Hi friends! It's hard to believe that fall is almost here and honestly, I couldn't be more excited. It is my favorite time of the year. I love all the changes that occur and I LOVE decorating for the seasons. When I thought about what I could share with you all today, I thought about creating some fun fall and Halloween cards with stencils. Plenty of time to make them if you start now. Although StencilGirl® has some great autumn designs, I waited to the last minute to decide what I wanted to do of course, so I had to reach into my own stash rather than ordering. But you know what I discovered? With a little bit of imagination and the right colors, you could make it happen. I took some unique stencils and made them into other items. I am certain you all could come up with a whole lot more than I did. It took me a little while to get warmed up (not uncommon) but once I got going, I couldn't stop. Creating a ton of gel prints with my selected colors was a game changer for me. I used only a few stencils and several colors of paints. (The list is at the bottom). It didn't take long to get a nice stack going.
By far the biggest challenge was deciding which pieces to cut up. Some were so cool I just couldn't do it. I managed to find several that I figured I could sort of recreate if I had to. Negotiated with myself. Lol. I then began the collage-making. All my cards are A-2 size, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and fit easily into an envelope.
Ok, how lucky was I that I already had that Spider Web stencil by June Pfaff Daley? It gave me the inspiration I need to dive on in. I learned a long time ago that the best way for me to get going is to choose a color palette and then the designs. I am usually able to begin creating after that. What about you? What motivates you and gets your creative juices flowing?
So here was my first card. Oh my, that Jack 'O Lantern, I am in love. Did you guess the stencil used? The entire print is actually on the same sheet of painted paper if you look closely. It's not even a pumpkin but it sure made a cute one! And that Repetition stencil, I never leave home without it.
Ok, so I had to make two pumpkins and if I wasn't on a deadline with so many projects, I probably could have made an entire pumpkin patch from Jennifer Evans ATC Mixup stencil.
Ah, but more cards were calling. I added the other pumpkin to this card.
Not everyone is a fan of Halloween so I wanted to make sure that some fall was thrown in there. This flower was also on Jennifer's stencil and I couldn't resist using it. Just by adding some fall colors (I used markers), I made it look like a sunflower of sorts.
Next I created this super simple card. This spider web was done on the gel plate. Want to know how I got those crazy looking bubbles? Kind of embarrassing BUT I ended up loving the look. I forgot to shake the bottle of paint well and I got the syrupy filler in there along with the pigment. Yeaaa, a good kind of lazy mistake. Lol. I splattered some paint to add color to the background and attached a few pieces of collage pieces under Tim Holtz' Halloween Tape. Easy peasy card.
Onto more of the stenciled web, this card has some Hero Arts Reactive inks, a Star stencil and Circle dots. "Boo" was created from an Vintage Typewriter stencil and a piece of Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter's collaborative stencil for a special event a few years back but again, think of different ways to use some of your stencils or take the "o" off the alphabet stencil and use that.
Of course, no Halloween or fall is complete without candy corn, at least not for me! Can you guess the stencil used for this? Another quick and easy card. If you can't figure out the stencil, go to the end of this post. :)
Last card is kind of an envelope modge podge of leftovers but there are definitely possibilities inside. That cool bat is one of Tim Holtz's embellishments and though I love it there, I could see this card working with just the scraps of paper, no bat. Colors can tell a story too.
So there you have it. Seven fun cards, some layered, some quick and easy and some you can create from leftovers you have lying around. Did you have a favorite? Bet you all could totally make some fabulous fall cards! (If you are new to card making or think this might be your niche, you might want to check out my class "The Art of Cardmaking" from the StencilGirl Studio courses found here.) Well, I'm heading back to my creative playground. I have a lot more paper to use. Can't imagine letting any of it go to waste. Would love to see and hear what you are up to.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Tape, Beware-ephemera card)
Creamsicle, Licorice and Sea Salt Reactive Inks, Hero Arts
Halloween Sentiment Stamps-Hero Arts
White Uni-ball Pen
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