A Spooky “Specimen” Card for Halloween

This Halloween card was inspired by a trip to a local shop that specializes in natural history that is filled with all kinds of bones, bugs and mounted specimens. Kids love it and can hardly walk by the store front without standing nose-to-glass to peer at their fabulous window display. Needless to say, with its nod to the macabre the place really comes into its own with the approach of Halloween!

To make this specimen display card, take a piece of white card stock and trim it into three strips of equal width. Next, stamp several different “spooky” images, leaving plenty of space around each one, as if you were going to mount each one for display. I used the following images by Nature’s Blessings Fine Art Stamps in black ink: Bat, Skeleton, Skeleton’s Skull, Skeleton’s Torso, and Spider.

Next, cut each strip to separate your images. Choose your desired background (mine is a marbled art paper like the kind used for book binding). Arrange your images into a pleasing grid, leaving a bit of space around each image. If you like, you can use one or more squares for a message as I’ve done below. Then add your spooky greeting. Happy Halloween!


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