Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Die cutting paper: Fun Halloween decor!

I can't believe October is here already! The weather should be cooling off soon and the leaves should start turning colors. It's all a signs that Halloween is right around the corner. Last week I received some amazing dies from Sizzix! This little Sizzlit was among the box. Super cute don't you think? And so many possibilities! I couldn't wait to start die cutting with it!

I decided to make a little piece to display in my home for the holidays.

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Die cut using the Halloween Shadows Sizzlit die and Kraft 'core strips in Black and Orange. After die cutting, sand the pieces carefully to reveal the core. I used the back side of the Kraft'core for the fence.

Outline the words "Trick or Treat" and the little pumpkin with a Black Soot Distress Marker. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending tool if desired.

For the box I started with some pieces from a Configurations Box. A 3" x 3" square and two rectangles that are 2" x 3". To cover the insides of the little boxes, cut 1 piece 5 5/8" x 5 5/8" and two pieces 4 5/8" x 5 5/8". Now score around the edges 1 1/2" in from all four sides. Cut the corners out using the score lines as your guide. Glue the pieces to the inside of the boxes.

I wrapped tissue tape around the outside of the boxes to hold them together.

To cover the outside of the boxes with paper, cut two pieces each 1 1/2" x 6 3/4", two pieces 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" and one piece 2 3/4" x 6 3/4". Now tissue tape all the edges.

Add a little Pitch Black Dabber paint by dry brushing the paint to the edges.

Using an Ink Blending Tool and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink add some color to the outside of the box including the Tissue tape.

To make the little feet for the boxes to sit on paint the small rectangular Facets with Black Dabber paint and let the dry. Adhere them to the bottom of the boxes.

Now we are ready to decorate the box. Use a glue gun to adhere the die cut elements in place. The fence has a little break in it to make it look like a gate. Cut a 1" circle for the moon and pop dot in the sky. 

Add some spider webs and a little moss to create some texture. To add a light feature, I used two little battery operated tea lights to create a glow behind the children.

I can't wait to use this Halloween Shadows Sizzlit die to make some more Halloween FUN! I know it will be a favorite of mine.

Hope you all have a creative weekend! 


die cutting supplies

Surface: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration box parts

Pattern Paper: Authentique Enchanted Halloween collection

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Rusty Hinge, Black soot
Paint: Ranger Ink Adirondack Dabber Paint-Pitch Black, 
Marker: Tim Holtz Distress Marker-Black Shot
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue tape, Facets

Tools: Ranger Ink Blending Tool with foam; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Grip

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  1. This is so cool Richele! Love all the little pieces you used and the awesome scene you built.

  2. Love the project! (Love that strip die too - I need it!)

  3. Awesome project using one die and just a few supplies. Love it! Marlene

  4. Love what you've done with this die!! It's one of my faves too. Very cool piece!

  5. Wow! What a GREAT die! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! Your project is SUPER!

  6. Okay this is seriously AWESOME! I love it! What a cool decoration for Halloween!

  7. This is one brilliant project. I want to do one now!! The little people also remind me of the elves in The Santa Clause Movie!!

  8. What a cute idea! Those little sizzlit dies are great and would look good on layouts as well as cards. Thanks for some fun ideas.

  9. Richele this is awesome...the tea light candles take it over the top. Just brilliant.


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