Sunday, October 10, 2010

Got Candy Halloween Card

In early September I was standing in a store gazing at two displays next to one another.  One display was Halloween and the other was Christmas.  I had to shake my head because it seemed criminal to me that the store was rushing the holidays.  As I was standing there a woman and a little girl came up next to me and I heard the little girl question her mom "Got candy?"  The woman let out a big sigh and I giggled to myself.  It would surprise me if any candy bought that early would survive until Halloween.  Later that day when I sat down to work up some card ideas, I thought about my encounter with the woman and her little girl.  From these roaming thoughts it dawned on me that "Got Candy?" could be incorporated into a Halloween card.  Hence, my got candy Halloween card was born.

Before sharing my card, I decided to share a photo of Coco our pygmy rabbit.  In this picture he's eating a piece of carrot and I think he is trying to imitate a butterfly with it.  We call him our carrot connoisseur because he is picky about his carrots and only the freshest will do.  Pardon his appearance...he is shedding and only tolerates a bunny brushing for a very short period of time, so we have to do it in spurts.  The banana in the background is one of his favorite toys.

Picture of my bunny eating his shredded carrots like spaghetti

The Making of Got Candy Halloween Card

Card Statistics
  • Final Card Size: 5.5" tall x 4.25" wide
  • Image Size: 1.75" tall x 1.25" wide
  • Tools: paper cutter, circle cutter, scissors, ruler, sponge pieces, stamp, Martha Stewart bat punch, blending stumps
  • Materials: cardstock, gamsol, adhesive, Prismacolor pencils, spray sealer, ink pads, cover stock
  • You can purchase this card from my Etsy shop: Got Candy Halloween Card

Card Front

Picture of the front of the Halloween card
I stamped my image on white cardstock and hand colored it using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  Once the image was colored, I fussy cut it out and set it aside. 

The card base was cut and scored from black cardstock.  I cut out a 3" circle from yellow cardstock, a 3" circle from red cardstock, and a 2.75" circle from black cardstockI affixed the cut out image to the black circle and matted it with the red circle.  Red ink was sponged around the edge of the black circle to add depth.  I also sponged a couple of different yellowish inks on the yellow circle to add depth.  The yellow circle was adhered in place to represent the moon and the matted image was then positioned.  

Two bats were punched from black cardstock and placed on the moon.  This is all that I did for the front of the card.

Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension

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

This card has no dimension to it except the perceived depth added by the sponging on the moon and image background.

Card Inside

Picture of inside of Halloween card

As you can see, I used "Got Candy?" for the inside sentiment of my card.  I printed it on white cardstock.  The only embellishment is a black cardstock punched bat on a 2" yellow circle that was attached to the lower right corner and trimmed.

My logo in coordinating colors is placed on the back of the card.

The custom envelope is made from heavy cover stock.  I stamped the same image from the card on the lower left hand corner and hand colored it using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  Ink was sponged around the image and then sprayed with sealer to protect it.

Final Card and Envelope Combo

Picture of Halloween card and its coordinating envelope

My husband found this card to be simple and to the point.  I figured he would like it because that's how he likes his cards...simple and to the point.

This card and envelope ensemble can be purchased from my Etsy shop: Got Candy Halloween Card

Tidbit of wisdom from the experience: Keep your eyes and ears open...inspiration can come when least expected in strange places.

Card Recipe Specifics

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