Trick or Treat Halloween Card
Give Me Something Good to Eat by Godiva’s Dream
The material cost for this card was covered by 7 Kids Craft Store.
One of the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Halloween is trick or treating. How can you not love this tradition, it’s exciting not only for the costumed little ones, but also for those giving out the treats. Sweets was my main inspiration for this card, and oh what fun I had!
I wanted to keep the colour scheme of this card bright, happy and somewhat traditional, so the paper collection I chose was “Witch Hazel” by October Afternoon. I picked three patterns which complemented each other. Besides the great Halloween colours such as orange and black, they also included autumnal shades of mustard yellow, burgundy and olive green, which work perfectly as they add liveliness and match the theme.
I matted the papers on “Black Cat” Core’dinations cardstock to help the patterns stand out against each other (if you have extremely busy of colourful patterns, a solid colour matt helps to keep them balanced). I then layered the papers to achieve depth and added some glittery orange ribbon for extra texture and interest.
Stamping and Colouring
The stamp I chose to be the focal point of this card is “Lola Lollipop” by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (artist Annie Rodrigue). This particular image is not actually a Halloween stamp at all, but I thought it would work perfectly, if I chose the right colours. I also liked that the lollipop was very much on topic of treats.
I think she looks absolutely brilliant in orange! I coloured the image using Promarkers/Brushmarkers and Copics and used a “no-line colouring” technique. After being on the fence about it for years, I actually cannot get enough of it now, I really enjoy not being restricted by black lines.
Once the colouring was done, I fussy cut Lola leaving a narrow white outline around her. This way she easily pops against the background.
I wanted to incorporate as many colours, appearing on the patterned papers, into my background as I could. I blended Distress Inks in “Dusty Concord”, “Shabby Shutters”, “Peeled Paint”, “Mustard Seed” and “Brushed Corduroy” to create a dark colourful background and then sprinkled the inked area with water and gold acrylic paint. Once I was happy with the achieved effect, I cut out an oval and inked its edges with “Black Soot” to give an impression of night sky.
Showcasing the Image
To display the lollipop girl, I chose an element from Majestic Labels Twenty Five set by Spellbinders (S5-189). It is quite a narrow die cut, which is perfect, as I wanted to give the pumpkins on the paper as much visibility as possible. I cut the frame out from the same “Black Cat” Core’dinations cardstock that I used for matting the patterned papers. I glued the inked background oval to the filigree frame and adhered Lola in the centre using 3D foam for extra dimension. I also used the same 3D foam to stick the whole focal point piece to the card for even more elevation.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
To pick up on the stamp details, namely, the bow on Lola’s dress, I decided to add a double looped bow to the card. I embellished it by adding a flocked spider button by Dress it Up in its centre. This not only adds an extra element of interest, but also contributes to the variety of textures on the project.
Besides the main card image, I also stamped and coloured a pumpkin from Tiddly Inks “Bewitching” set. I did this twice and after fussy cutting both of the pumpkins, I decoupaged them for dimension. If you look at the stamp closeup photo above, you can just about see both stacked layers.
After a long search, I managed to get my hands on some circular Halloween stamps, so I was really excited when this card just called for one! I stamped “Trick or Treat” sentiment by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (the set is called “Halloween Trinkets”) and cut it out using a stitched circle die. I also inked it using Distress Ink in “Mustard Seed”, “ Spiced Marmalade” and “Rusty Hinge” to match the colour scheme of the card. This circle was then glued to the black scalloped circle die cut (Spellbinders S4-124) and adhered to the card using 3D foam.
For the very final touches, I chose three black glitter bats (La-La Land Crafts “Eerie Bats” die) for extra spookiness and some colourful glitter enamel dots which look a bit like gum drops, so a perfect addition to the candy theme.
Do you ever create custom treat boxes for the costumed visitors on Halloween? What are your favourite spooky sweets? Do tell and thank you for reading.