Updated: Sep 14
Hey there, crafty pals! It's that time of the year again when we can't resist diving into some spooktacular DIY projects. One thing I absolutely love about this season is the chance to create homemade Halloween cards. They're a fantastic way to show your loved ones that you're thinking of them during this hauntingly fun time of year.
Today, we're diving into a project that's bound to impress: a Negative-Spaced Boo Halloween Card. What makes it unique? We'll be using large letter dies to cut out the word "BOO" from a stenciled panel, creating a fabulous negative space effect. Plus, we'll be using Radiating Squares Stencils for the background, and I've picked some killer ink colors for this one – Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, and Basic Gray. So, let's get started on this wickedly awesome project!
Gathering Your Supplies
Before we dive into the fun part, let's get our supplies in order. For this project, you'll need:
Large letter dies
Radiating Squares Stencils (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink blending tools
Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, and Basic Gray Inks (Stampin' Up!)
Basic Black Cardstock (for your card base) (Stampin' Up!)
White Smooth Cardstock (for the Ink Blending) (Stampin' Up!)
Now, let's talk about those letter dies for a second. Choosing the right ones can make or break your project. Make sure they're big enough to make an impact but not so big that they take over your card. It's a Goldilocks situation – they need to be just right!
Creating the Stenciled Panel
Here's where the fun really begins. Place your Radiating Squares Stencil where you want it on your cardstock. You want it to stay put while you work your ink magic, so I like to use the Altenew Stamp Wheel or another Sticky Mat to secure it in place.
Now, let's talk ink blending. You'll want to start with picking your colors. Since I am creating a Halloween card I went with a Halloween Colored Scheme Triad. Pumpkin Pie (for that warm Halloween glow), Lemon Lime Twist (for a burst of color), Highland Heather (for adding a hint of mysterious elegance) and Basic Gray (to create depth).
I started with the smallest surface area with the layering stencil set and used Basic Gray Ink to start out. I like to work in a circular motion to avoid harsh lines. Once you're happy with the coverage, switch to the next stencil and ink color. The key here is achieving a smooth gradient – you don't want any harsh lines between your colors. Blend, blend, blend until it's just right.
Cutting the "BOO" Letters
Now, let's move on to those letters. Arrange them in the order you want and secure them with some low-tack tape onto your card front. Carefully run the whole thing through your die-cutting machine. You may have to do this more than one depending on your Alphabet Dies and how many of a certain letters die you have. For example I had to run the "O" to spell out Boo twice to have enough letters. When you remove the dies, you'll reveal the word "BOO" in all its negative-spaced glory.
If you're anything like me, you might get a little excited and rush this step. Take your time, and don't be afraid to tidy up any rough edges with a craft knife or scissors.
Assembling the Card
Now, the moment of truth! Place your negative-spaced "BOO" panel on your card base. Now all you have to do is attach the centers for the B, and the o's in the center of each of the respective cut outs. Once you're happy with it, go ahead and adhere those in place. I placed the each letter in their respective cut out openings and lined up the patterns from the stencil to make sure the placement was correct.
Feel free to get creative here. Add some spooky embellishments, or maybe personalize the card with a creepy message. The sky's the limit!
Creating a Negative-Spaced Boo Halloween Card like this one is not only a fun craft project, but it's also a fantastic way to show your friends and family that you're thinking of them during this spine-tingling season. Don't forget to experiment with different colors and techniques to make it your own.
You can watch the step by step video tutorial on how to create this card here on my blog.
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I hope you enjoyed this Halloween card adventure as much as I did! Remember, crafting is all about having fun, so don't be afraid to let your creativity run wild. Happy haunting, my fellow crafters!
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Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.
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