Hi everyone, Jan here today. I'm sharing a mini book in the theme of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. I am so intrigued with the costumes, makeup, and artwork that goes into the celebration of this Mexican holiday. I never thought I would say this about a skull, but some of those sugar skulls are so beautifully decorated! I decided to give my skull book a festive look and turned it into a shaker box on the front.
I used dies for my project from the new Sizzix Day of the Dead collection by Crafty Chica. My album was die-cut from the Bigz XL Sugar Skull Book die and cardstock. My Sizzix sandwich for this die in My Big Shot is, Extended Cutting Pad, Big XL die, Paper, Extended Cutting Pad.
To make my shaker box, I also die-cut a piece of thin acrylic, using just the solid or back side of the skull. I cut off the tab on the side, you won't be needing it. Next I die-cut the front skull out of an adhesive backed fun foam sheet. This foam is the kind you see in craft stores that comes in a variety of colors, usually used for kids crafts. Before die-cutting, I applied an adhesive sheet to the other side so I have both sides with adhesive. If you have just the regular sheet instead of the adhesive backed, just adhere a sticky adhesive sheet to each side, then die-cut.
I applied glossy accents to my inside of the the skull die-cut, and adhered the acrylic piece. This is your shaker window.
Next, Adhere your die-cut foam piece, matching up as best as you can, the die-cut areas. It can be a bit tricky, taking off the adhesive by a bit at a time helps too.
Once you have your foam down, fill your little recessed areas. They aren't that deep, so you won't need a lot. I used sequins, microbeads, and Prills. I die-cut another solid skull piece, removing the tab, this time in black cardstock. Remove your adhesive backing carefully and adhere the black cardstock skull to your back of the shaker box. This seals in all your little pieces.
There you have your shaker box!
I die-cut two more pieces of the book, one in black, the other in white cardstock for my inside pages. I cut apart the white skulls, cut off the tab, and adhered a solid to the back of the skull face and a white skull face to the front of a black solid.
I die-cut the largest of the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals three times out of orange cardstock. These were rolled with my quilling pen, then hot glued together. I thought these looked a bit like marigolds. I read that when the spirits of the dead visit during the Day of the Dead celebration, marigolds are believed to guide the spirits to their alters, using their vibrant colors and scent. These flowers are for my front cover.
Next I die-cut various pieces from the Crafty Chica's Day of the Dead Couple in Love and Sacred Heart with Flowers Thinlits sets, out of white and black cardstock. My Sizzix Sandwich for die-cutting my Thinlits was: Standard Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, Paper, Thinlits die, cutting side down, Standard Cutting Pad.
Before adhering my flower and Thinlits die-cut, I drew a few designs with a black marker around the openings of my skull.
I attached the inside pages by punching two small holes through the middle tabs and pulling a cord through from the center of the book to the outside. Finish off by tying a bow on the outside of the book. Glue in all your little die-cut pieces and add in some designs with a white and black marker.
I mostly outlined the cut out parts, but I just might go back and drawn in more designs.
Here's more page views.
This is the back of my book.
Here's a look at the front of my book again. Instead of a book, you could even just make this as a shaker card. Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Have a great day!
Other Materials Used:
- Adhesive sheets
- Foam sheet
- Glossy Accents
- Clear acrylic
- White and black markers or pens (Uniball)
- Hot glue gun