Sunday, October 25, 2015

Scrap Halloween Cards

One of the fun parts of making cards is all the scraps generated that I can’t seem to throw away.

One of the frustrating parts of making cards is all the scraps generated that I can’t seem to throw away.

Yup. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to card ideas for utilizing paper scraps, precisely because of my scrap hoarding problem. Really, we pay good money for our beautiful papers, so why throw way those pieces that are sure to come in handy later? Am I right? ;)

For the second time in a month, I actually have utilized scraps; though this time I made a set of four cards using mostly left over elements & scraps from my spooky forest cards from my last blog post. I was left with strips of Authentique & DCWV Halloween cardstock from cutting the papers down to 4.25” x 5.5” card size, extra aluminum foil strips & Hershey’s Kiss foil wrappers stamped with “Spooky”, and Echo Park Paper Co.’s“Happy Halloween” die cuts of witches’ boots, bats, and spider webs. The die cuts were the result of an evening spent getting rid of the pile of cardboard packaging on my desk by continuously die cutting while listening to pod casts. I ended up with a pile of random die cuts while reducing the pile of thin food packaging boxes. I felt so productive and considerate towards my future-card-making-self. However, my husband caught on to the fact that I’m trying to re-use our food packaging as much as possible instead of throwing it away, and I now have another pile larger than the first! What a good excuse to break out my newest, unused die sets from my latest craft supply order, huh?

Other than layouts, the only things I did for these cards were:
  • trimmed some rough edges from the scrap paper strips,
  • added black Colorbox pigment ink to the spider webs and bats,
  • added a little black ink topped with silver Colorbox pigment ink to the witches’ boots,
  • and sponged the card edges with black ink for contrast.
All elements adhered liberally with glue stick, Tombow rolling dot adhesive, and Beacon 3-in-1 liquid glue, and voilĂ ! Quickly completed scrap cards!

{Crafted while listening to “The Night Eternal” audiobook by Guillermo Del Toro and "Welcome to Night Vale" podcasts}

Entered in the:
4 Craft Chicks - Challenge #269 Happy Halloween
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #147 anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #6 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Challenge #142 anything goes/Halloween
Brown Sugar - Challenge #169 anything goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Challenge #93 I Put A Spell On You 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Challenge #102
Craft Stamper - October take a technique challenge
Craft Your Passion - Challenge #284 anything goes
Crafting By Designs - month-long October anything goes challenge
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #82 anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Challenge #249 Halloween
Crafts Galore Encore - October Halloween or Make A Card challenge
Crafty Girlz - Challenge #8 anything goes/bewitched
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October anything goes
Create And Inspire - Challenge #32 anything goes
Creative Fingers - Challenge #96 anything goes
Creative Moments - Challenge #79 anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Purple Team's Halloween/Dark/Horror challenge
Emerald Creek Dares - Tricks & Treats
Get Creative - Challenge #26 Halloween Colors 
Moving Along With The Times - Challenge #6 Halloween
Not Just Cards - Challenge #25 October anything goes
Scrapper's Delights - Challenge #49 Fall/Halloween Monday Challenge - The Monster Mash
Simply Papercraft - Challenge #16 anything goes
Sisters of Craft - October anything goes challenge
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #224 Trick or Treat 
Try it on Tuesdays - Frightening/Halloween challenge
Vintage Stamping - Challenge #37 Use a Die/Dies
Your Scrapbook Place - October anything goes challenge


  1. Beautiful layout and design..
    Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar Challenge and good luck.


  2. Gorgeous cards thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations. Louise DT x

  3. Fabulous card love your image and your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

  4. Fabulous Halloween cards! What a great way to use up your scraps. Thank you for joining our 'Halloween' challenge at CC & CC. Best of luck to you!
    ~ Bonnie DT

  5. Fantastic utilisation of those paper scraps - might have to give it a go myself rather than keep going to the paper pads lol.
    Hugz Tinz

  6. Wow!!! These cards are fantastic ways to use up scraps!! I might have to go take a peek at your Pinterest board - as I hoard too LOL...thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

    1. Thanks Lori!
      Here's a link to my scrap card Pinterest board:
      Feel free to share if you see other good scrap card ideas!

  7. Hi NieNie
    Great set of Halloween cards.
    That is for joining in at MAWTT.
    Beat wishes.

  8. Hi your cards are amazing and yes scraps are a problem. Thank you for joining us this month at Not Just Cards for challenge 25. Hugs Jackie DT

  9. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  10. Awesome halloween cards! Super die details :) Thanks for playing along at Creative Fingers! Hope you will join us again! And check back to see if you are one of our winners ♥ PS: I got a huge blogcandy if you wanna join in! Tindaloo

  11. Love it !!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz this week, hope to see you again soon, good luck!!! Sharon DT

  12. Love re-using my scraps too, although it is a losing battle... Thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.

  13. A real cute, cool collection of cards for Halloween. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT

  14. Love your beautiful and fun Halloween cards! Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  15. Cool cards!! Love the boots!!
    thanks for joing us at The Paper Shelter this week!
    Good Luck!

    Hug Lena

  16. I do love the boots! Also the use of scraps - very efficient! What a well trained hubby too. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu for our current challenge in the Purple Group.

  17. What an awesome way to use your scraps!! I keep all mine are not alone in that one! lol This would make a great entry into the Emerald Creek Dares Tricks and Treats Challenge too, you should swing on by and enter! :)

    1. Thank, Cathy! I hadn't seen the Emerald Creek Dares blog before, so thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  18. These card are wonderful, and super good use of the scraps ! Thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge :-)

  19. Great spooky cards and love the die cuts. Thanks for joining us for our Tricks and Treats Halloween Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

  20. Yay!! Thanks for popping over to Emerald Creek and entering the Tricks and Treats Challenge! :)

  21. Very nice creation and fits perfectly to our "Halloween Colors" challenge at Get Creative. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you next time too.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  22. A wonderful set of Halloween cards, thank you for sharing them with us at TioT's.

  23. Great use of scraps and leftovers! Love the set of cards you created with them.
    Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

  24. These are so Fun! Thank you for submitting them and introducing yourself to the emerald Creek Team.

  25. Fabulous Halloween cards! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity :) hugs x

  26. Brilliant cards
    Thank you for joining 613 Avenue Create challenge, Theresa x

  27. gorgeous work thanx for joining us at Sisters of craft x

  28. Great cards Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore halloween or make a card challenge. We hope you can join us again next month. Jo x

  29. Fab cards thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, hope to see you again soon
    {613 DT

    Alex x

  30. These are fun looking Halloween Cards!