Hello Halloween crafters! When I saw the Hocus Pocus die, I just KNEW what I wanted to create with it! There are so many creative possibilities with this die- cards, gift tags and 3-D decor pieces like this spooky black cat- to add around your home.
The Halloween words Thinlits is a great set to have because you can use the strip with the die-cut words as well as the letters that have been pushed out, how neat is that ? Nothing is wasted! I've die-cut the word Haunted on a glitter cardstock and then ran it through another Label shape Thinlits.
I am a HUGE fan of the punches and depending on the paper you use, they can look soft and pretty or wickedly spooky for Halloween.
Behind the window, lit by tiny battery operated bulbs, the Textured Fades Batground comes to life.
Next die cut the window using the Window and Window Box Bigz die. Following that, with a Little Sizzles Mat Board trimmed to 4 x 6 inches, using the largest Rectangle in the Movers and Shapers Sized Rectangles, die-cut the mat board as shown above. The Window fits perfectly over the rectangle.
Paint the Window and Window Box with Distress Paint Aged Mahogany and Seedless Preserves.
Edge with Distress Paint Black Soot.
For this next step, I painted with Distress Paint Fired Brick, when that dried I stamped with a brick stamp. Paint with Clear Distress Crackle Paint to add texture to the wall and after that dries completely rub in Distress Ink Gathered Twigs to darken.
Paint the Cat with Black Soot Distress Paint, then ink with Clear Embossing Ink. Pour Sticky Embossing Powder over the Cat, tip off the excess and melt with a heating tool. When completely melted, quickly pour Distress Glitter over the Cat and gently press down to make sure the glitter adheres well. Pour off the excess back into the container.
Assemble the pieces as you see above.
Emboss a cardstock with Batground . Add color using Distress Inks Festive Berries, Hickory Smoke and Fossilised Amber. finally rub in Gold Stickles.
I constructed a box by adhering pieces of chipboard behind and then covering it with patterned paper. Next adhere the Batground to the back leaving a gap at the lower end to make it easier to slip in the lights or change batteries.
When the light was switched on, the Cat is silhouetted against the glow !
I die-cut the word Haunted and to successfully get clean cut words with Thinlits on the Big Shot Plus, the sandwich from the bottom : the Standard Platform, next is the Adapter A, followed by one Cutting Pad, then the paper facing up, then the Thinlits with the cutting side facing down, lastly the other Cutting Pad. Roll this through your Big Shot Plus.
At this step, I placed the Labels Thinlits over the word Haunted and ran it through the Big Shot Plus the same way.
Here you see how the word is now in the Label, quick and easy !!
Both Adapters A and B come with clear instructions on them, if you are still unsure, please read them carefully.
Stephanie Barnard has a very useful video about the Big Shot Plus and Thin dies : HERE
All that's needed to finish the project are accents like twigs and flowers. Remember to add the painted Witch's hat on the Cat and paint the eyes in. I made a base from chipboard covered with patterned paper which helps make the piece look more polished.
I hope you enjoyed this project, there's still time yet to get in a few more done before Halloween! Happy Hauntings!!
Aida at Life and Paper Crafting
Other Items Used:
- Card Stock & Glitter Card Stock
- Patterned Paper
- Mini Battery Light
- Clear Embossing Ink
- Sticky Embossing Powder
- Distress Glitter
- Distress Paint: Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot, Fired Brick
- Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Festive Berries, Hickory Smoke, Fossilized Amber, Gold Stickles