Sweet and Spooky Halloween Card

I would not be able to create daily projects for my blog without inspiration from some great online challenges.  I play along with several challenge sites each with because of the creative prompts they give me – it makes creating so much easier.  It’s such an honor when the design team members at these challenges recognize my work.  With today’s project (a mashup of the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the theme at The Paper Players), I want to offer a big “thank you” to both teams for selecting my projects last week.

Thanks to the CAS(E) This Sketch for selecting my Petals & Paisleys thank you card as a favorite last week – you can see that project here.  The sketch was super-fun to work with!And thank you to Linda Callahan who chose my Jolly Friends moose as her “cut above” at The Paper Players – you can see that project here.  It’s always such an honor to be recognized.

For today’s clean-and-simple project, I used non-traditional Halloween colors to create a spooky Halloween card that’s sweet at the same time.  Here’s my card:

Spooky Fun, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP315, CTS192

And here are the banners for Sam Simpson’s CAS(E) this Sketch layout and Claire Broadwater’s Paper Players theme that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Spooky Fun.  I just adore the spooky images in the Spooky Fun stamp set and the amazing dies available in the Halloween Scenes Edgelits – bundled together, they are perfect for the spookiest night of the year.  While today’s project showcases the stamp set from this bundle (I used the two bats and sentiment), my last Halloween project primarily featured the dies – you can see that project here.  Paired with the sweet collection of circles from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set, these bats walk the line between spooky and just plain adorable.

    Spooky Fun Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Spooky Fun Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Flippadoo.  While I love Sam’s sketch this week, I really wanted to flip it around a little – no offense, Sam.  🙂  I just wanted my bats to fly at the top of the card.  I love that these challenges allow us to use “artistic license” to move things around a bit to meet our vision for the project.  I also added a few layers of cardstock beneath the focal panel to perfectly frame the sweet card front.
  • Sweet Halloween Colors.  While most Halloween projects feature bright oranges and deep blacks, I chose to create a sweet collage of bats with relatively soft colors.  I quite like the combination that worked perfectly with this sketch and challenge.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:  Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Basic BlackI mean, really.  How sweet are these colors?

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Fun, Perpetual Birthday Calendar  Papers:  Tip Top Taupe, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Spooky Fun, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP315, CTS192

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site and  The Paper Players site see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. I love the muted Halloween colors of your card and the layers really set it off. Have a great day, Brian.

  2. Clean & simple perfection. Who wudda thought Peekaboo Peach could be so wonderful for Halloween?

  3. This wonderful CAS card is great with Peekaboo Peach!

  4. I love your work, Brian. You’re the “king” of CAS!

  5. I love this! The muted colors and sweet little bats are adorable! This is truly a unique Halloween card!

  6. Really great design! I also love the color choices!

  7. Thanks, all, for your kind comments. I’m thrilled that you like this color combination as much as I do.

  8. I too like the color combinations today especially the addition of the Tip Top Taupe. I think it softens the traditional orange & black combinations.

  9. Super cute and spooky card

  10. Wow….understatedly perfect!

  11. Brain, this is a perfect CAS card! Love the color combo and the little scene you created! Thank you for joining my Halloween challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

  12. Brian, I saw your card in the Paper Players gallery and had to come visit! I love the colors and images you combined…this is a SWEET Halloween card!

  13. Awesome CAS card! Great choice of colors and use of the sketch.Thanks for joining us at PP!

  14. Fabulous take on the sketch!

  15. Wonderful take on the sketch–I like how you flipped it and changed the orientation. Gorgeous colors, too!

  16. We always see the brightness of the oranges and blacks at Halloween. It’s really pretty and nice to see softer colors for Halloween. Your color choices were very good! I might use them also!

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