I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day. I had a great birthday weekend. We went shopping, went out to dinner, had a birthday party, had a barbecue, went swimming, and lots of other fun stuff. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday. Thank you to all of you who helped make my birthday special by sending cards, emails, or leaving a comment on my blog. I really appreciate it.
Now that my birthday is over, that means the holidays are right around the corner. This is my favorite time of year. I know not all people celebrate Halloween, but I love Halloween. I think it comes with having the last name "Graves." LOL! Today I thought I'd show you a simple, fun Halloween card that's made without any stamps!
Isn't that a cute mummy? I saw this idea a couple of years ago and I *think* it was Jan Tink who made it. I can't find the original card so I'm not 100% sure who to credit. I remember that the eyes were stamped, but I decided to use circle punches instead.
To make the mummy you'll need
- One piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock cut to 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
- Four pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 1"
- One piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 1/2"
Sponge all of the edges with Creamy Caramel ink. For the 1/2" wide piece, you want to sponge both sides (front and back) because both sides will show when you tie it in a knot.
Take the 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock and pull it across a pen to help break up the fibers. You do this the same way you would pull curling ribbon across a pair of scissors to make it curl.
Once you've done this, *gently* tie your cardstock into a single knot. Don't pull hard on the ends of the cardstock or you'll rip it. You want to fold your cardstock into place rather than pull on it. Set this aside.
Next you want to adhere the mummy's eyes to the largest piece of Vanilla cardstock. I made the eyes with three circle punches--1 3/8", 1 1/4", and 3/4". Rotate the mummy's eyes so he's looking cross-eyed or however you'd like. You'll notice that I placed the eyes more towards the right side of the card.
Adhere the four 1" wide pieces of cardstock to the mummy. You want the ends of the 1" strips to hang off both sides of the cardbase. Overlap the strips and angle them differently so it looks like the mummy is wrapped in bandages. Add the "knotted" cardstock bow to his head.
Turn your mummy over and trim off the excess cardstock. Once you've done that, you need to go back and sponge more Creamy Caramel ink on the ends of the strips right where you just cut. This helps the mummy's bandages look old and aged. Adhere your mummy to your card base and you're done!
Thanks for stopping by! ~Dannie
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Perfect Plum
Ink: Creamy Caramel
Punches: Circle (1 3/8", 1 1/4", 3/4")