Nothing’s more excited than receiving a greeting card in the mail, or even hand delivered for that matter. Greeting cards are a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking about them! Handmade cards are even better, they show how much you care!
I know many of us are too busy to send cards for every occasion, we can barely get Christmas cards out! Instead we resort to emailing or texting holiday greetings to friends and family. I suppose it’s become the norm in this technology driven age, and it’s fine for many situations, but there are times I feel that a nice handwritten card is more appropriate, such as a Thank You card or a party invitation.
Of course I would feel this way as I’ve been on a greeting card making binge. It’s my new passion! It lets me get real creative and friends and family love the cards I’ve made for them!
Recently I’ve been busy in my craft room creating Handmade Halloween Cards. Who says pretty cards are just for Christmas? Definitely not me!
You don’t have to be very “crafty” to make Halloween Cards. Nor must you have lots of fancy gadgets and spend lots of money making them. All your really need is some time, card stock or construction paper, a printer, scissors, glue, and some fancy embellishments. Embellishments can include ribbons, stickers, glitter, and beads; pretty much anything you find around the house. So raid the kids’ craft or school boxes and start making some fun spooky Halloween cards!
Here are a few I created in my craft room using my handy dandy Cricut Explore Air and my ever growing box of goodies. Like I said you don’t have to have all the bells and whistles to have a blast making Halloween cards. I hope my Halloween cards will fire up your creative juices!
The Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access must have channeled my recent obsession with Subway Art. Here’s a Halloween card made using the Halloween words design including with my Access subscription.
I cut out the words using my Cricut Explore Air (affiliate link) and pasted it on the orange background which I then mounted on my 5×7 card base. The “boo” was also cut by the machine and pasted on with double stick foam tape to give it a little lift. To make if fun I glued on a pair of jiggly eyes.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries. Just create your own word art on any photo app and print it out on your computer. Cut out the size you need and glue it on your card base. By the way you can buy blank card bases from a craft store, Walmart’s craft department, or on Amazon. You can get a package of 25-50 cards and envelopes for under $10.
I love cards that move! This Pop Out Swing card is fun to make.
Again I used the Cricut to make the cuts, but you don’t need a cutting machine to make it!
All you need is a ruler, scissors or craft knife, and card stock. It’s all about the folding!
If you have a Sizzix Big Kick or other embossing machine you can use it to cut out your shapes. If you don’t you can just use a ruler and a craft knife.
Using a glue runner instead of a liquid adhesive makes these types of cards look better. Liquid glue gets messy and might leave clumps.
Here’s a quick tutorial by Linda Bauwin to help you get started!
Another card style I love are Flip Cards. I use my Sizzix Big Kick and a label die to make this.
To make it more interesting I pasted on a smaller card that I had embossed on the boarder using a Darice embossing folder and the Big Kick.
I think you pretty much need a Big Kick for this project. It’s a reasonably priced gadget you can invest in if you like to make cards.
If you’re considering purchasing one check out my review here!
Here’s a video tutorial how to make this flip card by Meg Loven!
Here are some cards you can get real creative with. Mixed media cards!
For these Halloween Cards I made backgounds using watercolors on watercolor paper which I then pasted on to the card bases and embellished with die cuts and washi tape.
They make fabulous “frames” for your cards and can be used as borders too! You can get very creative with washi tape and best of all they come in seasonal designs for all holidays! I love them so much I have a box full!
For more mixed media card ideas click here!
I hope these ideas have inspired you to create your own Halloween Cards. Just remember there’s no “wrong” way to make a card, so raid the kids’ school box and get creating!