WORLD CARDMAKING DAY: Halloween Pumpkin in Graveyard Card

Today is World Cardmaking Day and several ClearSnap bloggers are participating. Since it's October and my favorite time of year, I made a Halloween Pumpkins in a Graveyard card. I love layering patterns and colors in my artwork. ClearSnap provided me with their products for this tutorial. The ColorBox metallic pigment inks have a great opaque shine, making them great for layering over dye inks. The pigment inks can be painted with, using cotton swabs. I'm going to show you both of these techniques I used to make this card. After you're done with the tutorial, head to the bottom to see the other participating ClearSnap bloggers.


1) With the ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black, stamp the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern onto the orange cardstock several times. Let dry. Clean off stamp.

2) With ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Glitz Gold, stamp the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern onto the black stamped images, slightly off from lined up. This might take a few tries to get a few you like. Heat set with the heat gun. Clean off stamp.

3) Using the Glitz Gold, Glam Green, Moss Green, Emerald, orange and green inks from the Pigment Paintbox, with cotton swabs, apply little bits of color to the double stamped pumpkins. Blend the colors into each other, leaving some orange cardstock showing, and not covering the stamping. I made 2 orange and 2 green colored pumpkins. Heat set with the heat gun. Cut out pumpkins, leaving a small orange border.

4) With the Wicked Black ink, stamp tombstones onto grey cardstock. Let dry.

5) Using the Glitz Gold, Platinum, Gold Shine, and Copper pigment inks, with cotton swabs, apply metallic accents to the stamped tombstones. Think of where dirt and distressing might be on a tombstone. Leave some grey cardstock and all black ink showing. Heat set with the heat gun. Cut out tombstones, leaving a small grey border. Make 4 tombstones.

6) Cut the navy cardstock in half, to make a top folding card. Cut a 1/4th of green cardstock.

7) Add the Fun Flourishes Design Wheel to the Jumbo Rollagraph Handle. Roll the Design Wheel onto the Platinum pigment ink pad, until it's fully covered. Roll the Design Wheel across the navy cardstock. Re-ink and repeat two more times, butting the stamped image, to create a uniform look. 3/4 of the card will be covered by that rolled stamp. The bottom 1/4 will be covered by green paper later. Set with heat gun. This is the background of stars.

This is half of the card.

8) Using Glam Green, Moss Green, and Emerald pigment inks (in that order), stamp the pads onto a large script writing stamp (alternatively the Jumbo Design Wheels in Say What? will work too), in a gradient. Press the stamp onto the 1/4th green cardstock piece. Reink and repeat until the stamp is covered with that gradient. Reink and stamp from the sides, so the gradient is headed to the middle. Set with the heat gun. Undulate your cut across the cardstock to resemble hills, about 2/3 up from the Emerald stamped section. Set the 1/3 section aside. These are grass.

9) With the fence stamp and Wicked Black ink, stamp along the bottom of the large grass section. Clean the stamp. Repeat with Platinum pigment ink, slightly off from the Wicked Black stamping. Set with heat gun.

10) Time to put all the pieces together. Roll the adhesive runner along the edges on the back of the large grass section. Press onto the bottom of the card, lining up the straight edges.

11) Apply adhesive to the back of 4 pumpkins and 2 tombstones. Add them to the card.

12) Open the card. Add adhesive to the small grass section. Add that to the bottom of the card. Add adhesive to the two tombstones. Add them on top of the grass.

13) Write your sentiment inside the card, with stamps and light colored ink or a light colored gel pen.

14) OPTIONAL: You could add a cardstock moon to the back of the card, so when opened flat, the scene is complete. A bat would be a nice touch too.

For my 1st card that wasn't doodled, last minute, I kept my layers flat, but you could use foam tape for more dimension on the top layer. Instead of cheerful pumpkins, you could add a skeleton and more tombstones. For more dimension, you could add clear embossing powder to selected pigment ink stamped areas, before heat setting. After it's heat set, those areas will have a shiny raised texture. That would look excellent for a moon with shiny spots on the pumpkins where the light would hit. However you choose to create your version of my Halloween card, have fun with it. Happy Makery.

Join Clearsnap for World Card Making Day 2015 on a this fun, fast hop! Ink and card making go hand in hand so we are bringing some of our fabulous creative members together to share in their loves of cards with you. Be sure to stop at each blog on the hop and leave a comment, pin, and more to enter to win - use the handy widget (to be updated) at the end of this post to enter. What are we giving away? A card maker's dream set of inks, that's what!


  1. what a fun Halloween card
    thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

  2. very spooky card, thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

  3. Amazing use of color and I love how you did the sky!!

  4. I love all the details and the layers on this card. The pumpkins are amazing. Love it..thanks for sharing

  5. What a clever and creative card. I really like how it all came together. Well done!

  6. What a fun Halloween card! I love the background and pumpkins, thanks for sharing.

  7. Very kewl lovely pumpkins thanks for sharing how you did this hugs Nikki

  8. Great card and I love the dimension with the stamping!

  9. I LOVE how you used the ink on this card. The pumpkins are fabulous!

  10. Love the patina look of the metallic inks!!! What a wonderful look!!! Cool card.
    <3 J

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