Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spooky Cat Halloween Treat Bag and Witch's Hat

Hello sweet Peaches! I have something very special for you today! It's my very first 3-D items! For me, home decor items and 3-D items made from paper have always been intimidating. They always look so complicated and intricate. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and if I'm completely honest with myself, the potential for failure is what's been stopping me from trying. But I conquered that fear of failure today, friends and I'm so glad I did because it was a lot more fun and simple than I'd imagined.

For my projects today, I used the brand new Spooky Cat stamp set which comes out this September, along with the Mini Treat Bag dies. If you take a closer look at the treat bag set, you'll notice it comes jam packed with all kinds of dies. There are even fun shape dies to add dimension and interest to your cute little bags. I plan to use it for my daughter's class to hold Halloween treats in. To create the bubbly potions, I took some watercolor paper and first stamped the bottles in Basic Black Archival ink and the added each color of liquid in Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist. The liquid parts of the potions are separate stamps which include some bubbles that, when stamped, bubble out of the tops of the bottles. I wanted to add more variation in the bubbles so I took the bubbles from the stamp set Mixed Drinks and stamped a few of those in the same colors. Then I took my aqua painter and colored over the potions to make the color run a little for a steamy, bubbly look. I also wanted to add some texture behind my die cut circles, so I took some Finely Woven Berry Burst ribbon and added some behind them. I also took some of that same ribbon and unraveled it. At first I only intended to use the thread that I pulled from the ribbon, but as I unraveled it, I thought the loose edges would be so pretty behind my circle pieces too. Here's a picture of how I pulled the thread to unravel the ribbon:

After I added my ribbon, I added a few more touches and details to finish off the treat bag and I was on to my which hat.

The witche's hat was actually inspired by a project kit that Stampin' Up! offered a while back. It's really quite simple. You can easily create this project in any size you like; just play around with your paper and experiment with different sizes.  I first cut out a circle out of Basic Black cardstock, using a small bowl from my kitchen as a stencil. Then I took a sheet of Basic Black cardstock and made a snow cone shape where it's curved at the top and cone shaped at the bottom, proportional to the base or brim of the hat. You may need to just test out different sizes until it looks like the right size. Then I rolled it so that the cone end came to a point which ends up being the top of the hat. Then I adhered the edges. Next I took a 1/2 inch strip of black paper and snipped up the center of the paper running horizontally so it creates a sort of fringe. I adhered the non fringed side to the inside of the bottom of the cone part of the hat and folded the fringed edges out and used those to adhere to the circle base part of the hat. After the basic structure of the hat was made, I crumpled the tip up a bit to add texture and age. Then I took some ribbon and sequin trim and wrapped it around the brim of the hat. Lastly, I stamped the rat from the Spooky Cat set and added it to one side. And that pretty much finishes my projects for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you next post!

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  1. I need to do this now. After all, a witches hat is my logo and you've used all my favorite colors. Needless to say I am in LOVE with this project!

    1. Oh that's right, Natalie! You absolutely must now, lol! Thank you!

  2. I love everything about this Lauren. That hat is super cute and your colour choices, spot on! Great projects ♥

  3. what size card stock did you use for the hat? 12X12 or 8 1/2 x 11?
    very cute project, thanks for sharing

    1. Hi GG! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it. I used an 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock piece. 😊

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