Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Halloween card with haunted house

Here are my second pieces for our October challenge - ALL THINGS SPOOKY - which was chosen by the very talented Corrie. 

I made two cards because accidentally I made a mistake on my first card. I glued something somewhere I didn't want to and when I tried to remove the unwanted element my cover paper was ruined. So I wanted to throw it away, and I started another card with nearly the same process.

But later I decided to save my first card covering with a big pumpkin (drawn and cut out by myself) and to be honest I love the first one more than the second so I'm happy to keep it after all. 

These cards are very specials for another reason too... These cards were made only with cut-outs and no stamps at all! I didn't do it deliberately, it just happened with my cards.

So here is the version 1 which nearly went to the trash:

And the version 2:

Now I will tell you a detailed description how I made these cards.

You will need 3 squares, a big one, a folded one for the card base (14x14 cm) and two, one size smaller to cover the card. The orange goes inside, the white is outside for inking and decorating.

After the inking the white one looked like this you can see bellow in the picture, and for achieving this I used the following Ranger Distress inks: Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Squeezed Lemonade.

For the moon, I inked a yellow area and then I covered it with a circle die-cut, in the end I smeared a little bit the too sharp edges of the moon.

I cut out the Rickety House (656925) with Tim Holtz Sizzix die and embossed it with Tim's Stripes Embossing Folder (657849). Then I coloured it with Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain.

I used Tim's Halloween Shadows Strip Die (658253) to cut out the bats, the pumpkins and the children.

For the tree I used Tim's Branch Tree (656929) but the Bird Branch (657833) can be good too (version 1).

The cross was cut out with a Movers&Shapers Die, with Mini Ornate Crosses (658247). I coloured with Pumice Stone Distress Marker, inked the edges with Walnut Stain, then covered with a layer of Crackle Glaze of DecoArt.

In my picture you can see the crackle glaze before drying.

For the number and the text I used Die-Namics Negative Dot, Alphabet and Numbers.

I adhered only the crosses, the pumpkins and the children with double sided foam pads to the cards because I didn't want too much 3D elements. Like this I can put them in envelopes without any difficulty to send them to someone specials. 

Do you have a spooky creation which fits to our November challenge? If your answer is yes, please join us and play along with us over at Country View Challenges blog. You have just a few more days!

And don't forget my giveaway where you can win a brand new Tim Holtz snowflake stamp set what I will post for the lucky winner! Details are here.

With my card I would like to join the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: #29

I hope you like my cards! Happy crafting!


  1. This is totally brilliant!! I so love the background, well and the whole way you have fiished it!! Fantastic creation and of course thanks for adding it to our challenge at MMM too!

  2. I often have things to hide under an embellishment... Good save Monika! Both cards are great, I love all the TH Halloween die-cuts!

  3. Fabulous spooky settings for those great Halloween houses xxx

  4. Love your spooky cards, Monika! And your little mistake is hidden perfectly - nobody would ever know =)
    xxx Evelyn

  5. I'm glad you didn't throw out the first one. I think they are both great! Thanks for joining us at MMM this month. =)

  6. Love both of them!! I love the crackle glaze on the cross, fantastic detail! Thank you for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  7. Spookilicious! LOVE the background and the old house. Great scene too!


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