How to Make Ghostly, Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Cards

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There's just something magical about anything that glows in the dark, don't you think? These handmade Halloween cards are fun when the lights are on, but they reveals a ghostly glow when the lights are turned low. Scroll down to enjoy a fun DIY Halloween card tutorial!

How to make a cute, DIY Halloween card that glows in the dark!

Here's what you'll need:

  • White card stock
  • An A2 card base
  • A digital or physical Halloween sentiment stamp (I used a digital stamp from k.becca's “This Is Halloween” collection)
  • Patterned paper (I used the charcoal stripes digital pattern from k.becca's “This Is Halloween” collection)
  • A printer (if using digital elements)
  • A paper cutter
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Craft glue
  • A die-cut Halloween shape (I used shape #66742 from the Silhouette Design Store)
  • Scrap paper
  • A heat embossing tool
  • Versamark watermark stamp ink
  • Glow-in-the-dark embossing powder (I used Wow! brand)
  • Craft tweezers
  • Foam adhesive
  • Scissors (to cut the foam adhesive, if necessary)

Step 1:

Cut a piece of patterned card stock to A2 card size (4.25” x 5.5”) and attach to an A2 card base using double-sided adhesive. Next, cut a piece of white card stock to 3.75” x 5” and stamp with a Halloween sentiment stamp in black or dark gray ink. Center the stamped piece on top of the patterned card stock and attach with double-sided adhesive.

Using a digital stamp? Here's how I created my digitally stamped sentiment piece:

First, I created a 3.75” x 5” rectangle shape in Silhouette Studio. Then, I opened the PNG stamp file that I wanted to use, resized it so it would fit inside the rectangle, and placed it toward the bottom and centered inside the rectangle shape. Finally, I used Silhouette's print and cut feature to print the sentiment onto card stock and cut the rectangle, with the printed sentiment inside, using my Silhouette Cameo. At the same time, I cut the Halloween ghosts shape for the front of the card.

Step 2:

Place the top layer of the ghost shape, or whatever die-cut shape you're using, onto a piece of scrap paper and completely cover the shape with Versamark watermark stamp ink, a sticky ink that's great for adhering embossing powder to card stock for heat embossing.

Step 3:

While the die-cut shape is still on the scrap paper, completely cover it with glow-in-the-dark embossing powder. Tap the shape against the paper to remove any excess powder.

Step 4:

Use craft tweezers to protect your fingers and to hold the die-cut shape as you melt the embossing powder with a heat-embossing tool.

Note: After the melted powder has cooled completely, you may notice that there are spots where no embossing powder adhered or areas that have lighter coverage. If this happens, simply cover those areas with another layer of Versamark ink and embossing powder and use the heat embossing tool to melt the additional powder.

Step 5:

If your die-cut shape is only one layer, then you can skip ahead to Step 6. Otherwise, glue any additional layers of your shape together using craft glue.

Step 6:

Cover the back of the ghost shape with foam adhesive. If necessary, cut the foam with scissors to fit any smaller areas. Attach the shape to the front of your card.

Finally, turn out the lights and watch what happens!

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