September 24, 2011

Layout of the Week: Halloween Headstone

Even though it seems like summer only just arrived here in Oregon, the calendar says it’s time to get ready for Fall!  Never one to miss out on seasonal decorating, these extra large pennant banners just jumped right out at me during the EK Success Craft Fest this fall in Portland.

These large arched chipboard pennants are 10″ x 16″ and when flipped upside down it just screamed Halloween headstone!

I gathered some fun Halloween papers & embellishments, some new, some older…

I think I used all these papers, except the tiger stripe.  After laying everything together and deciding which to use, it just didn’t seem to fit into the look I was creating.  For my first step, I used the Soot Ink Pad from Tim Holtz, rubbing it along the sides and over the enter front of my headstone.  Then I cut strips of paper and attached them with spray adhesive, before adding some fun embellishments like self adhesive strips, ribbon, twine, a tag from 7 Gypsies, punched bats and a piece of jack-o-lantern flair.  We’re planning to use the Halloween Headstone as a fun place to attached little notes in our booth during this weekend’s Scrapbook Expo.  After the Expo, I’m planning to add some orange glittered THICKERS announcing Happy Halloween!

Tips:
Sand double layer cardstock, such as Core’dinates, to add a distressed look to your Halloween projects.
Don’t be afraid to give your tags a distressed look too!  Wad them up & rub with ink to give them that “just found in the haunted house” look.
Trim your patterned papers and lay them over another coordinating pattern.  This diamond pattern takes on a banner look when trimmed.
Punch a strip with your favorite punch and mount it over a thick ribbon for a custom embellishment!  The bats have also been sprayed with Luminarte black shimmer mist (difficult to see in the photo) for and added texture.
Supplies:
Paper Accents
Tim Holtz Ink Pad
Papers-Teresa Collins, Authentique Paper, Core’dinates
Various Ribbon, Paper Twine & Yarn
Tag-7 Gypsies
Spritz-Luminarte
Sticker Strips-K & Co.
If you’re looking for other creative Halloween inspired ideas, stop by Today’s Creative Blog for Get Your Craft On Tuesdays.  100’s of creative types submit their creations each and every Tuesday, I’m sharing this project and I’d love to see yours over there too!
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