Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ugh! Sooo far behind...

I see that everyone is already working on Christmas/holiday cards. I’m only just getting around to making Halloween cards I want to send out this year. In fact, except for the recent Caardvark challenge card I just made, I don’t know if I’ll get around to creating new ones this year…but I hope so! Fortunately, I made several last year that I was really pleased with and plan to tweak and use again this year…keeping them in my permanent card repertoire.

I like these cards because I feel they capture…in part…the essence of “who I am,” although I’m not even sure “I” know what I mean by that! I LOVE old black and white movies and the scary flicks of yesteryear. I love Arts and Crafts homes and old children’s nursery rhymes and stories. I’m still a very modern woman, but somehow these cards feel like a favorite, but forgotten old sweater found lying at the bottom of my bureau.

This first card I call the “Bates Motel” card. Every time I look at this card (or the paper I used) I think of Anthony Perkins in “Psycho.” The DS paper is just one of several papers I spied at Joann Fabrics last year and knew immediately it could be used to make some fun cards. The paper, a 12x12 sheet, is by Die Cuts With A View and aptly titled, “Haunted House.” I used the portion of the paper with the Haunted House for this card, saving the rest for another use. I went online to get some ideas for Halloween sayings and adapted them to fit the card. I used a ‘Haunted House’ rub-on and stamped some black bats using a Martha Stewart stamp. I made one of these cards for my husband last year…since I can “every-now-and-then” be kind of witchy.

This next card I call “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” since this portion of the ‘Haunted House’ DS paper reminds me of a dark and murky lagoon. I added a ‘Happy Halloween’ rub-on and used the Martha Stewart bat stamp. I glued a portion of another DS paper (by Paper Pizzaz called “Halloween House”) to the inside base of the card. I found this wonderful saying by Dexter Kozen on the internet and typed it in WordArt.

This third card is one of my favorites, because of the poem inside by Jack Prelutsky. This is a very simple card because Mr. Prelutsky’s poem, “its Halloween”, is the true beauty of the card. I distressed orange and rust card stock, inked the edges and affixed them to a black card base. I used the MS bat stamp and added a piece of “Happy Halloween” ribbon in the same color scheme. I typed Mr. Prelutsky’s fabulous poem on cream cardstock, distressed and inked the edges.

I made these cards for the wonderful librarians at my son’s school last year and attached them to these bat and spider bags with some Halloween cookies.

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