Monday, October 21, 2013

Keep Out

We're continuing the Halloween fun at Creative Cutting Challenge this fortnight with our "Halloween - NOT a Card" theme.  So bring on your most spooktacular non-card creation and join the fun!

For my design team project, I created a luminary from The Creative Pointe's 'Haunted House' SVG.  It's perfectly dilapidated and haunted looking in it's own right, but it sure was fun to amp up the spooky!
I maximized the scale of the house to get the largest I could out of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock.  I cut two houses from black, one with a 4 inch "foot" that was scored and folded to hold the luminary upright.  I also cut one door from dark grey, one bat from black, and one moon from vellum.  The vellum was colored with Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain and was given a few coats of California Poppy Gold Starburst Spray and dried with a heat tool.  It ends up crinkly, but that adds to the charm.  Ultimately, the colored vellum is sandwiched between the two house cuts.

Each window was given an extra layer of vellum with spiderwebs stamped on the back in grey ink.  This looks like dusty, cracked or cobwebbed glass.  I also used the pieces from the window cuts to make shutters hanging shabbily from their hinges.

White pen brings the "architectural" elements of the house alive and gives it a spooky, run-down Victorian look.  The "keep OUT" sign is "nailed" to the door with brads and foam tape.  Black Soot and Old Photo Distress Stains were used throughout to give dimension and add age.

"Wrought iron" fencing is given dimension with black embossing powder.  The felt pumpkins were cut cut from a ribbon strip and layered with foam tape.

 Here you can see the gold shimmer of the giant harvest moon...

But the real beauty is revealed with the lights go out!  Here's our haunted house lit from the back by a candle...super spooky and perfectly Halloween-y!

Gentle reminder: You must use an SVG file for your project to qualify for the challenge...rules are rules!

More Challenge Fun:
Anything But a Card: Challenge #28 - Orange and/or Black
Hobbycutz: Challenge #21 - Home Decoration / Anything but a Card
Pile It On: Challenge #42 - Halloween / Day of the Dead / Cute and Creepy
Crafty Calendar: October Challenge - Halloween
Inkspirational: Challenge #41 - Anything Inkspirational Goes
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Black’, ‘Smokey Shadow’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Pumpkin Pie’, ‘Vellum’
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Haunted House
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers ‘Pumpkin Patch’; Basic Grey ‘Halloween’; My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose Hattie ‘Remember’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Black Soot’, ‘Old Photo’; Top Boss Embossing; SU! craft ‘White’; PTI ‘Smokey Shadow’; Distress Stain ‘Spiced Marmalade’; Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray ‘California Poppy Gold’; Glaze pen ‘White’
Embellishments: Oriental Trading Company felt ribbon ‘Fall’; Stampendous embossing powder ‘Midnight Black’; Little Yellow Bicycle card stock stickers ‘Trick or Treat’; brads
Tools:  SCAL; Cricut Expression; foam ink blender; heat tool; Zig glue pen; emery board; Tim Holtz paper distresser; hole punch; 3M foam tape; Glue Dots


  1. wow this is a fab project-I love it. Thanks for joining us at Ink

  2. A fabulous project, it looks awesome lit up in the dark. Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

  3. Simply brilliant (!) Love this project! Thanks for joining us at Hobbycutz Challenges this week.

  4. Great project will have to take a closer look and try one of those myself.
    Your fellow DT member

  5. Love all the great details on this project...and it's awesome lit up. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  6. You are so right - this is fabulous with the light making all the details really pop!
    Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this challenge

  7. this is fabulous I love it backlit! Thanx for joining us this week at Hobbycutz, Good Luck!

    John x

  8. Awesome haunted house project... LOVE it!

    Thanks for sharing with My Sheri Crafts

  9. Oooh it looks fantastic lit up.Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

  10. Thanks so much for sharing your spooky haunted house luminary with us @ My Sheri Crafts -- it's SPECTACULAR!!!

  11. This is so cool! Great spooky house! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

  12. Spooktacular!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  13. FABULOUS!! I LOVE it!!!
    Thanks for joining us last week at PIO!
    Have a GREAT day!

  14. Gorgeous project. Thanks for joining in our "Halloween" challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x

  15. Congrats on winning this week's GDT spot at My Sheri Crafts Challenge! Contact me for details


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