All Hallows Eve Tiered Tray

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Posted on October 8, 2021 by Jan Hunter
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Childhood memories conjure up all sorts of fun memories around Halloween.  Costume parties, hot chocolate, popcorn balls, and of course your favorite candy.  The kids are grown, and not too many trick or treaters in our neighborhood anymore – but decorating the house and porch are always lots of fun.  This year, we’re adding some additional paper and fabric art décor. Several of the items made using a few files from Creative Fabrica. 

Files used:

Also used: 

  • Perfume Bottle Gift Box SVG (you can find a great range of 3D SVGs on Creative Fabrica here)
  • Assorted cardstock (AC brand and Bazill brand)
  • Adhesive
  • Electronic die cutting machine and associated software (Skycut C24 and SCAL5 Pro)
  • Foil Quill
  • Foil
  • Ink
  • Bleach
  • Water brush
  • Pan Pastels
  • Raffia
  • Spray Fixative

Pumpkin Treat balls

The original file was reduced to 50% and both pieces were cut using orange paper. Print to cut was not used, but you certainly could print and cut the images in the file either by machine or hand. 

The top portion is cut from the same paper as the pumpkin base and is bleached using a water brush dipped in bleach. Brush the entire piece with the bleach.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.  Using a blender tool and Pan Pastels, add some color to the bleached piece.  When you have the desired look, spray with a fixative.  Pierce the center of the piece and thread a piece of raffia through the hole.  Knot on the underside.  The “petals” of the pumpkin were gathered and glued.  And the top piece also glued on top.  A rough rubbing of some ink on the pumpkin was added for a little more texture.  4 pumpkins were made for the tray. 

Perfume Bottle

 

Some creative license was taken using this gift box file. The original file was reduced to 50%. Cut all the basic bottle pieces in black paper.  Only the front panels of the decorative pieces will be printed and cut in white stock   All of the black pieces were edged with white ink before gluing together. The top piece just has the square box closure added at the top.  The bottom piece was used as a separate bottle with the upper finial added to finish it.

  

Both pieces were left as separate halves and open on the bottom to sit in the tray. 

The labels were created using the front panels. Using the Shadow feature, create an inset shadow and adjust the size as needed. Leave the stroke on the shape at black.  You will change the color of the shadow to white.  Set both the panel and the inset shadow to print to cut.  Select the original panel, and again using the Shadow feature, create a shadow at the default size.  Set the color to white and the stroke to none.  Center the three images and group. 

Import the desired vintage image and size to fit within the framed label.  Add text as desired.  Set the image and font to print to cut.  Repeat for a second label.  Print then cut. Ink the edges of the labels with some black ink.  Adhere the labels to the front of your “bottles” 

Haunted House

Select a house from the Halloween Bundle.  Size as desired to fit a house shape.  The house used here was created using a pentagon from the SCAL5 library.  Sized to approximately 3-inches wide by 4 ¾ inches high.  The house shape was cut from chipboard for a little more stability and covered with kraft-colored paper, front and back.  Ink the edges of the shape with black ink.  Blend it in a little more on the front to create a frame around the edges. 

A panel of white paper was cut slightly smaller than the base in the same shape.  Create a background on this piece using distress inks and a blending tool.  Adhere to the base and glue the house to the shape.

Covered Books

Using some scraps of wood as a base, dress them up a bit and make some covers for the wood pieces.  The foil quill was used to create the titles for each of the books.  Choose a fun font. Type and highlight the font.  Select DRAW in the Styles panel (wrench icon).  Size as needed to fit the “spine.”  If it’s not a single-line font and you want the lettering to be filled, you can play with Line Fill under the Effects tab in SCAL to create your book title or sentiments. The wider the font, the longer time it will take to complete the drawing.  Be patient.  TIP: Be sure to heat up the foil quill for about 15 minutes to get a clean transfer of the foil to the paper.  Do not remove the mat when the drawing has been completed. My preference is to remove the foil before cutting, however for a cleaner cut.

 When the cuts have been made, train the paper a bit to go around the spine of the wood book.  Wrap the covers over the wood, centering the title on the spine.  Secure the cover with a piece of tape if desired.  The covers can be removed and replaced as desired.  Stack and wrap the blocks using some twine and add a charm, button, fibers, and a few sequins to finish the piece.     

Arrange your pieces as desired on the trays. 

Additional items in the tray are from the craft room and stash.  Check around your crafting space for a few special finds of your own.  Battery-operated candles were also added to the finished tray for additional effects in the evening hours.  

Thanks again for stopping by.  Hoping this project has sparked a few ideas for you to use in your Halloween décor.  Have fun!  If you create your own tray, be sure to share it with us.  We love to see what you make. 

As always, check out Jan’s page at the Artistry or her blog for more inspiration. 


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