WHAT I MADE / halloween card series (part 1)

WHAT I MADE / halloween card series (part 1)

Man did I ever get seduced by all of the Halloween craftiness out there. Sure, I see this shit every year, but I always just admired it from afar. I haven’t made a handmade card since I was in college. But, this year I had the URGE.

"So much cute Halloween stuff! Perfect for kids!" screams my brain.

Embossed paper and washi tape from Michaels. Thicker alpha stickers and cut-aparts are second-hand from a scrapbook garage sale. 

Embossed paper and washi tape from Michaels. Thicker alpha stickers and cut-aparts are second-hand from a scrapbook garage sale. 

However, let’s get one thing out of the way: I don’t have kids and I don’t want kids.

OK, that said I love my friends’ children and I love to spoil them. This year I wanted to make them all fun-treat-filled Halloween stuffed cards (made from envelopes). I didn’t want to give them a bunch of crappy candy, I wanted to give them little toys and something personal they could treasure.

All paper from Hobby Lobby. Foam ghost from Dollar Tree. Googly spider from Michaels. Washi tape from Michaels and Target. Bubble alphas from Hobby Lobby (I think?) Other bits and pieces are second-hand or from Michaels. 

All paper from Hobby Lobby. Foam ghost from Dollar Tree. Googly spider from Michaels. Washi tape from Michaels and Target. Bubble alphas from Hobby Lobby (I think?) Other bits and pieces are second-hand or from Michaels. 

Tim Holtz little alpha stickers, cute haunted house from Tuesday Morning. Foam bat/moon from Dollar Tree and glitter skull from Wal-Mart. Love that embossed paper from Michaels! 

Tim Holtz little alpha stickers, cute haunted house from Tuesday Morning. Foam bat/moon from Dollar Tree and glitter skull from Wal-Mart. Love that embossed paper from Michaels! 

I might have bit off more than I can chew. I’m still not done with all the cards.

WHY Y’ALL GOTTA HAVE SO MANY KIDS?!

Just kidding. But, really though.

Paper from Michael's and Hobby Lobby. Thicker alphas came from a garage sale. The chalkboard label is from Tuesday Morning (I really like these-- they're super thick and have a good adhesive). Lime green eyelash yarn from a garage sale. Skull-y cupecake topper from Home Goods. 

Paper from Michael's and Hobby Lobby. Thicker alphas came from a garage sale. The chalkboard label is from Tuesday Morning (I really like these-- they're super thick and have a good adhesive). Lime green eyelash yarn from a garage sale. Skull-y cupecake topper from Home Goods. 

All the paper here is from Hobby Lobby (the current 2016 Halloween paper pad). Die Cuts and sentiments from a random pack I got at a scrapbook garage sale. Michae's and Target washi tape. Tim Holtz chitchat stickers, Stickles and some super cute pumpkin stickers from Tuesday Morning. 

All the paper here is from Hobby Lobby (the current 2016 Halloween paper pad). Die Cuts and sentiments from a random pack I got at a scrapbook garage sale. Michae's and Target washi tape. Tim Holtz chitchat stickers, Stickles and some super cute pumpkin stickers from Tuesday Morning. 

More paper from Hobby Lobby and chitchat stickers. The felt eyeball stickers I think are from Joann Fabrics. The cute Halloween-y stickers are from Target. 

More paper from Hobby Lobby and chitchat stickers. The felt eyeball stickers I think are from Joann Fabrics. The cute Halloween-y stickers are from Target. 

This first installment is the cards I made for our friends’ two boys, Syd and Jonas. Both cards are filled with little notepads, stickers and erasers. The finished cards were accompanied by a pencil in a sheer sewn organza sleeve (not pictured). The last card is for their parents, Tina and Caleb.

The book page was sprayed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Sprays. The Gaia woman stamp is vintage and the cute little clear witch hat sticker is from Target. The kraft card is from Michael's. 

The book page was sprayed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Sprays. The Gaia woman stamp is vintage and the cute little clear witch hat sticker is from Target. The kraft card is from Michael's. 

These are homemade stickers using images from the ephemera magazine Crap Hound. I thought it'd be fun to add some in. 

These are homemade stickers using images from the ephemera magazine Crap Hound. I thought it'd be fun to add some in. 

I use a Ranger Perfect Medium Brush Tip Embossing Marker for my signature. It works OK, but is larger than I'd prefer. I bought this in a set with a bullet tip, but I don't like that one as much. Hopefully, I'll find a better alternative soon. Some tests are in order! The images on the back are also stickers I made from Crap Hound. 

I use a Ranger Perfect Medium Brush Tip Embossing Marker for my signature. It works OK, but is larger than I'd prefer. I bought this in a set with a bullet tip, but I don't like that one as much. Hopefully, I'll find a better alternative soon. Some tests are in order! The images on the back are also stickers I made from Crap Hound. 

Some things learned thus far:

  • Wow, I did not need to buy so much paper and stuff. I have barely made a dent in my newly acquired stash. LESSON LEARNED!
  • I need some more in-between sized alpha stickers. I have the extra large Thickers and those super small Tim Holtz typewriter ones. No middle ground. That sort of got annoying.
  • I wanted each card to have the kid’s name, a ‘Happy Halloween’ and a cute little saying. No random non-sequitur sentiments. Next time, I would hoard different ‘Happy Halloween’ stickers, die cuts, etc. since that’s what I wanted to use the most.
  • Batch the tasks. Do all matting for multiple cards first and then add layers batched together. I started by making one card at a time and it took forever. I think I am just now starting to get a rhythm down.
  • Make sure your envelopes are sturdy! I bought gray and black envelopes from Hobby Lobby and although I used them I would definitely not repurchase. They are sooo flimsy and lined in white, which I worked around, but did not like.

Expect the remaining installments of the Halloween Card Series next week.

For more Halloween craft inspiration follow my Pinterest here.

 

Are you doing any fun Halloween crafts this year? Tell me below!

XOXO
Shannon

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