I pulled out a few retired products and partnered them with some current supplies to create a batch of these spooky cards to send this year. It’s been a while since I’ve sent out some Halloween cards, and I decided this year was the time to do it again. I didn’t purchase much this year that is geared toward Halloween so I needed to go to my stash for some of the products. The Cottage Wreaths stamp set is very versatile, so I used images from that for the stamping on my card. For the paper I searched through my retired stash and came across the super-cute Monster Mash patterned paper from a few years ago. Those cute cartoon images still make me smile! The designs make me think of the old Addams Family show that was on tv when I was a kid. They are perfect for a cute Halloween theme vs. a scary one. And finally I remembered that I still had a bunch of the Iridescent Pearls that were part of a Halloween collection from a previous year (I can’t remember which one).
Technique-wise I went very simple on this card. I embossed the stamped images with black embossing powder and hand drew the hanging web for the spider. I wanted a really thin web line so I pulled out my favorite Micron markers so I could get the thinnest line possible. I confess that I didn’t try the Black Stampin’ Write marker because I knew that it wouldn’t be as thin as I wanted. I used the Tuxedo Black ink pad direct to paper to create the distressed look on the edges of the Crushed Curry cardstock. No tools required – just rub the ink pad directly on the paper. It’s a classic look!
I used this current sketch challenge as the inspiration for my card. I feel like my layers for the 3 squares are bigger than I would like but it was what I needed to do to have enough of the images visible to show off the cute designs in the paper. I hope that the recipients will really like their cards when they receive them!
And thanks again to the Freshly Made design crew for another great sketch! I really like this layout (I am a fan of grid-like designs) and I can totally see myself using this one again in the future.