Halloween Cards with Distress Oxide Ink
These Halloween cards will be easy to put together with a little help from your Cricut!
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I went through the Cricut image catalog to find stamp-like images for this year's Halloween cards when I stumbled on this adorable, hand-drawn image set. I had initially planned on letting my machine draw them out but, since there was a lot of detailed linework and I was going to be coloring them in with alcohol ink markers, I decided to change tactics and print them out.
There is one issue with these images that makes them a little more difficult to work with when you're using them as digital stamps - unfortunately they don't include a shadow layer! I printed out a couple of the images and did some fussy cutting (if you're good at this, it works well), but since I was going to be making several cards, I decided that I needed to go ahead and create a shadow layer to speed up the process.
The backgrounds on these cards are all made with Distress Oxide Inks. I used the colors black soot, seedless preserves, lucky clover, carved pumpkin, and squeezed lemonade in my examples.
If you decide to make these cards yourself, I have made it extra easy for you and included my Cricut Canvas, as well as a link to download the shadow layer file I created to cut my images out. You can find the links below.
Open this link from a desktop computer to access the Cricut design file:
Open this link to download the shadow later file:
Once you open the Cricut Canvas and download the shadow layer file:
- Import the shadow layer file you downloaded
- Click the arrange button in DS and send the shadow layer file to the back
- Ungroup the shadow layer file
- Flatten each of the drawn images to the corresponding shadow layer.
I've included some coloring and embellishment ideas to help you get started.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!