There are various dates on the calendar that many of us automatically associated with sweet treats.
For example, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas – to name but a few.
However, for all the candy, cakes, pies, cookies and so forth both created at home and sold commercially for those events, perhaps no other day of the year is more connected to sugary eats than Halloween.
(In those countries and amongst those individuals who observe All Hallows’ Eve, that is.)
When you think of sweet foods and Halloween, what springs to mind first for you?
Miniature candy bars? Toffee apples? Lollipops? Marshmallows? Candy Corn? Festively shaped sugar cookies? Gummy sweets? Caramel Corn? Pumpkin spice cupcakes?
There are no right or wrong answers here. The foods – be they sweet or savoury – that you associate with October 31st are apt to include certain widely popular choices as well as those that are more unique and personal to each of us, our families, and the culinary traditions that we hold dear.
While ice cream may not be the first sugary delight that leaps out at you when you think of Halloween (or perhaps it is – in which case, chances are we’ll be fast friends! 😃), there’s no saying this beloved dessert can’t be a part of your October 31st feast.
Assuming, of course, that one enjoys and can safely eat ice cream (be it dairy, nut milk, coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, frozen banana, etc based).
Living in an area where snow on, or prior to, Halloween is by no means unheard of, ice-cold treats aren’t always my family’s first pick.
However, we have reached for this delicious dessert some years – especially those Halloweens that were a touch warmer.
The flavour commonly known as “Tiger Tail” – a mix of orange and black licorice flavoured ice creams swirled together in the same container – being one of our faves due to its festive colour palette.
The web abounds with tons of fun, creative, and lip-lickingly scrumptious fall and Halloween ice cream recipes.
If you are a fellow ice creamoholic (or are simply in the mood for some ice cream this month), I highly recommend seeking some of them out.
I enjoy a great dessert as much as the next person, but have never had the biggest sweet tooth. Instead, generally opting for the savour/salty option if presented with a food from each camp.
That said, I have a perpetual passion for ice cream that nothing – not even two decades and counting of extensive medically necessitated dietary restrictions – can diminish.
As the long-standing fondness for ice cream across the globe clearly proves, I am by no means alone on this front. 😊
A lovely online friend of mine has mentioned a time or two about how much she madly adores ice cream as well and that got me thinking…
Or, I should say, that got the hand crank on the old-fashion style ice cream maker that is my imagination churning. 😄
Why not make and send her an ice cream themed Halloween card?
I have to say, I fell in love with this idea the moment it struck me and am delighted with how my vision for a Halloween ice cream card came to fruition.
Adorably Spooky “You’re Sweet” Halloween Ice Cream Cone Card
Presently, I can’t claim to have a lot of ice cream related products in my paper crafting stash.
However, I knew that I had a cute little ice cream cone die that would be the perfect fit for the card design that was brewing in my head.
I began by die cutting several scoops of ice cream from various papers in a 6”x6” paper pad from Pebbles called Thirty One, and went with some gorgeous coppery-brown coloured glitter paper for the cone itself.
Aside from how nicely it colour coordinates with the festive Halloween print papers, I specifically selected this colour of cardstock so that the die cut ice cream cone would better resemble a waffle cone.
At first, I thought I would top the cone with a traditional cherry. I quickly realized though, that I don’t appear to have a cherry die or punch in my stash. (Strange, really, as I adore cherries and items depicting them.)
No sooner had I discovered that point than the idea of placing a wee little jack-o-lantern pumpkin “cherry” atop the scoops hit me. 💡
I used my tiniest jack-o-lantern die, cutting the shape from black cardstock and backing its facial features with the same copper coloured glitter cardstock (from which I also freehand cut the shape of a cherry stem).
The friend that I posted this card off to is a really kind, terrific person for whom the description “sweet” applies in spades.
As such, I dug around through my Halloween papers to find a sentiment that would convey both that message and tie into the inherent sweetness of ice cream itself.
Various layers of cardstock and paper, two different trims, and a quartet of pretty little pearlized white heart embellishments joined my All Hallows’ Eve themed ice cream cone to create the card featured in this post.
It was a ton – and I mean an absolute ton – of fun to create this delightfully spooky season greeting for my very sweet friend.
I hope that receiving it will be the cherry on her October – and likewise hope that you will give making your own Halloween ice cream card a go as well. 😃
Products used to make this super cute Halloween ice cream card
-Grey kraft cardstock – Grey Kraft Cardstock from Recollections
-Dark orange/terracotta cardstock
-Cream/ivory coloured vellum – Ivory Vellum from Paper Reflections
-Copper coloured glitter cardstock – Heavyweight Glitter Cardstock from Darice
-Dangling spider print paper – Spook Hill 8”x8” paper pad from Recollections
-All other patterned papers used throughout this project – Thirty One 6”x6” paper pad from Pebbles
-“You’re Sweet” cut apart sentiment – Midnight Hauntings Midnight Sentiments paper from Pebbles
-Ice cream cone die
-Dotted edge oval die
-Elegant border edge die
-Flat (non-3D) bow die
-Tiny jack-o-lantern die (alternatively, you can die cut, punch out, or hand-cut a small circle shaped piece instead and draw or carefully cut out a jack-o-lantern face on it)
-Decorative edge scissors – Sunflower decorative edge scissors from Fiskars
-Black ink pad – Wicked Black Archival Dye Ink Pad from Color Box
-Orange and pale grey trim (from Michael’s unbranded line of budget-friendly products)
-Cream/ivory crochet trim – Cotton Lace Trim Ivory 2 from MultiCraft
-Small white pearlized plastic flatback embellishments
-Dimensional foam, pop dots, or similar to elevate some of your layers
-Adhesive, such as a tape runner, of your choice (I often use my Scotch Tape Glider)
How to make this darling Halloween ice cream cone card
Begin by making a card base from black cardstock (charcoal grey would work really nicely here, too).
Top your card base with a slightly small sized piece of grey kraft (or any medium grey) cardstock, destressing the edges on all sides. Adhere to card base.
Using decorative edge scissors (in this case “Sunflower” from Fiskars), cut out a piece of copper coloured glitter cardstock slightly smaller than the grey cardstock layer. Attach to grey cardstock.
Die cut two elegant border/edge pieces from dark orange or terracotta cardstock. Adhere one die cut border near the top of the card and another near the bottom, as shown.
Slightly layer pieces of both cream and orange + grey trim on both the top and bottom die cut border pieces. Adhere in place with sturdy adhesive.
From the Pebbles Thirty One 6”x6” paper pad, cut a piece of swirling grey and black patterned paper and adhere it in the center of the card design so that the orange + grey trim just ever-so-slightly overlaps on this layer. Adhere to previous layers.
Cut a piece of black cardstock the length of your card base. Distress the edges and adhere over all previous layers.
Top this with a piece of dangling spider print paper from the Spook Hill 8”x8” paper pad.
Die cut an oval from cream/ivory vellum and adhere it slightly off-centre on the righthand side of the dangling spider print paper.
Next, die cut your ice cream cone from glittery copper cardstock and your scoops of ice cream from various Halloween print papers. Ink the edges of the scoop with black ink.
Assemble your ice cream cone so that the scoops are slightly, playfully crocked. Adhere layers together and then adhere your ice cream cone to the dangling spider print paper layer.
Create a tiny jack-o-lantern “cherry” from black cardstock, backing it with copper glitter cardstock. Use the same copper glitter cardstock to die cut or hand cut a stem for the cherry.
Cut out the “You’re Sweet” sentiment. Mat it with a layer of copper glitter cardstock and a layer of grey kraft cardstock. Distress the edges of the grey cardstock layer.
Adhere layers together and attach your sentiment at an angle over top of the vellum oval piece.
Die cut a flat (aka, not 3D) bow out twice. Once from black cardstock and once from dark orange or terracotta cardstock.
Stack and slightly offset the die cut bows so that the black creates the sense of a shadow behind the orange bow.
Adhere both bows together and then to your card. Top the bow with a small white pearlized heart embellishment.
Place four more of the same tiny heart embellishments around the corners of the swirling black and grey patterned paper piece that you have previously attached.
And just like that, you’re wonderfully sweet Halloween ice cream cone card is complete.
Be forewarned, much as with the real dessert that inspired this festive greeting, you may be tempted to go back for (aka, make) seconds, thirds, and so forth of this darling spooky season greeting. 😊
Don’t be afraid to outside of the box when making Halloween cards
No one loves the classic images, themes, and colours of Halloween more than this ghoul. Sometimes though, it can also be highly enjoyable to think beyond the usual ideas and come up with something really unique and cool (ice cream pun intended).
Have a look at your paper crafting stash. What products could you use for Halloween that are not typically (or overtly) associated with October 31st?
Let your imagination run wild, try something new out, and embrace the fun of All Hallows’ Eve via your cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and more this autumn.
Just about any theme or idea is fair game when paper crafting and that certainly applies to your Halloween project as well.
There is a palpable excitement and heady, incredible energy to the final days of October.
I cherish this point in the year and feel more fortunate than ever (especially as the pandemic rages on) to experience another Halloween season.
A single week now stands between us and the 31st. 👻
You can bet your favourite Halloween decoration that I will be focusing as much of my time and energy as possible on all things sweetly spooky, spine-chillingly macabre, and nostalgically festive during these seven magnificent days.
Just as I know many of you will be as well.
Go, team #MakeHalloween365!!! 🥳
This Halloween, why not start a new tradition by including ice cream – be it the real deal or a cone whipped up in papercraft form – in your October 31st happenings?
May your Halloween countdown week be sweeter than all the ice cream and festive candy in the world, dear friends – here’s to celebrating and delighting in the magic and marvellousness of this incredible point in the year! 🍦🎃🖤
PS: If you want to go all-in on celebrating with ice cream this October, you could always whip up a thoroughly delightful DIY Ice Cream Sunday Halloween costume.
Love this Halloween card. Great design and love the layers of pattern papers with the textures. Have a great day.
Thank you mightly, lovely lady. This was a super-duper fun card to make.
I’m thinking the same general design would be a blast for other holidays as well – say, Christmas patterned papers come December or Easter/spring ones in March or April. 🍦
I really appreciate your comment and hope that you had a sweer-than-ice cream Halloween season.
A delectable card, the papers you used on the stacked cone are fabulous,I can imagine flavours like spiced pumpkin,toffee apple, cinnamon,liquorice,orange and honeycomb toffee,You can tell I love I’ve cream.
Ooohh, great minds! Hand on my heart, I was daydreaming about similar flavours while putting this charming card together. Your suggestion of honeycomb toffee (often called “sponge toffee” or “sponge candy” here in Canada) made my tastebuds swoon up a storm. That is not a common ice cream flavour around these parts, but I just know it’s one I’d adore so will tracking down a recipe online.
Thank you very much for the delicious inspiration, as well as for your lovely comment, dear Meg.
Oh my goodness wouldn’t this be such a wonderful treat to sink into for a Halloween evening! I say Pumpkin Spice flavor is my all time for many things including something with ice cream! Sprinkle a few candy corns on top and there you go! LOL I always love seeing your beautiful creations with the amazing layers, papers and unique details you put into it! This just SCREAMS Halloween ice cream that we can all scream for!! I love it! Happy Halloween count down friend!
Yaassss pumpkin spice is my favourite flavour for many things as well. I utterly adore just about anything caramel, toffee, butterscotch, apple, pear, or cranberry flavoured as well. Honestly, I’d have zero problem with eating fall flavours/foods and little else the whole year through. Come to think of it, I have almost done that some years, lol! 😄
Topping ice cream with candy corn is so much fun! We didn’t pick up any candy corn this year, but we do next year, I’ll have to try and remember that extra sweet approaching to topping our Halloween sundaes. Thank you for the lovely reminder.
A very big thanks as well for your wonderfully kind feedback on this festive Halloween card. It was oodles of fun to create – and I can totally see this design working well for other holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, etc) as well.
I hope that you had an awesome Halloween and that your November is off to a cozy, terrific start. 🧡
We don’t really have a Halloween tradition here in Belgium. Trick or treating, as well as Halloween decorations have slowly trickled in over the last 15 years or so. I remember hosting a Horror Movie night with my ex-boyfriend on Halloween back in the early 90s, and searching high and low for appropriate decorations, squealing when I finally stumbled across some bunting with tiny ghosts and bats respectively 🙂
How lovely are that mid-century ad and illustration!
And then there’s your card, which is especially yummy! What a treat! xxx
Cheery fall time greetings, sweet Ann. Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for sharing about how tricky finding Halloween decor has often been for you in Belgium.
I know that when we lived in Ireland during the mid-2000s, (ironically, really, given how many Halloween/Samhain traditions have their roots in Celtic culture), tracking down Halloween items wasn’t a cakewalk either. Though, I’ve since heard from friends who still live there that this is changing a bit as time goes on.
Adoring Halloween (and Samhain) as I do, naturally, I’d love to see this delightfully fun holiday become a global phenomenon, but understand and accept that it may never reach quite that level. Hopefully, it will continue to grow in popularity in Belgium and throughout Europe as a whole. Tony’s sister informs us that it’s spreading in Italy and we delighted in seeing photos of our adorable little 5.5-year-old nephew rocking a Halloween ostume this year.
Aww, thank you so much for taking note of the vintage images that I included here. I massively miss working with vintage images in the context of blogging and have, as of late, been looking for ways to weave more images from days past into some of my entries (especially since my passion for vintage is no less intense nor important to me as when I was vintage blogging).
I hope that you and Jos had a marvellous All Hallows’ Eve and that your November is off to a sweet-as-ice-cream start. 🍦
Beautiful card and lovely background, fabulous card. xx
Thank you very much, sweet Annie. This darling Halloween card was such a joy to make. I can totally see revisiting its general design again for other holidays and special events, say Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or even Canada Day (July 1st) when the weather is at the epitome of ice cream season here in Canada. 🍦
Cute ice-cream themed Halloween card. Love ice-cream any time of the year! 😉
No Halloween decorating or trick or treaters here, so it’s going to be a quiet week for us. Goes without saying… enjoy your week leading up to Halloween!!!
Aww, thank you very much, dear Trina. Same here! Ice cream is truly one of my favourite foods of all time. 🍦
We had a terrific lead-up to Halloween and an absolutely awesome holiday itself – complete with (despite, or perhaps due to, actually) the pandemic, the highest number of trick-or-treaters we’ve experienced so far at our current address. Sooo thrilled about that! 🥰
What a fabulous card, I would not of thought of a Halloween ice cream card – so unique and striking!
Aww, you’re making me blush up a storm, dear Donna. Thank you so much for your wonderfully lovely words about this fun Halloween project. It was a blast to make and is a design that I could easily see revisiting again for other holidays and special events. In particular, I’m currently picturing a Valentine’s Day version in classic shades of red and pink.
Fabulous card! I love all of the gorgeous patterned papers and the colors you used!
You’re splendidly kind, dear Celeste. Thank you very much. This card was a ton of fun to put together. I can easily see revisiting this same general design again for other special occasions such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day. A Canada Day version in shades of red and white would be delightful, IMO, as well.
I hope that you had a terrific Halloween and that your November is off to a cozy, wonderful start.
Now this is a perfect and unique card that embodies the traditional colors of Halloween! And that skeleton ice cream layer is too creative. I am certain that your friend will love receiving this amazing sweet tooth of a card!
I’ve not heard of Tiger Tail, but now I’ll have to search for it.
Happiest of Halloweens to you and yours!
Thank you so much, dearest Debi! Your supportive and endlessly kind words are sweeter than any ice cream could ever be.
Tiger Tail is incredible – assuming one likes the flavours of both orange and licorique. If you’re unable to track down any premade versions in shops where you live (I’ve heard it’s not a common flavour in the States) and enjoy making ice cream at home, it’s a breeze to whip up. Just two flavours of extract (and, if desired, corresponding shades of food colouring) are pretty much all one needs to add to a delicious basic ice cream recipe in order to create Tiger Tail.
If you give this flavour a shot, I’d love to hear what you think of it. As a huge fan of black licorique, Tiger Tail is amongst my favourite ice cream flavours, but I totally get that it’s not everyone’s fave (usually due to the licorique/anise flavouring). I hope you really enjoy it if you give it a try. 🍦
Big hugs & oodles of cozy November wishes,
Oh my goodness! This is too cute! I love how you did the ice cream scoops!
Treats are for sure a big part of this season, and for me, I always instantly think of small candy bars, followed by candy corn.
Thank you very much, my dear friend and fellow Halloween adoring soul.
Such great classics! Candy corn has grown in popularity here in Western Canada over the past decade or two. As someone who enjoys this sweet treat, I’ve been delighted to see that happen and hope we continue to get more brands and varieties (I know that a range of seasonal varieties exist in the States) on this side of the 49th.
I also hope that you and Patrick had a stellar October 31st and that your November is already off to a cozy, fun-filled start. Not only has the snow stayed at bay here thus far, but it’s actually sunny today. After a lot of grey, often rainy weather in recent weeks, this is an especially welcome treat.
Adorable Halloween card, I LOVE that ice cream cone and all of the gorgeous papers you used! Beautiful design, sparkle and layering as always!
Sweet Tammy, thank you very much for your wonderfully lovely comment.
This card was a total blast to put together and I could easily see returning to the design for other special events and holidays as well. In particular, versions for both Valentine’s Day and Canada Day (on July 1st) are calling my name at the moment.
Big hugs & sweeter-than-ice cream wishes for an excellent November coming your way.
A super Halloween card Autumn, such a fun design – so original and unique.
Pauline – Crafting with Cotnob
You are splendidly kind, supportive, and sweet, dear Pauline. Thank you abundantly, my friend. 🧡
Many hugs & the happiest of wishes for a relaxing, awesome November from my heart to yours.
I love this fun card – it’s pretty AND spooky!
I admit I have not been into Hallowe’en decorating or feeling inspired to do a costume. I really miss people being around to motivate me to do these things. I will be wearing my annual vintage dress but that’s about it, aside from my vague seasonal theme I’ve been doing recently.
Thank you so much, dearest Sheila. Your description of this fun ice cream themed card sums up my approach to Halloween style (and, really, my personal style in general these days) to a tee. I love to mix the spooky or more macabre with cuteness or beauty. That mix never grows old for me and allows a lot of room to weave both vintage/historical elements and more contemporary ones into the mix as well.
It’s been an inspiring joy to see each of your awesome spooky season influenced outfits, just as it was to have my jaw hit the ground over what both you and L wore come the big night itself. Such INCREDIBLE ensembles!!! 🧡
Well, this is very pretty and special Halloween card. What a very clever idea and so well executed. I love the vibrancy and all the different things that supply added interest. I especially like the torn edges. I am such a neat freak about my cards that I find it really hard to use ‘untidy’ elements like torn or distressed edges, but I do love to see them. That is a bit strange I know. Unfortunately I do not share a love of ice cream for the simple reason that I don’t like cold things, though I do love cream. Thanks as always for your detailed explanations xx
Thank you sweetly, dear Hilary. I really appreciate the time and thought that you pour into the lovely blog comments that you brighten my posts with.
That’s 100% okay! We all have different styles and things that we’re comfortable with. For example, it almost induces anxiety in me to create a CAS style project. I feel most at home and like my true style can shine out to its fullest extent when I’m working with a multitude of layers and embellishments.
I greatly admire single layer and CAS designs though and forever being inspired by those I see. Isn’t that one of the best parts of the paper crafting community? Being inspired and influenced by the work of others even when (or perhaps even at times, all the more so because) it differs a fair bit from your own style?
Likewise, it’s totally okay to not be a fan of gold foods/things. No worries at all. It’s awesome that even though that is the case, you’re still able to enjoy ice cream. What are some of your favourite flavours? 🍦
Many thanks again. I hope that your November is off to a wonderful start.
What a wonderful twist you’ve taken with your card! So delightfully and frightfully creative!
When I was a child, we always received a candy apple or two on our trick-or-treating route. Sadly, that seems to be a thing of the past with fears of needles, pins, poison and Covid. They were always such a delicious treat!
Thank you deeply, my sweet friend. This card was such a joy to create. Definitely one of the funniest paper crafting projects I’ve worked on in recent years.
So true! While, by the time I started trick-or-treating in the late 1980s through to the very early 2000s (my last year of going door-to-door was when I was 16) most people had made the switch to storebought treats, I can remember receiving a few (delicious) homemade treats including some awesome marshmallow popcorn balls.
Candy and caramel apples are utterly delicious! 🍎 I often make a batch of one or both of them for All Hallows’ Eve, particularly pre-pandemic when we were hosting our annual Halloween night family parties. With any luck, come next year or 2023, it will be a lot safer to revive this beloved tradition (of the parties, I mean) again.
I hope that your Halloween was a blast and that your November is off to a lovely, not too bone-chillingly cold start (it’s actually sunny here today, which is a very welcome treat after 2 – 3 very rainy weeks).
Delicious card, love the look of that ice creamx
Thank you abundantly for your very kind words about this fun Halloween card, dear Emma. 🥰
Wouldn’t it be amazing if real ice cream came in designs this intricate? 🍦
Adorable ice cream Halloween card. I love how it is booth spooky and cute.
Thank you very much, dear Ivana. You are sweeter than ice cream itself. 🍦
This card was a joyful delight to make and is a general design that I could easily see carrying over to other holidays and special events as well. In particular, I’m envisioning it working splendidly for Valentine’s Day – likely in classic shades of red and pink – as well.
I really want to thank you as well for each and every one of your recent blog comments. Your time and support are both appreciated to no end. 💗
Huge hugs & the cheeriest of late fall time wishes,
Goodness! I didn’t scroll down far enough the last time I visited! I love this so much. It still sits on my desk! The Cherry Jack-o-lantern makes me smile every time I look at it!! I guess I think of candy corn when I think of food for Halloween but I don’t ever buy it. 🙂 I could really go for some of your hauntingly good ice cream even if it’s 31 F right now! Hugs!!
Thank you very much, my sweet-as-ice cream friend. It warms my heart immensely to know that you’ve been enjoying this festively fun Halloween greeting.
I’m so glad you shared that you’re a fellow die-hard ice cream fan, as I might never have gotten to inspiration to make an ice cream themed card for the spooky season, had you not.
The general design here could easily be adapted to other holidays, too, and I keep picturing a charming Valentine’s Day version with Feb. 14th papers in classic shades of red, white and pink.
I would love to savour some excellent ice cream right about now, too. For quite some time, I have eaten strictly low carb, but you can still make wonderfully tasty ice cream when eating keto/low carb (assuming one opts to include low carb sweeteners such as stevia and erythritol in their diet) and I might just have to whip some up for the coming winter holiday season. Yum-yum! 🎄🍦❤️
Big hugs & the happiest of wishes for a fantastic December!