13+ Sweet and Spooky Cards, Tags and Treats to Create This Halloween

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.

Halloween card and tag collage

Create your own sweet and spooky Halloween cards and tags this season!

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.)

Jen-Shults Ghostly Dimensional Delight

Photo via Jen Shults of Deconstructing Jen

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.

Amy-Rohl - Free-flowing Watercolor "Witch"

Photo via Amy Rohl of Ink About Me

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 - BOO-tastic Tags

Photo via Heidi Criswell of Craft Time 4U

BOO-tastic tags

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 - Masked Magic

Photo via Pamela Ho of Miao

Masked magic

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!

Audrey Tokach - Boo Shaker

Photo via Audrey Tokach of Pink Ink Originals

Boo shaker

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. 

Emily Leiphart - Clean and Simple with Dimension

Photo via Emily Leiphart of Art From The Heart

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. 

Lisa Henke - Triangular Treat

Photo via Lisa Henke of My Little Creative Escape

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 - Not-So-Ghoulish Greetings

Photo via Teri Anderson of A Bit of This. A Bit of That.

Not-so-ghoulish greetings

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. 

Leigh Penner - A Clean and Simple Boo

Photo via Leigh Penner of To The Full

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.

Melody Rupple - A Sky to "Die" For

Photo via Melody Rupple of A Paper Melody

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.

Melania Daisy - Say Cheese!

Photo via Melania Deasy

Say cheese!

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. 

Cecilia Louie, Bluprint - Ghostly Folds

Printable Halloween Party Favor Boxes pattern via Bluprint instructor Cecilia Louie

Ghostly folds

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!

Melania Daisy - A Card and More

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. 

Colette B., Bluprint - Batty Tags

Batty Halloween Tag Set via Bluprint member Colette B.

Batty tags

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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