Don't be afraid to send spooktacular handmade greetings to family and friends this Halloween! I've scoured the web in search of creative inspiration for sweet and spooky handmade cards, tags and treat boxes for goblins and ghouls alike.
What's on trend this Halloween? Watercolor backgrounds, embossed die-cuts and whimsical characters. Bats, cats, witches and more — I've got it covered! (Click on photo links for additional project details.)
Ghostly dimensional delight
This eye-catching card by Jen Shults combines a trendy watercolor background, peek-a-boo stars and loads of dimension. The rounded corners of the watercolor panel mimic the curves of the ghost and the white embossed sentiment on black "pops" against the lighter background.
Free-flowing watercolor "witch"
Amy Rohl has taken a bit of an abstract approach by watercoloring not only the background, but the die-cut elements as well. With a white-on-white base, the die-cuts and sentiment shine.
Heidi Criswell used watercolor on stitch-embossed tags to provide the perfect background for her trick or treaters. The elements are popped up on foam tape with the sentiments white embossed on dark or bright cardstock. These colorful tags are sure to take plain treat bags from blah to BAM!
Pamela Ho used masking, ink blending and spritzing to create an amazing starry background. All elements are popped up on foam tape, and the pumpkin basket tied to the broom with hemp cord adds an extra special touch. Far too cute to spook!
Everyone loves interactive elements on cards. Audrey Tokach's Halloween scene uses a Storybook die to create a shaker window background for quirky characters. The spider, web and stars inside the shaker are perfect additions.
Clean and simple with dimension
While this card is clean and simple with the large sentiment front and center, Emily Leiphart has added lots of dimension by using foam tape to pop up some of the candy pieces below. She tucked a bone and tiny web into the mix, adding a sweet spider as the finishing touch.
Triangular treat box
Lisa Henke's triangular treat box is quick and easy but far from ordinary. To decorate the sides, she added a popped up die-cut and stamped a sentiment using the same color ink as card stock. The striped tag, purple button and black hemp add contrast and texture. This box is sure to be as much of a treat as the goody inside!
Teri Anderson's card is just plain fun. The accessorized ghosts are the perfect accompaniment to the play-on-words sentiment. She created her own patterned background by simply stamping the small star pattern repeatedly using the same color ink as card stock.
A clean and simple boo
Leigh Penner watercolored her sweet trick or treater then fussy-cut around the edges and layered atop a strip of patterned paper. The sentiment was already printed onto the pattern, helping this card come together in minutes. The black strip along the bottom grounds the image and sentiment and provides just the right amount of contrast to the light base.
A sky to "die" for
Behind her pumpkin patch, Melody Rupple created a quick and easy glittery sky by using a star background die on navy card stock and then placing sparkly gold paper beneath to shine through the openings. Bat sequins add just the right amount of spookiness to her scene.
Photo via Melania Deasy
Melania Deasy has created a collection of picture perfect tags using a Polaroid-shaped frame for her whimsical Halloween critters. The backgrounds were sponged then splattered and the speech bubble sentiments were white embossed on brightly colored card stock.
With just a few supplies (including a printer), Cecilia Louie's ghostly treats come together in minutes. They are unusual, adorable and hold a surprising amount of treats!
Photo via Melania Deasy
A Card and More
Melania Deasy has created a surprise treat to coordinate with her Halloween greeting: The fringe die used on the card was also used with image die-cuts and short sentiments to create complementary pencil toppers.
For quick and easy tags, print or stamp text and then stamp over with a Halloween image. Colette B.'s Victorian collage tags were printed using her own Batty Halloween kitten digital stamp.
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