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Easy to Make Halloween Card using a Cricut Machine and Stamping

Updated on October 26, 2011

Cricut has so many creative cartridges to use with the Cricut Personal Cutting Machine; everything from animals, sentiments, flowers, architecture...and on and on. For holidays Cricut has endless images to cut out for great handmade cards, scrapbooks, and home crafting projects.

Halloween is no exception; Cricut has a great basic cartridge called "Fall Collection-October 31st". There are no extra keys or layers, just basic popular Halloween images; cats, pumpkins, witches, scary haunted images, spiders, and many more. The "Fall Collection-October 31st is so simple to use for a quick, cute project image. One simple key gives you the image. I used the spider web; and with the right heavyweight cardstock, the web is cut very intricate.

The cardstock collection I chose has the most amazing black cardstock choices; some with a shiny textured look.

Specifics

Cardstock: DCWV Stack: Black Currant

Cricut Cartridge: Fall Collection-October 31st

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #2

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Stamping: Stampin'Up! "Scaredy Cat" collection

Orange Stamping Pad

Black Stamping Pad

Card base background
Card base background
Spider Web
Spider Web
Spider Web Background
Spider Web Background
Spider Web/Background adhered to card
Spider Web/Background adhered to card
Jack O'Lantern
Jack O'Lantern
Jack O'Lantern Background
Jack O'Lantern Background
Jack O'Lantern background on card
Jack O'Lantern background on card
Jack O'Lantern top layer adhered
Jack O'Lantern top layer adhered
Halloween Stamp image
Halloween Stamp image
Halloween Stamp image background
Halloween Stamp image background
Halloween stamp adhered to layers on card
Halloween stamp adhered to layers on card
Spiders stamped onto orange cardstock
Spiders stamped onto orange cardstock
Spiders adhered to spider web on card
Spiders adhered to spider web on card

Step by Step

There are times you have to fold cardstock to form the base card, especially if you want a fancier printed cardstock for the card.

Using a 12"x12" piece of fancy black cardstock, cut it to measure 4 1/4" x 11" then fold and crease the card on the long edge; ending up with a card that measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Using the folding tool from the Cricut Essentials Kit makes a neat, clean fold on the cardstock.

Cut one <Web>, size 4" using heavy weight white cardstock. This will cut out the top layer of your web. Remove carefully from the surrounding cardstock to preserve the outline shape.

Make sure to poke out all the tiny holes in the web, made easier using the poking tool from the Cricut Essentials Kit.

Take a grey faintly printed piece of cardstock and lay the web outline on top, trace the image lightly with a pencil. Now cut out the image (I use an x-acto knife) carefully.

Adhere the web background to the top left of the card, sliding the web edges as close to the edge as possible.

Adhere the web itself on top of the background, making sure to put tiny dots of glue on each area of the web.

Cut one <JckOLtn1>, size 2" using the heavy weight white cardstock. Preserve the shape of the Jack O'Lantern on the surrounding cardstock.

On a Orange piece of cardstock, trace the Jack O'Lantern shape lightly with a pencil.

Cut out the orange shape slightly LARGER than the white cutout to create a background.

Adhere the Orange background to the top right side of the card.

Adhere the White Jack O'Lantern cutout on top of the orange background.

With a black scrapbooking marker, color around the eyes and nose; you can color the teeth area too if you choose to.

Stamping

On a white piece of cardstock, stamp the sentiment "Happy Halloween" using orange ink. Make sure to stamp then remove the stamp in a straight up motion so as not to smear the stamp. Let it dry.

Cut a rectangular shape around your Happy Halloween stamp. You can angle cut the corners at this point.

Trace the shape of the white cardstock onto a piece of the base card black cardstock. Cut the shape out a bit bigger for a background.

Trace the shape of the black cardstock onto a piece of the orange cardstock. Cut the shape out a bit bigger for the largest background.

Adhere the layers onto the base card, orange first, then the black, and on top the white "Happy Halloween" stamp.

Stamp onto a piece of the orange cardstock a few of the smaller spider stamps.

Cut out the spider stamp images, they don't have to be all cut out the same, random shapes look best.

Adhere the spiders to the web and one of the spiders dropping off the web.

Done!


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