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Oct 17, 2014

Bonus Haunted House Cards

I have added a set of traditional flat cards to the Halloween haunted house accordion card files.  Re-download the file set to get the bonus files!

5 card set of Halloween cards


I made the templates very tiny to fit them on one page.  Be sure to enlarge before cutting.  


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Oct 13, 2014

Haunted Houses Accordion Card

This accordion of Halloween haunted houses can be a card, or a shelf village.  Mine perches quite well on the top edge of a big mirror.

The houses are approximately 5" tall and 3.5" wide. 




How to make an accordion of haunted houses

Download files set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Studio), DXF, Silhouette Studio.



Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $2.99.



Cut the files.  The "Happy Halloween" greeting is a separate layer that may be removed or changed.
Score on score lines between the houses.

Adhere the piece with two houses to the right edge of the piece with three houses, using the side tabs.

Fold as you prefer, with both sides folding back from the center house (as shown), or zigzag.
 
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Oct 7, 2014

Pumpkins and Cat Tea Light Lantern

I pulled up some other Halloween silhouette cards and have started making them into battery tea light votive lanterns.  (See the ghost votive in the last post.)

This one I had designed as a flat front or window pop up card. The pumpkins and cat are dingbats from the font ILL oCtoBer. 
 
pumpkins and cat tea light lantern front




How to make a pumpkins and cat silhouette tea light lantern

Download lantern cutting files: SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, PDF, Silhouette Studio.




Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $1.00.



Cut the pumpkin and cat piece from cardstock.  Cut the long rectangle from vellum.

Assemble following the instructions from the daisy tealight lantern.




 
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Oct 4, 2014

Ghost Tea Light Lantern

Here's another project, a battery tea light votive lantern, using the ghost silhouettes from the window pop up card in the last post.

 

light up Halloween ghost lantern


How to make a ghost silhouette tea light lantern

Download lantern cutting files: SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, PDF, Silhouette Studio.

template for ghost lantern


Files download for free; pay what you wish. Suggested contribution for this file is $1.00.



Cut the ghost piece from cardstock.  Cut the long rectangle from vellum.

Assemble following the instructions from this daisy tealight lantern.

votice tea light ghost lantern

votive candle ghost lantern
 
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Oct 3, 2014

Ghost Silhouette Window Card

silhouette of ghost in card

I've made quite a few of these little window pop up cards. Some Halloween, some Christmas, some others here and here.

This one has some ghosts. I borrowed the 3-ghost layout idea from a pennant on Bird's Cards. The ghost is the letter O dingbat from the Trick or Treat font. I modified the ghost a bit!

ghost window inset detail


How to make a ghost silhouette window pop up card

Download pop up card files: PDF, SVG (How to use my files in Cricut Design Space)  , DXF, Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; contribute what you wish. Suggested amount for this file is $1.00.
template for ghost window silhouette pop up card



Cut and score.  On the PDF and JPG, cut lines are black, score lines are red.

Starting at the top, with the "good" side of the card facing you: valley fold the top score line; mountain fold the next score line; valley fold the two small score lines on the sides, near the bottom of the window; valley fold the score line at the bottom of the window.

Collapse the card and glue it into a base card.  Glue the center parts of the letters A, P, and O into the letters.

More assembly tips for this type of card here.




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Sep 26, 2014

Sliceform Lattice Pumpkin Update



 
This pumpkin sliceform folds flat!

Updated template re-posted with full file set :
  Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF, DXF





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Sep 24, 2014

Falling Leaves Spiral Card



I like the idea of spiral pop up cards, but sometimes the design gets a bit awkward looking as the loops get bigger.  My spiral pop up card features both an "invisible" acetate spiral, and a spiral that doubles back on itself to make it a bit more compact. 

(Wow, shiny paper is hard to photograph, isn't it?)

During the summer I made a butterfly spiral card like this which I gave away without blogging it, or even photographing it. WHAT was I thinking?

I finally got around to making an autumn design using the same spiral.  

How to make a falling leaves spiral card

Materials: 
card stock for leaf skeletons
double sided paper for leaf inserts 
heavy weight acetate for spiral
11" x 5" card stock for base card, and decorative elements as desired
adhesive
low tack tape ("painter's tape")



Download cutting file: PDF, SVG (how to use my designs in Cricut Design Studio), Silhouette Studio, DXF.

Files download for free; pay what you wish.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.99.




Assembly:

Cut spiral from heavy acetate.  I used a piece salvaged from an old spiral bound report.  Overhead transparency is probably not thick enough.  You want the kind that you would make clear cards from ("clear cardstock").

Cut leaf skeletons and inserts. Remember to cut 2 skeletons for each leaf (front and back).  I used regular cardstock for the skeletons and Shimmer Sheetz for the inserts.

(Side question: does anyone have advice on a good adhesive for adhering the tiny cardstock frames to the Shimmer Sheetz?  I used Elmer's Glue Pen and it oozed all over the place.)

Glue skeletons and inserts together into sandwiches.  Let dry.



Cut base card.  Mine is 11" x 5".  Decorate the inside of your card base as desired.

Now for the fiddly part!

Using low tack tape, adhere one end of the spiral to the inside of the card.  Apply tape to the other end, closing the card to adhere.  Now open the card.  Check the placement and adjust until you're satisfied.  This took me a long, long time! 

Once you have the spiral in place, temporarily tape the leaves onto the spiral until you like what you see.  I like to start by settling in the end pieces, and covering the center where the spiral doubles back.  Then fill in.  (Be sure everything is hidden when you close the card, and the leaves float freely when the card is open.)

 

Using permanent adhesive, adhere one end of the spiral.  I like glue dots (cut down to fit the spiral) for this, but beware, they're once and done. 



Detach the tape from the other end of the spiral, allowing the spiral to flatten.  Place a glue dot on this end of the spiral.  Close the card to adhere.  (This is called allowing the pop up to "find its own place".  It ensures that the pop up will close!)

In the next photo you can see the two ends of the spiral adhered to the card.  One full glue dot is under the circle of acetate on the right-hand end.  A strip cut from a glue dot adheres the left-hand end.



Open the card.  Untape the leaves, one at a time, and adhere permanently.  I used 1/2 of a glue dot on each, trying to place them in inconspicuous spots.  You can barely see the adhesive on the oak leaf in the photo below.






 


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