I’m not really a fan of Halloween and I don’t like ‘spooky’ cards but sometimes there are aspects that can be adapted to make some fun cards that can be used more broadly for other occasions: specifically black cats and cute witches. I had great fun making these and used a lot of different approaches that I describe in more detail below.
The cats are from a Tim Holtz Sizzix die set called ‘Mischievious’ and the Best Witches stamp set from StampinUp. I also used Sizzix Bold Text and Bold Text Halloween Thinlits dies, a Moon Mask and a Brick layering stencil.
I started with the witches and stamped each of the images, colouring them using Copic Markers and pairing them with different cats die cut out of black cardstock.
For my second pair of witches I used a similar approach with stamping and colouring with Copic Markers but then, rather than stamping a sentiment, I die cut the sentiments so that they would show through with matching cardstock underneath. I added the toad along with the black cats threading their way through the words.
In my third pairing I coloured the witches in blue to move them as far away from Halloween as I could so that they could be girl’s birthday cards. For one card I stamped and coloured both witches together but for the second I stamped a larger broomstick for the witch to ride on. I also used a star die set to punch stars out of purple cardstock with yellow cardstock behind.
If you’ve seen other posts of mine, you will know that I like nothing more than to colour a scene for my cards. Using a brick wall stencil as inspiration, I decided to create a dungeon scene for the witches, and used the Bold Text die cuts in a completely different way for the sentiments.
The brick wall sent me on another scene journey to create cats by the light of the full moon. For these cards I used the moon mask and inked the backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks; and I used texture paste over the bricks to give a more interesting finish.
For my final pair of cards I used some coloured backgrounds that I had made a long time ago using inks and stencils. I had cut the ‘Make A Wish’ sentiment out of one to use in the witch/dungeon scene above, and thought the cutout would make an interesting card by itself with just a simple black cat embellishment. I had another similar coloured card and used up the rest of my cat images on that, creating a darker base to ground them.