Monday, August 11, 2014

Introducing The Text Block: Halloween Die & More Fun With The Gable Box Die

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink August countdown. I dropped the hint yesterday that today I'd be sharing another new item on this month's line up and here it is, the Text Block: Halloween die! This die is one of my favorites yet, thanks to the cobweb background detail. I'm also sharing a couple of additional Gable Box Die projects. Let's get going!

My projects today are in pairs. I'll start with the little spider combo first.

I began by die cutting the Gable Box shape twice from a piece of striped Orange Zest patterned paper.

I cut a circular window out of one of them and stamped it with the sentiment from Mr. Bones using Smokey Shadow ink. Then, I xyroned a piece of vellum and die cut it with the smallest die in the Spider Web Trio Die Collection. I adhered that to a piece of Clear Cardstock and stuck the whole thing to the back of the window in my Gable Box piece. I assembled the box as normal (with a couple of special notes that I'll share in a minute) and set it aside for a moment.

Next, I die cut two Webster (the spider in Mr. Bones) shapes from white cardstock and stamped them with Smokey Shadow ink. I followed up with a glue pad and then sprinkled on some black flocking to make the spiders fuzzy. I attached one to the web on my Gable Box window and set the other aside. Next, I worked on my coordinating card. I began by stamping a Smokey Shadow card front with polka dots (using the coordinating ink) and adhered it to a white card base. Then, I xyroned both sides of a piece of Smokey Shadow cardstock and die cut it with the Text Block: Halloween Die. I also die cut a piece of striped Orange Zest patterned paper with the same die. I carefully trimmed the words from the patterned paper piece and placed them on the sticky face of the Smokey Shadow die cut along with a piece of foam tape for my spider (it's best to do this before the glitter step - just keep the protective covering in place). I sprinkled the rest of the face with glitter, burnished it to make sure it was nice and firmly adhered, and then brushed off the excess with a paintbrush. I stuck that down to my card front and placed Webster as a final touch. These are super cute and they came together in no time!

My second set today is of the ghosty persuasion.

I knew I wanted to keep a similar layout as the first set, so I began by die cutting the Gable Box from polka dotted Royal Velvet patterned paper.

I die cut a ghosty from one of the shapes and heat embossed the sentiment (also from Mr. Bones) using white detail embossing powder. Next, I cut a piece of vellum to use in the ghost opening. I traced the outline of the ghost onto the vellum so I would know where my smile needed to go and then stamped away (I used Stazon Jet Black that I then embossed with clear powder). I adhered that behind the window and assembled my box. I added little googly eyes to give him some character.

Then I went to work on the card. I die cut three ghosts and finished them the same way I had on the Gable Box ghost (Stazon, heat embossing, googly eyes). Then, I xyroned a piece of polka dotted Royal Velvet paper and die cut it with the Text Block: Halloween die. I used another die cut as a template and adhered all of the negative shapes onto a piece of white cardstock. Once they were all in place I trimmed along the outside edge. I matted that piece with some Limeade Ice cardstock and prepped the back with strips of foam tape. Then, I stamped a piece of True Black cardstock with Background Basics: Super Chevron using VersaMark (which is tough to see because I'm such a wonderful photographer) and adhered it to a white card base. I placed my ghosts about where I wanted them on the card base and then removed the backing from the foam tape on the Text Block piece. I hovered the Text Block panel over the ghosts until I was pleased with placement and then pushed down firmly to adhere both that panel and the ghosts at the same time. It's a two-fer!

I mentioned earlier that there were special notes about the Gable Box assembly today. They're fairly minor, but I thought they might be worth sharing.

Because I chose to make my boxes out of patterned paper rather than cardstock I thought it might be a good idea to reinforce a couple of key spots. This is probably totally unnecessary as they're not giant boxes and will likely not hold enough weight to warrant the extra step, but I did it anyway. I added panels of contrasting cardstock to the bottoms of the boxes and white cardstock to the handles (I adhered them in place with Scor-Tape). The bottoms are fairly self explanatory, but the handles I just cut off of extra die cuts at the first score line and adhered them to the inside of the box. Easy.

Well, that's all for me today! You should definitely check in with Nichole, Ashley, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Laura, Maile, and Lexi as they share more of this month's release. See you again tomorrow!

Webster Card & Gable Box Set
Stamps: Mr. Bones, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Orange Zest Striped Patterned Paper, Smokey Shadow, Vellum, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Gable Box Die, Text Block: Halloween Die, Mr. Bones Die Collection, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection, Spider Web Trio Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Black Fun Flock - Stampendous; Foam Tape - Scotch; Carerra Marble Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Glue Pad - Tsukineko; Xyron

Ghosty Friends Card & Gable Box Set
Stamps: Mr. Bones, Happy Haunting, Background Basics: Super Chevron - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Royal Velvet Swiss Dot Patterned Paper, True Black, Limeade Ice, Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Versamark, Stazon Jet Black - Tsukineko
Other: Gable Box Die, Text Block: Halloween Die - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Clear Detail Embossing Powder, White Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Xyron; Googly Eyes


Annette Allen said...

so totally fun.. thanks for sharing.

beverly said...

OH!! I know I do NEED!!! that gable box die...LOL...Great ideas...thanks for sharing.

Diana K said...

And now I have to add a Text Block to my shopping list! Great designs this month, Lizzie.

Grace said...

I love the ideas

Lisa Petrella said...

These coordinating cards and boxes are SUPER DUPER CUTE!!! Thanks for the creative inspiration!

Kathy Krug said...

Love the fun boxes you made with coordinating cards. The pp is perfect for this project.

Petti said...

Thank you for the tip for making the box. Very nice projects you had!

Sean said...

Oh man, the faces on those ghosties crack me up! And if you think today was cool, wait until you see tomorrow's project!

Kathie B said...

Great sets of matching cards and boxes. The more I see the trick or treat text box die, the more I like it.

Carolee McCaslin said...

Such CUTE sets!!

Kelli B. said...

Really great projects! What a fun box die this month! I can't wait for the release!

Unknown said...

Oh my:-) !!! LOVE the purple!

Marilyn said...

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