Friday, September 11, 2020

Spooky Halloween Slimline Cards - Tips on Adapting Dies for Slimline Cards

Halloween Slimline Cards
Slimline Cards are super trendy these days. Today I'm here to share some slimline cards for Halloween using a combination of spooky Halloween papers, creepy embellishments, chilling stamps and graceful dies turned frighteningly scary....all in a fun way that will make someone smile with Halloween delight. 

Here's a preview of the amazing products used today:
Papers: from Authentique's Masquerade paper collection
Embellishments  and finishing touches (3D Buttons and gems): from Buttons Galore
Dies: from Spellbinders 
Stamps: from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders.  

 Let's start with the papers
As I mentioned in the intro,  the papers are a combination of 

As a card maker, I tend to gravitate to the 6"x6" paper pads.  
Slimline cards typically measure 3.5" x 8.5" so it's a wonderful opportunity for me to pull out the 12x12 papers for card making and to use the 6"x6" pad for accents and embellishments only.  

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dies for Slimline Cards
Now it's probably true that most of the dies in your stash at home are not specifically for slimline cards.   No problem!  You simply need to take some creative liberties and modify the dies to fit your design needs. 

Perfect example: I used Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace die for the Month of September called "Lattice Quadrante" designed by Becca Feeken.    The beautiful detailed die is displayed below to fit more of a square shaped card, however we are versatile card makers and are used to thinking of crafty alternatives to meet our needs.  Am I right or am I right?  Haaaa yes, I am right.  

Now it becomes simply a matter of arranging the dies on the slimline card.  

This is the first card.  I've used two Spellbinders dies for this card; Picot Petite Ovals from - Amazing Paper Grace by Spellbinders / Becca Feeken and Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership for September 2020 -"Lattice Quadrante".

Both of the Spellbinders APG dies will provide year long versatility.  And now you know how to use them for slimline cards too!  

The ephemera piece is from the Masquerade - 6 x 6 Paper Pad.   It's been embellished using a 3D button from Buttons Galore  3D Buttons- Witchy  and their new Buttons Galore Doo Dadz- Halloween Party shaker mix and embellishments.  

Spooky (Adorable) Card Embellishments
The finishing embellishments are like frosting the cupcake - almost done, but adding that little "something extra" to bedazzle the card.  That's exactly what the Buttons Galore embellishments do for these cards, form 3D buttons, to shaker mixes, sequins and gems.  

I've added 3D decorative buttons to both cards.  One card uses the Buttons Galore Witchy 3D button set and the second card uses Buttons Galore 3D Buttons - The Witching Hour.  The buttons are super easy to use on cards.  You can cut off the plastic shank in the back of the button or create a button "pick". 

To create a button "pick",  I thread wire through the shank, then glue to wire piece to the card by tucking it under ribbon or other elements.  The extra wire helps secure the button in place.  
For example, the card shown above has a button "pick".  The wire is tucked under the bow and ephemera oval piece. 

Buttons Galore -Witchy Hh105Buttons Galore -Halloween Party Dd113 Buttons Galore -The Witching Hour Hh100

Additionally both cards are dotted with gem accents from Buttons Galore's new Doo Dadz collection.

  Doo Dadz are sparkly iridescent diamond gems that have flat backs making them super easy to use on cards and projects. They also come in a festive variety of colors.  I'm using Halloween Party Doo Dadz on today's cards.  

Adorable Costumed Animal Stamps and Die Set 
Of course I must point out the adorable costumed cuties on the card. 
Introducing the  Costumed Cuties Stamp Set   and the coordinating Costumed Cuties Die Set 
from the Spellbinders/ FSJ Halloween & Fall 2020 Collection.  
 Total cat and dog cuteness - I mean oh so frightening.  

Costumed Cuties Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set from the FSJ Halloween & Fall 2020 CollectionCostumed Cuties Die Set from the FSJ Halloween & Fall 2020 Collection

Thanks and Happy crafting.  



  1. Love all the die cuts and cute buttons—layers and layers of spooky fun.

  2. Love your ingenuity with making the dies fit your space. Cards are gorgeous!