Monday, October 23, 2017

Ghostly Pumpkin

Simply Crafty SVGs is having an October challenge. Use one of their files, enter it, and possibly win something! So I got to looking at their files and I fell in love with their Ghostly Pumpkin file.
I made a few modifications to my file and I will share them with you here! First, I knew that I was going to use a tealight fake candle on the inside. 

I added a circle to accommodate the tealight to the middle of the base. ***Sugar tip*** I forgot (amateurish mistake) to add it to the base cover as well which was no big deal that's what xactos are for, but be a better crafter than me and add it to the base cover plate as well! 
Next I knew that I wanted my pumpkin to adhere to the base to cut down on any light peaking through the bottom. Personal preference. So I added some tabs to the bottom of the base pumpkin sides.
To accomplish this, simply make a rectangle on the bottom, weld, and add a folding line to each added piece.
Next I knew that I was going to use vellum for the windows and doors. So I made templates for those window coverings by simple using the offset tool at 0.200 after extracting the windows from the pumpkin panel (make a copy of the pumpkin panels, highlight, right click, select release compound path. Keep the windows/door and discard the rest)
 You can see below that the vellum will cover the door/windows just right
After cutting out my files, I highlighted or made them more rustic with ink and a paint brush.
Normally I would use my eBrush, but sadly it is still out of commission so I went back to the old style.
The best part about doing a haunted anything for Halloween and dry brushing ink, it can be super sloppy and still looks like you meant it to be that way!

 I used some Tim Holtz brown distress ink for the pumpkin panels.

 Then I grabbed my Sizzix Bigshot and a 'We R Memories' embossing folder to add texture to the panels.
 I also inked and embossed the decorative base panels

 Then I got to assembling!
 Final Product:
 The rustic look of the ink helps "age" things along
 I added some leaves and curly cues to the top
 I decided to cut the ghosts out in vellum as well instead of white cardstock
One thing I loved about this file is that every side has some sort of detail. The details is not all exclusive to the front.

 Turn the lights off...

Materials Used: 

Simply Crafty SVGs 'Ghostly Pumpkin' file
Coordinations and Bazzil papers
Sizzix Bigshot
Darice embossing folder (base decorative panels)
We R Memories embossing folder (pumpkin panels)
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio~Designers Edition
Tim Holtz Brown Ink
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue


  1. I love your personal touches with the inking and different textures using the embossing folders!

  2. Very cool pumpkin! I love all the special details you added to it.

  3. Love all the details! Love the Silhouette software and what you can accomplish with it. Great tutorial and the project came out wonderful!! What is your ebrush?

    1. Mike the eBrush by craftwell is a glorious little magical machine. It's in essence an airbrush for crafters.


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