Hello CK blog readers! It’s Cindy Tobey here, and I’m happy to be with you this Friday, just a little over a week away from Halloween! I’m also excited to be able to share a fun Halloween project with you! When I look back on my childhood Halloween memories, what stands out the most are the haunted houses I visited. There is nothing like the thrill of walking through a house full of frights. Did you notice my opening artwork for the “Pretty Spooky” article in the October issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine? It’s of, you guessed it, a haunted house, and today I’m going to show you how to make your very own.
Pretty Spooky by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, Fancy Pants Designs, Making Memories, and Prima; Transparency: Prima; Chipboard: American Crafts; Border, rub-ons, and stickers: Little yellow Bicycle; Rhinestones: Advantus, K & Company, Little Yellow Bicycle, and Prima; Glitter: Doodlebug Design; Ribbon: May Arts; Paint: Making Memories; Ink: Clearsnap; Glue Dots International, Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, and Tombow. Digital Supplies: Software: Photoshop Elements 6.0; Font: Haunted Dingbats.
The haunted house that I created for the “Pretty Spooky” feature has an elegant and spooky feel, but today I’m going to recreate the haunted house using supplies with a more playful style. Paper pieced designs are great because you get to choose the patterns and colors for your design, creating just the right look and feel for the photos that you are scrapbooking.
If you’d like, here is a template that you can use to make your own haunted house.
First, cut out the pieces for your house. I started by cutting just the base pieces. You can cut them as you put the house together, or cut them all at once. Whatever works best for you.
For my “Pretty Spooky” haunted house I used a border punch to make scalloped strips for the roof. For this haunted house I cut the scalloped strips using micro-tip scissors from this fun piece of patterned paper by American Crafts from their new Boo! collection. These bold, colorful strips will add a bit of whimsy and a whole lot of fun to my haunted house.
Next, I cut out all the pieces for my windows. Rather than leaving the windows empty I applied some spooky rub-ons. First, see how the rub-on looks through the window frame before applying. If you go with black window frames on a black house as I have, use white pigment ink along the edges of the frame to help the windows stand out against your house.
For a more dimensional look, put your house together using lots of foam adhesive. Once all the pieces are in place you have a fun, large accent ready to use on a scrapbook page, or you could even use it as Halloween décor.
Haunted House by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: American Crafts, BoBunny Press, and Pink Paislee; Rub-ons: American Crafts and Karen Foster Design; Stickers: American Crafts; Rhinestones: BoBunny Press, Little Yellow Bicycle, and Me & My Big Ideas; Brad: American Crafts; Ink: Clearsnap; Adhesive: American Crafts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
So whether it’s elegant, playful or somewhere in between I hope you’ll give making your own haunted house a try! And I’m super excited that American Crafts has generously offered to give away a prize package of their Boo! collection to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win! Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!
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