Hey Pink Paislee friends, it’s Elsie back on the blog today. Halloween is one of my favourite times of year and so I was really happy when the Spellcast collection landed on my doorstep. This collection strikes the perfect balance between being cute and creepy because of it’s vintage style with a modern twist! I love it, and I’m having so much fun playing with it.
First off, the “creepy” card!
To create my coffin I used this cut file and cut it from paper 03. I love the black marble effect as it adds a sort of realism, which was perfect to achieve the look of a creepy coffin! The ‘B’ side of the paper also worked well for the inside of the coffin as it looks like a checked fabric.
To create my skeleton I used this cut file designed by Paige, and used the ivory coloured pattern on paper 09. The skeleton ended up being slightly too big to fit into the box, so I had to cut one of his arms off and reattach it!
Luckily I could cover it up by using one of the small butterfly stickers from the 6×12 sticker sheet and attaching a pumpkin die-cut to his arm to make it look like he was holding it! I couldn’t resist adding a touch of cute to this creepy card!
To create the pop-up bit of the card, I used some jewellery wire and wrapped it around a pencil to create some coils. I then attached them to the base of the box and the back of the skeleton, so once the box is opened the skeleton pops out and wiggles around!
I love to create interactive elements on my cards, it’s an easy and inexpensive thing to create but will give your creations that ‘wow factor’.
To decorate the inside I used some clear and washi stickers to create my sentiments. I chose the washi ‘Happy Halloween’ because it has some space where you could easily write/type a message. I also trimmed some of the spider web stickers so they could fit into the corners of the box!
I love that the skull chipboard piece on the front of the coffin is really rather creepy looking! But combining it with the ‘skeleton in the cupboard’ sticker sentiment adds a slight touch of humour as it teases what’s inside the box!
This was simple to draw and cut out by hand as the ghosts, pumpkins and sign are all such simple shapes. But to add more detail and interest to them I drew faces on them with some black pen which makes it look as if all of the characters are interacting with each other! I also added stitching for even more whimsy and texture.
I love the variety of embellishments you can get in this collection. I popped a couple of witch’s hats on a pumpkin and ghost, the one on the pumpkin is a cardstock sticker and the hat on the ghost is a die-cut. I love how they’re different styles of hats, as it creates a lot more interest and variety, it’s those smaller details I always really appreciate in collections.
The co-ordinating ‘Spellcast’ thickers might be my all-time favourite alphas. I love the font, the gold foil and the black foam core, they’re perfect! And my ‘hey boo!’ title is a bit tongue-and-cheek, but I think it’s a cute sentiment for a card!
I used the jewelry wire again for this card, and this time I attached a ghost, a bat sticker and a chipboard moon to the end of them to give the illusion that they’re floating. Again, this is such an easy and effective technique.
I’m so happy with the way both of these cards have turned out. I love them so much I haven’t actually sent them to anyone and I’m using them as Halloween home decor – haha! Sorry, not sorry 😉