Spellbinding Halloween Card
Costume Party by Godiva’s Dream
When it comes to Halloween, you can never have too many witches. It is a character I come back to time and time again and never tire of. So here I am - another day, another fun witchy card!
Yellow often tends to get overlooked when it comes to Halloween projects or decorations, so I decided to give it some love, as it is an autumnal colour after all - just look at the trees! Instead of very light, bright shades, I chose deeper, honey and mustard tones, which would suit the season, and added blacks for that Halloween feeling.
I also did what I rarely do - mix the paper collections when choosing the patterns. They came from Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells” and Teresa Collins “Vintage Finds”. I try not to mix and match the paper pads mostly because even if the colours are the same, the tones and styles often differ and, thus, clash or look unprofessional. This time, however, lady luck was on my side as they matched beautifully.
I matted the patterned papers on smooth black cardstock, then layered them to make sure they contrast and complement each other at the same time. If you take a closer look, you can see that yellows pop against the backs and vice versa. Once I adhered the layers together, I added some black lace and brown ribbon with gold thread running through it for texture and overall softer look.
Stamping and Colouring
The focal point of this card is, undoubtedly, the beautiful witch Wanda, drawn by Annie Rodrigue for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. I coloured her in golds, terracottas and blacks to match the papers, using Promarker, Brushmarker and Copic alcohol based markers. As usual, I also fussy cut the coloured stamp, leaving a narrow white outline around it. On this particular project, the white really helps the image stand out against the background, which is very similar to the stamp in its tones.
To create the background, I used Tim Holtz “Distress Inks” in Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. I wanted to leave the middle of the background light and make it progressively darker towards the edges. I cut out an oval and inked all of it in Mustard Seed, then added Rusty Hinge, but avoided going to the centre, next - Brushed Corduroy followed, covering only the outer edges, and, finally, the darkest Vintage Photo ink was used very sparingly to darken the very edge. I then sprinkled some water over blended inks and let it do its magic. Once I was happy with the result, I added some Stampendous “Frantage” embossing powder in Shabby White. It adds extra texture to the card and looks fun too!
Showcasing the Image
I die cut a decorative oval out of the same smooth black cardstock I used to matt the papers, using Spellbinders “Oval Bliss” (S4-474). In order to add some sparkle, I glittered the tips of the die cut with Sitckles in “Platinum”. It’s a beautiful pale gold colour and has a vintage feel to it, I thought it’d work perfectly with the style of this card. I then glued the inked background oval to the black one and adhered the fussy cut witch stamp in the middle. I used sticky foam pads to give the card more dimension. To attach the finished focal point piece to the card, I also used 3D foam.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
The witch stamp is such a fun quirky image, so I decided to add a floral touch to complement it. I chose a variety of mulberry flowers in different sizes and autumnal shades to match the colour scheme of the card. I also chose a brown glitter pine cone, some matt gold stamens and a gold glitter berry to enhance the composition.
I couldn’t leave a card without my signature double-looped bow, could I? I used the same brown and gold ribbon to tie it and adhered a grinning Jack-O-Lantern button by Dress It Up in the centre. What is Halloween without pumpkins after all?
To create more interest, I also incorporated some black glitter tulle, it adds a delicate and soft look to the card, as well as contributes to a variety of textures used.
Finally, to fully finish off the card, I adhered a factory-made “Trick or Treat” embellishment banner and some two-layer bats. I cut out the bats using Memory Box die “Flying Bats” in black and cream patterned paper, inked the cream bat edges with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, glued them together and stuck them to the card using 3D foam.
Are you a big fan of witches on Halloween? What is your favourite witch stamp? Do tell and thank you for reading!