QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL....I must say that the title is self proclaimed but I do really love halloween and I have just returned from my annual calligraphy retreat where I typically work like a mad man to make as many halloween cards as possible…. all kinds all styles as long as they are a halloween…. so this blog is going to show you some of the ones I have done and hopefully inspire you to make HALLOWEEN CARDS… and then send them to friends and even e mail me one so I can add it to this post…. So here we go….

fall inlaid die cuts

fall inlaid die cuts

inlaid die cuts

inlaid die cuts

Ok the first one isn’t a halloween card but it does layer the die cuts and the second one does also… with bats and moon…. here is the link to my blog on this technique but the actual video will be on SCS…. just go to tutorials and type in INLAID die cuts..

Punch board gift card  DAWN

Punch board gift card
DAWN

This was that cute little gift card holder that you create by using the punch board..so if you need to see the video again or can’t find your pattern….look on either my blog or DAWN’s for PUNCH BOARD GIFT CARD HOLDER

joy fold

joy fold

This one is just the JOY FOLD CARD and I know its on my blog and think its also on DAWN’S and maybe even SCS..don’t know how it got the name of JOY FOLD but type that in the search and it should come up..

3 inch square

3 INCH FLAP FOLD

3 INCH FLAP FOLD

These are both those little flap fold cards that DAWN does all the time… cut 3 ” x 7 ” score one end at 1 ” and fold then fold the bottom up to the score line… then use a button or just a circle square etc and mount it with foam tape so you can tuck the 1″ fold under it to hold it closed… easy peasy..

Fancy fold corner DAWN

Fancy fold corner DAWN

The video will be on DAWN’s site type in FANCY FOLD CORNER CARD.. but more images info is on my site and this is one I did for halloween.The hat is a brad I got from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS… I JUST LOVED IT  and the moon was just a piece of circle and I rubbed some darker orange around the edges….

FOLD TAB card

FOLD TAB card

fold flap 1/2 open

fold tab 1/2 open

This is not the little 3″ square ..this is cut 4 1/4 by 11 then scored about 2″ then bottom folded up to score line…using the scallop punch or die cut a opening centered on the top fold score…then the piece that sticks thru the opening is mounted on the front of the bottom fold make sure its smaller than the opening for easy open and close… Love this… I also used ribbon and washi tape on the front of the card.

my window card

my window card

This was done using a window die and cutting a black window out and then using bits for foam tape to mount it on the front of the card and then moon was slipped under part of the window  and frog and fence were on the top of window… the fence is  MARTHA STEWART BOARDER punch and the frog is an old old MARVY punch which I am not sure is even available any longer… but I loved him…I really like frogs…

screen opening card

screen opening card

A simple card with a circle cut out and then I added a piece of screen behind it and the spiders crawling up toward the screen…the spiders are confetti I found somewhere several years ago the screen can be purchased at like Lowe’s or Home depot in screen area/window and usually in a small roll then cut it up and share with friend or use the rest to replace a broken screen…lol… it makes it look like they are trying to get out side to see the moon it doesn’t have to be a circle it could be a square or whatever shape you want ….if you did it on an orange card you could even make it look like a pumpkin….or jack o lantern…

Well that’s the highlight for most of my cards… but I am still working and also packing for FL… but just for fun… here are some sites that show you how to fold ORIGAMI  for Halloween.

Use this first one for WHO’S YOUR MUMMY… http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/origami_mummies_instructions.pdf

This one is a witch’s hat…

http://classic-web.archive.org/web/20070420191816/www.sarahsorigami.com/diagrams/witchhat.jpg

LAST but not least my fav is BAT… there are lots of bat patterns out there but I like this one for quick and easy…

http://www.origami-resource-center.com/vampire-bat.html

well if this doesn’t make me queen then at least give me Princess…remember that while most of these are Halloween they could be something else…birthday …congrats etc… you an use the bat to say your BATTY sorry I forgot your birthday etc…. I like mixing it up and repurposing things…Oh and for me I quit after step 8…didn’t need the extra folds in my wings as I was gluing this to card …

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

DAWN’S HALLOWEEN TREAT HOLDER & SELF CLOSING BOX

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DAWN’S HALLOWEEN TREAT HOLDER

Actually she called it a POCKET treat holder and that is what it is…its not a card it more just the holder…you could put it in a card or as I suggested the other day if you wanted to mail it for $5.25 you can put it in one of those small priority boxes… or you can put several… I have 8 nieces and nephews and they are are mostly in twos so I can send them to two to a box… and think they will enjoy it…BUT…yeah this is like the TV ads where if you order one they will give 2 FOR THE SAME PRICE PLUS…. you KNOW THE DRILL.. well while this card is small and it works perfect as designed for the Ghirdelli chocolates…you can score it with a wee bit more space and tuck in a mini hersey bars or York peppermint patties… OR…YOU COULD PUT stickers in the pocket .. you would have to fold them down etc or cut them apart and put them in or temporary tattoos if the person is older or Money or probably a gift card depending on how you tuck it in… ALSO it doesn’t have to be HALLOWEEN…it could be thanksgiving , christmas, or BIRTHDAY… what ever you decide to make it but its cute it could also be a tag with a coupon on it for like … I will take you for ice cream…or fix your special dinner…or allow a friend to spend the night… ok by this time in the ad you no longer want the product so I am going to quit… but I do like and its quick and easy and uses paper economically and allows you to use up scraps…REASON ENOUGH FOR SAVING THE DESIGN…(paraphrased from my favorite calligraphy teacher CAROL DU BOSCH).

PS I LOVE THE DEATH BY CHOCOLATE…but you can write that with your SAKURA GLAZE PEN…

DAWN’S SELF CLOSING BOX

Dawn's self closing box

Dawn’s self closing box

I love this little box… its quick simple and I believe that you can use this one to also make a birthday box..like my previous post… you can put all the same things in this box..little candle cake, the balloon, string, etc…or you can use it like I plan to to put individual candies and a plastic spider ring in it and send one to each of my nieces and nephews…don’t you want to be either my niece or nephew..lol

MY SELF CLOSING BOX

Front of my halloween box

 

back of box

back of box

HINT:#1 if you don’t have the piercing mat you can use a mouse pad or I use a NEWSPRINT PAD of paper to do my stamping on ..it gives better impression than stamping on a hard surface and it will also give enough cushion to allow you to score on your card stock…

HINT:#2 Dawn mentions that you need to make sure YOU FLIP THE SECOND ONE over if you want them match on both sides of the box… but if you forget don’t freak its ok for it be different on each side ….

HINT:#3 When you got to stick the bottom fold of the box together look at them carefully before you adhere the tape 2 will not touch together but two of them will ..over lap completely so those are the ones I stuck the tape on…and then I used the rounded ended of my bone folder to press the them together to hold the bottom together….

Ok guess that ‘s it for this post…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath