Sunday, October 16, 2011
Denise O'Connor's Boo Bars
Halloween is almost here! And today we have an adorable tutorial made possible by Denise, that comes just in time for all those trick-o- treaters!
Monday everyone! Are you ready for another fun filled week here on the
eCraft by Craftwell blog?? I know I am! This week, the Design Team has
been given free reign! That’s right, we have each been tasked with
making a project of our choice using the amazing Square1! I am absolutely loving this material especially since it helped me out with a Halloween tradition here in our house!
eldest son, who is about to turn 7 is in LOVE with Halloween. I asked
him if he liked Christmas or Halloween better, and he could not decide!
This year marks the third year that we have “dressed up” our Halloween
candy to pass out to the trick or treaters and of course to share with
his friends at school. I always like to do this project so that he can
help me with it! He loves to help Mommy, but sometimes it gets too
complicated for him. This year, I decided to do something pretty easy so
that it would keep his interest. I did all the prep work ahead of time,
and then invited him to help me with the assembly. Here is what we did
Now, you may be wondering how did Square 1
help with these simple candy wrappers. Well it came in the seal on the
back of the wrapper or the sticker as my son called them.
Let’s start at the beginning, I used an assortment of pre-made candy wrappers that I got from Lettering Delights
and printed them all out on my printer and then trimmed them with my
paper trimmer. Since I was making 72 of these candy bars, I wanted to
keep it simple! Next I printed up some coordinating digital papers onto
my Square 1 (I just LOVE how vibrant the colors are printed on this stuff!). Next I turned to my Make the Cut and the Lettering Delights Halloween Cut-Its Set. I selected Tombstone 1 and added that to the mat.
I next added some text to fit inside that tombstone. The font that I used here is LD Twylight from Lettering Delights.
I then used the Duplicate feature
to copy all those tombstones with the words to fill up the print area.
Next I deleted the ones that were outside of the print area.
The next thing that I did was hide the tombstones so that only my text was showing on the mat and then I ran the Square 1
that I had printed my digital paper on through the printer again and
printed the text on. After doing that, I hid all the text and selected
all the tombstones and rotated them so that they fit in the bottom right
hand corner of my mat.
Next I cut out my Hinge from the
Print & Cut Hinge Method. Once I had my Hinge in place, I lined up
my Square 1 underneath it so that the tombstone shapes would cut around
the words. Since I had taken the time to line up all the text with the
tombstones earlier, those dimensions were all in tact so that I could
cut out all of my candy wrapper seals for that page in one pass. I made
extra careful to keep my hinge in place the whole time so that I could
re-use it for each sheet.
Then it was time for the assembly and this is where the Square 1
really helped me out! You see, I love doing these things with my kids,
but I am also a perfectionist. I wish it didn’t bother me so much that
my son didn’t line up the “stickers” the way I would, but it does. As my
son was doing this, I was cringing in my head, but then I remembered
that Square 1 is removable! So guess what I did…whenever he put one on
that was crooked or something, I would peel it up and re-stick it down
to my liking. You do need to be careful peeling it up off of paper, but
it can be done! Crisis averted!
Another thing that dawned on me as
we were doing this project is that since Square 1 is removable…it would
make an excellent envelope seal! So I just had to try it out, and it is
wonderful! You can open and close that envelope many times over! Oh the
Hope you enjoyed my project today
and maybe it even inspired you a little to get the kids in your life
involved with your crafting! Be sure to come back every day this week
for more projects by Debi, Lisa, and Raven!