How To Add Pizazz To Your Halloween Crafts With Graphic 45!
Happy Monday everybody and welcome to another grand week here at the Graphic 45 blog! Things are getting so exciting as Halloween is just around the corner! This is such a fun time of year! There's costumes, candy, festive decorations and lots of great reasons to get crafting! Today we're going to share a very special tutorial by Arlene Cuevas! She's created a gorgeous Happy Haunting altered art box that's just perfect for housing Halloween treats! This tutorial is so much fun and it's just the thing to get you in the spirit of this jubilant holiday! Plus it's Arlene Cuevas's birthday! Hooray! So get ready to party in Graphic 45 style with today's heaping dose of inspiration!
We also have a new blog contest this week and it's a really good one! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Happy Haunting prize pack that contains an altered photo album created by the one and only Diane Schultz! This prize pack also includes a Happy Haunting 12x12 paper pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts, Happy Haunting Cling Stamp 1 and Ornate Metal Key Hole Staples. This prize pack is out of this world! All you need to do to enter to win this fabulous prize is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's blog or Facebook comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday, November 2nd. Yay!
Today's gorgeous Happy Haunting creation was made by a very special birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas. We are so lucky to have Arlene's unique and beautiful talent on our design team. We love each and every one of her Graphic 45 creations! Her style overflows with beauty and impeccable technique. We hope her birthday is filled with love, delicious cake and happiness! Happy Birthday, Arlene! You are terrific!
In honor of Arlene's birthday we thought we'd share this wonderful Happy Haunting altered Matchbook Box that she created! Arlene used the new Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box and Happy Haunting papers to create this adorable treasure. It is just perfect for storing Halloween treats! Follow along with Arlene's fun and informative tutorial to create one of your very own! It's guaranteed to get you in the joyful spirit of Halloween! Take it away, Arlene!
Video Tutorial: http://youtu.be/ePl-NyxWvrw
Happy Haunting Altered Treat Box Tutorial
By Arlene Cuevas
To ensure the box that slides out of the matchbook box
continues to slide smoothly in and out, I decided to stain the box in lieu of
painting it. Any stains will do, but I used my Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst
Spray the stain generously to both the match box insert as
well a the outer “shadow” box.
Here’s what the completed stained box looks like when complete.
Select your papers and embellishments. You may not use all
of them, but it’s good to have them within reach in case you need that extra
something while you’re pulling the altered box together.
Measure the width and length of the inner part of the box so
you know what measurements to use to trim the design paper.
Use a pair of needle nose precision scissors to fussy-cut
images from the paper collection to embellish your box.
Here’s a peek at the completed “inside” of my treat box.
Measure the width and length of the outer trim of the matchbook box. This will tell you what size strips you’ll need to embellish the front of the box.
Here you can see 2 strips that I’ve cut to cover the front
of the box. I’ll also be cutting strips to cover the longer length of the box.
It’s okay that the strips will overlap on the corners of the box. Once the box
is embellished, you won’t even notice!
I use Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot to finish off the
edges of the strips before adhering down to the box.
Use ScorTape or a strong adhesive to adhere the strips to
the box. I used ScorTape on my box.
Here’s a peek at the completed “front” of my altered treat box. As you can see, the multiple embellishments will cover the corners, so even if you layers strips that cross over each other in the corners, no one will ever know!
What’s a treat box without treats?! I like to finish off the
treats to match the box. I took some treat size Hershey’s bars, and measured
them to determine what size pieces of design paper I needed to wrap the bars.
I cut pieces of design paper and finished off the edges with
Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot. I wrapped the candy bars with the design
paper and used ScorTape to adhere. Then I embellished the wrapped candy bars
with the “ticket” chip pieces from Happy Haunting Chipboard tags set #2. Here’s what the finished treats look
Here’s a picture of the completed elements for this project…
Hope you give one of these altered treat boxes a go. They are quite fun to make and not so difficult to create with a little imagination!
That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you all had a great time exploring today's wonderful craft inspiration. We want to thank the lovely birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas, for her exquisite work today. Once again we wish her a marvelous birthday! Don't forget, G45ers, the only way to enter this week's blog contest is to leave us a blog or Facebook comment! Share your thoughts and maybe win a terrific prize! We wish you all a very happy day. Come back and see us tomorrow for more delightful craft inspiration from your pals at Graphic 45!
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