Monday, January 6, 2014


Happy Birthday or Halloween

There are a lot of people that don't really send Halloween cards including me. But I wanted to have a Halloween option at the October Make and Take last year. So I created a card that could either be a Halloween card or a masculine birthday card depending on which stamp sets were used. That way my guests could decide for themselves which they would like to make. 

  • Basic Gray card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Sweater Weather DSP
  • Basic Black Chevron ribbon
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Stamps: Best of Halloween, Halloween Happiness, Perfectly Penned, Best of Birthdays
  • Markers: Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
  • Ink: Midnight Muse, Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories: Basic Black chevron ribbon, Paper Snips, Chevron embossing folder

Both cards had the exact same cut dimensions and just used different stamp sets. You have to be a bit creative the with the card design to make sure that it will work for both options, but it's an easy way to let my guests chose what they would like to make. 

For the Birthday option the greeting from Perfectly Penned was stamped onto the small piece of Whisper White card stock in Night of Navy ink. I glued this layer down onto the top of the big piece of Basic Black card stock. Then I ran this piece through the Big Show with just the bottom of the Basic Black card stock inside the Chevron embossing folder. Then just glue on the DSP, wrap the ribbon around the card stock, tie it into a knot, and stick this layer onto the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

On the inside I simply stamped the present and "celebrate" from Best of Birthdays onto the top of the large piece of Whisper White card stock in Black Stazon ink and colored in the images with Marina Mist and Pumpkin Pie markers. I stuck this down into the card with Glue Stick. The strip of Basic Black card stock was glued down with 2-Way Glue Pen just under the stamped images to add a little more interest to the inside of the card.

For the Halloween card I just colored in the Halloween Happiness stamp with Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry markers, breathed on the stamp to re-moisten the ink, and stamped it onto the card stock. Then for the inside piece I stamped the haunted house and "Trick or Treat" from Best of Halloween in Black Stazon and Pumpkin Pie ink. 

A fun and simple card with two very different occasions!