I love Halloween and all the opportunities it affords makers to really go to town with the spookiness!
The Finished Card
A long time ago I received a card that was a four panel card that opened up to display a tea party and I remembered it when I was planning this card, as I was wondering just how I was going to be able to fit in all these little houses and other elements. So I decided to make this card a multi-panel card that would open and tell the story of the cat’s journey through ghost town, and I ended up with a five panel card!
First of all I die cut all the little houses, bats, trees, cats etc from black cardstock, then I started placing them out on my worktable to see how much space I would need and how many panels that would translate into and how wide I could make them given the width of standard cardstock. Another option would have been to make the card from watercolour paper which I have in A3 size but I really wanted to use this Wild Lilac cardstock from Gina K.
After folding and gluing the cardstock pieces together I sketched out where I wanted the cutouts to be along the top of the card, and then cut them carefully with scissors. The next step was to apply Metallique paints to the top and bottom of the card and allow it to spread up and down from the edges. Then I die cut more of the little houses from foam and used them to stamp ghostly house shapes behind where the black houses would be, using embossing ink and glow-in-the-dark embossing powder, which I heat set.
Then I used some brightly coloured backgrounds I had previously made to cut out some pieces to place behind the windows and doors of the houses, before gluing the houses in place on the card.
Then I placed the other elements on the panels, and stamped the sentiments along the bottom to tell the story. I still felt that something was missing and it was – the moon! – so I quickly made a moon from a Prima / Finnabair mould and painted it shimmery gold, and glued it in place. I then edged the card with Black Soot archival ink and called it done.
I really like how this card turned out and that I was able to create a multi-panel Halloween story card lol. The glow-in-the-dark embossing powder needs to be “charged up” during the daylight hours to enable it to glow at night, so remember that if you decide to use some.
Here’s how the card looks in the daytime, and then at night…
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Gina K – Wild Lilac cardstock
Sizzix – Ghost Town, Bat Crazy, Frightful Things
Lawn Fawn – Glow-in-the-Dark embossing powder
craft foam to make stamps
backgrounds from stash
Black cardstock from stash
Nuvo deluxe adhesive
Prima / Finnabair Mould
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Finnabair – Unicorn Hair, Amethyst, Golden Moss paints
Stamper’s Anonymous stamp – Monstrous