Monday, September 15, 2008

(8) Tombstone Treat Boxes with Moveable Skeleton

I had so much fun making these treat boxes & skeletons with moving limbs. Just add brads & the arms and legs can be repositioned. I love the spooky glow of the black magic cardstock. :O)


These all come in the Paper Garden Projects "Happy Halloweenie!" kit:
  • Stamp: Mr. Bones the Dancing Skeleton stamp
  • Cardstock: White cardstock to stamp skeletons on & Black textured cardstock (to make box) & Black cardstock for the box. Optional: Eat Drink & be Scary patterned paper (for quick tags)

Things from your supplies/Paper Garden Projects:
Optional Extras (at Paper Garden Projects): Black Magic Spell cardstock (It's what I used here.) It has one coloured (or white) side and one black. You can sand it, tear it & fringe it...!

You can download the template here

Dancing Skeleton
with repositionable limbs:

Step 1.
Stamp & emboss Mr.Bones (black ink, clear embossing powder)

Step 2.
colour & cut out skeleton

Step 3. cut skeletons limbs off (poor fella!)

Step 4.
pierce holes in limbs

The Tombstone Treat Boxes:

Step 1. Cut a piece of Black Magic Spell cardstock to 8.5 inches wide & print the TEMPLATE onto it. (You could also use black cardstock & trace the template in white pencil crayon if you like.) Print templates.

Step 2.
Trim straight edges.

Step 3.
Cut away around shaped parts & Cut 4 slits in sides

Step 4.
Score along dotted lines

Step 5. Sand box & distress edges

Step 6. Stamp with R.I.P. if you like (I used a Typewriter foam stamp set from Michael's--stamped with Versamark & embossed with clear embossing powder

Step 7.
Add the skeleton by positioning him on the box, & piercing through the holes in his limbs and through the box.

Step 8.
Affix him by impaling him with brads (loosely closed so the limbs move)

Step 9.
Assemble using Oh so sticky tape (not shown here.)
Step 10. Embellish with the left over pieces of Black Magic Spell cardstock & glitter pen:

  • Tear a piece to make the earth. Cut a piece in a jagged line for the grass & fringe it with scissors.
  • Add details on the tear of the earth, the grass fringe, & the skeleton's bones with a Sakura Star dust Gelly Roll Pen. (Makes it sparkle like a magic spell woke him up!) :O)

  • Put treats straight in the tombstones, or add them in cellophane baggies. You can use a strip of the Eat Drink & be Scary patterned paper to make a speedy tag. I put candy in & then used the spider web stuff (that you can get pretty much anywhere this time of year) to top it & look like mist rising from the grave. :O)
LOTs more tombstone links here.
plus Amazing tombstone templates here (Martha) & here too!!!

Hope you have a gorgeous day!

P.S. On a personal note, my sweet cousin Lisa & her darlin' beau Chris were married on Saturday; what a perfect wedding! (That's why I missed a post) and I'm having such a joyful time catching up with my family & friends. Can't wait to catch up with you bloggin buddies when I get more time on a computer though! :O) (That and scrapbook some photos!) Stampin Hugs to you!

P.P.S. Quick Links here:

P.P.P.S. To Return to the 13 Days of Halloweenie INDEX,
Click HERE :O)


Joani McDonald said...

Oh Mel ~ these are adorable. I love how you can "play" with the skeleton! You always do such great work!

Barb said...

These are so fun! Like paper dolls gone halloweenie.

AnnMarie said...

Ok Mel! I am really fighting the urge to buy this stamp set and you are making it really tough! Another awesome project! : )

Anonymous said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I don't know how you keep coming up with one wonderully clever idea after another. I absolutely love all your amazing projects. Thank you, thank you for sharing them.


Anonymous said...

you are in the other room, unbeleivable love lady

Annapurna said...

These are so stinkin cute. I can see you put your heart into everything you make. Turned out really great. How are you liking the "JOB"? :-)

Kim Etherington said...

Cute cute! I didn't get my daily blog update email from your blog, but there is new stuff on here. Hmm... Enjoy your last couple days in Ont!

Shirley said...

All of your work and creativeness is priceless! Love them. They are so cute!!!

ChrissyM said...

I am one of your many fans! I love all the creations you make. You are so creative. I love the fact that you don't just share your work with us but you give us the tutorial and step by step instructions on how make our own projects. You are truly an inspiration!

Deb Neerman said...

LOVE these, Mel-a-Licious!!! Thanks so much for sharing 'em with us!

You da bombetta!

Anonymous said...

Hello there Mel,
I have been visiting. These are awesome. I guess I really should get into the Halloween spirit.

Elena said...

Great project! Cool tutorial! You always do such a nice work!

Maria said...

Hey Mel!! I really love the tombstone treat box!! It's way cute! I love all the special touches to your cards and projects. This one is no exception. As always, your projects are so fun to look at!!


Carrie Gaskin said...

I love these! I'm going to have to try some out. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kimberly Crawford said...

You totally and competely blow my mind!! You are amazing!! The talent you possess is scary!!! I love the way your mind works.
Thanks for sharing it with us!! :)

Cherie said...

Wow! This is totally cool! I ordered the stamp set but Paper Gardens Project was out of the paper. Darn it! :) TFS!