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Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Cheryl Harwick


Simple Halloween Cards Featuring “Thrilling” by Authentique

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Today I want to show you some frighteningly simple Halloween cards featuring the Authentique “Thrilling” Collection.  I love the variety of papers and stickers available in Authentique’s Thrilling Collection – enough to satisfy all of my Halloween card needs and then some.  I especially love the paper called “Mystic”, and that is what I used to make some super simple Halloween cards.

To create these cards, I first cut apart the various elements on the “Mystic” page.  In some cases I cut the outside borders off, and instead used a coordinating solid paper as a border or frame for the element.   I decided to make A7 (5”x7” cards) and wanted the base of each card to be black, so I cut 5-5”x7” bases from Bazzill Blackbird cardstock (I prepare card fronts and simply mount them to 5”x7” folded cards as a last step).

Some of the elements are quite large, so a few simple layers are all that is needed (for example, the first 2 cards pictured above).  For those cards, I started with the 5”x7” base in black, and then layered complementary colors.  The layer on the first card is cut 4.75” x 6.75”.  For the second card, I chose to cut off the printed border, and substituted a second layer.  I cut the card base at 5”x7”, the first layer at 4.75”x6.75”, and the second layer at 4.5” x 6.5”.  Of course the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics dies would make this even easier (I’m going to have to add those sets to my wish list).

For the smaller elements on the “Mystic” paper, I used a Spellbinders die and a pop of color to add interest.  The Spellbinders die, “Tapestry”, is one of their “shapeabilities expandable pattern” dies, and I thought it had a perfect “Halloween” feel.  So for the last 3 cards, I cut the card base from black cardstock at 5”x7”, the first layer from a complementary color cardstock at 4.75”x6.75”, and a second layer from black cardstock at 4.5”x6.5”.   The second layer for each card was cut using the Spellbinders Tapestry die.

This short video will give you a closer look at the Authentique “Thrilling” collection and the Spellbinders tapestry die, and will illustrate the basic instructions given above.

I finished each of the cards with a few embellishments – they really don’t need much.  I started by using a little glitter pen and the Smooches pearlized accent ink (adds a subtle shimmer) to enhance the “Mystic” elements.  I just used a little, so it may be hard to detect in the photos.  I thought, for example, that the Sundance Smooches ink really enhanced areas that were supposed to represent candle light.  Then, of course, I added ribbon and rhinestones, etc. to finish the cards.

Supply List:

Authentique Thrilling Collection – 12×12 papers and 2 sticker sheets

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern die, “Tapestry” (S5-198)

Bazzill cardstock, solid colors – I used Blackbird, Navel, Yukon Gold, Pomegranate and an unidentified soft medium brown.

Smooches pearlized accent ink – I used Tuxedo, Siren and Sundance

Viva Glitter Liner – Holo Iridescent (or substitute your favorite Stickles)

Miscellaneous embellishments – I used what I had on hand including assorted rhinestones, black and ivory gingham ribbon, May Arts satin cutouts small brown leaves, Dress It Up pumpkin button from  the “Vegetables” pack, Maya Road “harvest corn” bakers twine, and May Arts chocolate and bittersweet burlap twine.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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About the Author

I have always enjoyed crafts of every kind! At an early age I learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. As long as I can remember there has been a project (or two or three!) that I am working on. I am a Certified Intermediate Copic Designer teaching participants how to effectively use their markers. For a number of years I have taught classes including counted thread embroidery (linen work and specialty stitches), soft sculpture and knitting. Being retired gives me the luxury of spending more of my time in the craft world.

  • Debbie M

    These are awesome! I love the paper, dies, and designs! I need to make some for Halloween!

  • Cheryl Harwick

    Thank you, Debbie. Good luck with your Halloween cards.

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