Usually by this point in time, halfway through September, I have at least a little bit of my Halloween House decorated, if not the whole thing. This year I haven’t even started. Hope that doesn’t mean that I’m already behind for the year, as that would not be a good way to kick off the very important and very busy upcoming holiday season. You all know how seriously I take my holiday decorating! My friend, Paige, has already declared that she is going to beat me this year at our Annual Halloween Haunted House Tour! I need to step up my game, friends.. that championship title belongs to me!
Fortunately, I have been working on some Halloween projects behind the scenes, and today I am excited to share the first of them with you. A fun little Halloween number I made for the Sizzix blog using recycled packaging material and the new Thinlits Trick or Treat Die Set.
Aren’t those die cuts fabulous? They are soooo intricate and detailed, they make my project look quite fancy and well…complicated. But in truth, this was a very simple project to make, and I LOVE that. It’s just a base of recycled corrugated cardboard, painted black. The orange background is actually the front half of a Square Window Card Base die cut. How easy is that? I simply cut off the back of the card and layered the front onto black paper with foam dots for a bit of dimension. That cute paper is from last year’s Authentique Halloween collection, called Enchanted. I swiped everything with black paint for a spooky, shabby finish.
The main Trick or Treat panel was die cut from a sheet of Therm O Web iCraft Adhesive. Once the piece was cut, I peeled back the top protective coat and gave the cut a good dosing with silver glitter. Looks fancy, but is super easy, and I love the combo of sparkle and grunge. I die cut the image one more time with the black paper and trimmed out just the bat. Edged him with more black paint and adhered the body on top of the underlying one. The wings float loose and can be pulled up for even more dimension. A few spiderweb borders painted black and tucked at top and bottom and a simple ribbon tie finish things off. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.
With this little cutie in my Halloween arsenal, how can Paige possible win?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Tomorrow, the little Missy and I are heading into the big city, Raleigh, for the SPARKcon annual street chalk festival, one of our most favorite fall activities. It’s going to be a great weekend! Hope it is for all of you, too!