Spooky City!!!!!

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

I LOVE Halloween! Creating and sending out over 50 Halloween cards every year is such fun to do. This year’s cards are really different; no pumpkins, skeletons or black cats for me, but the card still conveys the spirit of Halloween. Wonder what the ghosts and goblins who live in the imaginary city are doing to celebrate?


·        Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·        A sunny window
·        Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·        Scraps of ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·        Dies: Impression ObsessionTM #339-Z Cityscape
·        SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ Machine
·        Black card stock for card bases (card is 4 ¼ x5 ½” folded)
·        Envelopes to fit cards
·        Black white core cardstock scraps for die cutting
·        WestcottTM paper trimmer & scissors
·        Scor-palTM (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
·        Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
·        DecoArtTM Acrylic paints: golden yellow, black and reddish brown
·        Med. sized foam alphabet stamps
·        Sea sponge
·        Iridescent glitter
·        White sticker circle
·        Iron if you want the paper smooth
·        Sanding block


1.      Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white/ivory scraps.
2.      Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
3.      When the sheets of paper are dry, cut them into quarter sheets.
4.      Trim a ¼ sheet to 4-1/8” x 5 1/4". (Save the extra pieces for other projects.)
5.      Water down the acrylic paints, and use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces.
6.      Allow paint to dry.
7.      Randomly stamp some of the alphabet letters with the black paint onto the painted papers.
8.       Allow paint to dry.
9.      Die cut the two cityscape buildings from black cardstock.         
10.   Trim the die cuts to fit the card. Save the "trims"....they will be used for the back (3rd) row.
11.   Sand the buildings that you want in the front row.
12.   Sand just the top of the buildings in the second row. Do not sand the building in the third row.
13.   Attach the moon to the upper right of the painted paper.
14.   Apply a thin coat of ZipDry™ to the moon.
15.    Sprinkle on a tiny bit of glitter.
16.   Score and fold the cards.

Assemble the cards:

1.      Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Layer and attach the die cut buildings to the painted paper with tiny pieces of foam tape.


  1. wow, I love your card, looks very spooky to me! And 50 a year? wowzers!

    1. Smile..........I really should whittle down the list .......the cards were really fun to make.
      Love and light,

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Jean.........they were a big hit.
      Love and light,


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