Don’t you just love Halloween? Spooky decorations, dressing up, scary stories…and sweets. Mmmmm sweets!!

ATC’s are ideal for Halloween. You can add them to the front of a paper bag for Trick or Treating, you can make them into Gift cards or you can add them to your spooky layouts as larger unique embellishments. Or of course you can swap them with friends and enjoy just looking at them in an album. They are simple and quick to make, and also lots of fun.

All five of mine have the same basic ingredients, which are re-arranged to make each one different in a very small way.

I started with a packet of Inkssentials ATC Black Surfaces for my background. I stamped using Kaisercraft’s Textured Clear Stamp – Graffiti and an Embossing Ink Pad, and coloured with Zing! Apricot Embossing Enamel.

Next, a piece of Black & White Baker’s Twine wraps around the card and is tied with a knot and a my2angels Halloween Charm. I’ve used Black and Red Copper Skeleton Charms, and a Silver Pumpkin Charm on my cards, but you could also add Skulls with Cross Bones or Black Spiders. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a special Halloween Kit you can also choose a cute Witch or Owl charm.

For the middle of each ATC I stamped a Skull and Crossbones onto cream cardstock, cut it out, inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and added some sparkling Orange Rhinestone eyes. The eyes on each skull are looking a different way, just for fun. Mount it on Foam Mounting Tape for extra height.

At the bottom are some bottles with something nasty inside. I grabbed some Diamond Dust (not just great for Christmas!) and coloured it with a teeny tiny bit of Alcohol ink then spooned it into a little glass vial. To colour the Diamond Dust without mess put it in a small plastic bag with a few drops of colour, seal it up and shake. I used a tiny amount, not even close to a whole drop. This also works using Distress Stain, Distress Re-Inkers or even Distress Ink pads. If you are using Distress Inks, smear some onto your craft sheet, spritz with water and pick up the colour on a paint brush. Start with a small amount of colour – you can always add more, but you can’t take it away again. If you use a watery mix open the bag and let the crystals dry well before you use them. The beetles on my vials are from an old pack of rub-ons I had in my stash and the corks are sealed with Glossy Accents. A small, roughly cut square of muslin behind the vial adds texture and looks a bit like cobwebs. My ”BOO” letters, from Bo Bunny’s Enchanted Cardstock Stickers (on Special right now!) are also popped onto Foam Mounting Tape.

A fun project for Halloween…why not get the kids involved 🙂

Do you think those eyes are following you around the room?

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