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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Halloween makes

Hello everyone, it's been a while.

Today I'm sharing with you some gift bags I made for Halloween. Here's the list of products I used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations On the Edge Die Graveyard;
Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder Haunted Halloween;
Papertrey Ink clear stamp set halloween treats & sweets and corresponding dies;
Halloween papers - also Papertrey Ink
Penny Black clear stamp set haunted halloween;
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks - dusty concord, black soot, shabby shutters, stormy sky
Ranger Stickles - Star Dust
Ranger Adirondack Lights - Snow Cap
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
VersaMagic Chalk Ink - Pumpkin

Other ingredients: glue, double sided tape, ribbons and tiny ric rac, metallic purple and silver inks, buttons, googly eyes, scissors, manual die cutting machine, black and grape pearlesecent cardstock, orange and black linen texture cardstock, white digital stamping cardstock, crop-o-dile


I made several bags of different sizes using black pearlescent cardstock.

Now to decorate them!

First, a bag with a spooky graveyard design on the front. I cut the graveyard strip using the On the Edge die and blended the various distress inks to give a spooky coloration to the gravestones. I stamped the ghost using archival ink and carefully cut it out, cut a circle of white card for the moon, stamped and cut out the black bat. I added a very light touch of silver metallic ink using my fingertip to represent moon shine. I also added some Stickles to the gravestones to give that shimmery effect that things get when it's a frosty night and the moon's shining on them. I stamped the wording Happy Haunting using Adirondack Lights Snow Cap onto black card and highlighted this with more Stickles. Once everything was positioned I fixed it all in place, cut some pearlescent grape coloured cardstock to matt the scene onto, and then fixed it onto the bag. I then punched holes at the top to thread ribbons through.

Next I die cut some bat parts and pumpkins, assembled the bat and then stamped faces on them. I hung these on the ribbons which I tied in knots on top. (The pumpkin has been hung on the back of the bag so it's not completely plain.)


My next two bags both feature a stamped image of a haunted house, which I stamped onto black card using Adirondack Lights Snow Cap and then coloured using coloured pencils while the ink was still wet, so the two kind of blended together a bit. I created a mask of the haunted house on white cardstock and cut out around it carefully, and placed it over each house so that I could then stamp the fencing so that it appeared to be behind the house. I added Stickles for that moonlit look again. I matted them at a skewed angle onto some halloween papers and fixed these onto the bags. I stamped the sentiments using pumpkin chalk ink on black cardstock and also stamped and coloured a pumpkin for the front to sit in the garden. One picture has a stamped and cut out bat and the other has stars stamped on it. I added the ribbons and tiny ric rac and hung a pumpkin from each.


This last design features the cuttlebug embossed folder of the haunted house. I inked the inside of the folder with purple metallic ink before putting it through my Big Shot. I die cut the spider legs and used a big button for the body along with two googly eyes sat on top. I stamped out the witch twice and carefully cut around her. I die cut and assembled two more bats. I fixed the embossed haunted house onto the bag and then put everything else in place sticking it all down once I was happy with it. I originally made two of these bags (the first three photos below) and they sold within minutes of arriving at the shop!!! So then I made two more to replace them and this time used a bright green button for the spider body on each instead of black! I added star shaped clear gems to the first two but didn't have enough for the second set! Guess what I'll be buying tomorrow!!!

The first version with black spider bodies

View of the back


On these bags I also created a hanging tag (behind the bat) with the wording "Trick or Treat" on it. On the first version of these bags, the wording "Happy Haunting" was stamped using pumpkin chalk ink on white card, cut out and dusted around the edges with dusty concord distress ink. In the second version I stamped the wording in Adirondack Lights Snow Cap onto black card and highlighted using Stickles.

The second versions, with green-bodied spiders!
OK, that's all from me for now. Hope you like my Halloween creations - which do you prefer? And as always, if you feel you'd like to leave a kind comment about my designs, then I'd love to hear from you.

Bye for now,
love from me xx