By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Make this card center stage for your Halloween decorating or send it to a friend to enjoy. This great card is designed so that your die cut pieces on the inside pop up to give someone a surprise. It’s also good for other themes and occasions so don’t put this technique away after Halloween is over! The holidays are just beginning.
Next, cut a 5 ½” x 5” piece of cardstock and score at ½”, 4” and 4 ½” on a scoring board.
Fold the scored lines to make sure they are crisp folds.
Cut a 5 3/8” x 4 1/8” piece of patterned paper (Midnight Haunting by Pebbles shown) and adhere it to the top of the first card base. Note: If you do not want to add a sentiment as shown at the end of this tutorial and want the final card base completely covered with this paper cut it to 6” x 4 1/8”
Die cut all of the pieces from cardstock using your die cut machine and the Haunted House and Graveyard die sets both by Sizzix. Add some aging to the tombstones using a black ink pad running it along the edges of them. Adhere the bats using a 3-d adhesive to make them stand out.
Decide where you want the pieces to go and mark a spot on the stage for each one of them.
Cut a ½” x 2” piece of cardstock for each die cut that you are using and score them at ½”. Lay them aside.
Using a craft knife or your paper trimmer cut the slot for each piece on the stage making the cut slightly larger than the ½” of each piece you created in the step above. This will help them fit easily through the slot.
Place each strip into the slot you created for it and then flip the stage over. Add some tape to each of the ½” tabs on the bottom and make sure that each tab is facing the direction towards the inside of the card.
Turn the stage over again and add a line of tape on the first and last flaps.
Insert the stage into the first card base making sure the ½” tab meets the center fold line of the base. It should attach to the top part of the card base. Fold the other two pieces in so that the last taped section fold under and attaches to the bottom of the card base.
Now, carefully reach in or use your scoring tool to attach the tabs for the individual pieces to the bottom of the base.
Cut a 12” x 6” piece of cardstock and fold it in half for a 6” X 6” card base. Open it up and add a piece of patterned paper to the bottom half of it.
Add tape to the top and bottom sections of the first card base and adhere it to the inside of the second base. Remember that for the top of the base you may be adhering a 6” x 4 1/8” piece of patterned paper to the 6” x 6” base if you chose to not have the sentiment at the top.
Here is what you will have at this point.
If you find that some of your pieces especially larger ones don’t want to stand up on their own you can add a small square of 3-d adhesive up against the back of it to help force it to stand up.
Decorate the outside of the card and add the strip for the sentiment to the inside if you want to have that. This piece measures 1 ¼” x 5”. Other Halloween sentiment options would be stamps or dies, too.
Hold the card closed by adding a 2” x 12” band around the outside of the card.
Whether you use this card yourself as part of your decorating or you share it with a friend, it will give many hours of fun and joy this season. It’s perfect to send a Happy Halloween greeting to everyone with its own little surprise treat inside. The next time you need to add a smile to the day just pull out this piece and you will be ready. Have a happy and spooky Halloween everyone!