Make Your Halloween Party Spooktacular!

Halloween may have crept up on you, but not to fear! There is still time to make some very cool decorations for your Halloween bash!

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Invite your guests to the party with this “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary” card, which is quick and easy to make with the help of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection! Dress up a mug with Nevermore paper and some spooky Cricut®-cut shapes for a perfectly-coordinating party favor to give your guests.

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The My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors stamp set is the star of this dainty witch hat décor piece. The hat itself is simple to make using shapes cut with your Cricut® Artiste Collection, giving you lots of time to enjoy stamping your own spooky design. Whisper thick twine makes a terrific tassel to finish off the piece.

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No Halloween party is complete without some candy. Dress up your jars of goodies with more stamped artwork! To create that distressed look on the White Cardstock, use sponge daubers and Black ink. For the candy corn images, use watercolor paints to easily add the yellow and orange stripes. Just remember to use Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad when stamping the images so your ink doesn’t bleed!

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One of the easiest party decorations to make is a decorative banner. It’s a party essential, and instantly makes any party more fabulous! This one features colored cardstock, paper from our Nevermore and La Vie En Rose paper packets, and White Daisy cardstock we have decorated using stamps. Add the Nevermore Assortment and the sequins silver assortment into the mix for extra drama.

Lastly, we’re going to give you some tips for creating a more elaborate piece of Halloween décor, which many of you loved on our Facebook page!

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Our very talented artist had several tricks up her sleeve, so as a special treat, let us reveal some of her secrets. 🙂

  • This piece features several Cricut® cut pieces: two haunted houses (one in Black and one in Whisper, for a haunting shadow effect), two fences, one crow, three strips of grass, one tag, one circle (transformed into a moon with some watercolors), and the letters for the spooky poem—these letters were cut out of the Sangria ombre paper and then backed with Black cardstock. You’ll find the sizes our artist used in the recipe list at the end of this post.
  • Nevermore Complements are used all over the project. Some, like the witch and the spooky tree, are used exactly as they come; others, like the black cat and one of the jack-o-lanterns, are slightly altered, having been trimmed out of larger pieces from the Complements.
  • The stars in the sky were stamped on using the My Acrylix® Charming Cascades stamp set.
  • And finally, that creepy door is a piece of Desert Sand B&T Duos™ paper from the Sangria paper packet. Our artist colored it with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay marker and hung a hand-lettered sign on it.

There—you now have several different décor ideas for all your spooky celebrations. Whether you choose just one or two to make or create them all, they are sure to make your party a smash! Happy crafting!

Recipes

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Eat Drink and Be Scary Card
1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artfully Sent
5″ Pocket Card <Env-8> (p. 44)

Stamped Witch Hat
D1669 My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors, B1460 My Acrylix® Trick or Treat Sweets B1488 My Acrylix® Pumpkin Chevron, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
7″ Shift+3D object <Invited> (p. 68)
2 ” Shift+Card <G> (cut 2, p. 55)
3″ Card <i> (p. 48)

Candy Bowl Tag
B1488 My Acrylix® Pumpkin Chevron, B1460 My Acrylix® Trick or Treat Sweets, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Card <Hallween> (p. 77)
3 ½” Card <Hallween> (p. 77)
2 1/8″ Shift+Card <G> (p. 55)

Halloween Banner
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3083 Nevermore Assortment, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3 ½” Accent 4 <Eek> (p. 76)
1 ½” Card <Eek> (p. 76)

Artbooking
2″ Shift+Overlay <u> (p. 54)

12″ x 12″ Halloween Shadow Box
D1668 My Acrylix® Charming Cascades, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7198C Nevermore Complements, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1 ½” Border <v> (cut 2, p. 71)
7 ½” Shift+Border <V> (p. 71)
½” Icon <c> (p. 70)
2″ Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83)

Artistry
½” Shift <Font> “G, F, S, G, S, W, D, J, O, L, S, B, W H, N”
½” <font> “hosts, and, oblins , ooks, alore, cary, itches, at, your, oor, ack, anterns, miling, right, ishing, you, a, aunting, ight”

Artiste
½” Shift+Accent 3 <Spring> (cut 2, p. 73)
¾” Shift+Accent 3 <Spring> (p. 73)

Art Philosophy
2″ <Circle1> (p. 21)

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Stamping Technique—String & Block

It’s here—the last day of September! We’ve loved every second of National Stamping Month, and we’re excited to share one last stamping technique with you to commemorate September and usher in October. Using our Nevermore paper packet, our artist created an adorable scrapbook page to complement this precious little puppy dog:

Boo page CTMH

Just look at that face! Isn’t he sweet? Halloween is such a fun time for children, but it’s also fun for adults to dress up their kiddos—or puppies!—in cute costumes. Their personalities really come to life! Scrapbook pages like this remind us to celebrate childhood and enjoy time together with loved ones.

Now, did you spot today’s stamping technique? You can find it by taking a closer look at the Cricut®-cut haunted house. We’re going to tell you how to create that textured look you see on the shape. It’s really simple!

String & Block technique

Start with some twine. Wrap it around a My Acrylix® block a few times but not too many: You don’t want the block to look like a mummy! 🙂 Tie a knot at the top of the block to secure the twine, and there you have it! You’ve created your own unique texture stamp! Now ink the twine with our Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad, and stamp it down onto the haunted house shape. Feel free to alternate horizontal and vertical lines to add even more visual interest.

There is so much you can accomplish using this simple technique! As seen here, it is perfect for giving a rough texture to Cricut® shapes like houses and animals, but it can also be used to invent your own patterned paper. Try spacing out the twine when you wrap it around your block for different looks, and then get to work experimenting! There are SO many places you could take this technique! The sky’s the limit! (but you could probably create some fun sky effects, too!)

Thanks for joining us this month as we’ve shared some stamping ideas to spice up your crafting routine. For more Nevermore inspiration, be sure to search #ctmhnevermore on social media. Once you create your own masterpiece, share it with the world by using the same hashtag. We love seeing what you create!

Recipe
 
12″ x 12″ Boo Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 17
D1669 My Acrylix® Tasty Terrors, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, X7199C Sangria Complements, X7198C Nevermore Complements, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine (for wrapping), Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1 ½” Shift+Title <U> (p. 54)
5″ Shift+Border <V> (p. 71)
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Fall Décor in a Snap with Nevermore

Those of you who’ve already gotten your hands on our Nevermore paper packet probably have grand plans for fall and Halloween-themed layouts. Well, here’s another idea for you to try out 🙂 :

Nevermore Fall Banner

This fun, festive banner comes together quickly and easily with a little help from our Cricut® Artbooking and Artistry collections and, of course, the Nevermore paper packet.

What a great project to do with young children or grandchildren. They would love to watch the Cricut® cut out the leaves (because it’s even exciting for us adults to watch!), and then they could help slide the leaves onto the thread. If you don’t have any small children around, this would also be a relaxing project to work on while enjoying a little “me” time watching your favorite Julia Roberts movie and sipping some warm apple cider.

And did you notice the stamped leaves our artist colored in with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers? With the help of last week’s post about using these markers with our stamps, you could easily do this at home. The My Acrylix® Thankful Heart stamp set supplied the leaf images, which add such character to the banner. You could even add different stamps or embellishments to match other elements of your home décor.

There are so many works of art you can create with the Nevermore paper packet. Share you own Nevermore artwork by using the hashtag #ctmhnevermore, or search for this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more artwork inspiration from the Close To My Heart community.

Recipe

Fall Leaf Banner
B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart, X7198B Nevermore Paper Packet, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3 ½” Icon <b> (p. 72)

Artistry
3 ½” Icon-1 <Fall> (p. 44)

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