Hi everyone, it's Audrey. I am so excited that fall has arrived, and the time for Halloween crafts is here! This is my very favorite time of the year, and I really do tend to go all out for the holidays. I love decorating for the season and making special treats for my family. Today I have a spooky sweet treat idea to share, featuring fun new Halloween dies from Sizzix and Tim Holtz.
These wicked sweets are matchbook-style treat containers, and I love them for their ease and simplicity. I had some pre-packaged pumpkin cookies that are my daughter's absolute favorites that I used to fill my containers. But one of the absolute best things about this project is how easy it is to adapt the size to fit any number of treats and baked goods.
I really love peek-a-boo packaging. And these adorable new Halloween Mixed Media dies by Tim Holtz are so perfect for creating cut-away windows, giving just a hint at the goodies inside.
I dressed my containers up with a bit of twine and new Idea-ology spider charms and ephemera bits, and topped them off with sentiment banners made with the new Halloween Words Thinlits. They really are quick and easy to create. And so much fun, too. Let's take a closer look.
Measure the size of your sweet treat, and cut a strip of cardstock that is wide enough to completely contain it. For my packaged cookie, I cut panels that were 3.75" wide by 11" long. Using a scoring board, score the long side at 4.75", 5.25", 5.75" and 10.5".
I've folded one of the panels here for you to see how the finished treat sleeve will look. The center score lines create a mountain fold at the bottom, and the top flap gets folded over and stapled to secure the package. The treat will get sandwiched in the middle.
Ink the paper panels using an ink blending tool and your favorite fall colors of Distress Inks. I used Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet on one panel, and Shaded Lilac and Carved Pumpkin on the other.
Spritz the paper lightly with water using a Distress Sprayer. Allow the water to sit for several seconds before dabbing it off with a clean paper towel. I didn't use watercolor paper for the containers, but regular cardstock can withstand a small amount of water. Just be mindful of how much water you apply.
Position one of the Halloween Mixed Media Thinlit dies onto the front of your treat container, and run it through your die cutting machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
Apply a small amount of tape runner adhesive along the top of the back panel of the treat sleeve and attach your treat package. Fold the container closed, and secure at the top flap with a staple.
Cut thin strips of Distress cardstock, and die cut a Halloween sentiment from one of the strips using the new Halloween Words: Thin Thinlits dies. Adhere the die cut strip onto the solid piece. Repeat the process for each container.
Tuck the die cut word strip and an ephemera card under the top flap, and secure the pieces with a bit of adhesive. Tie twine around the top of the container, attaching a spider charm to the bow.
Halloween Mixed Media Thinlits
Halloween Words: Block Thinlits
Other Materials Used:
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Core'dinations Distress Cardstock
- Embellishments: Idea-ology Spider Charms, Idea-ology Curiosities Ephemera Pack
- Tiny Attacher
- Ink: Ranger Distress Inks
- Twine: The Twinery