Dia de Muertos

This homemade Dia de Muertos card uses Falling Flowers stamps and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Happy Dia de Muertos!

Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! I honor of the dual holidays I have a bonus card for you today! I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use some of my favorite Halloween papers one more time.

As a traditional part of Dia de Muertos, Mexican families visit the graves of their lost relatives and decorate them with photos and memorabilia as well as offerings of food. Marigolds are the traditional flower of the dead, believed to attract the spirits to the offerings.

Both of my cards today are inspired by the bright colors and patterns of Dia de Muertos and marigolds. Make sure you scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the post so you don’t miss the bonus card! I hope you enjoy my cards and the holiday!

Dia de Muertos card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Falling Flowers stamps and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin' Up!

Spiderweb Card Directions

  1. Make a Cajun Craze card base.
  2. Cut a Tangerine Tango panel 3/4″ (1.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a piece of spiderweb patterned Halloween Night Designer Series Paper 7/8″ (2.2 cm) smaller than the card base. Make sure you frame a nice part of the spiderweb. It is worth wasting a little paper to have an awesome background for this card.
  4. Adhere the panels together.
  5. Stamp several Falling Flowers stamps on Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango cardstock. Cut them out using the May Flowers Framelits.
  6. Add color accents with color pencils. I used a couple shades of orange and red Prismacolors to add shading and highlights to the flower petals.
  7. Add rhinestones to the centers of the flowers. Try not to touch the adhesive, as the oils from your fingers can cause it to lose stickiness.
  8. Adhere the flowers to the bottom corner of the card base using dimensionals to add depth.

Dia de Muertos card by Natalie Lapakko with Halloween Night DSP and Falling Flowers from Stampin' Up!

Spiderweb Color Combination

I used to not like Cajun Craze, but this card especially has made me love it. I wasn’t sure how it would look with other oranges, but I found that I really liked it with Tangerine Tango. The contrast with the black makes the oranges really stand out and they make an awesome, though slightly different than conventional, Halloween color scheme.

Color combination: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Silver

Spiderweb Card Materials

Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Falling Flowers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: May Flowers Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: rhinestones, dimensionals

Dia de Muertos card by Natalie Lapakko with May Flowers Framelits and Pop of Pink DSP from Stampin' Up!

Stained Glass Card Directions

  1. Cut a Basic Black square card base. Mine is 4-1/4″ (10.8 cm) square.
  2. Cut a polka dot panel from Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Place a dimensional in the center of the card. Put one end of the Baker’s Twine on the dimensional. Wrap the Baker’s Twine around the front of the card five times and place the other end on the dimensional to hold it in place.
  4. Use the easy stained glass technique to create a flower using May Flower Framelits and Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. I would recommend cutting the glimmer paper on the back side, because it is easier to cut all the way through and doesn’t have as much of a chance to dull the framelit die. This means you also have to turn the Basic Black flower shape backwards when you adhere it to the background paper so the petals will still fit.
  5. Cut a leaf shape from Cucumber Crush paper using the Rose Garden Thinlits.
  6. Adhere the the leaf. Adhere the flower to the center of the card using additional dimensionals.
  7. Remember to add a Whisper White panel to the inside of the card so you can write inside it!

Dia de Muertos card with stained glass technique. Features May Flowers, Pop of Pink DSP, and glimmer paper from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.
Stained glass technique with May Flowers framelits and glimmer paper from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Stained Glass Color Combination

This is a classic Halloween combination, and works well for Dia De Muertos, too! I love the added bit of extra sparkle from using glimmer paper.

Color combination: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Cucumber Crush

Stained Glass Card Materials

Cardstock: Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, May Flowers Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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