Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Gatefold Window Card - Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls and slate cardstock are the pairing for this Halloween card. Technically, sugar skulls or calaveras are part of the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos celebration or the Roman Catholic All Souls Day but in the stamping world, you can bend the rules a little so this sugar skull is doing double duty as a Halloween design.

It's a simple gatefold card but this one has a window. :) To make this, score the 8-1/2" X 5 1/2" cardstock at 2-1/8" and 6-3/8". This gives you the "gate". Then, open the gate and place any shape die that you like and put it inside the card with the blade face up and close the "gate". Run it through your die-cutting machine and when you open it, you'll have a wonderful window in your card.

The circle die will leave an impression on your card base so cover it up with a little Mysterious Manor paper and then close the gate to figure out your placement of your ocean circle. Color the skull with tombow markers and cut out. Add the popped up sugar skull to the inside circle. Stamp a Halloween sentiment and you're good to go. Oh - and aren't the Wicked Web spiders on the outside a nice creepy touch?

If you don't want your "gate" to flop open, you can tie some orange/onyx baker's cording around the top and bottom of the card.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!! 

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