This year, I am not only challenging myself to complete 31 Days, I am also challenging myself to only use supplies that I already have in my stash. That's right! I am not allowing myself to go and splurge on all the latest and greatest Halloween goodness at the stores...if I don't already own it or can't find it for free, I won't be using it! The only exception I am giving myself is adhesive. Lucky for me I have a pretty big stash, but I know this will still be a task for me. I LOVE all the goodness that can be bought each year!
This year you will also find me making alot of stuff that is more of a decoration, rather than just cards. I plan on using most of the items I make to display as decorations. Even if I do make cards, they will either be specifically for someone or made to display. So, for my first project I busted out all my little paper scraps and found some that I love. I decided since it's the absolute begining of the countdown, well, I would make a deco inspired by those little countdown calendars that you usually find around Christmas. You know, the ones where you open a window each day and find a piece of candy. Here's what I came up with...I have tons of photos, so just bear with me.
I started with two wooden frames and distressed them using various inks. The insert with doors was made using chipboard, patterned paper, and stamps from Smeared Ink. I used inks to color my chipboard, and then used the papers on the door flaps.
You can see that some of the doors are patterned paper, some are stamped with the hatch stamp in our Quoth The Raven set, and the orange ones were made using The Patch digi set.
Here are some close-ups of the images behind the doors. I used stamps from our As Death and Lonely Boy and Puff stamp sets, as well as various pictures that I liked from old Halloween magazines I've collected over the years. All of the images were aged using distress ink to make them more cohesive.
Gotta love the upside down witch!
My fave As Death image...and you can barely see a raven peeking from the door underneath it.
Poor Lonely Boy missing Puff...
Ok, so here is a slightly angled view so you can see what I meant by two frames. They are hinged together on the other side using some book binding material. In case you were wondering, there are 30 door flaps on the front, one for each day of the month, until you get to Halloween. Then you open up the frames to reveal the Halloween surprise!
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