Oct 18 2010

Quilling a Happy Halloween Card

Published by at 2:09 pm under Quilling Pattern

I was wandering around my local Jo-Ann recently, and I do mean wandering — they have totally changed the layout of the store, moving the merchandise and shelving.  The entire store is now different. 
dcwv_midnight_spell_matstacI managed to find the scrapbook department and discovered a wonderful 4.5″ x 6.5″ bound stack of Halloween papers by DCWV, Inc., called The Midnight Spell matstack®.  It contains 72 heavy card stock sheets with wonderful Halloween prints (half of them have foil or glitter) that are just the right size for card making.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but just had to have it.  I had a coupon, but when I went to pay, it was on sale, so it only cost me around $5.00.  What a deal!
Some of the papers have all over patterns and some have wonderful scenes on them.  As I thumbed through the stack I discovered this delightful haunted house and knew it would make a great card with quilled ghosts flying out of the windows.
To assemble the card, I layered the printed card stock onto black and then attached it to a purchased blank ivory card.  The scene needed a big orange moon, so I punched one out and stamped it with happy halloween.  Then I glued it to some scrap black card stock and cut around the circle with my pinking sheers.  I then glued the moon in place.
You won’t believe what I used for the strip of spooky ground fog — a torn dryer sheet, already used, of course!  I happened to be going back and forth between doing laundry and working on the card, when I saw the dryer sheet in with the clothes I was folding and thought it looked a bit spider-weby.  However, when I went to stretch it out, it was far too sturdy.  I was playing around with the torn strip, wondering if I could use it like a ribbon on the card, when I realized it made great fog.  How’s that for recycling?
All I needed to add to finish it off were the quilled ghosts and a large black bat flying in front of the moon.  I was going to add wiggle eyes to the ghosts, but they didn’t look right, so I added a pair peeking out of the upper window instead.
Sometimes all it takes are a few paper quills to make a simple card extra special.
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11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Quilling a Happy Halloween Card”

  1. fenderbirdson 18 Oct 2010 at 5:12 pm

    nice article, keep the posts coming

  2. annon 18 Oct 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I got a couple of those matstacks on sale at Joanne’s not too long ago. I love those things. I wish I would have found one with that paper in it. I love it and it made a GREAT card. How cool that you used the dryer sheet. very “green” of you 🙂 Of course the bat and the ghosts are the perfect touch for the card.

  3. Dianaon 18 Oct 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Love this card…….I need to get my quilling out again and play…..what a cute Idea…..may have to case this….thanks

  4. Ann Martinon 19 Oct 2010 at 12:04 pm

    So cute, Charlotte! The ghosts are adorable and I love the pair of eyes peeking out the window. The dryer sheet adds the perfect spooky touch.

  5. Peggyon 19 Oct 2010 at 2:16 pm

    This is so cute!!! Love it!

  6. Cindyon 19 Oct 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Love your card – and you are so right – the dryer sheet makes perfect fog! TFS

  7. Dorison 19 Oct 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Bellisima la tarjeta, muchas gracias por el libro es precioso!!!!
    Tiene un maravilloso blog, la voy a visitar a menudo Charlotte.
    Un gran abrazo desde Lima-Peru.

  8. Gailon 19 Oct 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Love the card, especially the cute spooky eyes.

    Gail Freed

  9. Charlotteon 21 Oct 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you all so much for your kind words of support. You keep me crafting!

  10. Lisaon 27 Oct 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Those are great. I’ll have to check out my stash of stacks to see what I have.
    Love your work as always. 🙂

  11. Cindyon 08 Nov 2010 at 8:53 am

    What a beautifull halloween card, so cute !

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