A friend of mine, Liz, shared a picture on Facebook of some cookies that she had made for the cub scout troop Halloween party.

Liz's Halloween Cookies

Her skull cookies made me think of the sugar skulls that are made for Dia de los Muertos.

Not a scary holiday!  It’s a holiday to remember our ancestors:

“Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”  from National Geographic

I love that idea!

And, I think the sugar skulls are fun.

Here’s my take on the sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos using Howl-O-Ween Treat.

Howl-O-Ween Treat for Dia de los Muertos from theartfulinker.com

Starting with a Tempting Turquoise card base, I added a layer of Schoolhouse designer paper.  The images associated with this holiday are bright.

I used my white gel pen to add a dots around the edges of each of the circles that show along the edge of the designer paper.

Next for the Whisper White layer, I added the background image from You’ve Got This.  It was inked with Tempting Turquoise and stamped off first.  Then I used my aqua painter and a little water to soften the image a little.

Howl-O-Ween Treat for Dia de los Muertos card detail from theartfulinker.com

After inking and cutting out the skulls from Howl-O-Ween Treat, I added some extra details.  The additional stamped images are from Endless Thanks and Tin of Cards.  Then, using my Stampin’ Write markers I added dots.  Finally, each of my skulls needed a chin.  It’s a 3/4″ square with semi-rounded corners.

It’s a little something different — thanks Liz for the cookie inspiration.

And a fun idea for remembering our ancestors.

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