Els van de Burgt Studio Pop it Ups

Very Batty Halloween Card

October 11, 2016

Card Front

Hello! Mary here to share a fun bat-filled Halloween card! When I saw the new Circle Background die, I thought of making a moon background with lots of bats flying in front, easy to do thanks to Karen’s Bats Stage it Stencil. Midnight the Bat is featured, wishing you “Spooky Halloween Greetings.” (Didn’t know bats could talk, did ya?)

Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base.

2. Cut a piece of black cardstock (or paper) about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (it will be trimmed later). Adhere clear double sided adhesive. This is the base for the background. Using Circle Background die, cut purple spiderweb patterned cardstock. Adhere frame to adhesive (purple side up – not in adhesive). Using Circle Background die, cut yellow spiderweb patterned cardstock. Leave in die – carefully remove frame. Line up purple frame inside die, flip and stick yellow pieces in place. You may have to manually piece some in. Note: if you can’t find this exact cardstock, just use purple and yellow plain cardstock. You may keep the yellow frame and purple circle/other pieces for another card.

3. Using the Bats Stage it Stencil, stencil bats with Black Soot Distress Ink over the background. You will need to do one side then move the stencil to do a few more on the other side since the stencil isn’t quite large enough to cover the whole background when the piece is horizontal (landscape). Once dry, trim excess backing if necessary. Adhere background to card base.

4. Die cut Midnight the Bat: body – Silver Gray Soft Finish Cardstock, shadow – black cardstock, eyes – White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink edges of bat’s body with Black Soot Distress Ink. Add small amount of double sided adhesive to purple side of cardstock (same cardstock as step 2). Die cut bow tie. Peel off liner and dip into Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; polish with finger. Optional: use Copic V06 to color over glitter. Assemble bat as shown on packaging.

5. Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5 1/16 x 2 inches. Cut with stitched edge Speech Bubble (pointing to left). Stencil bats as shown – I used a light layer of both Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks to get it to match the purple. Either mask Halloween greeting stamp or cut apart the words (carefully!); stamp as shown with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Adhere to card as shown with dimensional tape.

6. Adhere bat to card using dimensional tape. Adhere enamel dots as shown.

Card Angled


ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Patterned Cardstock: Recollections Halloween 118665
  • Cardstock: Black
  • Enamel Dots: Black, Purple, Plum
  • Optional: Copic Marker V06
  • Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
  • VersaFine: Onyx Black
  • Dimensional Tape

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  • Reply Diane Lynne C. October 21, 2016 at 1:39 am

    I love the detailed step by step instructions for making this card. Always helpful. Happy Halloween and thanks for sharing your talents.

  • Reply Valerie Breingan October 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Fantastic dimension.

  • Reply Jen October 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Cool card. I love it!

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