Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Halloween

Send a Smile 4 Kids' current challenge at their blog is "Fall Colors 4 Kids." What is more "fall" (in the U.S. at least) than Halloween? I don't usually have much use for Halloween cards, but figured a child in a hospital might love something like this, so created this card.

I based my design on this sketch by Operation Write Home:

Since I ended up making a 4.5x7.25" card, I obviously had to make some adjustments. My main inspiration from the sketch was the banner over the circle. I felt it would be perfect to spell out the word "happy"!

I die cut the letters for "Happy" from purple cardstock, using this Hero Arts set. I had to make the pennants slightly wider than the 1/2" called for in the sketch, since the letters are about 5/8" wide. I measured & cut the pennants from green cardstock, and glued the letters to them. For the circle element, I used the largest die in Spellbinders' "Standard Circles LG" set. I traced around the outer edge to get a 4" diameter circle and cut it out with scissors. Finally, I stamped the Hero Arts' "Designer Woodgrain" with Rusty Hinge Distress ink on the circle. I spaced the pennants out on the circle, and made pencil marks to guide me when I glued them in place. After I'd glued the pennants, I ran a line of Ranger Multi Medium Matte along the top edge, and laid down a piece of purple bakers twine. I tied 2 little bows with the same twine, and glued them at either end with more Multi Medium. Then I set that aside to dry.

For the "Halloween," I die cut a label using one of the Spellbinders "Grommet Tags" dies from the same green cardstock I'd used for the pennants. I scanned that into my computer, and created the text in Photoshop, using the scanned image for sizing & placement. The I printed the text directly on the die cut label. I inked around the edges with Black Soot Distress ink.

I chose 2 patterned papers from Jillibean Soup's "Owloween Stew" 6x6" pad. I cut the spider web piece to 4.25" square, and the striped piece to fill in the rest of the front. I glued the circle to the larger piece, and attached the label die cut to the striped piece with glue & orange brads. I also glued a piece of ribbon I'd gotten some years ago from Hobby Lobby to the top of the striped panel, to act as a transition between the 2 patterned papers. Finally, I adhered both patterned paper panels to a piece of purple cardstock, and adhered that to my card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking's "Autumn & Christmas"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"


  1. Another fabulous card, Andrea! I love your banner and how you paired all of those awesome Halloween papers!
    Once again, thanks so much for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking for this month's challenge!

  2. You Go GIRL!! I think you've fast become of our Number One Card challenge contributors or at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog and I'm so happy to see you back with this amazing and very adorable Halloween Card! Love that you used the OWH Sketch and did such a fabulous job with it and yours banners! Keep up the good work Andrea and again, thanks for being so supportive!! We love seeing your cards and are thrilled your are enjoying our challenges!

  3. What a fun Halloween card, Andrea! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  4. Such a great Halloween card! Thanks for playing along with the a2z Scrapbooking blog monthly challenge!

  5. This is one of the great OWH sketches that I've used several times. The flags are perfect and scream celebration. Thanks for entering a card at Send a Smile 4 Kids. We appreciate your support.

  6. Nice card, thanks for joining a2z Scrapbooking challenge.


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