Make A Skull Halloween Card
Easy to Make Halloween Greeting
This page steps you through the process of making a handmade Halloween card for friends and family. Maybe you have not talked to a relative in a long time and Halloween would be a fun time to touch bases.
I came up with this idea yesterday and I spent last evening drawing skulls I found on the Internet by searching "draw cute skull." If you are sending to guys search, "draw skull" for scarier versions.
A blouse I saw at the Marshall's store gave me the idea and when it is time to sell the cards at Farmer's Market I am going to wear the blouse. It features a skull with butterfly wings behind it. I had seen plenty of bat wing arrangements like this, but the butterflies got me thinking even before I had the blouse paid for. The flying skull is a good Halloween motif.
Being that paper folding is my mode of expression I was thinking about which fold to use to illustrate in a tutorial. I hope I came up with something easy enough for you to follow.
Here is the Blouse
I saw this and immediately thought to use the idea for handmade greeting cards. Follow the instructions for my version, and I have additional ideas I am listing so you can make this one or something totally yours.
1. Make flat butterfly or dragonfly wings.
2. Make accordion fan folds for the wings.
2. Instead of a skull a witch's face could be used.
3. Use a pumpkin face instead of the skull.
4. Make a bright Mexican sugar skull and use serape colors for a background fan on each side of the face.
5. Skip the fall colors and add color or motif for any time of the year.
My First Batch of Skull Greeting Cards
What to Gather for the Card
Basics supplies for the card
A blank 5 X 7 inch card.
Halloween paper for a background.
Two 3 inch squares, and Two 2 1/2 inch squares of Halloween paper for folding.
Scissors, glue, pencil and drawing paper.
I like these brown, tan and black colors for Halloween.
For the folding look for paper that is thin enough to fold easily.
Fold Your WingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Drawing the Cartoon
I have never felt confident with my drawing skills and for this project I used images on the web for practice. I also viewed several videos on the subject.
At right is some of my doodles and the drawing I decided to use for the card.
Draw A Skull Video
I could not find the original video I used for my cartoon but this one I think is from the same artist. I viewed a few and practiced each one. I also practiced on still images.
Using Picasa Tools to Refine the Cartoon
After I had a drawing I liked I scanned it and loaded it into Picasa so I could use the photo tools to make the cartoon look even better.
I used HDRish, Comic Book and Focal B&W. When I was satisfied with the changes I used the print option to get eight copies on cardstock.
I added watercolor to the B&W to match the card I was designing.
May, 2016 Update
Picasa is no longer available and I have not found another online tool for all those looks Picasa had. The new Google Photo Tools is lacking all the free fun edits.
Final Touches to the Halloween Card
Glue a square of craft foam to the back of the skull to give some depth to the design.
This Kwik Seal adhesive caulk is good for keeping the foam glued.
Glue the four wings on the back of the skull, mount on background paper and use photo splits to do the final mounting on the card to avoid wrinkly glue blotches.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas