Monday 29 October 2012

It's Trick or Treat Time!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Just add pearl".  I thought I'd go the extra mile this year and really push the boat out to make something for the (few) trick-or-treaters that we get where I live, so I made mini milk cartons into spooky candy holders to give out on Halloween.

Luckily for me, Tim Holtz has more than a few stamp sets that lend themselves perfectly to this blood-curdling season.  (Note to self for future Halloweens - Aged Mahogany Distress Stain makes excellent blood spatters!).  My milk cartons were around 2.5 inches wide, perfectly sized for several of the halloween stamps I have in my collection.

For extra shimmer I dusted everything with Perfect Pearls Pewter and also stamped some spider webs with Versafine clear ink and then brushed them with Perfect Pearls to highlight the webs.  I used an ink blending tool with Gathered Twigs ink to age all of the elements and on the playing card I used a Distress Marker to colour the "13" directly on the stamp.

So, there you have it, I'm ready for all the ghouls and ghosts that will be hammering down my door.  I say "all", there isn't really much of a tradition of trick or treat here in the UK so there won't be many.  Last year I got 2 - I've made 5 of these containers so I hope that's enough!

Supplies I used included:

If you would like to try making some of these yourself, I've included links to the template for the carton in SVG, DXF and PNG form.

Please remember you are only allowed to download these files for your own use and can not share them or distribute them to others in any form. I spend a great deal of time creating my designs, please respect the terms under which they are shared.

These files may not be uploaded to a group, forum or website for sale or redistribution, or shared among individuals. They are expressly for the personal use of each person that downloads them from this blog.

There are 3 versions:
  • An SVG version which can be imported into the Sure Cuts a Lot, Ecal or Make the Cut program and then cut out on any of the machines supported by SCAL, Ecal and Make the Cut.
  • A DXF version which is Craft Robo friendly, and ready to be imported into your Robomaster software (I'm not a Robo user, so if there are any problems with this, please let me know!)
  • A PNG version which can be printed from a graphics program or Word, then cut out with scissors.
Simply click on the appropriate button below to download the file!

If you make anything using one of the templates, please post a link to it here so that others can be inspired by how you've used them!

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Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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voodoo vixen said...

I love these Dan! We don't get many trick or treaters up here in Scotland wither... lucky to see one!! I think if you hand these lovely milk cartons out though it will get about and you may have hoards showing up!! LOL

*trying desperately to think of a way of trick or treating via the interwebs so I can have one.... LOL

misteejay said...

What fabulous goodie bags.

Thank you for the template - it will certainly be useful.

Toni xx

Julian said...

These are just so much fun! I love the scale of the images you've used on the containers - lots of impact!

Deborah said...

Brilliant! And many thanks for the template :-)

Anonymous said...

Gosh Dan it's been forever since we heard from you but boy am I happy. I always love to watch your videos and see what you do. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your hard work..I appreciate it. Hope you are doing well.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, hope you are well. Love your spooky candy cartons, such a neat idea, your trick or treaters may want the cartons more than the sweets lol. Love your spiders webs and those drips of blood . Great images and design. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan, I'm coming trick or treating to YOUR house! These mini milk cartons are the bomb! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Those images look so cool against the solid black background! I have to check out the templates you've provided on your blog post. Your project is amazing! <3 Candy

Sue in CT said...

Dan, I hope your health is well. These are fantastic. I don't know if we'll have Halloween this year since we are having a hurricane but if we do I would love to make these. Thank you so much for sharing.

Claudine said...

These little treat boxes are so cute! I just love the idea. We don't get many trick-or-treaters here so it will not be too hard to make these for the few we do get. Thank you for the template.
Thank you for the inspiration for the next SSS and Show challenge!!

Marg said...

These are terrific. What a wonderful Treat! Thanks for the file.

mab822 said...

Great goodie bags! Thanks for sharing the template.

Andrea said...

WOW what lucky children in your area Dan, these are amazing and can I come and trick or treat at your house????? you have done brilliantly with these and would be great for a christmas theme to xx

Annie said...

How fabulous Dan. Wish I lived near you :) Your altered milk cartons are brilliant. Happy Halloween


Annie x

email: said...

What a clever idea to use milk cartons for treat containers! You decorated them perfectly for Halloween!

Simon Says Stamp

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic... you've got some very lucky trick or treaters round your way - what a treat they're going to get! Love the stamping and the silvery spiders' webs...
Alison x

Sandra said...

Wow stunning Dan! So cool to share those templates! Hugs, Sandra

Tracey said...

WOZERS Dan these are amazing!!! LOVE the dripping blood :)

Laura said...

Thanks for box svg...and I have to agree TH does have the greatest halloween stamps...I especially love that skull!

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