Friday, November 2, 2018

Day of the Dead / Dia de Los Muertos / Dia dos Mortos with Vera Lane Studio

Hello everyone and Happy Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos (Spanish) or Dia dos Mortos (Portuguese) - depending on where you live or what language you speak.  I love this holiday and I love the idea of a special day to remember and celebrate those that have passed before us. 

Most people consider this a Mexican holiday but it is celebrated in many other parts of the world.  In the states it's called All Souls Day but parts of the USA in the Midwest and south also celebrate Day of the Dead because of the Mexican influence. 

Here in Brasil it's a 
public holiday, also called Finados, and is similar to other Day of the Dead celebrations.  Many people go to cemeteries and churches with flowers and candles and offer prayers. The celebration is intended to honor the dead. Memorializing the dead draws from indigenous, African and European Catholic origins.

There is a lot to learn about the Day of the Dead and, if you are interested, you can click on THIS LINK that will take you to a great Wikipedia page that explains it all in detail.  

I wanted to make something easy and colorful for this day and I made a card front to put up on the wall.  I started by printing two of these Sombrero Skulls (Vera Lane Studio on Etsy) on to white cardstock and coloring them with my Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers (my fav).

I cut a piece of black cardstock, 4 7/8" x 6 7/8", and embossed it with the Shady Allure Embossing Folder (Spellbinders/E3D-019/Retired).  

Then I adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back and then adhered this to a piece of purple cardstock, 5" x 7".  I also fussy cut the two skulls and adhered them to the black cardstock with pop dots.

I didn't want to use a typical Day of the Dead quote, and I decided to use one of the Quote Chips from Tim Holtz - Live In The Moment - for the card front.  This way, every time someone looks at it, they get a  quiet reminder. LOL

And the final thing I did was to add some Stickles (Ranger) to various parts of the hat and face to add some shimmer.  

And here is the final piece after everything dried.  I think this is going to go on a shelf or the wall.  I love the black embossed background and I really love the bright skulls popping off of it. 

I'd love to know what you think!!  Leave me a comment below and, also, tell me if where you live celebrates this holiday and how you guys do it.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 



  1. Absolutely beautiful card!! Great info as well!

  2. Love your card, Michael - great colouring, fabulous embossed background and, as you say, the black background really makes the images pop. We don't really celebrate Day of the Dead in the UK as such, but some cities now have events - The Festival of the Dead in Manchester is a contemporary event infusing elements of carnival, circus, theatre and partying. It sadly doesn't have the 'religious' element, but It sounds fabulous. I love the idea of honouring those that have passed. x

  3. Your card is gorgeous.such a sweet image, I love the soft colours and beautiful detailing.