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DIY Halloween Mummy Cards From 19Eighty Expressions

PUBLISHED ON 10/24/2012

These sweet Halloween Mummy cards were made by Kasondra Lopez, a former Marine-turned-mom and the blogger behind 19Eighty Expressions. Kasondra recently fell in love with paper crafting — she started off by scrapbooking, then branched out to making cards and other paper crafts.

On top of being adorable, these mummy cards are easy to make and extremely budget-friendly. "They cost under a dollar to DIY!" says Kasondra.

If you're new to crafting, Kasondra recommends purchasing some basic supplies from  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Michael's. But while she lists many craft tools in the materials (below), "it's absolutely not necessary to have all of [them]. I started off with the bare essentials when I started making cards!"



Before you start, you will need:

  • Cardstock (1-2 white, 1-2 orange, 1 black)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Paper cutting machine or stencils, pencil, and scissors
  • White gel pen
  • Ink pad (Kasondra used Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad)
  • Ink blending tool (such as a sponge applicator)
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Scoring board & bone folder (optional)

How to make them:

  1. Measure out and cut a piece of white cardstock using a paper trimmer to (w) 4.25" x (h)11.5". This is the base.
  2. Fold in half the long way, making sure there's a nice crease and that the paper lines up on the part that opens up. If available, you can use a scoring board and a bone folder to make the crease.
  3. Tear strips of paper using a second piece of white cardstock, or use leftovers from the paper used as the base. This will be used as the "wrappings." Ensure there are two strips with straight edges on one end which are to be used as the top and bottom of the mummy.
  4. Cut a few of the torn strips down to 4.25" in width and leave some others a bit longer so those can be placed diagonally on the card. Those can be cut down later.
  5. Using a blending sponge dabbed in the color ink of your choice, ink the edges of each torn strip of paper by starting out using a circular motion off the paper and working your way onto the edges. This will give the soft inked, aged look.
  6. For the eyes, use a cutting machine, stencil (or draw by hand) and scissors, cut out two large circles or ovals out of orange cardstock. Cut a second, smaller set out of the same orange cardstock.  Do the same, but cut smaller circles or ovals with the black cardstock for the pupils.
  7. Glue the eyes onto the base, then glue the strips of torn paper on. Cut down any edges that are sticking past the base of the card and re-ink.
  8. Use a white gel pen to add a little shine to the pupils.
  9. Stamp a sentiment at the bottom of the card.
  10. Show it off!

Are you making any Halloween crafts?

PHOTO: 19Eighty Expressions / The Bump