My husband is a computer tech and works for a local bank, and he tells me that banks HATE Halloween because of the possibility of someone walking in with a mask (which wouldn't seem strange on Halloween, right?) and robbing the bank. They actually have signs on the door of their bank on Halloween that state that all masks must be removed before entering...lol
I love the spooky sounds, the rustling leaves, the cool night air, and the ominous feel of the unknown that the evening seems to hold. The fun, scary decorations, the signs of harvest - corn stalks, pumpkins, jack-o'-lanterns, black cats, bats, witches, and let's not forget the CANDY - all bring back fond memories of childhood. As an adult, I get just as much fun from watching the kids enjoy that same festive feeling that I held as a kid. It's fun to be scared SAFELY. :)
So on with today's Blogger's Challenge. Today's challenge was to create something for Halloween. Since I have already done all of my Halloween cards and gifts, I thought that I would make something that I could use. I created this fun Votive-Card from the August/September issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter. For direction to this great votive candle card and other great techniques and projects, why not subscribe to Pat Huntoon's Technique Junkies Newsletter. This project was fast and easy, and the best part is that if I wanted to (which I don't because I'm keeping this one), I could easily fold it up and mail it in a standard sized envelope. Not only is this a great project for Halloween, but can be suited for any occasion or holiday with a change of stamps and sentiments which can be added to the 4 side panels (2 front & 2 on the back)
Whether you use a real candle, or one of the battery operated candles (my favorite), this votive holder illuminates an eerie glow to add to the spooky Halloween mood. I tried to get a picture of the project in the dark with a candle, but just couldn't get a good picture. All the more reason to make one of your own and see for yourself how wonderfully they work.
I used my Martha Stewart Halloween punches and some black glossy cardstock to punch out some creepy shapes.
To further add to the creepiness of the votive candle card, I first punched out some red cardstock using my Drippy Goo punch, then added some Crystal Effects to the drips so that they look like blood dripping down the card. (I know, I'm sick...lol)
I'm sure you will want to check out the other projects from my Blogger's Challenge sistahs...they are sure to delight the spooky side of any crafter. You can find a complete list of players by clicking on the Blogger's Challenge logo along the left-hand side bar of my blog.
Thanks for looking in today.
Stuff I Used: Stamps: House of Haunts, Spookie Sweets (PTI); Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, Black Glossy Cardstock from LSS, Vellum Cardstock (Provocraft); Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black; Other Stuff: Bat, Skull, Spider, Spider Web, Drippy Goo punches (Martha Stewart), Xyron 150