Oct 18 2010
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.
I 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.