Friday 30 October 2009

Free Download - Halloween Lantern

A short break from Christmas because Halloween is here!!!!
If you haven't made a pumpkin lantern yet these are the quickest, easiest lanterns you can make.
There's a free download at the end of this post.

Print onto any colour paper - the choice is yours. Paper is better than card because it allows the light, from your candle, to shine through.
These lanterns have been printed onto UK A4 landscape.
If you have a laminator - run them through it. This will waterproof them and they will happily stand outside even if it rains.

After laminating simply roll the lantern into a tube, prick holes top, middle and bottom and fix with small brads.
If you haven't laminated you can glue or tape.

Place a night light into a glass or jam jar and pop the lantern over it.
They look good in daylight but they're fab when it gets dark!

Cut across the middle of the print-out and you have two shorter lanterns.

The best thing is - when Halloween's over, open the brads, and these lanterns can be stored flat in an envelope - ready for next year.


Just a few words of caution here, as with all candles, it isn't safe to leave them unsupervised, especially around children.
Adding sand or a small amount of water to the jar before inserting the candle is a good extra safety precaution.

Happy Halloween!

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for Halloween Tags Project

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for Halloween Card Project

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Free Downloadable Decoupage Sheets - Christmas Robins

As Christmas is just around the corner here's a quick and easy Christmas card project for you. We've really enjoyed making the samples and there are two free downloadable sheets at the end of this post.

A4 half fold card - 'from our family to yours'
The background was made using our Hero Arts 'Leaf Flourish' wood mounted stamp and VersaFine Onyx black ink.
The ribbon is 6mm wide red grosgrain (a favourite of ours).

Applying Glossy Accents to the eye gives the robin it's typical bright eyed look
These cards are very easy and quick to make and the ribbons give them a real touch of luxury.
The holly was simply punched from lime green light weight card, using our large holly punch, and edge-tinted with VersaColor 'Tea Green' Add berries using a red marker and finished off with Glossy Accents. Alternatively you could use small red gemstones.  
This card uses our 16mm red grosgrain ribbon, bows are not always necessary, with some of the wider ribbons a knot can be just as effective and much easier!
Here we used our red satin 'baby ribbon', it's a small card and so the delicate baby ribbon suites it perfectly.

Or just keep the cards simple by mounting the images onto coloured card.

We've kept the outlines very simple so there's no fiddly cutting out.

Click on the sheets below to open full size then save.

Finally - here are links to three wonderful sites with information on our beautiful native Robin:
RSPB - Robins
BBC Wildlife - The secret life of the robin leaving the nest
Arkwildlife - Robin

Thanks for visiting and have fun!