For our Designer Challenge this month we are making Halloween Cards and you'll be very impressed with the cards from the team. Since I made a rather elaborate Halloween card last month for the Signature Style challenge, I wanted to teach a more simple card this month.
Watch the video to learn how to make an easel card using the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements die set as an easel stop.
Here are a couple of photos of the finished card.
The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when closed and mails easily in an A2 envelope. I decorated my envelope with the same dies as used on the card.
I found the patterned paper in my stash - it's a Moxxie paper called "Midnight Dreary" from many years ago. Any patterned paper will work for this design, or it could be made with solid cardstocks or inked backgrounds.
Here are the supplies used for this card:
Get ready for some fun and spooky inspiration by the design team. Click on each team member's name to go to her blog and see more photos and supply lists.
Shelly Hickox has step-by-step instructions on her blog for how she made the amazing elements in this Katherine Label window card with a custom background and fun flying ghosts.
Kelly Booth created this delightfully wicked haunted house scene and I love all the boo-tiful details!
Karen Aicken went all out for this fabulous Katherine Label window card with a round window made into a ghost wreath! How clever!
Helen Cryer doesn't normally make Halloween cards but you wouldn't know it by seeing this fabulous Charm Accordion. I love how Helen combines patterns.
Summer Hills-Painter created a Katherine Label window card and decorated it fabulously for Halloween. As the label lifts, the ghosts fly and the graveyard is revealed. Love it!
Fran Sabad filled a flower pot with ghosts and it's fabulous! She incorporated the iron fence from the House & Fence die to the scene. Fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a delightful scene on her Halloween Charm Accordion. I love how she incorporated the "to you" die from Word Set 3 to create a "Boo! to you!" greeting. Clever!
Well I hope you feel inspired to make a few Halloween cards this year. Join us back here on November 8, 2017 for our next Designer Challenge, called "Gingerbread" - the team will be incorporating gingerbread elements into their projects. What fun!
EDITED TO ADD: Whoops! I completely forgot to include the information about last month's Secret Word Giveaway winner. Congratulations to Marty F. whose comment was chosen by random draw to win the Christmas Tree and Tree Pop-up die sets.
Amazing samples from the Design Team and so fun to see everyone's personal style. Love the tree pop-up and how you can make more than one style of tree with it! So glad to see you with these talented ladies again :-)
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Today is our monthly no-pressure just-for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros. The theme for this month is Halloween so I decided to make a 3-page Charm Accordion. I taught how to do this technique in a previous challenge HERE.
I found an older piece of striped Halloween paper in my stash and cut 6 paper pages to decorate both sides of the album. I trimmed out the center squares and used pinking shears along the edges of the paper. Normally the Charm Accordion uses a piece called the Charm Frame to glue between each of the pivoting squares, but for this assembly I decided instead to enlarge the size of the pivoting squares by turning them into labels. I attached the medium label from the Katherine Label pop-up to each of the pages. Each label had twine attached behind it so I was able to then tie the pages together to hinge them. The smaller label (green) is from the Gift Card Label set.
The decorations for each page came from the Halloween Elements set, along with the flourish that comes included with the Charm Accordion. I accented all the black pieces with Nuvo Crystal drops to make them shiny, taking care on the "Boo!" greeting to leave some areas of the cardstock exposed for a distressed look.
When folded up, the Charm Accordion is small and fun size - 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope.
Make sure you check out the other awesome Halloween makes by the Paper Pros. Here are some links:
Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day (so the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday) you'll find a compilation blog post here on my blog along with a new card and video tutorial from me.
This month, since it is our first challenge, I issued a challenge for the team to make cards of any theme in their Signature Style. You'll find photos of their cards and links to their blog posts below. For my card, I wanted to draw on my love of repurposing dies into new combinations. I also love making Halloween cards that are creepy. This card is a combination of two die sets - the Christmas Tree Pop-up (for the base and mechanism) and the Tree Pop-up (for the tree).
Watch the video tutorial for this card:
For the front of the card I used an older rubber stamp from my stash (I would love to know who made this stamp - could it be Twenty-Two?) that features a line from The Raven.
As the card opens, the tree starts to pop-up.
Borrowing the mechanism from the Christmas Tree Pop-up to make other things pop-up is a great technique for creating custom standing pop-ups. What else can you make pop-up this way?
For my spooky tree, I decorated with black birds from the Halloween Elements die set plus the spiderweb from the Halloween Scene die set. A metal spider charm hangs from the tree.
The greeting is a combination of a die cut word "Happy" with a stamped word Halloween, cut out with a Katherine label die and embellished with a bone.
Here are supply links for this card:
One of the things I mention in the video is how easily the Raven Tree Card can become an any season tree card by changing out the colors and styling. I put that challenge to the test and made this pretty version of the card in a Thank You theme.
Let's take a look at how the team interpreted the theme. If you click their names you will go to their individual blog posts, where you will find more photos and information about their cards, including supply lists.
Kelly Booth always incorporates beautiful colors into her cards. She also loves making her own backgrounds using inks and techniques. This Halloween card really shows off her style. It uses the floating floor die from the House & Fence die set plus the Halloween die sets.
Karen Aicken made this Snowman Twist Circle (minus snowman) beauty to show off her style, which often features patterned paper, shimmer and sparkle, and premade embellishments. Such unusual elegance in this Halloween card.
Fran Sabad loves to combine patterns and to color stamped images. She combined both those loves into this fun holiday card featuring the Sleigh Pop-up and a festive Riley the Moose stamp.
Frances Byrne loves owls and also loves to combine the perfect patterned papers with the perfect stamps to complete cards for any theme. This one uses the Katherine Label to animate the adorable owl stamp. I love how she also incorporated the Gift Card Label.
Shelly Hickox has such a way with steampunk, artsy and edgy cards. This Twist Panel card featuring elements from the Halloween die sets is the perfect example. Notice her use of the witch hats on the patterned paper people. Clever!
Helen Cryer has returned! Helen took some time off to become a volunteer firefighter (talk about multi-talented!) and is now able to add crafting and blogging back into the mix. What a debut! This darling House & Fence Pop-up is the perfect illustration of Helen's detailed and charming style.
Summer Hills-Painter loves making flowers and it shows with this beautiful Flower Pot pop-up card. I love the classy color scheme! She also shows how well the Gift Card Label can be used for greetings. So pretty!
Join us next month on October 4th, for our next challenge with a theme of "G-G-G-Ghost!" We'll be making Halloween cards.
It's time for our monthly no-stress, for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros group. This month's theme was set by Raquel Mason as Monochromatic.
I decided to create a Halloween Card using my two new die sets - Halloween Elements and Halloween Scene.
I started with a 4.25" x 11" strip of black cardstock and scored it at 2.75" and 5.5" from the top. I added a decorator panel of cardstock, colored with distress inks, and then cut the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements set into the center of the panel. This die is perfect for easel stops because the bottom edge is not cut by the die, leaving the option to hinge, cut or extend the arms.
For the labels I used the Katherine Label Pop-up, cutting the smaller of the two over the upper fold and then creating a black frame by nesting the two labels together. I backed the frame with a large label cut from vellum. The spiderwebs are glued to the back of the vellum.
For the front of the card, I added black bats to the area above the fold. The bat on the label and the spider were highlighted with black Nuvo drops.
To open the card, the top is folded and placed behind the creepy hands, creating an easel card for display. I added some spiderwebs and the word "Boo!" to the inside of the card.
First things first - congratulations to Barbara M. and Karen H. for each winning a Twist Circle die set in the last Designer Challenge. Their comments were chosen by random draw. If you want to have the chance to win free dies this month make sure you subscribe to my mailing list (blue button in the left sidebar) so you'll receive the newsletters with the instructions.
Our first Designer Challenge for October was set by me as a monochromatic challenge. I gave the team the choice of 7 colors to play the primary role in their creations - ROYGBIV - the seven colors of the rainbow. I chose Indigo for my monochromatic color scheme, and it seemed that a Halloween card would be perfect for that color scheme.
The technique I am teaching is how to use the Iron Fence die to double the fold inside a card allowing for two arching fences in the same card. This also allows for easy animation of a tree in the centerpiece to create a 3D pop-up tree. For the video tutorial, I chose to teach this technique in a more worldly and year-round theme - as a garden scene with a "thinking of you" theme. The indigo Halloween version is also shown in the video:
For the front of my garden card I used the Labels & Circles die set and then added the All Seasons Tree and one of the birds from the Iron Fence set. I'm a big fan of crediting my inspiration and Caz Counsell styled the birds with black beaks and legs on her recent Wednesday With post.
This card measures 5" x 6" when closed, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope (5x7 envelope) and mail for a single stamp without pop-dots or thick embellishments.
Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, it was Kelly Booth who first posted an idea for animating two Iron Fences in the same card when she posted her amazing Halloween card for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Kelly used the Anita Frames Pop-up to create a centerpiece and a double fold for two fences. This is another great option and we saw two more versions of the Anita/Double Fence technique in our last Designer Challenge: Inspired By.
For my technique, you don't use the Anita Frames to double the interior fold - you use a section of the Iron Fence. This also allows for a 3D tree to be used in the center as well.
The All Seasons Tree includes the die that cuts three small flowers at once. I doubled some thin white cardstock so I could cut 6 flowers at a time, giving me a ton of flowers with just a few passes through the machine. Each flower was tinted with Distress Inks and embellished with a glitter dot.
One of the things I mention in the video is why I like to use two sleeves to disguise the slider arm of the fence, but how it's important to make sure the inside end of the sleeve can rise up as the card is opened, to provide a smooth even arch to the fence.
Here are links to the products used in both versions of the Double Fence & Tree card:
Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:
Fran Sabad chose pink (or "light red" as we're calling it) for this beautiful Twist Circle Panel card in a birthday theme. She used the Labels & Circles set on the front of the card and embellished the panels with gifts and balloons using various accessory dies. Lovely!
Raquel Mason also chose Red for the challenge, making this steampunk-themed Katie Label Pivot Card. Raquel used gears from the Clock & Gears die along with the Gears stencil for this artsy creation.
Caz Counsell made this bright and beautiful birthday card using the Anita Frames pop-up. The Flower stencil works wonderfully with paste for the interior decor and I love the use of the Flower Pot flower/vine for the front of the card.
Shelly Hickox also chose orange for the challenge and made this beautiful fall card featuring the Twist Circle Panel card technique. I love her use of the Labels & Circles in the vertical position with the addition of the vines from the Flower Pot extending from the panels. She has a video of this card in action on her blog post.
Karen Aicken created this bright and sunny "Hi" card using the Twist Circle die set to make a panel card. I love the cheerfulness of this card, featuring Lucky the Rabbit and the Props 7 woven basket among others. Adorable!
Frances Byrne's green staggered Fancy Accordion is stunning. The combination of greens is beautiful and I love the use of the Sleigh as the lower embellishments. Everything about this card is beautiful!
Summer Hills-Painter chose blue for her color and made this fabulous baby boy card. The Anita Frames was a popular choice with the team this month precisely because it's so generic and works for any theme. Summer used the Baby stamps and charms to decorate this card and I love her custom plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil plus tape and glitter.
Sandy Diller also used blue for her challenge card and made this happy Happy Birthday pop-up card. I love how she used candles to give the Happy Birthday pop-up the look of a cake. She also edged the card with the Agatha Edges and mixed in the Paris Edges for a great layered look. Fabulous!
Kelly Booth wanted to make a custom card for a friend's wedding and the ROYGBIV challenge provided the perfect color scheme. I love how she used the Petite Flourish stencil for the patterns and then adapted the Wedding Charms for a Mr. & Mr. card. Great idea to adapt the rings for the couple as well.
What a fun challenge! I love that there was so much variety to the monochromatic makes. Join us back here in two weeks on October 25, 2016 for our second Designer Challenge. The theme was set by Summer Hills-Painter and is "Boys will be Boys" - it's the masculine challenge. We'll all be making cards for the men (and boys) in our lives.
Great news! The Halloween Scene and Halloween Charms dies have come back into stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs!
In honor of the return of the popular Halloween Scene die set, Elizabeth Craft Designs is offering a limited quantity of "Buy it All" bundles featuring the four products used in the Twist Circle Spiders Card.
Howdy crafters! Today I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog scaring up a fun way to use the Rectangle Pull Card for a peek-a-BOO! Halloween card.
The Rectangle Pull Card is a versatile, generic, interactive die made even more interactive by using the included Spinner die. For today’s card I’ll use the Spinner as a way to suspend the new 3D Ghost charm inside the card when open. When closed, the ghost will “peek” through a window. Let’s first look at the five steps to creating the window card:
Cut a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of heavy black cardstock and score in the center for folding. Add two 4″ x 5.25″ panels of spooky patterned paper inside the card. Line up the Rectangle Pull Card over the fold of the card using the alignment nubs. Add in the small rectangle die to die cut a window at the same time. Z-fold the card in the usual manner.
Use the large rectangle decorator die included in the set to die cut a rectangle of a contrasting patterned paper. Use a temporary adhesive to hold the rectangle in place on the front of the card.
Open the card and trace the window opening onto the back of the decorator rectangle.
Remove the large rectangle and line up the small window die over the pencil lines to die cut the window in the correct location.
Adhere the windowed panel into place on the front of the card.
Now that the card base is complete, it’s time to cut and assemble the 3D Ghost charm:
Die cut the ghosts from white cardstock. The die will cut (1) notched ghost, (1) notch/slot ghost, and (1) slot ghost with hang hole.
Slide the bottom of the notch/slot ghost through the slot in the hang hole ghost until the notch is in the slot at the bottom.
Depending on the weight of the cardstock, you should be able to just bend and pull the top of the ghost until the top notch is also through the slot. If this is too difficult, fold down the cardstock next to the notch to slide the ghost easily into the slot and then unfold.
Collapse the 2-ghost set flat so both slots are lined up over the top of each other. Slide the notched ghost through both slots until the notch is in the slots at the bottom. For this ghost, you will definitely have to fold down the cardstock next to the notch at the top to slide it through the slot.
Unfold the cardstock to lock all three ghosts together. The charm is now assembled and ready for hanging in the card.
The Rectangle Pull Card comes with a Spinner die. It’s very easy to install anywhere along the fold of the card. I installed it near the top, first punching a hole in the center for the chain. I managed to find a ball chain in my stash that was the perfect size to shove through the hang hole in the ghost without needing any additional securing. A thinner ball chain could be used as a loop instead of a chain. Or the ghost could be hung with fishing line or twine. I thought the chain was fitting for a ghost! I also used the included postage frame die to frame the windows with black cardstock. If you’re new to the Rectangle Pull Card or need a refresher, scroll to 6:50 in this introductory video: Rectangle Pull Card
I cut two Iron Fences from black cardstock to decorate the card. For the piece on the front of the card I added a stamped 31 oval. I stamped it in watermark ink onto a textured black cardstock and covered it with white embossing powder. The powder didn’t completely cover the cardstock’s texture, which gave a great look. I was inspired to try a white-over-black embossed 31 by Shelly Hickox’s last Designer Challenge Card.
The Iron Fence die set comes with two bird dies, both of which I used as blackbirds with Glitter Dot eyes, perched on the fence. I love how the ghost ends up peeking through the window in the closed/collapsed position, and then expands and hangs in the card as it is opened:
For a greeting I stamped “Spooky Halloween greetings” onto white cardstock with watermark ink and embossed with white powder. Then I used some gray ink to sponge over the greeting turning the background gray. I cut out the greeting with a stitched circle die from the Labels & Circles set and added black dots over the “eyes” in Spooky.
The finished card measures 5.5″ square in the closed position and can be mailed in a 6×6 envelope for extra postage.
Hopefully you are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges as much as we are. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
The theme for this challenge was set by me as "Halloween! - Cute or Creepy - you decide!" and I also instructed the team to use products from the new Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
For my card and video I wanted to teach a very fun adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop-up die. With the very simple addition of two cardstock "arms" extending from both sides of the Twist Circle platform, it is transformed into a different type of pop-up. Even if you're not much into Halloween (or you're in a country where it isn't celebrated) I invite you to watch the video anyway just to learn the technique. Swap out the webs for other shapes and it becomes a completely generic pop-up and an excellent way to get multiple effects with the Twist Circle die set.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded. This means it can mail in an A7 envelope (5x7) for no additional postage. As the card opens the double twist sculpture starts to raise up.
I am a big fan of keeping my Designer Challenge videos under 20 minutes, which sometimes means I can't show every single decoration on the video. For the small spiders on the sculpture I used the Halloween Scene spider and cut them from black Shimmer Sheetz. For the one on the left side of the lower web I strung black thread from the spider to the upper web.
Midnight the Bat makes an excellent spider, don't you think? It was easy to transform him with just a few snips of the scissors and some extra legs cut from additional bats. Watch the video to see this transformation.
I'm not sure if my card counts as "cute" or "creepy" - maybe both? In any case, it's a fun technique and I can't wait to see the adaptations by the team and fellow pop-up enthusiasts! Make sure you post your creations in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group, where the gang is very friendly and welcoming and always leaves nice praise for every card.
Ready to make your own double web Twist Circle spiders card? Here are the links to the products used in the video. Out of stock items are expected back by September 18th. Other local and online retailers may have the Pop it Ups items in stock now.
OK, OK, I know. Every single challenge I boast on the amazing abilities of the DC team, but this time there can be no debate. It will certainly go down as one of the most epic Designer Challenges of all time - you will not find a single project that is not over-the-top incredible in the team's offerings.
Fran Sabad starts us off with an absolutely darling trick-or-treat scene featuring the Halloween Charms and the Twist Circle die set. I love how she used the 3D ghost charm as an embellishment and added little hand cut trick-or-treat bags. Adorable!
Raquel Mason decided to make a Halloween decor piece. I love her use of all the Halloween items to create this marvelous scene. Notice the pen detailing on the tombstones - a great touch! Love the crow sitting in the spooky tree, too. Amazing!
Jake Mason, Raquel's nearly-10-year-old son, decided to make his own version of the Halloween decor piece his mother created. I love his extra bits, like adding a second tree, pumpkins on the front and the bright orange spider web. Nice to know that we have a new generation of crafters ready to step in! Well done, Jake!
Caz Counsell made this absolutely delightful and clever Halloween Cake card. I love that Poppy the Witch/Chef is holding a piece of the "eye of newt" cake on the front of the card, and then you see the tiered concoction (complete with frog legs sticking out the top) when the card is opened. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken has beautiful penmanship and put it to great work on the front of her spooky pop-up cauldron card. Karen used the Lucy Label for the pop-up and decorated with Hoppy the Frog Witch and items from the Halloween Scene die set. Converting a coffee cup into a cauldron is so clever!
Sandy Diller also had a witch's brew in mind for her cauldron card, which is a clever shortening of the Bathtub Pop Stand die set. Also clever is Sandy's use of Cocoa the Horse's mane as flames under the brew. Also notice her clever styling of the iron fence to add a gate. Terrific!
Kelly Booth has an amazing way with color. I just love the glowing effect she achieved on this card's front scene, and then open the card to find a Flower Pot filled with a ghostly Poppy the Witch Owl and more ghoulish delights. Kelly was particularly clever with her use of the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull card to animate the jack-o-lantern next to the pot.
Shelly Hickox made a delightfully wicked version of the Cascading Tag Card. I love how she mixed cool papers, tapes, dies and stamps for this layered creation. The stamped and embossed 31 plaque looks just like enamel! Another Shellypiece!
Frances Byrne shows yet a third way to make a witch's cauldron using Pop it Ups die sets - she used the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creepy stew. Witches are apparently very clumsy, as they keep falling into their own brews headfirst! What an amazing mixture of elements for this fabulous card.
Summer Hills-Painter blew everyone away with this amazing array of Halloween decor items. From the amazing Haunted House (made from the Holiday House die) to the transformed Characters to the party bags, straw decor and more - this is one party that you don't want to miss! Click to her blog post to see close-ups of all the items.
Pretty amazing stuff, huh? Hopefully you feel inspired to make a few cute/creepy ghoulish delights of your own this Halloween season. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on September 27th when we take on Caz Counsell's challenge to "be inspired" - an all-time favorite challenge of the team where we are inspired by each other.
I'll be teaching a 2-hour, 2-card Pop it Ups class at Croppin' Bug on Saturday, September 17. 2016. The video shows the cards in action.
In addition to the two pop-up cards, students will make a bonus Halloween Tag featuring the new Bats Stencil, Halloween Clear Stamps and Midnight the Bat.
I'd love to see you there, Houston-area crafters!
In other news, the winner of the August "Girly or Ghouly" Designer Challenge giveaway has been chosen. Congratulation to Petra! Her comment:
Wow, just wow. I am speechless. going to be watching the You Tube videos a few times and then will get my order in. Love the new products
was chosen by random draw to win her choice of the Twist Circle Pop-up die, plus a "girly" die or a "ghouly" die.
As it turns out, the Twist Circle (and several other new dies, sorry!) is out of stock until the 18th, so I gave Petra the choice of any two Pop it Ups dies for a prize. She chose Whiskers the Cat and the Halloween Scene.
If you'd like to know about future giveaways, sign up for my mailing list. I generally only send one e-mail a month, but now that we're doing two Designer Challenges, I am going to attempt to send two per month. The list is maintained by Constant Contact and you can unsubscribe at any time, so give it a try! You may just win the next giveaway!
A great option for the new Anita Frames Pop-up die is to use the included decorator label dies to cut windows from the pop-up labels and hang charms in the openings. Here's a Halloween card using this technique. (See this post for a Christmas version)
For the front of the card I used the new Candy Corn Layering Stencil to make a border and then added a stamped greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps, cut out with the dies included in the Anita Frames set, and then added the jack-o-lantern charm from the Halloween Charms.
Speaking of the Halloween Charms, you can see the dies that come included in the set at the bottom of the packaging. The three ghosts that combine to make the 3D ghost are all on the same die, making it quick, easy, and paper-saving to construct the ghost. For the jack-o-lantern charm, there is a solid pumpkin die (cut from black) and a face overlay die (cut from orange), plus a die to cut the stem and vine (green). For solid pumpkins, perfect for harvest themes, simply eliminate the face overlay and cut the pumpkin charm from orange cardstock.
For today's card I used jump rings to hang the charms in the openings of the pop-up. I further embellished with spiders and webs from the Halloween Scene die set and the "31" stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps, which can be cut out perfectly by the oval die that comes included in the Anita Frames set.
Learn how to use this pop-up die set and the layering stencil in these two instructional videos:
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