How to Make a Simple Halloween Dia De Los Muertos Card

Hey there, sweets! This is Ashlea and I’m super excited to show off some of the newest Sweet Stamp Shop releases with you. I don’t know about you but I am definitely happy it’s Fall. The cool air and the excitement that comes with Halloween when my kids get a bit giddy and there’s a little spooky-ness in the air. This new release from Sweet Stamp Shop has some great stamps to create projects for this holiday season and help to express that spooky/fun feeling.

Stamp Sugar Skull Stamp to Black Cardstock

For this card, I decided to use the Dia De Los Muertos stamp set mixed with a sentiment from the Squad Ghouls stamp set. To begin, I stamped the large sugar skull image onto a piece of black cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next, I fussy cut it out and set it aside to use on my card front later.

Stamp 3 Rose Images on White Cardstock

I then stamped the rose image three times on a piece of white cardstock using Copic-Safe Momento Tuxedo Black ink and used a purple, yellow, and pink marker to color the three in. Then I fussy cut them out and arranged them onto the skull as a headdress. The skull with a floral headdress is a very common image and costume used for Dia de Los Muertos so I thought it would be a good choice as the star of this card. I also love that it combines beauty and color with a spooky feel.

Cut Cardstock to 3 ¾” x 5 ½”

Once I had my image complete, I cut a piece of 110lb white cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″. This is the same length as an A2 sized card base but quite a bit thinner. I did this so that I could use a piece of black and white striped patterned paper behind the card front panel to peek out on either side.

Adhere Sentiment to Card with Foam Tape

That patterned paper is cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and then all of that then adheres with foam tape to an A2 sized card base. For a sentiment, I used the “I put a spell on you” stamp from the Squad Ghouls set. To finish it off, I decided to add just a few small drops of Crystal Nuvo Drops in Rhubarb around the skull.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little bit about how I created this Dia De Los Muertos card! I plan to send it to a friend’s kids as a spooky hello from my kids! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’ll see you very soon.

Stamps Used:

Additional Products Used:

  • Copic-Safe Momento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Purple, Yellow, and Pink Markers
  • Black and White Striped Patterned Paper
  • 110lb White Cardstock
  • Foam Tape
  • Crystal Nuvo Drops in Rhubarb

A Card Making Stamp Starter Kit a Beginner Will Absolutely Love

Hi there, Sweet crafters! It’s Ashlea and I’m very excited to be sharing a project using Sweet Stamp Shop’s new Card Maker Starter Kit. This kit comes with everything needed to start your card making hobby.

To make your life even simpler, I’ve also created this video to show you what comes in the kit and how I used the items to create a cute and simple card.

I’m a stamper at heart, so I knew straight away I’d be using the adorable bunny stamp set that comes in the kit. This set has some super cute images along with a wide range of sentiments that can be used for so many different occasions. Having a stamp set that can be used over and over again is an absolute must in card making. It will quickly become your go-to.

The stamp set also includes some small, solid, shape stamps that I love using to create background patterns and embellish the card fronts. I used them here to create a focal point on the lower right-hand side of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ sized card front.

Stamp Circle Shapes Close Together and Then Far Apart

First, I started by stamping the circle shapes close together and concentrated in one area and then carried the stamps up and to the left by stamping them more sporadically and farther apart. This makes the pattern appear as a trail the tapers off the top left-hand corner of the card front.

Stamp Bunny and Sentiments on 110lb Cardstock

I just love the image of the bunny ears poking out of the hat and knew that I wanted to use that image along with the “I’m Embarrassed” sentiment because I thought it would look really sweet together. I stamped the image on a piece of scrap 110lb cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black ink which comes included in the kit.

Color Bunny With Copic Markers

Next, I used Copic Markers to color in the image and then fussy cut the image out. (This just means I cut it out with scissors rather than using a coordinating die). I then stamped the sentiment on black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. This is my go-to for adding sentiments to card front but you could, of course, simple stamp the sentiment onto the card front itself.

Place Bunny Image on Card with Foam Tape

To assemble the card, I used foam tape to adhere the bunny image and sentiment strip to the lower right corner of the card just over the pattern, I stamped with the small shape images. After making my A2 sized card base, I stamped the sentiment “Happy Belated Birthday” inside to go along with the “I’m Embarrassed” sentiment on the front.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about how I created this card using the Card Making Kit. Thank you for stopping by! I’ll see you very soon!

Supplies Used to Create Card:

  • Card Making Starter Kit by Sweet Stamp Shop which includes:
    • 1 Big Stamp Set
    • 3 Ink Pads
    • 1 Large Block
    • 6 Ready-to-Make Cards
    • 14 Printable Coloring Pages
    • Printable Pattern Paper
    • Color Theory Cheat Sheet
    • Ink Pad Cheat Sheet
  • 110lb Cardstock
  • Copic Markers
  • Versamark Ink

Craft these Ghouly Halloween Treat Bag Toppers using Stamps

Hello Sweet friends! It’s Jessie. I’m so thrilled and honored to be sharing my first post for Sweet Stamp Shop! It’s beginning to look like fall where I live. I don’t know about you but I love Fall the most. My favorite events occur, apple picking, hayrack rides, pumpkin patch visits, and best of all Halloween. At our house, we always go a bit over the top for Halloween. We do family costumes (that I make of course), throw a Halloween party, and I always help out by making special treats for the kids’ classes. So when I saw these witches from the stamp set called “Squad Ghouls” from Sweet Stamp Shop, I knew I had to make something special for the treats this year.

Stamp the Witches Using Onyx Black Ink

First thing I did was pull out my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamp platform. Since I need to make a bunch of these for my daughter’s class I figured the platform was the way to go.  I stamped the witches with Versafine Onyx black ink. Then I used clear embossing powder and my heat gun to set the ink. I did this because I would be using Copic markers to color the witches. Copic Markers will smear Versafine ink if you don’t emboss it. I learned this the hard way. If you want to skip the embossing step either use Memento Ink with Copics or use a water based marker like the Tombow dual brush markers with your Versafine. I don’t currently have a Memento ink in black so I went the embossing route.

Use Copic Markers to Color and Shade the Witches

Next, I used the Copic markers to color and shade the witches. I colored these to look like some of my favorite famous Halloween witches. Feel free to color yours any way you would like. Don’t forget the shading to help make them POP! If you don’t have a darker tone of the same color to shade your image with you can always use a grey tone to put in the shading. Also, you should color the background between the witches unless you want to have to fussy cut those little spaces later.

Add Sparkles to the Witches Belt

Then I used a Signo Uniball pen in white to add a few highlights and another in gold to add some sparkle to the belts of the witches. I also used a black marker to add a wart to the blonde witch.

Fussy Cut Out the Witches

Afterward, I used my tiny sharp scissors to fussy cut out the witches. Since this was going on a very colorful background and I had embossed them I chose to do a very tight fussy cut. If you want you could always leave a little white edge around them to make them easier to cut out.

Cut Rectangles Out of Cardstock Using Scissors or Cricut

For this step, you will be cutting a rectangle out of cardstock to fold in half over the top of a snack sized zip top bag. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 but you could easily do it with a pair of scissors. I used my Cricut because I needed to make a bunch and it could cut while I was coloring.

To get the size of the rectangle measure the width of the snack size zipper bag. This width will be the same as the width of the rectangle. Then I measured the height of the witches and added a quarter of an inch. Next, I took that number and doubled it as that will become the height of the rectangle. That left me with needing a rectangle that was 6.5” wide by 5” high. I cut this big rectangle out of some fun Halloween scrapbook paper I had.

I used my Cricut to cut a second rectangle that was 6.5” wide by 2.5” high out of black paper, to add as a layered piece under the first rectangle. Now because I was using my Cricut I found a rectangle that had one edge with a cute scallop. You could easily cut a scallop by hand, use a border punch, or even leave it straight.

I cut a rounded banner for the name of the treat on my Cricut. A corner rounder punch would accomplish the same look if you don’t have a Cricut.

Use Distressed Black Ink to Dirty up the Big Rectangle and Rounded Banner

Since these are for Halloween and supposed to be spooky I used my Tim Holtz Distressed Ink in Black Soot to distress and dirty up the edges of the big rectangle and the rounded banner. Once all the layers have dried from the ink you can glue them together. I used a tape runner but feel free to use any adhesive you like.

Cut Words out of Vinyl Using a Cricut (Optional)

While the ink was drying and I was gluing them together, my Cricut was cutting the words out of vinyl. I used vinyl because I dislike gluing down individual letters or using alpha stickers. And I hate my handwriting as I never can get the words perfectly straight and tidy. Transferring the vinyl adheres all the letters in one shot; all perfectly lined up. Plus, I didn’t have any alphabet stamps that were small enough.

Vinyl is easy to work with if you have an electronic die cutting machine. Have the machine cut the letters. Then weed/remove the excess vinyl from around the outside and inside of the letters. Lay transfer tape on top of the letters and rub it lightly. This will remove the letters from the vinyl backing and stick them to the transfer tape. Next, you can pick up and move all the letters at once with the vinyl adhesive side facing down. Place the transfer tape with the letters on your project and rub. Afterward slowly peel back the transfer tape and you will find all your letters are down and in the perfect place.

Add Witches Using Pop Dots to Add Dimension

Once the vinyl was placed on the treat bag toppers I added the witches with pop dots to give them an extra little dimension. The topper was folded in half so I could place it over the top of the snack sized zipper bags.

I filled the bags with a little Sweet and salty treat, bugles for the witch fingernails and chocolate chips for warts. After that you staple the topper onto the zipper bag, you are ready to go.

I hope you try to create your own Halloween Bag Topper or at the very least it inspires you to find some other crafty way you can use the Squad Ghouls Stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop.

Stamps Used:

Squad Ghouls

Other products used:

Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Stamp Platform

Versafine Ink – Onyx Black

Clear Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Copic Markers

Uniball Signo Gel Pen – White and Gold

Scissors

Cricut

Distress Ink and blender – Black Soot

Tape Runner

Black Adhesive vinyl

Pop Dots

Stapler and staples

Snack-sized zip top bags

Yummy Treats – Bugles and Chocolate Chips

How to Make 3 Simply Spooky Halloween Cards

Hello crafty friends! Angelica Conrad here with three cards made for Sweet Stamp Shop’s September’s release of the Squad Ghouls Stamp Set. How cute are the witches on this set! I just couldn’t wait to color them!

Spooky Halloween Card #1

Stamp Out 2 Witches and Color

To create this simple Halloween card, I first stamped out the witches twice. Next, I used Copic markers to color them. Then, I cut them out and set them aside so I could build a spooky background scene for them.

Create a Night Sky using Distress Ink Pads

Next, I pulled out two Distress Ink pads: Saphire and Black Soot and then taped off the top third of a trimmed card panel, and ink blended a night sky. Then I sprayed the ink with a shimmer mist for a starry effect.

Use Glitter Cardstock to Create the Moon

To create the moon, I circle die-cut white glitter cardstock and then glued it to the night sky. Next, I used a thin strip of black glitter paper to ground the scene. I then stamped the sentiment below the scene and attached the witches using 3D foam squares.

Embellish with Midnight Black Jewels

I attached the card front to a trimmed down craft foam panel, then attached to an A2 size card base. I added midnight black jewels as a finishing touch.

Spooky Halloween Card #2

For this simple Halloween card, I took the same exact steps I did for Spooky Halloween Card #1 but used only the bottom half of the card to build the scene.

Spooky Halloween Card #3

Stamp Accessories on to Cardstock

This simple card was made by stamping the briefcase, magic book, and vacuum stamps from the Squad Ghouls set in random order on to the cardstock I cut out.

Color Stamps with Copic Markers

Next, I used the Copic markers to color the stamps, trimmed the panel down, and attached the panel to the A2 card base with double-sided adhesive.

Stamp Sentiments Using Embossing Ink

Next, I stamped the “I Put a Spell on You” sentiment from the Squad Ghouls stamp set using Embossing Ink, and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

Use 3D Foam Squares for Extra Pop

I then trimmed the paper down, mounted it onto coordinating green glitter paper, and attached it to the card with 3D foam squares.

I hope these three card examples brings you a ton of inspiration on how you can use the Squad Ghouls Stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop to create super simple and spooky Halloween Cards.

Stamps Used:

Additional Products Used:

  • Plain Cardstock
  • Copic Markers
  • Green Glitter Paper
  • Distress Ink Pads – Saphire and Black Soot
  • Foam Blender
  • 3D Foam Squares
  • Embossing Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Double-sided Adhesive.
  • Midnight Black Jewels

How to Make 3 DIY Desk Calendars to Give as Holiday Gifts Using Stamps

DIY Desk Calendars

 

Hello Sweet Friends! Its Cheryl here to show you how to make fun desk calendars using the new DIY Calendar Stamp set and the Monthly Script stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop. It’s perfect timing to make some handmade gifts to give to your friends and family for Christmas! I had so much fun making these desk calendars that I made three of them — three different ways!

DIY Year-Round Icon Desk Calendar

Year Round Icon Desk Calendar

The first calendar I’m going to share is more on the cutesy side. First I selected some patterned cardstock based on either a holiday or season for that month. Then I used the second largest rectangle stitched die to cut the cardstock.

rectangle stitched die to cut the cardstock

Then I cut 12 circles for the monthly icons using the smallest die in the circle stitched die set and also cut out 12 squares using the second to the smallest die in the square stitched die set. Next, I stamped out the icons for each month from the Year Round Stamp set onto the circle die cuts, then I stamped the calendar for each month onto the square die cuts.

Year Round Stamp Set from Sweet Stamp Shop

Tip: You can fit all of the components of the calendar onto the large acrylic block from the Sweet Stamp Shop, and the spacing of the lines on the blocks works perfectly to align the calendar stamps.

use a tape runner to adhere the icons and calendar on to its corresponding patterned cardstock

Now it’s assembly time! I used a tape runner to adhere the icons and calendar on to its corresponding patterned cardstock. Then I colored all of the icons and added a line under the month to add a little bit more color. Lastly, I added some accents using a white gel pen.

DIY Minimalist Chic Desk Calendar

Minimalist Chic Desk Calendar

Here’s a minimal yet chic desk calendar, it’s also a great project to use the scraps of paper left over from the Year Round Icon Calendar!

cut out twelve 3.25” squares out of cardstock and then I cut out 3.25”x1.25” rectangles out of patterned cardstock

First I cut out twelve 3.25” squares out of cardstock and then I cut out 3.25”x1.25” rectangles out of patterned cardstock. Next, I used a tape runner to adhere the patterned cardstock to the top of the squares. To round the corners, I punched each corner using a corner punch.

Stamp each month on the whitespace of each square. On this calendar, I put the month off to the side for a different style. Lastly, I added a line using a colored fine liner pen to add a little more visual interest.

DIY Distress Desk Calendar

Distress Desk Calendar

Don’t have printed cardstock or maybe don’t have any cardstock that would fit the bill? You can also use distress inks to add color to your desk calendar!

First I cut out twelve 3.25” squares out of plain cardstock and then rounded the corners using a corner punch. Next, I created a guide using paper, a ruler, and a pencil. I drew one long line across the paper and another line 1.25” below the first line. Then I stamped the calendar on each square.

First I cut out twelve 3.25” squares out of plain cardstock and then rounded the corners using a corner punch

Next, I place the top of the cardstock on the first line and secured it with tape. Using the second line as a guide, I placed a large sticky note to mask the cardstock. Next, I used a foam blender and two distress inks and worked in color (each color starting on different ends of the cardstock blending together at the center). Repeat the same process with different colors for each month.

I place the top of the cardstock on the first line and secured it with tape

Lastly, I stamped the month on the distress ink. However, you can stamp it any way you want! Isn’t that the beauty of DIY projects?

Stamps Used:

Dies Used:

  • Circle Stitched
  • Rectangle Stitched
  • Square Stitched

Additional Products Used:

  • Patterned Cardstock
  • Plain Cardstock
  • Plain Paper
  • Pencil and Paper
  • Black Stamp Ink (that’s compatible with alcohol markers)
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Inks and foam blender
  • Straight Edge
  • White gel pen
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Corner Punch
  • Acrylic Block
  • Glue