Celebrate Life & Love With This Dia de los Muertos Alter Garland


Hello Crafters!  This is Rina from Mothership Scrapbook Gal and I am so excited to share a craft for Dia de los Muertos using the new Crafty Chica line.  Dia de los Muertos is November 2nd and celebrates culture and honoring the memory of loved ones who have passed away.  On this day, altars are set up that include decorations, photos and special items - such as candy, food, sports teams or anything related to the memory of the deceased.  It is a true honor to share a tutorial with products designed by my friend and mentor, Kathy Cano-Murillo.  Kathy is amazing - she radiates creativity and sparkle!  For this project, I used the Day of the Dead La Catrina Thinlits die and the Day of the Dead Clear Stamps to make an Altar Garland for the upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebration in my hometown.  I am honored to provide the garland each year for the City of Riverside Community Altar.  I used two awesome Sizzix accessories - the Die Brush and the Stamper's Secret Weapon.

 Let's get started with our craft supplies:


Other Materials Used:

  • Colored cardstock
  • Stamping ink
  • Clear stamping mounts
  • Floral wire
  • Fresh marigold flowers
  • Hole punch
  • Tacky Glue

To begin, I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out the La Catrina die cuts.  I used the Sizzix Sandwich method with the following from the bottom to top (my photo, below, is to show you the order only, they need to be stacked when they run through your Big Shot):  Multipurpose Platform (with tabs 1 and 2 out), then a clear cutting pad (I have Lilac ones), then the Thinlit (cutting edges facing up), then cardstock directly on top of the Thinlit, and finally another clear cutting pad.  Run it through your Big Shot, hear the crackle as the paper cuts and then you have your perfect die cut.


I was able to save some of the very small die cut pieces and glued them into their spots on the La Catrina.  I used the Die Brush and Foam Pad to clean out the Thinlits die each time I cut a La Catrina.


The Die Brush works great - it only takes a couple of back and forth with the brush to clean out the Thinlits die.


I then cut my cardstock to measure 4 inches by 5 inches and then glued the La Catrina to the rectangular piece of cardstock.  This die cut is very delicate, so you must carefully dot the backside of the image with glue and then place it down gently.  I used a book to flatten out the die cut and then let it dry for a few minutes.


I added a stamp to the cardstock background using several of the Clear Stamps and of course - the Stamper's Secret Weapon too!  This accessory is great because it ensures that your stamped images come out clear and even.


I cut a larger piece of cardstock to mat the La Catrina/stamped piece of cardstock.  I then used the floral wire to string the banner and added some marigold flowers (cut at the bottom of the bud) to make a beautiful garland.


I made 3 different garland images using the stamps and the die cuts.


I had a great time using this the La Catrina Thinlits die, Day of the Dead Clear Stamps as well as the fun accessories.


I hope you enjoyed this craft and will be inspired to celebrate and make a crafty Dia de los Muertos Altar Garland too.


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