What You Will Need:
-Cards & Envelopes (Black)
-Black paper (make sure it has a smooth surface and is thick like cardstock)
-Halloween Stamp of your choice (one that fills up most of the card will be best or collage different stamps together to fill the space)
-Glow-in-the-dark Embossing Powder
-Craft Heating Tool (tip: regular hair dryers to not reach high enough temperature to melt embossing powder)
**(Instead of using embossing ink & powder, you can find glow-in the-dark-ink pads, but the ink will only glow under a black light)**
-Invitation Stamp (or you could simply hand-write the What, Where, When, RSVP, then using a ruler draw lines next to them, and then write in the details. Stamps just look a little bit cleaner.)
*At the end of the post I shared a list of the supplies I used and links to where you can find them!*
Cut the cardstock to fit on the front of the card- either cut to the exact size, or you could cut it about an eighth of an inch smaller in order to achieve a cool beveled look like I did here
*Tip (Before you ink!): Try not to handle the paper too much before embossing because the oils on your hands will get on the paper, and may cause the embossing powder to stick to unwanted areas.
*Tip #2 (Before you ink!) Find a used dryer sheet and gently rub the surface of your paper before inking. This will prevent the embossing powder from clinging to areas you don’t want it to.
Coat your stamp generously with the [embossing] ink, and place the stamp onto the paper. Press firmly (but not forcefully) all over the stamp. Let the stamp sit for a few seconds to allow the ink to transfer to the paper, and then carefully lift up.
*Tip: Clean your stamp right away! I use baby wipes and paper towels to clean my stamps.
Sprinkle the embossing powder generously over the wet ink, and then gently tap the back of the paper couple times to remove excess powder. If you notice powder in areas without ink, you can take a small paintbrush and brush the powder off your page.
*A helpful embossing tip: Place a coffee filter underneath your paper before applying the embossing powder. This works much better than just a folded piece of paper like a lot of people do. The filter will catch the extra powder and then you just fold it a little to create a funnel— which makes getting all that powder back into the container much easier!
Using your heat tool, heat the powder until it melts and becomes nice and shiny!
Time to begin the inside of your invitation! This is where you’ll give your invitees the information about the amazing party you’re going to be hosting. Be sure to include a title for the party, where it will be, what day & time, and who to RSVP to and/or when to RSVP by.
You can write this information, or you can use a stamp and bright pigment ink (I used white, as you can see) to achieve beautiful results.
A trick to lining things up to make stamping easier- position a notecard or piece of paper at the point where you want the bottom of your stamp to be. Make sure it’s straight of course. And then just ink your stamp, and stamp it! I didn’t get a great impression, but I touched up a bit with my white uni-ball pen which helped! (my acrylic block for stamping has been around a while, and could really use a good cleaning… oops!)
Final decorations… Any final touches you can think of that would make the invitation look extra cool… For example, I used glow-in-the-dark puffy paint to make designs on the cover. I ended up not liking the result so much, but figured I would share it as an example!
Rubber Cling Witch Stamp: http://www.joann.com/mirror-mir-cling-rubber-stamp/13282439.html#q=halloween%2Bstamp&start=24
Glow-in-the-Dark Embossing Powder: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product?id=128651
Tim Holtz Distressed Mini-Ink Pad for Embossing: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Distress-Mini-Ink-Pad-EMBOSSING-Ranger-TDP45106-TDP45106RI?currency=USD
The black paper I used was given to me by a friend- it’s textured cardstock, but I used the backside because it was smooth which works best for stamping and embossing. You can find black cardstock at any craft store. Here’s an example of what I recommend: http://www.joann.com/coredinations-value-pack-cardstock-12inx12in-20%2Fpkg-black-cat—smooth/1252287.html#q=black%2Bcardstock&start=6
Brilliance Ink Pad (Moonlight White) I use a mini version of the ink pad- it came in a set of four minis, but this is the link for the regular size ink pads. https://www.joann.com/brilliance-pigment-ink-stamp-pads/prd27478.html#q=brilliance%2Bmoonlight%2Bink&start=1
White Uni-Ball Signo Pen http://www.joann.com/white–white-gell-pen-2%2Fpkg/14678692.html