One of the best parts of my recent teaching experience at Creative Escape was the opportunity to hang out with the other instructors, some of whom I had not met prior to the event. I feel like I have a new friend in Janet Hopkins, and I happened to see one of her tweets this morning about a Halloween art print for sale on her blog.
The print, which is amazing, (and a steal at only $1.99) will be framed and hanging in my house for Halloween. I also asked Janet if I could use the print on a project and she said yes! So I printed five smaller ones to create a spooky twist cube for today's Spooky September offering.
Other supplies: Pewter Luminarte paint (on spider), Glossy Accents (on spider), Creative Impressions orange stitched ribbon (as cube pull), Staz-on black ink, Stampin' Up! orange ink
General Craft store items (source unknown): trim, chain, charms, clear cording, transparency, magnetic closure, beads
- Cut a 6x12 strip of Bazzill black cardstock and score it for folding at 7". Cut two 6x7 rectangles of black cardstock and sandwich the 5" section of the card between them, creating a 6x7 card with a triple-layer back.
- Use the second-largest Rounded Tag Framelit to die cut a tombstone-shaped window in the front of the card, located toward the right side. Use the largest and second-largest Framelits to create two thin black frames. Sandwich a piece of transparency between the hole and one of the frames on the front of the card. Add the other frame inside the card. Stamp the edges of the transparency with the web stamp in Staz-on ink.
- Print five 4x6 versions of the Janet Hopkins Halloween Art Print on glossy photo paper. Die cut the prints using the Twist Cube die, by following the picture and/or video instructions, both of which can be found on the product page. (Click the picture of the twist cube in the supply list to go to the product page) Assemble the cube in the normal fashion, using cardstock for the bottom square of the cube, which won't be seen.
- Die cut the largest Scalloped Square Framelit from black cardstock. Also die cut four 1.5" scalloped squares from black cardstock, using the Framelits. Use the Square Framelit set to die cut four photos to fit the scalloped squares. Layer the photos over the black scalloped squares and attach one to each side of the cube, avoiding the folds and letting the right edge hang off the edge of the cube. (There should be no adhesive behind the hanging sections!)
- Attach the finished cube through the large black scalloped frame using a brad so the cube will spin. Add a 6x6 piece of Phantom paper inside the card and then adhere the finished cube/scalloped square, located so the cube is visible through the window. Add some charms on chains to the top of the cube, attached to the ribbon.
- Add a strip of Phantom paper to the front of the card, next to the window.
- Create the beaded magnetic closure by first stringing the magnetic closure onto two lengths of clear cording. Push both ends of the cording through two decorative beads and then secure the ends down to the back of the card and to the front in a location that will later be covered by the calendar.
- To finish the front of the card, ink the edges of the calendar journaling spot and highlight October 31 with orange ink and glossy accents. Stamp the web in the upper right corner. Pierce through the top of the calendar with the decorative pin accent. Attach the finished calendar to the card, covering the end of the closure.
- To finish the inside of the card, add decorative trim to the left edge and a journaling spot from the Meadowlark cut-out sheet. Die cut the spider and paint him, front and back, with pewter Luminarte paint. Once dry, add Glossy Accents for dimension and glue him inside the card.
Here is an animated look at this card:
Hey Kansas City - I'll be teaching how to use the Twist Cube die (among other dies/folders) in the Machine Mania class at The Scrapbook Page in Shawnee on October 8, 2011. You will get to die cut your own photos to make a personalized twist cube brag book while learning all the tips and tricks for using Sizzix machines. Samples will be in the store next week if you want to stop on by and sign up! I'd love to see you!