As some of you know, Rich and I love Halloween and giving special treats to the kids that come to our house. I saw a video with similar projects and changed those designs to make me happy.
Ghost: White cardstock 5 1/2 x 6 1/2″ score on the 5 1/2″ side at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2 and 4″ then turn to the 6 1/2″ length and score at 1/2 and 1″ I used Michael’s Recollections heavyweight cardstock. You’ll want to fold on the 5 1/2″ the center scores, then cut out up to the second score lines at the bottom so that only the center scored area is left behind, and both sides are gone. Using scissors, hold the ghost so the center boxes left behind are at the bottom, start from about 1/8″ from the right side, cut a wavy look up to the top so that at the top, the score line is left (you’re cutting on an angle.)
Do the same to the other side. This is the perfect time to distress the ghost. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and a sponge dauber and distressed the edges we just cut on an angle. Then take tear tape on put on the back up to the 1/2″ score at the bottom center (boxes that are left after cutting) and fold that score so it faces the front of the ghost and fold the next score so it’s at 90 degree from the ghost. Then holding your first score, fold in one side of the ghost and lay it on the tear tape making sure the bottom edges form a box look. Add tear tape to the back bottom edge of the other “arm” as well as some tear tape on the back edge of the arm and fold it so it makes the rest of the box at the bottom.
You’ll need an oval die or punch that measures 2 3/4″ long by 1 1/2″ wide to make the head. Cut white cardstock and distress the outside front edge of the head. To make the eyes, take two circle punches, either 1/4″ and 1/2″ or as in my case, 3/8″ and 5/8″. You’ll make two white circles that are 5/8″ and one black circle that’s 5/8″ and two black circles that are 3/8″. Take the two white 5/8″ circles and lay the 3/8″ black circles in their centers to create the eye balls and glue them in place. Then cut the 5/8″ black circle in half and lay it over the top half of the white 5/8″ circles to create eyelids. I added Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink as blush to the oval (head) right below where I added the eyes, and then glued the eyes to it. The eyes should be pretty close to the top of the head maybe 1/4″ from top. Glue the head to the inside of the ghost.
Bat: Follow the same directions above for size and scoring and cutting, only using black paper. You’ll need ears, so I freehanded a teardrop or leaf shape, then laid this onto the same black paper, and tracing it, cut it so they’d match. I distressed them with Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I made the same eyes and head, and distressed around the outside edges of both with the same white pigment ink. Glue the ears to the top of the head and add the eyes, then glue the head inside. I had some Halloween sentiments and images from a Dollar Tree journaling card collection that Rich hand cut for me and I added sentiments to the back of the bat and ghost, and added a bat to the front of the ghost and a pumpkin to the front of the bat.
Pencils: I took three pencils that I bought at the Dollar Tree in a pack of 12, and a piece of patterned paper I bought at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. I looked at their website and couldn’t find any that was similar, sorry. Decorated paper that is 2 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ long, score on the 2 3/4″ side at 1/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, and 2 1/2″ then turn to the 7 1/4″ length (making sure that now the pattern faces to the right on your score board, ) score at 1/2″ and 3/4″. With the scores you just made at the bottom, cut to the 1/4″ score up to the second score cut both boxes out, then from the 1 1/4″ score, cut the two boxes at the bottom for all the remaining scores, leaving only the one set of boxes behind. Using a 1/2″ circle punch, punch half circles at the top in the center of the 1″ scored areas. Fold and burnish all of the score lines and then put tear tape on the patterned side of the paper up to the 1/2″ score at the bottom and on the 1/4″ side score on the white side, Fold the bottom scores at 90 degree angles from each other so they create a flap that makes the bottom and inside flap of this box. Then holding the bottom flap so it meets a side flap at the bottom, fold together, then do the same with the side, making sure you rub the tear tape to ensure it’s well adhered. I bought some Halloween embellishments at a garage sale and snipped a notch on the front two sides with the notch facing toward the bottom, and looped the thread of the embellishment around the top of the pencil box and inserting the thread into those notches. I added tear tape to the back of the embellishment to hold it in place.