Friday, October 26, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: A Halloween Craft {for varied skill levels}

Hello everyone! It's Tiffany here with a fun Halloween craft I designed for a girls' night crafting party that combines both traditional and electronic die cutting! If you have friends or children with varied skill levels, this is the project for you!

die cutting
To begin, die cut the Movers & Shapers In The Bag L Die.  After die cutting, position the bags on your eclips cutting mat. The main face of the die measure 3" x 4", so I positioned it at the 6" and 9" marks so that I could position my jack 'o lantern faces respectively.

Using eCAL, you can add any design your heart desires. I chose a jack 'o lantern face and centered them between the 6" and 9" marks. 

Once your eCAL designs have been cut, you can begin to embellish and assemble. You will need several distress inks, ink blending tool with foam applicators, transparency film/vellum, jewelry wire, jewelry making tools (or you can use scissors and a skewer), adhesive tape, mouse pad and thumb tack (for easy piercing), and bits and bobs to put into your bags!

I set-up the craft into two different skill levels: easy and a wee bit harder. For all methods, adhere the transparency film onto the inside of the bag so that it shows through the face. For the easy method, inexperienced party-goers can use the direct ink to paper technique. For the harder method, crafters can use an ink blending tool to blend several shades of ink onto the die-cut bag. Start with the light, then use the darker shades of ink.

 The easy method, uses the the direct ink to paper technique. For this method, just ink of the folded die directly with the ink pad. Run the ink pad across the sides, seams, and front for a distressed look.

To assemble the bag, simply add a strip of adhesive to the tab and fold along all score lines. Fold the tabs at the bottom in and your set. When in doubt, check the directions for the die!

After more ink distressing, your dies are ready for the cute little handle!

You don't need a fancy tool to pierce your paper. Simply use a mousepad and a thumb tack to pierce your holes safely.

Add your wire for the handle. I used about 6" of jewelry wire.

Curl the ends to prevent the handle from slipping out. Use can use the tool shown here or you can use a skewer.

I added candy and an electronic tealight to mine! Have fun with these and remember that you can use this In The Bag die for ANYTHING! You can cut any design into the bag to suit any occasion!

Here are the left-overs I had from my crafting party ready to be delivered as "Boo Treats"! Do you "Boo" people in your neighborhood?! You can find the poem here!

Thanks for stopping by,

cardstock: Neenah Kraft cardstock;
transparency:  Hambly Screen Prints- Chicken Coop transparency film
ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot
tools: jewelry wire cutter; jewelry wire bender; thumb tack; mouse pad
adhesive: Glue Arts High Tac 
other: jewelry wire; bits and bobs for the inside!

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  1. Girls, thanks for fine ideas. ))))))))))))

  2. Tiffany, this is such an adorable project! I always love your tutorials!


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