Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ECD September Designer Challenge

Hi everyone,

It's time for our September ECD Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designed created for the challenge.

Our challenge this month is ..... Spooktacular Creations - It's just over a month away until Halloween. Create a card or project with a Halloween theme.

I have created two cards for this month's challenge. To see my second card, scroll down to the blog post below this one.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

For my card today I have created a "U Fold Card", I have discovered this style of card quite recently and have been having fun creating them. I have used a number of the new Halloween themed die sets which were released by Elizabeth Craft Designs in August to create my card. 

The background of my card uses the galaxy background technique which I have been having fun with this year. I used distress inks to create the background. It is a little to see the effect of this background totally on this card as a lot of the color is hidden by the die cuts, but it is there.

I apologise that my instructions are using metric rather than imperial measurements, I didn't think when I started my project to work in inches. It is pretty easy to convert if you wish to replicate this card. If I made this particular card again, I would probably make it slightly taller to allow for the tall haunted house, the chimney is about 1 inch over the top of the card, but as I have things hanging off the sides I don't think this matters. 

Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 12.5cm x 20cm.
  • Randomly sponge on Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Inks over the card. Leave some areas white.
  • Sponge Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges of the card and blending over the previously applied colors.
  • Finally apply black ink around the edges and over the card, you don't want to to completely cover the colors you have laid down. You decide how much you want to show through for your finished project.
  • Finally add some picket fence distress paint to an acrylic block, thin with water and use a paint brush to splatter white all over the background to create stars.
Step 2 - 

  • Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 22.5cm x 13cm.
  • Score along the long side at 3.5cm; 7cm; 15.5cm and 19cm.
  • The score lines closest to the edge will be mountain folds, and the centre lines valley folds.
Step 3 -
  • Take the Galaxy Sky Background panel and cut the panel into 5 panels .... four will be 3cm wide and the centre panel will be 8cm wide.
  • Adhere panels to black card as per photo above.

Step 4 - 
  • Create two bridges for the centre panel to which will hold the haunted house and fence. One bridge will be 2.5cm x 12.5cm and the other 2.5cm x 10.5cm.
  • Score the 12.5cm length bridge at 2cm either end and the 10.5cm one at 1 cm either end. 
  • Apply adhesive to the 1cm ends of the shortest bridge and adhere it to the edge of the 2cm bridge.
  • Attach both bridges to the bottom centre of card as per photo above.

Step 5 - Decorating the card.
  • Using the smallest circle from the Fitted Circles die set, die cut a circle from orange cardstock.
  • Sponge the edge of the circle with black ink.
  • Adhere circle to top right centre panel.
  • From the Haunted House die set, die cut the witch, house and cat from black cardstock.
  • Adhere the witch so that part of it is covering the moon.
  • Adhere yellow cardstock behind the windows of the haunted house. (Optional - sponge around the edge of the house with white ink). To attach the house to the back bridge, add a length of black cardstock that will to the back of the house which extends approximately 2cm from the bottom of the house (tab). Attach this tab behind the bridge closest to the centre panel so the house is flush with the top of the bridge.
  • From the Iron Fence die set, die cut the fence using light grey cardstock. Apply adhesive to the bottom part of the fence and adhere to the front of the other bridge.
  • From the Ghost die set, die cut the small and large ghosts from white and black cardstock. 
  • Assemble ghosts.
  • Adhere the small ghost to the left hand panel using foam tape, and the large ghost to the top of the right hand panel using adhesive. 

  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the tree from black cardstock. Cut off the roots of the tree and adhere on an angle to the right hand panel.
  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the graveyard scene on a piece of dark grey card that is 16cm long so that you have approximately 2.5cm edge at the bottom. Note - the graveyard scene will be shorter than your cardstock, so you will need to trim the top left and right edges so it is level with the bottom of the elements closest to the edge of the scene.
  • Apply black ink around the edges of the scene.
  • Use a white gel pen to write "R.I.P" on both gravestones.
  • Apply adhesive to the bottom of the right hand panel and adhere the right side of graveyard scene to this panel. 
  • Fold your card so that the two panels on the right hand side are open, but the two on the left are folded on top of each other onto centre panel. Apply adhesive to the bottom of the left hand panel and adhere final edge of graveyard scene. Trim off any excess cardstock.
  • Adhere the cat that you die cut earlier to the left hand side of the graveyard scene.
  • Die cut 3 bats (Halloween Scenery die set) using dark grey cardstock. Adhere one to the roof of the house and the other two on the side panels in the centre of the card.

Step 6 - 

  •  Stamp the "Trick or Treat" sentiment from the Halloween Sentiments Clear Stamp set onto white cardstock using black ink. Trim into a rectangle.
  • Adhere to left side of front of card as per photo above.

Here you can see how the card folds flat for easy mailing. This particular card may not fit into a standard size envelope due to the height of the card. But you can easily adapt this style of card so that it does.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Cardstock - White; Black; Yellow; Orange; Grey; Dark Grey
Inks - Picked Raspberry; Twisted Citron; Salty Ocean; Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks; Black Ink
Picket Fence Distress Paint
White Gel Pen
Foam Tape


Karen Aicken said...

Totally fun Halloween Card.

K.E. said...

Love the haunted house, ghosts and sentiments

jojot said...

complex card.....really detailed and fun