Since October is just a few short days away, I’ve been turning my thoughts towards my favorite annual fall event…. my Haunted Halloween House Tour. Each year I so look forward to October, and to what’s become a cherished tradition with my closest besties. I’ve been slowly spooking things up around my house, and it is looking good, my friends. Can’t wait to share the tour with all of you, and can’t wait to beat the girls and take home the Haunted Halloween House championship once again. They don’t think it’s a competition, but puhhhlease…… you and I know better than that! (Wink)
The day of my Halloween house tour includes a luncheon, and I always like to create a little take-home Halloween party favor for the girls to remember the day. This year, I’ve made them some shabby sweet ornaments using recycled cardboard and my favorite new embossing folders and dies from Tim Holtz.
These silly grinning pumpkin ornies are so fun, and are super quick and easy to make, even if you make them in bulk. I’ve got the full tutorial to share with you, in case you’d like to make your own. So let’s take a closer look.
To begin, cut a 4×5 piece of black Whitewash Core’dinations cardstock, and emboss it with the new Cobwebs Texture Fades Embossing Folder. This paper is coated with a white finish, but the core is black, and creates a neat look when embossed. To emboss, open your Multipurpose Platform to tab 1, and use this embossing sandwich: Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, Texture Fades folder with paper inside, Standard Cutting Pad.
Sand the raised embossed pattern with a sanding tool to expose the black core, and then ink the panels in a few spots with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress inks using a mini Ink Blending Tool. Working in a protected area, spritz the paper with Tangelo Fireworks spray ink, and then allow the paper to dry.
Cut apart an old shipping box and trim 4.5″ x 5.5″ panels for the base of the ornaments. Peel off the top layer of the cardboard to reveal the corrugation beneath, and then ink the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress ink. Put a small amount of adhesive on the center of the back side of the embossed cardstock, and adhere it to the cardboard. Machine stitch around the edges.
Next, die cut the largest grinning pumpkin from watercolor paper using the new Jack-o-Lantern Bigz die.
Dab Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks onto your craft sheet and spritz them liberally with water. Press the front of the pumpkin die cuts into the ink mixture, and twist them slightly with your fingers, making sure all the surface gets covered in ink. Set your pumpkin aside to dry and repeat the process with all remaining pieces. I even inked the negative pieces from the jack-o-lantern face, and set them aside for another project.
Ink the edges of the pumpkins with brown Distress ink, and color in the stem with a Gathered Twigs Distress marker. Dab the tip of a paintbrush into some Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and paint the medium onto a few areas of the pumpkins. I went around the tops, one area on the side, and a little bit around the nose and eyes. Sprinkle Distress glitter onto the Medium, and tap off the excess. Allow to dry.
Place foam tape onto the backside of the jack-o-lanterns, and adhere them to some black Distress cardstock. Trim around the pumpkins as needed to remove any excess cardstock from the edges. Adhere pumpkins to the base of the ornament. Tuck a pair of paper leaves around the stem. I used some premade paper leaves from Petaloo for mine.
Now die cut sentiment banners from watercolor paper using the Tattered Banners Decorative Strip die. For die cutting with Decorative Strip dies you will need the Extended Spacer Platform, followed by a Decorative Strip Cutting Pad, the die (cutting side up), paper, Decorative Strip Cutting Pad.
Ink the banners with brown and gray Distress inks, and stamp a sentiment in black ink. Bend the banners at the ends to create some dimension, and then adhere the banners to the top of the ornaments.
Punch holes in the top corners of the ornament, and thread with thick black twine. And that’s all there is to it!
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you are interested in any of the products I’ve used today, they are listed and linked below.
Happy Monday everyone!
Use discount code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at Sizzix.com. (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).
Paper Sweeties Spooky Wishes stamp set
Sorry, the Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock Whitewash collection seems to be no longer available, but this Black Magic collection would be a good alternative.