15 October 2013

A Little [not so] Spooky Halloween Decor

Hi Folks! I hope you're having a wonderful week. It's been way too long since my last post, but in the past month my family has moved, I went to Handmade U in Omaha, my husband has been out of the country twice, and our lives in general have been a little more insane than usual. Nevertheless, I finally finished unpacking and downsizing my craft studio just in time to design a little Halloween Decor for this month's Rose Blossom Garden Challenge.

Here's what I came up with:

It all started with Close To My Heart's Bracket Frame, which I painted black and covered with Spellbound papers. (Sadly, this paper pack is no longer available.) The images (with the exception of the embellishment on the bottom left) are cut at 9 inches using the Artbooking cartridge. Let's take a look at some close ups:

This scary kitty was cut at 2 1/4 inches from Slate cardstock. The stamp is from the Eek & Shreek stamp set, as is the background of her hat, which I cut free hand. Both are stamped in Black Exclusive Ink, and accented with purple, lime green, and diamond stickles. The bats are cut from Black and Sunset cardstocks and edged with purple and diamond stickles. The Sunset bat and the cat's hat (how's that for some rhyming) are popped up with dimensional adhesive.

The moon is cut from Sunset cardstock and then mounted on Black Glitter Paper for some extra zing. I wanted to give the haunted house a little spooky glow, so I mounted the house (cut from Black cardstock) onto Green Glitter Paper and then fussy cut around it with my craft knife.

I cut "Spooky" and "Halloween" from both Sunset and Black cardstocks and then offset the Sunset on the Black for a shadowed effect. (When you do this with words, make sure that both layers are the same size.) The fence is cut from Slate cardstock. I inked around the edges and grunged it up a bit with Black Exclusive Ink.

To create this final embellishment, I punched out a scalloped circle from the Green Glitter Paper using CTMH's retired 2-inch punch. (You could easily do this with the Cricut, but I'm not a big fan of glitter on my mat.) I then attached strips of black tulle and organge ribbon from my stash to make it a little larger. I cut an additional scalloped circle from some scrap cardstock and attached it over the ends of the ribbon in the back to secure them. The headstone is cut at 2 inches using Black and Slate cardstocks and the Artiste cartridge. I inked them up with Black Exclusive Ink and added some purple stickles to tie it all together. The sentiment is from the Eek & Shreek stamp set, and is stamped in Black Exclusive Ink on Slate cardstock

Here's another look at the entire project:

I hope you enjoyed this (not so) Spooky Halloween. I look forward to seeing your creations over in the Rose Blossom Garden

By the way, stay tuned for the Kraft-y Hearts Blog share later this week. We'll be switching gears and having a little Christmas in October.


  1. wonderful project, Kim! Great way to showcase Artbooking!
    :) Marie

  2. This is amazing my friend! Love the close-ups with the glitter.

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