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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We’ve Fall-en for Sangria!

A new month means a new featured paper collection, and for October, Sangria is the belle of the ball! We love this vibrant paper collection, especially for creating fall layouts. The rich, warm tones capture the colors of the landscape preparing for winter.

Today, we’re going to talk about three perfect companions for the Sangria paper collection that will help you take your fall artwork to a whole new level. To begin, take a look at this back to school fall layout:

Sangria Fall Layout CTMH

It has so much warmth! The quilt pattern on the right page even makes you what to wrap yourself up in a giant quilt and sip some warm cocoa from your favorite mug. This layout uses all three elements to enhance Sangria and produce fantastic fall artwork. Let’s dive in!

1. Gold. And more gold!

Anything gold pairs wonderfully with Sangria. Try your hand at some Picture My Life™ gold overlays. Our artist used them to liven up squares of cardstock in the quilt pattern. See the polka dots and the “life is GOOD” sentiment? You’ve got it—overlays! The “ADVENTURE” sticker with gold lettering is from our Fundamentals stickers Basics pack, and, of course, we’ve got some gold sequins in the mix, too. All these gold bits add warmth to this fall layout.

2. Anything Saffron, Peacock, and Fern

These exclusive colors work hand in hand with the Sangria color palette. On this layout, you can see how well these cardstocks pair with the Poppy and Pomegranate colored B&T Duos™. You can also see Saffron and Fern ink in the leaf stamps.

3. Rock N’ Roll Stamping

When you think of fall, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is leaves: multi-colored, fading from green to amber and amber to crimson. Well, what better way to replicate that look than with the rock n’ roll stamping technique! Take a look at this stamping technique in action:

Rock n' roll leaves

Ready to rock n’ roll at home? First, stamp the leaf image in the lighter color. Then clean your stamp, and place the edge of the stamp on the darker stamp pad. Roll the stamp around so ink only gets on the outer edge of the stamp. Then stamp over the first image, and there you have it! For a visual how-to, check out our rock n’ roll Instagram video!

As you may have noticed, not all of the leaves have the darker ink all the way around the perimeter. You can certainly ink just one edge of the stamp—get creative! It’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of looks you can discover!

Now you have three great tips for creating warm, fall-themed artwork using our Sangria paper collection. Show us what YOU can do with Sangria by typing #ctmhsangria in your post when you share your artwork on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to see your creativity at work!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Back 2 School Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, E1032 My Acrylix® Typography, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints
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