unique papercrafting graphic 45

October 18, 2011

A Very Graphic 45 Halloween: Design Team Craft Ideas!

Hello Fabulous Crafters,

Welcome to a super spectacular Halloween edition of the Graphic 45 blog! Yes, it's that grand time of year. Houses are adorn with pumpkins and fake (and sometimes real) cobwebs, apple cider is bubbling on the stove, candy is overflowing from every market shelf, costume ideas are plentiful, and there's tons of crafting to do! Yes, it's obvious why all of us here at Graphic 45 absolutely love Halloween! So we thought we'd bring you some great Halloween crafting ideas from our design team to help inspire you! Nicole Eccles and Sherry Cheever have some gorgeous crafts that also include a tutorial and video! It's a full day of spooky fun here on the Graphic 45  blog! First up is this amazing Boo Banner by Nicole Eccles. This isn't any ordinary banner. It contains a clever surprise using our Kraft Envelope Album Staples! We know you're going to love this sweet banner! Nicole has even prepared a great tutorial so you can create one of your very own! Check it out!

"I have been wanting to make a banner out of Graphic 45’s Kraft Envelope Album since I first received it in May.  Initially I had thoughts of a spring banner with fairies,  probably because it was still early in the year. But now that fall temperatures have set in I am ready to start getting out the Halloween décor!    So a Boo Banner would be the perfect thing for the occasion! The envelope album couldn’t have been more perfect too! So easy to decorate, there is already a hole punched for hanging.  Plus, then you have a pocket to put fun little tags or candy into!!" -Nicole Eccles 

Full Shot
Tags Peaking Out

One Tag Peaking
Tag 2

Partial Embossing Technique used to create Envelope Book Boo Banner:
1 Supplies

Colorbox Decades Ink  Photogenic
Embossing Folder

This technique can be used with any embossing folders!  For this banner, I wanted an elegant yet haunted look, so I went with Cuttlebug’s Spider web Embossing Folder.
Step 1: Take apart album book by bending the binding and remove the pages.  Remove cover, and use pages from the inside making sure they all have the same size tabs for hanging. 
Step 2: Cut desired paper to size of envelope only, don’t include the tab, this will be decorated separately.    I used Tour De France and Well Groomed for my banner. 

2 cut paper to size
Step 3: Adhere paper to envelope, and angle cut bottom on both sides, meeting at the center to create a v or flag shape.  Make sure not to cut too high, or your tag will hang out!
Lightly Adhere bottom closed to create a pocket. 

3 Adhere paper and cut bottom of pennant

Step 4: Place envelope partially into embossing folder, angling to make sure paper doesn’t hit die cutting machine before envelope is embossed. 
This takes a lot of turning and flipping to get it just right, and don’t be surprised if there is A LOT of your envelope still hanging out.  

4 place pennant partially into folder
Step 5: Crank die cutting machine partially to emboss, making sure to stop before envelope hits machine and becomes crushed.   

5 roll carefully to only partially emboss
Step 6: Repeat to desired effect

6 repeat to desired effect

Step 7: Once embossing is done, create a little age using a blending tool and Colorbox Decades Photogenic Ink. Ink to desired effect

7 ink blending tool
Step 8: Using Ink Pad, directly drag ink across embossed area’s and edges of envelope to really make them pop.

8 Direct to Paper Inking
9 All inked up and ready to be decorated

Once complete, allow ink to dry, and decorate as desired!!   Repeat for desired length of banner, alternating embossed area’s on each envelope!
Also, for added strength of your banner, trace shape onto chipboard, cut out and adhere to the back!
Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers
Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decade Inks, Photogenic
Hampton Arts: Flourishes and Flowers Clear Stamps
May Arts: Black lace, fringe black ribbon, white roping, small black seam binding
Cuttlebug:  Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Big Shot
Spellbinders: Eyelet Squares Nestabilites
Ranger: Platium Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Font(Old English), Printer, metal star stamping, vintage watch faces, crepe paper garland
Next up is this fantastic Halloween treat box by Sherry Cheever. Spruce up your Halloween treats with this fabulous Hallowe'en in Wonderland box! The gorgeous colors and classic Sherry Cheever style is sure to infuse magic into any Halloween gift! This would also be a great box for your Halloween candy! After all, candy seems so much more delicious when it is plucked from a gorgeous box like this one! Sherry has even created a fun video to accompany this wonderful creation! What fun!



Graphic 45 Papers:  Hallowe’en in WonderlandThe Mad Hatter, Square Hare, Through the Looking Glass, Borders and Tags
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts:  Grand Calibur®, S4-308 Labels One SM,S4-328 Foilage, S5-050 Rose Creations
Ranger Industries:  Melting Pot; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Matte Accents; Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stains; Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks; Craft Sheet; Mister; Heat It Craft Tool; Pitch Black Alcohol Ink
Other:  Seam Binding; idea-ology GrungePaper; Corsage Pin; Hot Glue Gun; Black Cardstock

Well that's all for today, Crafters. Thank you all for joining us and we hope you were inspired by Nicole and Sherry's fantastic crafts. We want to thank them for their gorgeous work today! We will be right back here tomorrow with more magnificent craft inspiration! We hope you'll join us! Have a wonderful day and enjoy some of that brisk Autumn air!

Happy Spooky Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45



TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference A Very Graphic 45 Halloween: Design Team Craft Ideas! :


Love todays projects!! The embossing/inking looks great!

Awesome projects!!!! Love the embossed spiderweb! T4S

So many great details!Thank you!

love the embossing!
great projects

What a fun banner, decorated box and great tutorials!! The designers are soooooooo talented!

fantastic banner!!! love graphic 45!!!!

This Boo banner is fabulous! Gotta try it.

Two great projects!!LOVE THE HOW TO's!!!! Photos inside the banners is cool!!! So many uses for that pizza box too!! Many thanks girls!!!

wauw! verry beautiful

I love these tags and I would have never thought to off-set the embossing folder to emboss just a corner. I can't wait to try out this technique!

Love the banner. I never would have thought to put the edges in the embossing machine. I don't even HAVE one, possibly that is why...? But I just love your ideas, ladies!!

awesome! love the spider web corners.

beautiful I LOVE the banner. great tip on the embossing folder along sections of the envelopes. thanks for the inspirations.

Love the new use for a mini album! Thanks for the great tutorial.

I love banners...and I would still love to see one made with Once Upon a Springtime! I bet it would be gorgeous!

Oh the banner is so pretty and spooky!!! Love your technique!!!!

I made this pizza box....Sherry your video showed me how....thank you...

Nicole, this banner is beautiful and Sherry love your box.

I absolutely LOVE that banner!!! Fabulous! Great box, too!

I love, love, LOVE the banner!


Your work is amazing, love every project!!!

The comments to this entry are closed.