BUFFALO CHECK INSPIRED HALLOWEEN CARD

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Halloween is almost here! These cute buffalo check inspired Halloween cards are perfect to add to your candy gifts, to attach to your student treat bags, send some happy mail or framed as a decoration in your home. I’ve seen SO many things with this buffalo check pattern on it, I thought it would be fun to try and recreate it as a background for my lettering.

For this project you’ll need the following materials: A piece of Mixed Media paper cut down to greeting card size (or if it’s for a print 5x7”) I cut mine to 5.5” long and 4” tall. You’ll also need the following Tombow pens: Dual Brush Pens N15, N65, N75, 676 and 946, and the Mono Drawing Pen 01.

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STEP 1 - create horizontal and vertical lines

The lines you will create in this step will use the lightest color. At the top of your card, use N75 and drag it across from left to right, applying as much pressure as you can using the entire SIDE of the pen (not the tip). Try to keep the pressure the same all the way across so the line has the same thickness. Make sure to cover the entire width of the paper. Work your way down from the top until you reach the bottom.

 Push down on the side of the pen to create your lines.

Push down on the side of the pen to create your lines.

 Start at the top, the work your way down going from left to right covering the whole width of the paper, equally spaced.

Start at the top, the work your way down going from left to right covering the whole width of the paper, equally spaced.

Next, turn your paper so it’s length wise. Starting from the top of the paper, use the same pen N75 to create lines running across the lines you just created. Go from left to right applying full pressure. Try to keep them the same width as the lines you created before. The idea is to have the same size white squares all throughout the card. Work your way from the top to the bottom. If your lines aren’t straight, that’s ok. Mine aren’t either, but it kind of adds to the spookiness of the card.

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STEP 2 - Color in the squares

Using N65, color in the squares that are created when your lines intersect.

 Color in each square where the lines intersect.

Color in each square where the lines intersect.

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STEP 3 - add lettering

Using the bullet tip of N15, letter out Trick or Treat. Then use Faux Calligraphy to add more depth to your letters. Faux Calligraphy simply means just adding another line to all your down strokes to give the appearance of using a brush pen.

 Use the bullet tip of N15 and letter out Trick or Treat

Use the bullet tip of N15 and letter out Trick or Treat

 Add Faux Calligraphy to your letters

Add Faux Calligraphy to your letters

tombow, hand lettering, halloween card
tombow, hand lettering, halloween card
tombow, hand lettering, halloween card

STEP 4 - add colored shadows and doodles

Using the bullet tips of 676 and 946, add colored shadows to your letters. I chose Orange for the word Trick and Purple for the word Treat, they are fun Halloween colors!

 Add orange shadow to trick…

Add orange shadow to trick…

 Then add purple to treat.

Then add purple to treat.

Next add some fun Halloween doodles anywhere on your card. I doodled 2 spider webs, a spider and a bat.

 Add a fun spider!

Add a fun spider!

 And a bat!

And a bat!

 You’re done!

You’re done!

There you have it! Your buffalo check Halloween card is complete! You can create buffalo check inspired cards for other occasions too, like Christmas or Birthdays! Have fun creating!

If you try this project don’t forget to tag me on social media so I can follow along!

Till next time,
Mandy