Laine Webb has a fabulous tutorial for you today showing how you can modify your die cuts, making them suitable for many occasions. Here the 'Christmas Deer' cutting die has been modified to create a spooky forest scene. Using Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead stamps to make a fun Halloween box to hold yummy 'trick or treat' sweets and treasures! We just love how you can adapt your crafty stash to make so many different things!
Step 1: Cut 4 squares of black matt card measuring approx. 6'' x 6''. The Christmas Deer die is approx: 5¾'' x 5¾'', attach this to the black card squares and die cut. You can see from the picture that an extra fold has been created on one side of each of your die cuts. These should be folded back and will attach each of the box sides to the next one.
Step 2: Score your side folds on each die cut piece. Remove the reindeer from each panel, creating you spooky forest sides with the use of gold gilding wax.
Step 3: Attach each of your 4 die cut panels to the other using the folds created and tacky glue.
Step 4: Make a base for your box from a 6½'' x 6½'' square of matt black card. Using your Big Score, score at ½'' all round your square. Fold up all of the sides, cut the corners and create the card base.
Step 5: Attach the base to your box using the Collall Tacky Glue.
Step 6: Cut one sheet of 12'' x 12'' coredinations card into four 6'' x 6'' squares and emboss each square with the Skullduggery embossing folder. These will create your box insert or sleeve.
Step 7: Trim each of the embossed pieces to measure 5¾'' long. You will see that the embossing folder has made a side fold for each of your insert panels, trim and score these and fold back. Attach each panel to the other using the side folds created using tacky glue. Highlight each embossed skull using the gilding wax.
Step 8: Insert your box sleeve into the box. You will see the embossed skulls through the gilded forest detail.
Step 9: Create a handle for your box. Cut along the length of an A4 black matt card sheet, slightly wider than your embossing folder. Emboss the card and apply gilding wax to the embossed detail.
Step 10: Attach the handle to the box with tacky glue.
Step 11: Mount the Sugar Skull stamp onto a 'Rock a Block' mount and onto Sheena Stamping card using Versafine Ink, or the ink of your choice. Add detail and depth to the skull using Black, Storm Cloud and Pebble ColourBlend pencils.
Step 12: Stamp the detail of your choice from the Sugar Skull set onto Stamping card and colour with the ColourBlend Pencils, Flame Red, Lemon and Tangerine. You could stamp the detail directly onto the skull, but here the detail has been stamped separately, fussy cut and mounted with 3D glue to add further depth and dimension to the skull.
Step 13: Stamp the Dancing Skeleton and the top hat from the Union of Souls stamp set onto Sheena Stamping card. Colour the shadow on the skeleton with the Storm Cloud pencil. Use the Flame Red, Lemon and Tangaring pencils to colour the hat and boots. Attach the limbs to the skeleton body using tacky glue. Attach the top hat to the head at a jaunty angle using the 3D glue.
Step 14: Decorate the front of the box. Attach the skeleton and sugar skull as shown, using 3D glue. Print a Halloween sentiment from the Crafter's Companion free CD-ROM. Cut and attach to box. Stamp leaf detail with distress inks, die cut and use to decorate your box front. Fill your 'trick a treat' box with sweet and other treasures for you special Halloween guests!
Top Tip: Use low tack tape to secure your die cuts to card you are cutting. This prevents the die slipping on the card and helps produce a sharp image.
Here is a list of the things Laine used to create this amazing project so you can make one too!
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