Guest Author - Sarah Roop
Halloween is coming soon and it’s time to start preparing for this popular holiday. Halloween cards are slowly gaining popularity. Postcards were very popular for Halloween in the early 1900’s but fell out of favor and the holiday has not been much of a postal coup since. Now, we are starting to send holiday greetings for All Hallow’s Eve again. People love getting cards and letters in the mail, especially when they are completely unexpected.
Halloween cards can be as simple as you like and still have a very spooky look to them. I have completed three cards for this article, and while they are all done differently, they are all quick and extremely easy. I will start with the quickest one first, which only took about 5 minutes from start to finish.
This first card requires only a background stamp, a few Halloween stamps, and two brads, or other small embellishment, a black dye ink pad, and a Versamark pad. These can be found at Sarilyn.com Take your orange 8.5” x 11” cardstock and cut it in half so that you have two 5.5” x 8.5” pieces. Fold one piece of the orange cardstock and fold in half so that you have a 4.25” x 5.5” card. Place this with the open side facing you.
Take your background stamp and thoroughly ink it up with the Versamark Pad and stamp it onto your card. Stamp your other images in black ink onto your card directly over your stamped background. Take your embellishments and set on either side of your stamped sentiment. On the inside write any greeting you choose. Your card is done and ready to be signed.
This second card is a bit more difficult than the first, but still within the quick and easy category. It is simply stamped and heat embossed in three different colors. All supplies can be found at Sarilyn. Total time taken is about 10 minutes start to finish. Cut and fold your olive green cardstock to the sizes stated for the first card above. Lay your card with the crease to the left side. First stamp your background stamp using your Versamark Pad. This time you either need to let it dry completely or use your heat gun to dry it or your embossing powders will stick to it. Next, take your Barbed Wire stamp and ink it with rust pigment ink and stamp it on the very left side of the card. Cover the stamped image with Rust embossing powder. Shake off excess and heat. Skull stamp and ink it thoroughly with white pigment ink. Stamp on top of background stamp towards the top of the card. Cover with white embossing powder. Shake off excess and heat. Lastly, take your Happy Halloween stamp and ink thoroughly with dark green pigment ink. Cover with dark green embossing powder, shake off excess, and heat. Write a greeting of your choice inside and you are done.
This last card is a bit more time consuming, but not much, and again all materials can be found at Sarilyn. You will need a premade blank black card and three pieces of cardstock, green, orange, and purple. You will also need Clearsnap Design Adhesives in Eeeks! Design, glitter in opaque green, opaque orange, opaque white, and opaque purple, eyes, barbed wire stamp, sentiment stamp, Versamark pad, and silver embossing powder.
First take your Design Adhesives and put the cat on the green cardstock and liberally apply purple glitter. Shake off excess. Take your Ghost Design Adhesive and place it on Purple cardstock. Apply Opaque white glitter and shake off excess. Take your orange cardstock and apply the pumpkin Design Adhesive, Apply green glitter and shake off excess. Set these aside.
Next, take your sentiment stamp and ink up thoroughly using Versamark Pad. Stamp on Purple Cardstock using Orange Pigment Ink and apply Judikins Sticky Stuff Embossing Powder and heat until melted but not dry. Apply orange glitter and shake off excess. Heat thoroughly from bottom side of cardstock (this prevents any glitter from being blown off your design by the heat gun.). Take your tape runner and outline the sentiment. Add glitter to tape and shake off excess.
Now take your Design Adhesive images and adhere them to the left side of card, with the ghost in the center of the pumpkin and cat.
Next, ink up your barbed wire stamp with silver metallic pigment ink and stamp image vertically onto center of black area of the card. Apply silver embossing powder to barbed wire image and heat.
Lastly, adhere the sentiment to center of barbed wire image. Add greeting or note to the inside of the card.