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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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LOVE this paper line! I'm going to have to find time to dig into my paper stash and get busy making something with it!

Fantastic. I love making Halloween cards, I like working with spiders and pumpkins and ... Normally you don't use those for cards but once a year it is allowed :)

What darling cards and that bat is amazing!!!!! TFS!

Darling cards and sketch and the treat box will fly right out the door!

I just love your cards, Gloria! You always come up with the most wonderful designs. And Jim's treat box looks amazing too!

I need this paper to make those bat treat boxes.so cool Graphic 45 and Jim

Great cards that Gloria made, and what a fun box by Jim! Judy D.

another fabulous day of inspiration, THANKS!

I love the graphic 45 Halloween papers! They are so much fun!

Fun cards! Loved Jim's bat treat box - so cool!!!

How beautiful.. I love Gloria's work. So lovely..
Thanks alot for sharing these amazing projects.

Love Gloria's cards! Jim's project is cool. Two of my favorites on the DT!

Seriously G45 ...you just blow us away with these TALENTED Designers... so much inspiration Thank You !
Gloria...Jim Don't need to tell you two...you are so amazing !!
All these great ideas I NEED more Happy Haunting stash please... you do want me to try these projects right!!

Wow, Jim's bat is terrific!

Great cards and I love everything that Jim makes! Another great project!

Loved these cute Halloween cards. I wanted to thank you again for making Scrap fest so special. I love your products and loved that I won some at the crop!

such beautiful, fun, cards. I love them.

These are cute cards. I've been fussy cutting some Happy Halloween paper to make a few cards. Such pretty papers.

Thanks for the inspiration. Your cards are amazing. I can't wait to get crafting.

Awesome card designs...thanks for the great inspiration!!! AGAIN!

I can't wait to start my halloween crafts with this line!


Amazing projects as usual ! Thx for sharing, can't wait to see whay you think of next.

Super cards and crafts this week with Happy Haunting!

Love all these cards!!!

I always love Gloria's work!

Love it all-great inspiration as always.I've got a small oval paper mache box-got to give that adorable owl a try.

These cards are so cute...simple enough to make myself. I'm off to make a few with this wonderful paper collection. TFS!

I've been enjoying Gloria's card designs for a while now, and these do not disappoint! Plus, I love Halloween!

Love the cards! I'd like to see a tutorial on the fabulous Bat too! TFS and for the chance to win.

Coucou, ces cartes sont trop belles, bises

Love the sketch. There are so many things you could do with it.

Great cards, love the papers & inside finish.
As for Jim, I've said before he's on another level - SO CLEVER!! Off to see the blog...

Happy Halloween from England. I work at Hever Castle and we have so many stories of ghosts including one of Anne Boleyn - so this range is right at home! Just going to have to do some crafting in the castle and see what turns up!! Just love your ranges - just placed an order on Etsy so looking forward to receiving all my goodies.

Great inspiration!

Gloria always makes it look so easy! Thanks for the wonderful sketch, Gloria...I will put it to good use.

Great easy to replicate ideas, fantasic inspiration as ever xx

Gloria used one of my fav Stampin Up images with some of my fav Graphic 45 papers...perfection

Wow, thanks for showing the simple and more elaborate versions of the card. I am new to card making and this really helped me!

Cute cards! Love Halloween.

Gorgeous cards!!

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