How about some CHEERFUL handmade Halloween card ideas?

I think most of you know by now that I gravitate toward the cuter handmade Halloween card ideas over the spooky ones. Don’t get me wrong – spooky Halloween cards can also be cute like this one I made last year. But the ones that are one the scary side are not ones I enjoy making. I like ones that are silly like this one or like today’s card, made with bright colors and friendlier elements.

handmade Halloween card ideas using die cut elements in bright colors to make it more cheerful than spooky

 

The Halloween Card Base, Frame and Fence

  • Cut a white A2 sized card base and a brightly colored 5.50″ x 4.25″ piece of designer paper.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the designer paper and attach it to the card base.
  • Cut a 5.00″ x 3.75″ green layer and a 3.75″ x 2.50″ black layer.
  • Use a Nested Rectangle die to cut the center out of the green and black layers. 
  • Apply double stick to the back of the black frame and attach it directly over the opening of the green frame.
  • Cut a piece of coordinating designer paper sized to fit behind the frame opening. I used Taylored Expressions Haunted paper.  
  • Use black cardstock to cut the Wrought Iron Fence.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame, attach the fence and the designer paper to the back of the frame and then attach the frame to the card base.

The Tree, Owl and Jack-o-lanterns

As I said, I’m not really into spooky or gory Halloween cards so I make mine using fun images and bright colors. I love to use purple, green and orange for most of my cards.  I could have used black to cut the tree but thought the owl would show up better with the bright green.

  • Use green cardstock to cut the tree from the Owl and Halloween Tree set.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the tree, tuck it in behind the fence and attach to the card base.
  • Cut the owl using orange and black cardstock, assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the owl and attach it to the card base and right behind the tree limb.
  • Attach the owl feet to the tree limb using glossy accents.  Note:  Attaching the owl feet directly to the limb instead of to the owl allows it to appear to be sitting on the limb. 
  • Cut the Classic Pumpkins using bright yellow and green card stock, apply light and darker orange ink to the pumpkins sections using mini applicators.
  • Attach the pumpkins sections together using glossy accents.
  • Press the pumpkins directly onto the VersaMark pad to get full cover, dip them into clear embossing powder and heat using the heat gun.
  • Cut the Jack-o-lantern faces using black cardstock and attach the features to the pumpkins using glossy accents.
  • Finish by attaching the pumpkins to the frame using pieces of mounting tape.

 

a detail from today's handmade Halloween card ideas showing the dimension provided by adding die cut elements in layers

I encourage you to try out some of my handmade Halloween card ideas from the silly to the spooky and see which style you like best. Halloween isn’t really one of my favorite occasions to make cards for – do people really even send Halloween cards? But they are cute and fun to make when you have all the stamps and dies to play with. Let me know what YOU think!

 
5334-07D Owl and Halloween Tree Die
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5215-07D Wrought Iron Fence Die
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5415-03D Classic Pumpkins Die
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5334-06D Jack-o-lanterns Die
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Nested Rectangle Die Cut Set 5003D
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I’m always looking for handmade Halloween card ideas.