Apothecary labels are popular for Halloween, and this year I wanted to make my own for a patterned-paper design.
Out of the six Halloween-themed designs I’ve created, I had the most fun making the apothecary labels. There’s something about concocting strange names and ingredients … (insert witch’s cackle).
When I found a stamp set with images of old-time apothecary bottles, my card idea was in place. I used my patterned paper as a background and cut out a few labels to use on the bottles. Though I gave the design a bit of distressing in Adobe Illustrator, I took it a step further on my cut-out labels by stamping on them with a metallic-beige ink for a long-past-expiration-date look.
Here’s how to make it:
Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of deep-red textured cardstock (such as Coredinations canvas texture cardstock in merry). Cut a piece of textured cardstock featuring apothecary labels (I designed my own) to 4 1/2 inches square. Attach black photo corners to this piece, and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front.
Stamp three different images of apothecary bottles (such as from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe bottles collection by Graphic 45 and Hampton Art) in black ink (I used Versafine in onyx black) onto champagne metallic cardstock (I used Coredinations Cardmaker Series Pearls in silver pearl).
Draw an outline in pencil around each bottle, and cut them out.
Cut out three apothecary labels from a leftover piece of the patterned paper. Distress each piece with metallic-beige ink (such as amber satin from the ColorBox Petal Point Brocade collection).
Adhere the labels to the bottles, and adhere the bottles to the patterned paper, 3/4 of an inch from the bottom of the card and across the paper from edge to edge.
Using a computer program, type “eat, drink and be scary” in white type (I used Chiller, 20 pt., bold) on a 5-by-1/2-inch black box, with the type placed 3/4 of an inch from the right edge. Print it out on white textured cardstock, and cut it out.
Affix a metal button that features an image of a skull and crossbones (mine’s by JHB) between the type and right edge of this piece. Using dimensional adhesive, adhere this piece to the card’s front, about 1/2 an inch from the bottom.