An Apparition with Fall Fest Sneak Peek

NOTE:  Thank you to my wonderful friend and stupendously creative and funny stamper, Brian King, who taught me how to spell “Apparition” today.  Unfortunately, I didn’t run it by him before the post went live this morning, but it’s all fixed now!

Did you know that vellum makes a ghost look more ghostly?  After playing around with different colors and patterns of paper, the light bulb finally came on and I knew that I needed to use vellum for this adorable little ghost from Fall Fest (available in the Holiday Catalog, Aug. 28th).  The leaves and pumpkin are also from Fall Fest.  There are several sneak peeks In this post…


Did you notice that I darkened the leaves furthest away from the pumpkin with a little sponging so it looks like the candlelit pumpkin (gold glitter) is casting a glow on them?

When I saw this paper from Color Me Autumn, I knew it would make a perfect moonlit sky.  The moon was sponged on with White Craft Ink using a stencil made with scrap paper and a circle punch.  I know you’re wondering about the sentiment, right?  It’s from a future Hostess stamp set called Good Greetings that contains a whopping 19 “handwritten” greetings.  The sentiments in this set cover just about any occasion!


I often get questions about how to adhere vellum without the glue or tape showing through, and most of the time I adhere with glue dots and strategically place something over the glue dot so you can’t see it.  However, with this card, I used some special tape made just for vellum that I found years ago at a craft shop.

This card was inspired by a sketch from the adorable, witty and extremely talented Linda Callahan for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Linda is truly one of the most creative card makers I’ve ever seen.

FMS150 Linda

Now it’s time to go see what our ‘Clean Team’ has created to get you revved up so you’ll run to your craft room with giddy excitement to create your own work of art!  I hope to see you in our gallery!


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  1. Cathy Austin

    Most people who view your post will not get to see the real deal in your home. I am fortunate enough to be able to see first hand how incredible this little ghost card is! It is absolutely the cutest thing ever!! Cudos Cindy

  2. Jen Timko

    I’m so grateful for my stamping friends who keep me straight (yay, Brian). This is adorable Cindy. What a super card for the sketch!

  3. Kim S

    That sweet little vellum ghost on all of those rich fall colors is a wonderful look!!

  4. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh so cool Cindy! I love this spooky scene you’ve created!

  5. Lisa

    LOVE this card! Stinkin’ CUTE

  6. Amie Kiger

    Adorable! Great job with the sketch–and the vellum ghostie is so perfect! Love the curly string behind that pumpkin, too. 🙂

  7. KarrenJ

    What a fun, fun card! Love that little ghost with the pumpkin, and those leaves look fabulous and textural.

  8. Jen Brum

    Super fun card Cindy! I love that sweet little ghost! He doesn’t look scary at all! Love those leaves and that pumpkin! Perfect for Halloween!

  9. Cathy Austin

    I love, love, love this card! You are just so darn creative!! I hope when I get home I can make this card. Miss you and love you…

  10. Jen Mitchell

    Who doesn’t love a vellum ghost? And how clever to make the pumpkin spread its glow over the leaves! Sweet card!

  11. Linda Hardy

    Just in case you can’t find the tape for vellum that Cindy mentioned, I wanted to put in a plug for the adhesive sheets that SU carries. I avoided using vellum because I hated how the adhesives showed through…the adhesive sheets solve that problem and are so easy to use. Sorry to be “selling” to you since I’m sure you’re all demonstrators like me:) This was a just-in-case you didn’t know:) Super cute card, Cindy!!

    1. Cindy Hall

      Thank you, Linda, for sharing your tip about vellum and the adhesive sheets with me and my blog readers! That was so nice of you. I didn’t know that and am looking forward to trying it!

  12. Cindy Lovell

    This is the most cutest ghost!! I love it and the leaves look awesome!! Such a cute card,Cindy!!!

  13. Bobbi Miller

    OK, I am laughing my head off right now. It’s funny you asked Brian how to spell apparition, because you will NOT believe me when I tell you, when I first saw my email, I thought the word was “abortion”. Now I KNOW that’s not right, so I quickly opened the email and said “whew”! Too funny. I am so excited to see this card Cindy, because my little ghost should be arriving by tomorrow. This is an adorable card and I love how you colored those leaves darker so that the sparkly light inside the pumpkin lights the way around him. VERY cute! Thanks for sharing and giving me a good laugh today!

  14. linda callahan

    You are the artist my friend! Love the subtle shading of the leaves! And the vellum tip for the ghost is great……I have been wondering how to make that ghost more ghostly! Really cute Halloween card!

  15. Amy O'Neill

    Adorable! I love the leaves on the ground, and the vellum ghost is perfect! I will have to remember to use vellum when I stamp these cute guys.
    Fabulous details, as usual, Cindy!

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