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September 19, 2012

Great Tips & Tutorials For Stunning Halloween Cards!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another super day here at Graphic 45! We are so excited that you've stopped by our blog on this fine Wednesday! We're getting a head start on Halloween this week as we feature fun and easy Halloween crafts! We've got more goodies in store for you today with two incredible cards by Gloria Stengel. There's a simple and beautiful card and sketch. Gloria has also prepared a more elaborate Halloween card and tutorial. Both of today's gorgeous cards are really fun to create! Why not bring some joy to a friend or loved one with a fantastic handmade Halloween card? Follow today's fabulous tips and tutorial to bring the creative spirit of Halloween to life!

Speaking of Halloween fun, don't forget that there's still time to enter to win this amazing Happy Haunting prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! We will be choosing one random winner and announcing them on our blog this Friday, September 21st! Hooray!

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And now it's time for some wonderful tips for creating beautiful Halloween cards! Cards are so much fun to make. They can be nice and simple or fancy and elaborate. Either way they're garunteed to brighten someone's day. Here we have two gorgeous Halloween cards. One is simple and lovely, while the other is also stunning and has a little more detail. Both can be made using the same sketch and most of the same materials. Grab your papers and get ready for fun! Here is Gloria's first simple card and sketch. Take it away, Gloria!

"Using products from the same collection make projects come together in a snap! For this simple card, I used paper from the Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad. The small-scale prints are perfect for card making. I combined the paper with Happy Haunting chipboard and stamps to create a 10-minute card." -Gloria Stengel




Halloween Sketch


Graphic 45 paper: Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad

Graphic 45 chipboard: Happy Haunting

Graphic 45 stamps: Happy Haunting

Cardstock - American Crafts Black, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Halloween Geometric Print on Black Grosgrain, Black Satin; May Arts 1/4" Black Silk

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Aileen's Tacky Glue

Are you ready to take your simple Halloween card to the next level? Here is another gorgeous card by Gloria that uses that same simple sketch. Gloria just added a little bit more pizazz to create this adorable card. It takes a little bit more time to make but it is totally worth it! Follow along with Gloria to create this super sweet Trick or Treat card! Take it away, Gloria!

I showed you how to make a 10-minute card by using products from the same collection. If you have more time, and you have a lot of various Halloween stamps and embellishments in your stash, you can "step it up" and make a 45-minute card.


Both cards have the same basic design, but I flipped the vertical panel to the right and added more embellishments.  To create visual interest in the "stepped up" card, I cut a fence (Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border die) and some tree branches (Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms die) and inked them with chalk ink before attaching them to the card.


Instead of using pre-made chipboard for the image, I stamped and colored an image with Copic markers. Once the image was colored, I trimmed it into a circle shape. I used Spellbinders dies to cut a circle and then cut a decorative circle to mat my image.


I used one of the Happy Haunting chipboard clocks, and tied three strands of various colored twine to the center. I added a strip of ribbon and a die cut sentiment.


I folded the ribbon over and cut one end into a banner shape.


I used stamps to decorate the inside of the card.

It is easy to take the same basic card design and create a completely different look, just by changing your image, embellishments, and sentiment.


Graphic 45 paper: Happy Haunting 8x8 pad

Graphic 45 chipboard: Happy Haunting

Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Copic white

Other stamps: Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids; Hero Arts Happy Halloween; Hampton Art Stamps Boo

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Apple Shimmer Satin, Twine (orange, green apple, black licorice)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Gray Whale

Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Classic Inverted Scallop Circles Large, Cherry Blossoms; Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Banners

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Ranger Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L foam squares

Wow, wasn't that fun?! We've got one more treat for you all today. The fabulous Jim, The Gentleman Crafter is being featured today on the Paper Crafter's Library blog! Hop on over to see this amazing Happy Haunting Bat Treat Box! Jim has prepared an amazing tutorial that shows you how to create this fantastic project! Dive deep into the Halloween spirit with Jim on the Paper Crafter's Library blog today! Check it out!


Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Jim The Gentleman Crafter Bat Box

We hope you all enjoyed today's fabulous and festive Halloween crafts! We're keeping the Halloween party train rolling all this week. We hope you'll come on back and see us tomorrow for more incredible Halloween inspiration! Huge thanks to Gloria Stengel and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for their amazing creations today. We wish you all a very happy day!

With Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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WOnderful inpsiratioN!

Super cute cards, thank you for sharing!

I love Jim's oval bat box! Too cute and clever. And as always, Gloria comes through with attractive cards that are easy enough for me to "copy" - LOL Thanks!

Happy Hump Day!

Fun cards, I need get working on my Halloween cards.

I am totally bewitched , and spellbound xxx hehe

And did i mention bats about your papers

Love the cards today--simple template and then one with great details added.

I love seeing how outside the box we can go with "scrap book" supplies!!!

These are are beautiful!!!!! I love them!!!!!! And off to see Jim's project!!!!

Another great day of surprises and beautiful creations. The cards are awesome and the bat is unbelievable! Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful creations. Love the bat treat box, really cute.

Those cards are amazing wow......always like to read your blog!
xox Amy :)

Great cards Gloria! Thank You for the template. It really helps to see the simple one compared to the stepped up one. Jim, I'm just batty over your project. Ok, a little cheesy but couldn't help myself, hee, hee.

Love all the halloween things.. My favorite to play around with... can't wait to start creating...

wow love the cards you do amazing work...u inspire me thanks so much for being u!!!!!

Always engaging compositions

I love the new Halloween line! I HAVE to make that bat, too! So cute!!

wow... love the bat... i want to make it...

Very nice projects! Luv the bat!

Simople yet elegant cards Gloria! I really love how you finish off the inside as well.

Gloria your cards are gorgeous!! Love your style! And that bat is super cute and creative!

Gorgeous projects!

Very cute cards!!!

So cute! I saw the bat treat box instructions earlier this morning- great idea!

WOW so fun and inspiring, i keep saying it. you bring class to vintage

Love all the cards. They are amazing!!

I love Halloween and this collection is right up my alley! Thanks for the fantastic work you guys do. I have all your papers except the really early one's from before I discovered you.

Gloria's 10 minute cards are so sweet and Jim has excelled again with an ingenious creation.

I love G45 papers for 10 minute cards they lend so well to embellishing and the beautiful images make the card.

I can't wait to make some cards of my own!

Such SPOOKTACULAR projects

Fabulous cards, love the candy box. So fun TFS

beautiful cards but that bat made me smile!

Beautiful cards, and that treat bag is adorable! hugs, Kimberly

Really cute projects today! Love the bat box!

Very cute cards! Love the chipboard clock.

These cards are wonderful--so fun! Love the cute and not scary little witches.

Cute cards and a fun treat box! I just love this time of year.... HALLOWEEN!

What cute cards! Gloria always does such lovely projects. Love Gentleman Jim's cute bat! He does such amazing work! Thank you for sharing these great creations! Have a wonderful day!

Love the cards! I am always interested to see stamps used with your amazing papers.

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