I keep a journal of card ideas and looking through it I found a "Witchie, Witchie" verse that suited my frame of mind just fine. It was catchy and could be used on a bright and colorful Halloween card. (I was hoping that creating something cheerful from a sinister image would improve my mood). I pulled out one of my witch stamps and a piece of Halloween themed paper and got down to business. I used the Halloween paper to guide my color selections for the card.
The Making of a "Witchie" Halloween Card
- Final Card Size: 5.5" wide x 4.25" tall
- Image Size: 3.5" wide x 2.75" tall oval
- Tools: paper cutter, Coluzzle oval cutter, scissors, ruler, sponge pieces, blending stumps, Martha Stewart witch punch, stamps
- Materials: Prismacolor pencils, ink pads, adhesive, cardstock, Halloween themed paper, grosgrain ribbon, gamsol, spray sealer.
- You can purchase this card in my Etsy shop: Witchie Halloween Card
I cut an oval from white cardstock and stamped on the witch and her kitty (one stamp). The image was colored using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I sponged the background with a selection of inks to highlight the witch.
Yellow cardstock was cut and scored for the base card. Orange cardstock and the Halloween themed paper were layered on the card base. A piece of orange grosgrain ribbon was adhered to a layered strip of orange and yellow cardstock. This layered strip was positioned down the center of the card for interest. The colored image was positioned and adhered in place.
My next step was the front sentiment. I printed "Witchie, Witchie" on white cardstock and sponged in the background with ink. The sentiment was matted with orange cardstock and adhered in position. An orange grosgrain bow supplies a little pizzazz and dimension to the whole thing.
Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension
As you can see, the only true dimension to the card is the bright little bow.
I also enjoy decorating the inside of my cards to give them a more polished look.
The verse I found to build my card around was started as the front sentiment. The remainder of the delightful verse was printed on white cardstock for the card's inside panel. This sentiment panel was matted with orange cardstock and embellished with a strip of the Halloween paper used on the card front. A final touch was the witch silhouette punched from black cardstock.
My logo was printed on the back like I do for all of my handcrafted cards.
This completes the card, however, I also custom made an envelope from scratch to compliment it. The envelope is made from heavy cover stock. I sponged color on the lower left hand corner to match the background of the card's image. I then stamped the cauldron on the background. When the ink dried, I lightly sprayed it with sealer to make the image more durable for its journey through the mail system.
Final Card and Envelope Combo
My husband's take on the card: "Well, it's bright". I guess I accomplished what I set out to create...a bright and colorful Halloween card featuring a witch. Not to mention, my mood was much improved upon the completion of my project.
Purchase this card and envelope set in my Etsy Shop: Witchie Halloween Card
Tidbit of wisdom from the experience: Do Not...I repeat...Do Not leave ink soaked sponges on the worktable, even just to go and grab a cup of coffee from the kitchen. Thieves in cat clothing are quick to steal and get away, although leaving a trail to their dastardly deed.
Card Recipe Specifics
- Cardstock: Wausau, Hammermill
- Cover Stock: Staples
- Halloween Paper: Debbie Mumm
- Ribbon: JoAnn Fabrics
- Stamps: Canadian Maple Collection (witch), Hampton Art (cauldron)
- Ink: Stazon black, Colorbox
- Prismacolor Pencils: goldenrod, spanish orange, canary yellow, chocolate, salmon pink, peach beige, yellow chartreuse, dark green, marine green, cool grey 90%, warm grey 50%, raspberry, poppy red, scarlet lake, crimson lake
- Witch Punch: Martha Stewart
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