October 7th, 2008 by Solange
This fall, I have decided to celebrate Halloween with all the ghoulish trimmings. Away with doom and gloom, I want spooky, I want to thrill my guest with Halloween party invitations. I want to treat them with candy-cards.
Not only am I going to carve that pumpkin, put the decorations up not forgetting the costume, I am definitely going to pay much attention to my Halloween greeting cards. According to the NRF (the Voice of Retail Worldwide) 64% of the US population compared to 59 last year is going to join me in spirit, so to speak. A bit of magic relief after months of spooky economic news.
Think about greeting cards as the prelude to any celebration. They have to convey the right impression for your party. A lot of people enjoy the spookiness of Halloween greeting cards, black cats and ghouls often make the staple for cards sold in stores.
But why not use the internet and KwikeCards, most other sites also allow you to send your cards via e-mail, you can be more creative, add special effects: sounds and animation. Animated cards have become very popular for Halloween.
This year, the trend is with photo-cards, just add your own pictures and merged it to the background and there you are, looking like a lovely witch or an handsome Dracula. Cards don’t have to cost the earth, use free e-cards: all what you have to do is to think about the message. This year, I might quote Mark Twain: “Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows anybody”.
For the design, there is a half way house or should I say a half-way spooky castle. I am using this method with my candy-cards. The cards are made downloading backgrounds. For the front subjects, I will cut and paste my main designs with 3D pads. This year I opted for 2 types of card, one with castle, one with pumpkin. Using small round plastic box filled with candies kept in place over the moon or the pumpkin, my simple cards are turned into treat-cards. These cards are rather effective and will be remembered for a long time.