Non-traditional patterned paper for Easy Halloween cards to make

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. 😉

Easy Halloween Cards to make

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!

Card Details

Easy Halloween Cards to make

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.  

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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 allie@creatingwithallie.com 

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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Three tips to make Easy Fun Fold Cards

One of the questions I get a lot is how to make Easy Fun Fold Cards, so today I wanted to take some time to share with you some of my tips.. you will see that these three cards are easy to make and easy to change to incorporate any paper collection you have! 

So let’s get started! 

How to make Three Easy Fun Fold Cards 

When thinking of fun folds, we picture complex cards, and fear that these will be super hard to make. It can get a bit intimidating.. 

However, Fun Fold cards can be super easy and still have that “WOW” factor that we all love. Specially when we want to add a little bit of interaction in our cards, and make them even more special for the person opening one of these cards. 

On the cards I am showing you below, you will see that these all look as regular cards, but it is when you open them that you see that “WOW” factor.  So here are a few tips to consider when coming up with your own fun folds.

Easy Fun Folds to try

 

Tips when making Fun Folds:

Here are a few of my best tips when it comes to making fun fold cards in an easy way! 

1.- Think of alternative ways you can fold the card base

Whether you have an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or an 11″ x 4 1/4″ card base, you know that the card front should end up measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  So think of different combinations of folds that can result in this final measurement. 

A few examples of this could be:

  • Card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Regular fold is at 4 1/4″ 
    • Score at 2 1/8″ and at 6 3/8″ and you will get a gate fold card
  • Card base 11″ x 4 1/4″ – Regular fold is at 5 1/2″
    • Score at 3″ and at 8 1/2″ –  this is the type I made in card #1 (below)

Click here to see another example of Fun Fold on this post where you play with the measurements of the card base. 

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2.- Fold in Half Twice the card base

This is by far one of my favorite ways to make Fun Folds! Similar to the tip above, you can do this with an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or an 11″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

This is the easiest and you don’t have to remember scoring marks, though you can make score marks if you want. You can see that I used this method on card #2. 

One thing to consider with this type of fun fold is that you could use the inside of your card, so always put a smaller piece in the inside than the piece you are adding to the front to decorate.  Also always glue the inside first and then glue the layer on the top, that way you ensure you cover the inside of your card.  

If you want the measurements to score, here you go:

  • Card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Regular fold is at 4 1/4″ 
    • Score at 2 1/8″ and at 4 1/4″ 
  • Card base 11″ x 4 1/4″ – Regular fold is at 5 1/2″
    • Score at 2 3/4″ and at 5 1/2″ –  this is the type I made in card #2 (below)

Click here to see other examples of this type of fun fold using a different suite.

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3.- See your sketch and think which piece can be added as a fold

This tip is a bit more advanced, but not hard at all, you just need to see which piece in a sketch can be added as the fold.

To help you pick which piece in a sketch can be added as a fold, think of the layer that is positioned towards the edge or the borders of your card. This will allow you to add a tab to make the fun fold.  

Your card base in this case is a quarter of a sheet (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) and when you add the piece you selected from your sketch, you cut it 1/2″ larger (on the side that goes toward the edge) to make a tab that you can fold and glue it to the front. To cover this tab you glue another cardstock or a piece of designer series paper so the tab is in between the card base and the DSP or second layer of cardstock. 

Similar to the card above make sure that you glue the inside of your card before and then glue the top layer, to ensure you cover the inside of your card.

You can see exactly what I mean in the video tutorial as this is how I made card #3 (below)

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The Video Tutorial 

And as usual, you can watch the video tutorial below where I show step by step how to make these cards. I think that the video will clarify a lot more what I explain above.. I am a firm believer that a visual always helps.. If you have any questions by all means leave me a comment and I will answer any question you might have regarding these fun fold cards!

 

Finally, I have a question for you. If you could have a private conversation with me, what two questions would you like to ask me? – I’m really serious – go ahead and send me an email me at allie@creatingwithallie.com and tell me your question. What do you need help with? – Until next week.. 

 

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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