Friday, October 8, 2010

Black Cat Mummy Halloween Card

I'm on a cat kick for Halloween cards.  My previous Halloween card contained a cat image that reminded my husband of Gracie.  I thought I'd make one that looked more like Bingo.  I perused my stamps and found one of a cat dressed up as a mummy.  This cat had Bingo's sleek body type and slim tail.  Not to mention that the cat had used a roll of toilet paper to create his mummy costume.  Such an antic also fits Bingo's bad boy persona.  Perfect!  So, that was how I began my quest in creating a black cat mummy Halloween card.

The Making of a Black Cat Mummy Halloween Card

Card Statistics

Card Front

Picture of front of Halloween card
For this card I started with a stamp and developed a sketch around it.  My vision incorporated paper that had the look of gauze like you would see on a mummy.  Searching through my scrapbook papers I found a green paper that had the "mummy" characteristics of interest.  I then found a striped paper that coordinated with the green paper and I used the colors in it to complete my color scheme.  

The card base was created by cutting and scoring a textured purple cardstock.  It was layered with a piece of each of the coordinating scrapbook papers cut into right triangles.  This was tricky since I wanted the decorative ribbon to stretch along the diagonal where the two papers meet and overlap the edges at each corner.  I used small pieces of painters tape on the back to connect the two papers together and then attached the black ribbon on top.  Carefully I folded and glued the ribbon at each corner so that it tucked around to the back of the layer and created a smooth finish.  I then adhered the entire panel to the front of the card base.

I stamped the cat image onto an oval of white cardstock and filled in the cat using a black gel pen to add a little dimension.  A variety of inks were sponged around the image to create a background that coordinated with the papers.  The edge of the oval was deckled and then matted to an oval of the textured purple cardstock that was also deckled.  This image was adhered to the center of the card front over the ribbon.

Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension

Picture of card set at an angle to show dimension on the front of the card
As you can see from the picture, this card is flat with relatively no added dimension.

 I also decorated the inside of the card.

Card Inside

Picture of the inside of the Halloween card

White cardstock with the printed sentiment "Have a Purr-fectly Frightful Halloween!" was adorned with a strip of the striped scrapbook paper and a cat silhouette punched from black cardstock.  This panel was attached to the inside of the card base.  I like the sentiment because it is a play on words and reflects the spirit of the card.

My logo is on the back of the card.

An envelope made from scratch out of heavy cover stock was decorated to coordinate with the card.  Ink was sponged on the lower left corner using colors found in the background of the card image.  A black cat with an arched back was stamped onto the sponged background.  I lightly sprayed the envelope with sealer to make the image more durable for its journey through the postal system.

Final Card and Envelope Combo

Picture of Halloween card and its coordinating envelope

My husband agreed that this card reflected more of a Bingo type personality.  

You can purchase this card and envelope ensemble in my Etsy Shop: Black Cat Mummy Halloween Card

Card Recipe Specifics

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1 comment:

  1. I love your Halloween cards ... keep them coming!


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