How to make haunted house cards

Sarah Jackman Read's haunted house cards include a portrait with spooky eyes that move – easy to make with our Halloween templates and free printables

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Use our Halloween printables to craft these creative card ideas for Halloween or for children’s birthday cards, too. Sarah Jackman-Read has used the illustrations and halloween templates to create four fantastic haunted house card projects for you to try. Our favourite has to be the creepy portrait haunted house card with eyes that follow you around the room – thanks to a little help from a paper tab! Let your imagination run wild but don’t have nightmares!

Haunted house cards materials list

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You Will Need

  • White card
  • Coloured card
  • Action wobble springs
  • Circle nesting dies
  • Square nesting dies
  • Die-cutting machine
  • adhesive gems
  • Ribbon

Step 1

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Create a 20×12.5cm card base from black card. Trim two pieces of lime-green card to 19×11.5cm then layer them onto slightly larger pieces of purple card, leaving narrow borders.

Step 2

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Cut two 18.5x10cm pieces of stone-wall paper from the Halloween printables then attach on top of the layered panels. Wrap ribbon around one of the panels then attach them to the inside of the card base, as shown.

Step 3

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Fussy cut a framed portrait from the Halloween printables then cut out the eyes. Trim a strip of card into a T shape then place it over the back of the eye holes and hold in place with two loops of card for the T to slide through.

Step 4

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Use the Halloween templates from the Papercraft inspirations 182 templates to cut, score and fold a fireplace, then cover it with stone paper. Trim black card to 9x7cm, attach it to the back of the fireplace, to create a box, then affix to the card.

Step 5

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Use a thin black marker pen to write ‘pull’ on the tab at the end of the T, and draw pupils for the eyes. Use sticky foam pads to attach the portrait inside the card on the right-hand side.

Step 6

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Trim a haunted house card spooky scene from the Halloween printables to 5x5cm then add thin strips of black card to make it into a window scene, as shown. Attach the window to the left-hand side, inside the card base.

Step 7

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Use sticky foam pads to attach a fussy-cut sentiment from the Halloween printables to the centre of the ribbon, add a fussy-cut ghost to the fireplace, then finish by adding a gold gem to each corner of the card.

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Make a monster haunted house card

  1. Create a 14x14cm, top-fold card base then cover the front with black card.
    Trim orange card to 13.5×13.5cm then die cut a 6cm-wide circle through it and attach a small monster and a spooky background scene from the Halloween printables behind the aperture.
  2. Trim purple card to 13x13cm then die cut an 8cm-wide circle through the middle. Add sticky foam pads and a fussy-cut monster from the Halloween printables to the back of the panel then stick it on top of the orange panel on the card front.
  3.  Trim stone-wall paper from the Halloween printables to 12.5×12.5cm then die cut a 10cm-wide circle through the centre. Wrap ribbon around the bottom of the panel, add sticky foam pads and three monsters to the back of the panel then affix it onto the card front.
  4. Use sticky foam pads to add a sentiment from the Halloween printables onto the left-hand side of the ribbon. Add a red gem in each corner of the card.

More haunted house cards to try

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  1. Use the Halloween templates from Papercraft inspirations 182 templates to make a coffin shaped card!
  2. All the background papers, characters and sentiment can be printed off from the Halloween printables.
  3. Use action wobble springs and strips of card to fix the characters in place, so they pop up when the card is opened.
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  1. Tear your background paper to create this fun scene.
  2. All the background papers, characters and sentiment can be printed off from the Halloween printables.
  3. Add extra claw marks with a black pen then tuck ghosts and ghouls behind the tears.

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