Do you want to see three easy Halloween cards to make using a non conventional patterned paper? If so you are in for a treat, as today I will share with you how to make these cute Halloween cards using any paper you might have.
In these cards I used the Playing with Patterns designer series paper, which has nothing to do with Halloween!!
I shared this on my past videos, but this year’s Halloween paper from Stampin’ Up! was not really my cup of tea. It is beautiful, but I thought it was darker for my taste. I love bright colors with monsters or spooky critters the best, so I decided I was still going to make my Halloween cards using non-Halloween designer series paper for this year.
These is my second set of Halloween cards.. If you have not see the first one you can do so here! – As you can see the first one used the Have a Hoot bundle with the Plaid Tidings designer series paper (DSP). Similar to the designer series paper I am using on these cards, the Plaid Tidings is another great DSP pack for so many occasions and it has way too many colors so the possibilities are endless. 😉
So where do you start when making your Halloween cards?? you might ask… Keep reading and I will take you thru the steps
Three Easy Halloween Cards to make
First thing first, we need to decide on the designer series paper you want to use. In my case, as I mentioned before, I wanted to use the Playing with Patterns DSP.
Once you have selected the DSP pack, go thru it and see the patterns you want to use and even more important the colors that you are liking from the pack!
This step for me is the one that sets the tone of my cards most of the times! Let me explain.. If I wanted to get a “Happy” card, I would select colors that are bright and cheerful. Like in this case I wanted to have cheerful Halloween cards.
Below is the color combo that I picked form the Playing with Patterns designer series paper.
Once you have selected the color combination you want to go for, then it is matter to decide which color you want to use as the main color and which one as the highlight. In this case I went with what I saw in the DSP. Crushed Curry as the main color and then use Night of Navy for highlights. But Honestly I could have gone the other way around and I can guarantee you, the cards would have turned out stunning as well. So just play with the colors and you will see!
Once I had selected the colors, I went ahead and picked my stamp set, and here is the thing.. before hand I kind of knew I needed to have something I could color in any color. Specially cause I knew I was going to use a non-Halloween theme DSP.
The Flight of Fancy was a great one to use as I could use image of the witch and change the colors of the outfit to any color combination I needed.
So it made it the perfect image to use!
TIP – Always have in mind what you want to do.. In my case I knew I needed an image I could customize so and image I can color, would be ideal, specially cause I was going to use a paper pack that is not Halloween themed!.
Because I was going to color her using blends, I stamped the image with the Memento ink. that way the alcohol markers would not pick up any of the black ink.
To highlight the witch’s outfit I added wink of stella to her dress and her hat, which adds a glimmer look that you will love!! so try it out!
And finally, you can just play with the layout of the card using the cardstock, DSP and images you selected. One advice here is to always use one embellishment for your card, specially one that coordinates with it. In my case I used ribbon! and I honestly think, it made the card pop!
This first card was very basic and easy to follow, but I knew for next two I wanted to try using the same image, and colors but step it up with the folds so below you will see both of the fun folds I used.
If you want to learn how to make these fun folds, make sure you watch the video tutorial below.. here is where I would show the step by step as well as the measurements of how to make all these cards.
The Video Tutorial
Below you can watch the video tutorial, where you will see how to color the witch step by step. Plus you will learn how to make both of these easy fun folds! Both of these fun folds are super easy to make and you can use them for any card you card you are making.. so give it a try!
And below you will find a full supply list, in case you want to recreate any of these cards!
TIP – as you can see on the video tutorial the Flight of Fancy is very similar in their images, so you could be doing these cards but for Christmas and Valentines!! believe me you want this set as you will be able to make these cards for two more holidays!!!
Are you taking the challenge and recreate these cards for the other two holidays? even better what if you use the same DSP???? that sounds like a great challenge!!! 😁😁😁
Share with me if you create these cards..
and Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to help you with any question you might have regarding card making.. I am serious, if you could have a private chat with me, and you could ask me anything about card making, what would you ask me? Leave me a comment below or send your question at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
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Have you been intimidated with the thought of coloring with alcohol markers? if this is you, then keep reading as I will be sharing with you how to color without any fuss.
Also please know that Today I am participating in “The Joy of Sets” blog hop and this month’s theme is Splish Splash, which is great for Summer. So you will get tons of great ideas to get you inspired and hopefully crafting. Please make sure you visit all the blogs participating on this hop. I know you will enjoy! So let’s get started!
Coloring with Alcohol Markers made Easy
Based on our theme I decided to share the cards I made with a beach theme. In this case I used the Seaside Notions stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the cards you see below!
So let’s start talking about how to color with alcohol markers! But first things first, we need to go over a few things you need to have handy.
A line image stamp, like the one I show for these cards
Alcohol Markers – in my case I used Stampin’ Blends from Stampin’ Up!
Good Quality of White Card stock – I recommend the Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!
NOTE – Please note that you want to have two shades of the colors you pick for your alcohol markers, this is so that you can make some shading or blending with them. Below the list of colors I used in my cards.
Petal Pink (light/dark)
Calypso Coral (light/dark)
Crumb Cake (light/dark)
Soft Suede (light/dark)
Pool Party (light/dark)
Bermuda Bay (light)
As you can see not only did I picked the light and dark shades of the Stampin’ blends, but also another color that would be in the same type of color family. In this case Petal Pink with Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake with Soft Suede, and finally Pool Party with Bermuda Bay. This will allow you to get even more dept in your color, as you will see on the video tutorial that I share later on in this post.
Process to Color with Alcohol Markers
So here is the process to color with alcohol markers, when you follow these steps you will see how easy this gets. Please know that the more you practice the easier it gets! I promise you give it a try and you will see how you will be improving with each piece that you color.
Also at the beginning of your coloring journey you might want to do some samples to see which colors look great together, and if you like the color combinations, that way you will start building an eye for colors and color combos. You will get that savvy-ness to know exactly how things will look like, even before you color your images 😉
Step by Step Process
Stamp the image using Memento Ink – This is super important – since you are using alcohol markers you want to use a water base ink pad, other wise when you start coloring you will smudge or pull the black color from the image into your coloring.
Add a light hand of color to the image using the light shade of the alcohol markers. DO NOT saturate the image, this is a light hand of color – in the images I am showing today, the image is in one color, however there are images that have sections that you might want in different colors, so you would follow these steps for each section of your image.
Add darker lines with the darker alcohol marker in areas where you want to accentuate color, or add a shadow. You could use the lines on your stamped image or you can add your own. For the images in these cards, I followed the lines of the stamp itself to add darker highlights. However, you could also follow my simple rule of seeing what is on top of something in the image and then add color to the thing that is under.
Go back with the lighter alcohol maker and in a circular motion start to blend the darker line with the lighter color, so it looks like a gradient going from light to dark. I would recommend to do the blending towards the middle of the image and avoid over saturating the edge of the images, as this could lead to some bleeding, meaning color moving outside the lines.
Once you are done blending, see if the image looks like you wanted, if you need to add a bit more of the dark color you can repeat steps 3 and 4 until your image looks how you wanted it.
Also remember it is always better to go from light to dark as you can add more color. However, it is harder if you want to remove the color.
Thinking of you card #1
Following the steps I shared above, I colored the sea horse with Calypso Coral, the shell with the star with Crumb Cake and the larger shell with Petal Pink.
You could add little of the Calypso Coral (light shade) to the larger shell to add a bit more of color.
I cut the images and glued them down onto the stamped circle that I used for the background of these images.
Thinking of you card #2
For this second card I followed as well the same process for coloring with alcohol markers.
I colored the sea horse with Pool Party and then added the light shade of the Bermuda Bay to make it a bit darker.
Then I colored the shell with the star with Crumb Cake, And the other shells with the Crumb cake but I added Soft Suede to make them a bit darker and make them look different. Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to color with multiple shades.
And if you are wondering about the background, I used watercolor to add the blue-ish color. The paper has to be watercolor paper to have this effect, you just color the background and then once it dries, you add some droplets of water and dry it with a paper towel so it removes the color on the areas where the water was.
The Video Tutorial
Here is the video tutorial where I show you step by step how to make these cards. On this video I show you how I colored all the images using the process I described above.
Hello Friends, here I am participating in the blog hop for the love of creating, and the theme for this hop is 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-bration items, so make sure you visit all the participating blogs, I am sure you are in for a treat!
My card entry for this hop is a quick and easy card using the hedgehugs stamp set! these little critters are super cute, don’t you think??
You can see more details on the coloring of this little guy.. I used the soft suede ink pad and then colored his body with the stampin’ blends markers!! I love coloring with these alcohol markers!! and did you see I added cheeks to this little fellow, I think it adds a little personality to him.. right? ha!
Here is the video tutorial if you want to see how to make this cute card! hope you enjoy!
Please don’t forget to see all the participants on this blog hop, I am sure you will enjoy all the creations and will get a ton of inspiration.. 🙂
Also below is the supply list of all the items I used on this card, if you are interested in any of this items you can click on the picture and it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of this items!!! don’t forget….
so for every $50 you spend in my store you get a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure!!! YAY!! who doesn’t like FREE products???
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.. I will be more than happy to help you 🙂
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