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.
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.
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.
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.
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!