Spooky Halloween Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I don’t know about you but I have to say I was so excited when I found out Tonic was coming out with die and shaker sets!  Each package includes one die shape and five plastic shaker blisters.  You can also purchase additional shaker blister refills.  As soon as I saw the star die and shaker set I knew I wanted to make a fun Halloween shaker card.


Supplies Used:


To create the galaxy background for the card, start with a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper and begin adding the Distress Oxide inks using mini ink blending tools.  For this card I used wilted violet, salty ocean, peacock feathers, and faded jeans.  I went over each of the colors twice to get a nice smooth blend of the inks.


Then, go over the entire piece of paper with the Distress Oxide black soot ink.  This gives the background a nice dark look but you can still see the first layers of color.


To intensify the black go over any areas with Distress black soot ink.  The essentials easy clean mat is a great surface to work on for all of the ink blending.


To create an all over shimmer for the background use the craft spoon to scoop out some of the mother of pearl embellishment mousse.  Put the mousse in the spray bottle and add water.  When I am making a new bottle of shimmer mist I find the mouse dissolves a little quicker when I use warm water.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake the bottle to mix the mousse with the water.  You can leave the shimmer mist in the bottle and be sure to shake it before each use.


Next, to create the galaxy look I wanted to add some “stars” so I mixed the pure platinum mousse with a little water and use a paint brush and acrylic block to flick the shimmery mixture on to the paper.


To finish the galaxy background I watered down some white acrylic paint and flicked it on to the paper.  I know this galaxy background has a few more layers than most but it is so pretty and shimmery.  I think the end result is worth the extra effort.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces used for the card.  I used dark black cardstock.  You can see in the photo for the die cut of the haunted house I die cut the insert piece.  Then I took a pencil to draw a curved line bringing the hill down to the bottom of the paper as you will see on the finished card.  It’s not pictured but I also kept the pieces for the road and the doors.


Next, I taped the star die in place where I wanted the shaker to be on the card front.  I laid the haunted house die cut on the paper so I could get prefect placement for the star die.


I used the glue pen to adhere all of the die cut pieces to the front of the card.  I also cut some small pieces of yellow cardstock to add behind the die cut for the windows and the creepy eyes in the bottom corner.


Then, I added some of the glow drops to the windows and the eyes.  The glow drops are so fun on Halloween cards!


Here is a look at the star shaker after I added some sequins and seed beads.  For the back of the star I used another small piece of yellow cardstock and added some glow drops.  Once the paper was dry I finished assembling the shaker.  I added the die cut word spooky to the card front and also added the bats.


Here is another look with the glowing star, windows, and eyes.


To finish off the card I added the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.


I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween shaker card!  You can find more of my design work over on my blog Embellished Dreams.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!

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What’s Brewing? Halloween Canvas

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I just love all of the Halloween dies that Tonic came out with this year!  I always think it’s fun to make holiday home decor pieces and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween canvas.


Supplies Used:

To start, apply black acrylic paint on all sides of the canvas and on the front of the canvas.  For the front of the canvas apply the paint on 1/2” all the way around the edges.


Next, take two piece of white cardstock and apply gunmetal grey and citrus green mousse to each paper.  Apply two to three layers of the mousse.  To apply the mousse I use a piece of cut-n-dry foam.  Here’s a little tip — you can keep the cut-n-dry foam in the container with the mousse and it will stay nice and soft for applying the mousse.


Now, take a piece of black cardstock and stamp it with VersaMark ink, direct to paper.  Then apply the glitter embossing powder.  I like to use a coffee filter for catching the excess powder and it makes it easy to funnel back into the bottle.  Use a heat tool to heat set and melt the powders.  Easy peasy –you just created your own glitter paper for die cutting.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces that will be used on the canvas.  The embossed glitter paper was used to cut the webs, spiders, broom, and parts of the cauldron.  It’s not shown in the pictures but I also kept the insert pieces for the broom.  I used the paper with the mousse to die cut the cauldron and the green “stuff” brewing.


I used the deluxe adhesive to apply the pattern paper for the background of the canvas and all of the die cuts.  If you haven’t tried this adhesive I encourage you to give it a try because it is fantastic!


How fun are these Nuvo drops?  I added several colors of the drops to the cauldron and above it to look like bubble.  I also added the ruby slipper drops to each of the spiders.


Here is a close up of one of the webs with a spider.  I love all of the sparkle from the embossed glitter paper!


Here is another close up of the cauldron with the “bubbles”.  Foam tape was added to the back of the cauldron and the spiders for some added dimension.


Here is a close up so you can see some of the glow drops in action.


Here is another look at the finished canvas.


This what’s brewing canvas was so fun to make and it’s a great addition to my Halloween home decor pieces.  You can see more of my design work on my blog, Embellished Dreams.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

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Boo! Shaker Card

Ever since we launched the shaker card dies and inserts I have been dreaming of doing this card.  Now let me start out with honesty – I wanted to put candy corn in there, but it was too big!  I thought that would be super fun to include in there.  I will say, however, that the erasers look pretty darn cute in their place, however.

These cards are easy to make and so much fun – I can’t wait to keep making these shaker cards with lots of options!

To create this card you will need:

Here’s how to make this simple little card:

Cut your cardstock to your desired size and fold.

Next, figure out the size you want your background to be with the rectangles.  Cut that out using the tangerine. Then adhere that to the front of the card.

Using a smaller rectangle die, align the circle die from the shaker pack in the center where you want it to be.  I used washi tap to hold everything in place when I ran it through the die cutter.

Then I began building the rest of the card. I put the erasers where I wanted them and removed the adhesive from the back of the shaker dome. I cut a piece of black cardstock and layered it on across the top. Then layered the orange over the dome to cover the edges of the dome.

Then cut out your “boo” sentiment.  Then tap it onto the embossing pad.  Cover it in the embossing powder then tap off the excess.  Heat set with the heat gun.

Finally, adhere the boo to the card with the mini pop dots.

Now it is time to send this off to someone special!  Happy Halloween!


Mwha ahh ahh ahh!!!!!! Monster Treat Boxes

I don’t know what it is, but I love Halloween.  My kids love Halloween.  We always have.  Jacob is probably more into it than Owen, but he’s a crafter too, so that might be part of it.  We just have always enjoyed making costumes, creating and hanging decorations, and just getting our spooky on during this time of the year.

One project that I love to do each year is to create fun little ways to give candy to the kids.  So, if you are looking for a cute, fun, and easy project – that you can mass produce for trick or treaters, school events, or as party gifts at home – these little monster treat boxes are for you!


To start, you are going to want to get your eyeballs made.

This is a simple process, but leaving them to dry overnight will ensure that you can glue them on the next day.

I created large, oval eyes so that monsters were cyclops.  Be creative and have fun with it!

To create the eyes, put your craft mat on top of your glass mat sticky side down.  This will ensure a level surface for them to dry on.

I start by making a base with the white Nuvo drops.  On top of that I carefully layered on the green jewel drops that are translucent so you get a cool effect.  Finally I layered on a drop of black for the pupil.  Just let them sit overnight to dry.

Next it is time to create the boxes.

First, cut out the box base.

****  Next time I do this, I will add the mouth here.  It will much easier to add that on flat paper than once the box is up!!  Just be sure that you put it on the correct panel.****

Next, grab your tape runner and begin assembling your boxes.

Once the boxes are assemble, you can add the pom poms.  Make sure that the glue is in spots that will allow you to still open the box!

Sketch on your mouth with a pencil if you want to try it out first – then use the black marker to fill it in.

Grab your eye ball and apply a little bit of adhesive to the back.  Glue it box.

Then use your marker to add some eyelashes if you want.

Put everything to the side, allowing it all to dry completely.

All that is left now is to add the candy and share with your friends!

Happy Halloween!


No Carve Pumpkin Decorating with Nuvo Drops

Hello friends! I am a big No Carve pumpkin gal- but I love to decorate them to be all colorful and fancy. Today I used my Nuvo Drops to quickly decorate these pumpkins and I love how they turned out!

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I started by painting my pumpkins all over with an acrylic paint. I chose pretty pastel colors today and then added two to three coats of paint. Once dried, I added concentric rows of color all around using the Nuvo drops!


The Nuvo drops add so much dimension and they come in so many pretty colors that it was tough for me to choose just two for this pumpkin.

This blue pumpkin turned out to be my favorite! Something about those colors!

This is the easiest way to decorate pumpkins, but my biggest tip to you is to keep your nuvo drops the same size by applying even pressure to the bottle while you squeeze. 

And thats it! The pumpkins are decorated and done! How easy was that? I really want to make another one that is rainbow colored now!

Happy Crafting!


Halloween Card Trio


Halloween is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to send out some ghoulish greetings! Today’s post is packed with three different tutorials, so let’s dive in.

Card #1 – Spooky Cat



I started by stamping the cat with my Versamark pad and covering with Nuvo Glitter Noir embossing powder. Then I carefully cut it out with the Tim Holtz mini snips.


To create the layers, I trimmed the background with my 6″ Guillotine, cut the black layer with my Tangerine using a Lawn Fawn die, and created two medallions and a banner with my Silhouette Cameo. When I cut shapes like this with my Cameo, I like to do it in batches so that I can mix and match lots of cards all at once.


I assembled my layers with a combination of tape runner, a Nuvo glue pen, and foam squares for extra dimension.



Card #2 – Flying Bats


To start, I cut several circles out of black cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. To apply the embellishment mousse, I used two different sponges to achieve mixed textures. I added little bits at a time, leaving some areas with little coverage to create a moon like appearance. I cut a background out of the same black cardstock using my Tangerine and one of the scalloped rectangles from the Layering Basics set. The glitter bats were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, while the stamped bat was cut with the Tim Holtz mini snips like you saw with the black cat earlier. I adhered the stamped bat with foam squares as well. To vary the dimension I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach the glitter bats, only applying it to the center so that the wings could lift off of the page slightly.


The Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen is great for adding easy sparkle. I went over just the edges and center of the stamped bat to avoid making my ink bleed. It’s hard to see in the photo, but it was just the right amount of shimmer.


For some added “star” details, I chose White Blizzard Nuvo drops. You can see in my finished photo that these dry very different than expected. I tested several different drops on a scrap of paper before using them on the actual card. Because of the dark background, the glitter picks up a slightly green tint, which I really like.



Card #3 – Coffin Peek-a-Boo


I started by applying layers of the Embellishment Mousse to just the border of the card. I want my window to open onto the white cardstock so I needed to leave the center clean. The window portion of the card consists of several layers. I have the card base, the patterned paper with the hinged coffin, and the individual coffin to layer on top. I first ran the patterned paper through my Tangerine with another size of the scalloped rectangles from Layering Basics set. Then I sent that through the Silhouette Cameo to cut the coffin door with one perforated edge. I also cut the individual coffin on the Cameo from black cardstock, then covered it with the Versamark pad and Glitter Noir embossing powder.


I placed my sticker on the card before adhering the other layers with tape runner, using tiny pencil marks to get it in the center. I stamped and cut a skull, using the same process as the other cards. Then I added a few “coffin nails” with the Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops.


A simple piece of jute twine tied to the edge creates a contrasting texture next to the smooth metallic border. The added weight of the embellished coffin door keeps it closed until you are ready for a peek inside at the cute foil skeleton waiting underneath.


And there you have three fun Halloween cards to give or display this year!


Happy Haunting!



Paper Pumpkin Decorations

October is here and it’s the season of pumpkins! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own paper pumpkins to decorate your house.

Supplies you will need:

I started by cutting out a rough circle shape from my 12 by 12 inch cardstock using the Tim Holtz Shears 9.5 inch. This does not have to be perfect we just a wonky circle like shape.

Next, draw a smaller circle in the center and cut pizza slice like shapes from the outer edge. See the two photos below, they explain it much better than my pizza analogy 🙂

Now fold the outer edges in, overlapping them slightly to start forming the pumpkin shape.

Using a stapler, staple all the overlapping paper strips close. Adhere the last strip into place.

To decorate the pumpkin, cut out a stalk shape from kraft cardstock, a leaf shape from green cardstock and then cut a thinner green stalk and twist to look like a vine.

Add some detailing to the leaf with a stencil and embellishment mouse. The aquamarine blue color of the mousse looks so pretty on the green!

Finally adhere the stalk, leaf and vine onto the pumpkin shape! And the paper pumpkin is ready!

Make a bunch of these to decorate your mantle, table or anywhere in your house!

Happy Crafting!