Halloween Cards Day #2

Hello friends. Today’s card features some adorable crafty little squirrels from Lawn Fawn’s Pick of the Patch Stampset. This stamp set can be for both Fall and Halloween but it can also be used in combination with other cute Lawn Fawn stamps to create other occasion cards. It also pairs well with the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Die and Pick of the Patch Reveal Wheel Add-ons.

While this card looks very time consuming, it really isn’t. The most time consuming part was the coloring. I started by diecutting the tree using the Lawn Fawn Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop from some Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. Then starting with a piece of Old Olive Cardstock measuring approximately 3 x 4-1/4″, I diecut the grass using the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides Dies. Next I cut out a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″. I used Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks to create a night sky. I started with Seedless Preserves, then blended Chipped Sapphire above that and Faded Jeans above that. Once all was blended, i added some Black Soot Distress Ink at the very top portion, over the blues to darken it up a bit.

While the inks dried, I stamped the all the pumpkins, the squirrels and the carving tools and added faces to the pumpkins from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I will be coloring these with Copics later. I set those aside to dry and added some Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the bottom 2/3 of the grassy hillside.

The back panel was dry by this point so I added some stars from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Versamark Clear Emboss Ink and Wow White Embossing Powder. I made sure to prep the surface with an Anti-Static Powder before embossing the area. Lastly I added some splashes with white acrylic paint (any white acrylic paint will do).

It was time to color. I like to do this usually while watching some videos on my Ipad. Just relax and color. Sometimes when I don’t feel inspired to create, I will stamp out images from stampsets I may have sitting on my desk waiting to be used and just sit and color them while watching TV.

I used Copic Markers to color everything (all the colors are listed at the end of this post. I diecut those images out with the coordinating dies. I also added some highlights with my Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen.

I stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs onto a scrap of cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I made sure it was at least 5-1/2″ wide. Then cut it down to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I find it easier to start with a larger piece of paper than needed because even using my MISTI I can’t seem to center it correctly all the time. LOL. Anyone else have this problem???

Ok, it’s time to assemble this card. I adhered the grassy hillside to the tree backdrop panel first. Trimmed off any excess cardstock and added some Foam Tape behind all of the grass and tree backdrop. I left the top of the grass without Foam Tape so I can tuck some pumpkins behind it. I aligned the sky panel behind the tree backdrop and stuck those together. I laid out my images where I wanted and adhered them onto the panel, tucking two pumpkins behind the grass, one in front of it but all adhered flat. I then adhered the carved pumpkin towards the bottom and popped up the squirrels and carving tools with some Stampin Up! Dimensionals.

At this point I was looking at my card and decided I needed to add some leaves because the grass had too much dead space so I used Eucalyptus Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs and stamped the leaf from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset all over the grass.

I adhered the sentiment strip to the top 1/3 of the card over the tree. I added this completed panel to a card base created from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock and measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″. Last but not least, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the sky to add some sparkle and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bottle Green on each side of the sentiment strip.

I generally don’t like to leave the inside of my cards (especially holiday cards) empty inside so I stamped the HAPPY HALLOWEEN sentiment from the stampset in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the pumpkins in Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, cut to 4 x 5-1/4″.


Copic Colors Used

  • Pumpkins: YR04, YR12 and YR27 ; Stems: YG13 and YG25; Guts: Y13 and YR04
  • Squirrels: W1, W5 and W7; Cheeks: R20
  • Pumpkin scooper: YG13 and G94
  • Knife handle: BV11 and BV17; Knife blade: C00 and C3



Thanks for reading this very long post and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some Halloween cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

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Halloween Cards Day #1

Halloween is just 7 weeks away but who’s counting?!? Umm. Me! I love Halloween even if I don’t get to dressed up anymore. It’s still sooo much fun!!!!

So I’m kicking off my Halloween series with an easy card. Black cardstock, stamps, embossing powder and some colored pencils is all you really need. So grab your favorite Halloween stamps and let’s begin!

I started with a panel of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″. When your whole image is going to be heat embossed, it’s a good idea to start with a piece of paper/cardstock that is slightly larger than you will need. This gives room for errors. God knows I need it! LOL.

I pulled out one my new favorite Halloween stampsets, the Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs then using my MISTI, I laid out the stamps I needed and mapped out my scene.

I prepped the surface with an anti-static bag (especially important on dark cardstocks) and stamped the house, the tree, one bat and the moon first, using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. Next, I reapplied some more anti-static powder and stamped and heat embossed the second bat and the fence which I had to stamp 3-4 times to get a continuous fence. Then stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. Before I diecut this panel out, I added some white dots with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen to the sky. This can also be done with paint splatters. I just wasn’t in the mood for the mess that day.

Once all the stamping was done, I diecut the panel using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Dies which measures 3-3/4 x 5″.

Time to color the house… You can certainty leave it uncolored but I wanted it to stand out and I was curious to see how my Prismacolor Pencils looked on the black cardstock.

I used two greens for the roof and door, two purples for the house, two greys for the porch floor, a yellow for the window shutters and a yellow orange for the inside of the window, and finally two reddish browns for the wood boards. Prismacolor Pencils have a rich pigment so they show up on dark cardstock nicely. Then I fussycut the sentiment and adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I diecut a panel of some very old Halloween pattern paper from my stash using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangles which measures to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″. I distressed it a bit using Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink. Then adhered the black panel onto it and that to a card base (Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet 100lb Cardstock) measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″.

Lastly I finished off the card with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard. But I couldn’t leave the inside empty so cut a panel of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and adhered a piece of the same Halloween pattern paper, measuring 3/4 x 5-1/4″ to the bottom edge, which I also distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink.

But I didn’t stop there. I was having too much fun with this card so I used the fence stamps from Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs and white heat embossed it along the bottom edge of a black Euroflap Envelope.



Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your Halloween cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.