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DIY Embossed Halloween Cards

One of my recent crafting purchases is a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. I bought it because I came across a slew of Sizzix Embossing Folders on deep clearance.  They were 80% off, and I just couldn’t resist despite that I didn’t own an embossing machine. After researching all of my options, I settled on the Texture Boutique because it is very reasonably priced. I figured if I hated embossing that I wouldn’t be out much money. Plus the machine is really cute. It looks like a purse. How could I pass that up?

Halloween is my first holiday with this new toy. One set of embossing folders that I scored for a wonderful price (though not 80% off!) is the Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison set. Frequent readers of the blog know that I am crazy for Tim Holtz products. His line for Sizzix was a major contributing factor in my initial embossing purchase. This set features a fabulous Halloween vignette as well as a poison label.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

The label references Jackson, TN, which happens to be not too far from my hometown, Memphis. Would you believe that I didn’t even notice the Jackson bit when I bought the folders? It’s sadly true. I was blinded by the Tim Holtz label. I have little to no self-control when I find his products on clearance.

I love creating handmade cards, so making some was a natural choice for my first Halloween embossing project. Read below to learn how I made them.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Sizzix Texture Boutique or other embossing machine
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison Embossing Folders
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • 5×7 Black Cards and Envelopes
  • Zots Small Adhesive Dots

Step One:

Cut your cardstock into pieces that will fit the embossing folders. For this particular set of embossing folders, I cut one piece of 8 1/2×11 orange cardstock into four, equal-sized pieces.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Two:

Place one piece of orange cardstock into the embossing folder.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Sandwich the embossing folder between the Embossing Pads and Mylar Shim that come with the Texture Boutique.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

One thing that I appreciate about this machine is the pictorial directions on one of the Embossing Pads. If you need a refresher on what to do, you can simply look at the Embossing Pad instead of rifling through your whole craft room for the instruction booklet. I love user-friendly tools. Crank your “sandwich” through the machine.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Three:

Place a glue dot in each corner of the embossed cardstock, and attach it to the black card.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Aren’t these cards so easy? You can finish them in under 10 mins. once you get the hang of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. These cards are simple, but I think elegant. Although I love me some glitter, I’m not convinced that everything has to be sparkly or overly embellished to be beautiful. As I get more daring with my embossing, I’m sure that my projects will get more involved, but I’m still really pleased with how these turned out. Happy Halloween and embossing crafting!

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Alcohol Ink Ornaments

I recently treated myself to a crafting supply that I’ve been wanting for ages – alcohol ink! Since it is the holiday season, I just had to find an ornament project that features them.

Tim Holtz, the guru of all things alcohol ink-related, has a video tutorial on the Ranger Ink website for alcohol ink splatter ornaments. These are almost too easy to make. After you gather your supplies, you’ll be able to crank these out in under 5 mins. Better yet, there’s really no way to mess them up. Each one that you create will be unique, and I kind of love that.

Alcohol Ink Ornament

Alcohol Ink Ornament (2)

If you’re looking for a last-minute, hand-made gift for someone on your list, definitely consider these. You might even let the older kids help out. Happy holiday crafting!

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idea-ology Halloween Earrings

For those of you not so familiar with the world of stamping and scrapbooking, idea-ology is one of Tim Holtz‘ crafting lines. His products are amazing! If you haven’t already, you must check him out. I am particularly fond of his scrapbook paper pads. The designs really resonate with me, AND his 12×12 Paper Stash pads provide them in a variety of sizes including 12×12, 6×6, and 2×2.

A couple of years ago, I invested in the Seasonal Paper Stash pad. I say “invested” because it was my first scrapbook paper pad, and it seemed expensive at the time. Oh, to be a novice paper crafter again! Of all my crafting purchases, this pad has to be one of the best. There are several designs for every major American holiday, and they come in assorted sizes. It has been absolutely perfect for making my paper earrings.

Here are some that I made for Halloween. You can check out my Paper Earrings Tutorial to learn how to make them yourself.

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