Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cauldron Shaped Box & digital paper piecing a freebie (Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge!)

Edited to Add (SUN 1:00 AM):
Sorry y'all. Swine flu has flown off with all my energy. ughhhh
I hope to have a post tomorrow evening. oxo mel

Mo's Digital Pencil Cauldron Box-trickORtreat digital freebie (mel stampz)

Hey Ladies and Ghoulimen!

This was more fun than I've had in ages! I bugged the amazing Mo (Manning) & asked if it would be okay if I blew up the teensy weensy cauldron from her gorgeous Halloween freebie--to make a shaped box template to share with you guys. She generously said yes!

It ended up as two cauldron shapes (at 700%)
--used as a front and back on a box base:

Trick or Treat Mo's Digital Pencil freebie Stick image on cauldron box mel stampz

I made the version, in the photo here, to hold standard sized A2 cards, but
if you want you can hide the box base much better than I have (by using the bucket template included here, instead of the rectangular card box.)

1...Mo's Challenge Blog (this week' 3D Challenge)
2...making a sturdy multi-layered image tricks for paper piecing
4...making a cauldron-shaped treat box
5...templates for the box


It's a 3D challenge this week on Mo's Challenge Blog!
You can read all the details there. :o)

-2- paper piecing
(makes a sturdy multi-layered image)

Mo's Digital Pencil Cauldron Box-trickORtreat digital freebie (mel stampz) - CLOSE

  • Mo's Digital Pencil trick or treat freebie digital image
  • Box & Cauldron templates (free here--linked below)
  • Grey cardstock, Neenah white cardstock
  • Prismacolour pencils & Copic markers
  • Versamark/clear embossing ink; clear embossing powder; heat gun
  • Paper cutter, scissors, scoring tool, hobby blade
  • Paper piercer; needle & embroidery thread
  • Scor-Tape, Tombow Monomulti
  • Wire & cutters, black & silver seed beads
  • Silver Zigpainty pen

Step 1}
Make the base image:

1A} Print Mo's Digital Pencil trick or treat freebie. (Can you believe this image is free!?! Details on how to find it under "Digital Stuff" at the bottom of this post) ;o)

Enabler Alert: You may get hooked; colouring Mo's artwork is addictive!

1B} To make the image easy peasy to cut out attractively, just colour around the image in black. Roughly cut it out.

1C} Colour it however you like. I only coloured these areas (above) since I was paper piecing almost everything.

Step 2} To get a sturdy image (and one that is black from behind when you stick it on the box) just adhere it to black cardstock & Cut the image out. The black outline will just give you a shadow line--It's very forgiving: no need to be too finicky with your cuts.

Notice in the picture above--of the bald witch--that I cut off her hair? :o) I added embroidery thread hair. It was easier than cutting around the hair--surprisingly speedy:

Step 3} Make embroidery thread hair
& layer Bella witchie-poo's head & body:

Trick or Treat Mo's Digital Pencil freebie CLOSE witch mel stampz

3A} Print the paper piecing bits or layers onto white & patterned paper, shade them with pencils & copics if you like & cut them out.

For the Bella witch I printed these extra bits:

-->A second whole image (On neenah white) from which I cut: her arm & the cauldron; her head & hat; a shoe; and the patch for the cape
-->On black paper with Halloween text: Her hat & her dress (creating a mirror image OR flip horizontal in Photo Software) & printing on the light back of the patterned paper lets you see where to cut
-->On BasicGrey paper (Toyland Fig-1014): her cape, her hat band

3B} Stick the thread on the back of a second head. :o)

3C} Add the hat (you may want to add foam tape or more paper layers to even out (under and above the embroidery floss hair.)

3D}Adhere other layers of the witch's clothing.

Step 4} Add Bronte, (the doggy who's dressed up as a cat!)

If you check out this photo.... can see that I didn't worry above covering up Bronte the pooch with the witch's clothing (or worry about cutting the bottom left parts of her clothes perfectly either, for that matter) since I knew I was paper piecing Bronte.

Here are the layering & paper piecing bits I used for Bronte:

I used a these layers for Bronte (left to right):

-->His little doggy T-shirt (on thepatterned paper)
-->I used the whole image from before to cut--a second whole Bronte (minus the long tail)
-->Then photoshopped the image to print just these bits: an additional whole Bronte head & just the kitty mask

(I stuck some embroidery thread on the mask as whiskers)

Hopefully this photo gives you some idea of what the layers look like:
Trick or Treat Mo's Digital Pencil freebie TEXTURE & layers
(more details on how the layers were made in "Cheap Tricks" below) :o)

Mo's Digital Pencil Cauldron Box-trickORtreat digital freebie (mel stampz) - CLOSE

Step 5} Embellish the image:

I added this stuff:
  • Thin silver wire on the broom handle
  • Rusty orange embroidery thread for hair
  • Bright orange embroidery thread (stitched on the patch of her cape)
  • Knots of white thread on the hem of her dress (coloured with Copic markers)
  • More bright orange thread for Bronte's false tail
  • Turquoise thread stitched on the bottom of Bronte's Tshirt
  • Silver beads glued to the hat band
and... a path of black pebbles...

Trick or Treat Mo's Digital Pencil freebie BEADED pebble walkway mel stampz
To make a speedy path of pebbles:

A) Squiggle on a line of heavy duty craft glue (the kind that dries clear)
B) Pour some seed beads over it, arrange them to your liking & let it dry

Trick or Treat Mo's Digital Pencil freebie Stick image on cauldron box mel stampz

Step 6} Finally, adhere the witch & Bronte to the cauldron Box
(directions & templates below...)


(for paper piecing)

These paper pieces each have several layers of paper glued under them for depth (and that makes them really strong too.) I find paper faster and cheaper than foam as well.

If you like the idea of making paper layers, you might like this trick:

Use a marker to colour the edge the same colour as your paper piece--or the colour of your image background--so that it doesn't stand out

OR you could forget the marker and just use matching cardstock in the first place--(in this case, I shoulda used black cardstock, but instead I used scraps of patterned paper with white core....) :o)


...make a cauldron-shaped treat box:

Two shaped pieces as the front and back of a box. Stuck onto a rectangular box. If you'd like to see the step by step process in photos, please see that older post (linked above.)

Step 1} Print the cauldron shape templates (front & back) & cut them out.

Step 2) Jazz up the cauldron...

2A} Shade the cauldrons with pencil crayon, ink, or whatever you like

2B} Give it texture: smoosh Versamark ink (or any clear embossing ink) over the caulron fronts & Sprinkle with clear embossing powder & heat it. If you cover the whole thing in thick clear embossing, you could crackle it if you like--or you could stamp a background pattern instead...or Cuttlebug/Big Shot emboss it maybe?

2C} The single layer of clear embossing powder gives a fun texture...

... it's kind of pebble-y like old cast iron.

Step 3} Make the rectangular box base:

3A} Print, cut, score, & fold the box base

3B} Line up the cauldron shapes on the unassembled box, make the top curve of the cauldron & cut the excess bit of box (in a curve.)
3C} Cut the following sizes of rectangles (for the side pieces on the rectangular box base):

4 side pieces each measuring a hair over 2-1/2" x 3 1/8"
(in other words, Two to match the inside lining & Two to match the outside.)

Mo's Digital Pencil Cauldron Box-trickORtreat digital freebie (mel stampz)

Step 4} Finish the box:

4A}Add a wire handle (to the font cauldron shape.) Alternatively, you could use pipe cleaner or paper for a handle.

4B} Assemble the box with the 4 side pieces sandwiched against each other to make the two sides (hiding the small flaps on the box.)

4C} Adhere the cauldron shapes to the box base (the embossing may make a nice heavy duty adhesive a good idea.)


Cauldron Shape:

Rectangular Box Base:
(measures 4.5 inches wide)
fits standard A2 cards & envelopes!

Box Base (no score lines)
Box Base (score guide)

If you don't want the box to show much
(from behind the cauldrons) then you could use my
bucket handbag template & cut off the top of it--in a curve. :o)

3 Box templates that you can
click to download here

Want Mo's freebies?

You won't believe the beautiful images that Mo gives away. If you'd like to make creations to Mo's freebies (plus see some gorgeous samples--and check out updates on her newest art), you just have to join one of these forum groups...

Already a PCP or SNR member? (Then skip to "step 2") :o)

NOT a PCP or SNR member yet?
Just follow these 2 simple steps:

Step 1) Join one/both of these main groups:

Step 2) Click these pages to join Mo's Digital Pencil (sub-group):
Direct links, so you can find the witch (after you join):
PCP Trick or Treat freebie from Mo's Digital Pencil
SNR Trick or Treat freebie from Mo's Digital Pencil
the more members the more freebies that generous Mo gives away!

Clickable thumbnails:

front, side, & close views:

Witch face, Bronte, & pebble path details:

Hope you had half as much fun checking this out as I did making it! :0)

Happy Craftin'!


♥ Lydia ♥ said...

Wicked!!! :0) Absolutely fabulous piece of work it! :)

Gabriele said...

Wow... awesome! Thank you so much again... for sharing your stuff, for your tutorial and tipps&tricks... and for blogging although you`re ill!

Take Care,

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Girl you are too much! This is gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE all the little details you add to your projects and it is SO awesome that you describe your projects in such detail! TFS!

Dawn B. said...

I am so glad you are back to stamping and hope you are feeling better. I love this.. What perfection you have on this project. Thanks for sharing the how to's..

Cindy said...

Awesome, Mel!! How nice to see you back in action! but don't over-do it!

Adair said...


Anonymous said...

hi Mel,usual gorgeous work you are not ill are you?love lady .....that requires a phone call to answer

lisa808 said...

Love your cauldron box.

ftloc said...

Completely magical! Your tutorial is informative and thorough. Thank you for the inspiration and the detail!

Get well soon!

Tatanky said...

Wow Mel you're fabolous. This tutorial is so great ! Thanks sooo much

Vina said...

Wow Mel! This project blows me is breathtaking! Your attention to detail is amazing as always! I will definitely sign up to get this generously free image! TFS!

Lora said...

This is fab!! I have this image but I would of just coloured it with my copics, would of never thought of doing something as fabulous as this! I love visiting your blog :)
Lora x

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

I love this time of the year.
this is a really cool basket thanks
for sharing :)

Holly said...

as always another marvelous project with such attention to detail. I can tell you had a lot of fun playing with this.

broni (waterchild12) said...

Truly amazing, Mel!!

theneon said...

Mel! I can't take my eyes off of this delightful project! I got this freebie as my first digital but was at a loss to do anything with it. I tried paper piecing but didn't know how to go about it. Your step by step is amazing but know I could do nothing to compare to yours. Thanks so much for sharing.

Carol Weimer said...

This is amazing. Thanks for the link to Mo's site. I'm so inspired by both of your works!!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Mel, this is just OUTSTANDING! You take Mo's images to a new level!

Candy said...

Hi Mel - it's been a while!!
WOW WOW - this is AWESOME - way to go!!!
I discovered Mo's work a couple of months ago and just can't get enough of it - wonderful stuff!!!!
I can't thank you enough for making this awesome tutorial and giving us the instructions on how to make the box as well.
Hugs, Candy

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 22 Oct [LA 08:17pm, NY 10:17pm] - 23 Oct [UK 03:17am, OZ 01:17pm] ).

Kay said...

Thanks so much for this, I love Mo's work, and I couldn't work out how to paper piece on dark patterned paper, so I really appreciate the tip about reversing the image. The whole project is just jaw dropping!!!

Anthonette said...

Awesome project, Mel! Love it.

scrappypug said...

this is just beyond amazing! soo creative and just fabulous!

Heather "Hev" said...

Fab work Mel :) as always of course!!

Please take care of yourself!!


Tina said...

Amazing! WOW,WOW, WOW!!!! This is the first time I've seen your work and it is fabulous. Thanks for sharing "how to" in such detail.

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Alex said...

sooo great idea! And made with so much details! great!
Hugs, Alex