card base.

For the front sentiment, I printed "BOO!" on the deep orange cardstock and punched it out with an oval punch.  It is matted on a punched gray cardstock scalloped oval.  This sentiment piece is positioned and adhered to the front of the card.  A cat silhouette punched from black cardstock is added to the sentiment.  To add a touch of class and a little dimension to the card, a snazzy black bow was attached to the ribbon.  This completed the front of the card.

Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension

Picture of card set at an angle to show dimension of the card front

As you can see, the only true dimension to the card is the little black bow.

Now onward to the inside panel.

Card Inside 

Picture of inside of the Halloween card

White cardstock has my theme printed on it: "Spread the BOO!  Happy Halloween".  It is matted on deep orange cardstock and embellished with a strip of the striped paper.  A cat silhouette punched from black cardstock was added to tie the whole thing together.  The finished panel was adhered to the inside of the card base. 

I finished the card off by placing a Polished Moxie logo in coordinating colors on the back of the card.

I also custom made an envelope from scratch to compliment the card.  It is made from heavy cover stock and I incorporated the "BOO!" theme.  In the lower left hand corner I printed "BOO!" in an orange oval.  To add a little depth I sponged a selection of orange and black inks onto the design.  The envelope was then lightly sprayed with sealer to make the image more durable for its journey through the postal system.

Final Card and Envelope Combo

Picture of the Halloween card and its coordinating envelope
I was quite pleased with the way this card ensemble turned out.  I also feel that I met my goal to create a card without stamping that was simple, yet Halloweenie with a touch of panache. 

My husband's take on the card: "Very Nice."  Simply said, kind of like my card.

Purchase this card and envelope ensemble in my Etsy Shop: Spread the BOO Halloween Card 

 Tidbit of wisdom from the experience: Great ideas can come from talking to your animals.

Card Recipe Specifics
  • Cardstock: Wausau, Hammermill
  • Cover Stock: Staples
  • Striped Paper: Basic Grey
  • Punches: Martha Stewart - cat and scalloped border; Marvy - oval and scalloped oval
  • Grosgrain Ribbon: Michaels
  • Ink: Colorbox

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