halloween card – double, double, toil and trouble…

Halloween Card with Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

fire burn and cauldron bubble…

Woohoo, it’s October – my favorite month of the year!  It might still feel like summer in Florida, but that’s not stopping me from making autumn-themed cards!  Today, I just have to share this Halloween card – so fun!

witch’s lair

I was going for sort of a basement laboratory or dungeon look.  Maybe it seems like an odd starting point, but if I had a witchy laboratory, it would be full of old wood crates.  Actually, my house IS full of old wood crates.  Hmmm…

Of course, wood crates are made from wood – so I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The Wood Crate die is designed to create a 3D crate, but I just cut out the front piece.  I also cut a thin strip from the same paper, in order to make a matching wood shelf.  The hat, potion bottles, rats, and sentiment, are all from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  Oddly, I actually got the spider web from the Merry Cafe stamp set, and the “steam” coming up from the cauldron is from the Hug in a Mug set.


Don’t tell anyone, but that big black cauldron actually started its life as an owl.  A little careful trimming from his head and feet, and voila – a cauldron, just like magic.  (You can’t tell anyone, though, okay?  I cut these out in advance for my class, because the students tend to freak out when I ask them to cut the heads off their birds.)

details, details

I think it was the little touches that really made this card.  I added some “dots” to the steam over the cauldron, with a matching marker, and then covered it with Wink of Stella for a bit of glimmer.  The potions in those bottles, and the buckle on the witch hat also got a bit of glimmer, as well as the rat’s eyes (after coloring them red.  One of my students thought of the red eyes – thanks!)  The spider hanging down from the shelf was just hand-drawn with a fine-tip black pen.  A bit of old orange and black Baker’s Twine finishes it off.

Wink of Stella is so hard to photograph, but here’s my best close-up attempt:

Halloween card made with Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

So, what would your witch’s lair look like?  Halloween cards are so much fun!  I wanted to do more with this one, but just ran out of room.  There’s still time, though, to make another.


Not only is this my favorite time of year, but today is actually World Card Making Day!  How cool is that?!!  Will you be celebrating?  Stampin’ Up! is!  There’s a great “buy three get one free” Designer Series Paper sale going on right now, and a bunch of stamps on sale.  (If you’re into bundles, though, be aware that it might be a better deal to buy the bundle, than to buy the stamps alone, even though they’re on sale.)  And have you checked out the holiday catalog yet?  Oh my gosh – I want it ALL!  If you haven’t seen the catalog, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demo, I’m available.  🙂  Just shoot me a note, and I’ll be happy to send you a catalog. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Card Making Day!

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4 thoughts on “halloween card – double, double, toil and trouble…

  1. Your card is just adorable – and I love the little rat examining the hat (hmm, what is this and can I eat it?). I have to admit, being a card maker who didn’t get enough sleep last night, I first read your title as, “double, double, foil and trouble,” and expected … well, you know. ; )

  2. Great job! Love the way you used bits and pieces from sets to make this wonderful “laboratory”. Fun, fun…

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