Hello Sweet friends! It’s Jessie. I’m so thrilled and honored to be sharing my first post for Sweet Stamp Shop! It’s beginning to look like fall where I live. I don’t know about you but I love Fall the most. My favorite events occur, apple picking, hayrack rides, pumpkin patch visits, and best of all Halloween. At our house, we always go a bit over the top for Halloween. We do family costumes (that I make of course), throw a Halloween party, and I always help out by making special treats for the kids’ classes. So when I saw these witches from the stamp set called “Squad Ghouls” from Sweet Stamp Shop, I knew I had to make something special for the treats this year.
Stamp the Witches Using Onyx Black Ink
First thing I did was pull out my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamp platform. Since I need to make a bunch of these for my daughter’s class I figured the platform was the way to go. I stamped the witches with Versafine Onyx black ink. Then I used clear embossing powder and my heat gun to set the ink. I did this because I would be using Copic markers to color the witches. Copic Markers will smear Versafine ink if you don’t emboss it. I learned this the hard way. If you want to skip the embossing step either use Memento Ink with Copics or use a water based marker like the Tombow dual brush markers with your Versafine. I don’t currently have a Memento ink in black so I went the embossing route.
Use Copic Markers to Color and Shade the Witches
Next, I used the Copic markers to color and shade the witches. I colored these to look like some of my favorite famous Halloween witches. Feel free to color yours any way you would like. Don’t forget the shading to help make them POP! If you don’t have a darker tone of the same color to shade your image with you can always use a grey tone to put in the shading. Also, you should color the background between the witches unless you want to have to fussy cut those little spaces later.
Add Sparkles to the Witches Belt
Then I used a Signo Uniball pen in white to add a few highlights and another in gold to add some sparkle to the belts of the witches. I also used a black marker to add a wart to the blonde witch.
Fussy Cut Out the Witches
Afterward, I used my tiny sharp scissors to fussy cut out the witches. Since this was going on a very colorful background and I had embossed them I chose to do a very tight fussy cut. If you want you could always leave a little white edge around them to make them easier to cut out.
Cut Rectangles Out of Cardstock Using Scissors or Cricut
For this step, you will be cutting a rectangle out of cardstock to fold in half over the top of a snack sized zip top bag. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 but you could easily do it with a pair of scissors. I used my Cricut because I needed to make a bunch and it could cut while I was coloring.
To get the size of the rectangle measure the width of the snack size zipper bag. This width will be the same as the width of the rectangle. Then I measured the height of the witches and added a quarter of an inch. Next, I took that number and doubled it as that will become the height of the rectangle. That left me with needing a rectangle that was 6.5” wide by 5” high. I cut this big rectangle out of some fun Halloween scrapbook paper I had.
I used my Cricut to cut a second rectangle that was 6.5” wide by 2.5” high out of black paper, to add as a layered piece under the first rectangle. Now because I was using my Cricut I found a rectangle that had one edge with a cute scallop. You could easily cut a scallop by hand, use a border punch, or even leave it straight.
I cut a rounded banner for the name of the treat on my Cricut. A corner rounder punch would accomplish the same look if you don’t have a Cricut.
Use Distressed Black Ink to Dirty up the Big Rectangle and Rounded Banner
Since these are for Halloween and supposed to be spooky I used my Tim Holtz Distressed Ink in Black Soot to distress and dirty up the edges of the big rectangle and the rounded banner. Once all the layers have dried from the ink you can glue them together. I used a tape runner but feel free to use any adhesive you like.
Cut Words out of Vinyl Using a Cricut (Optional)
While the ink was drying and I was gluing them together, my Cricut was cutting the words out of vinyl. I used vinyl because I dislike gluing down individual letters or using alpha stickers. And I hate my handwriting as I never can get the words perfectly straight and tidy. Transferring the vinyl adheres all the letters in one shot; all perfectly lined up. Plus, I didn’t have any alphabet stamps that were small enough.
Vinyl is easy to work with if you have an electronic die cutting machine. Have the machine cut the letters. Then weed/remove the excess vinyl from around the outside and inside of the letters. Lay transfer tape on top of the letters and rub it lightly. This will remove the letters from the vinyl backing and stick them to the transfer tape. Next, you can pick up and move all the letters at once with the vinyl adhesive side facing down. Place the transfer tape with the letters on your project and rub. Afterward slowly peel back the transfer tape and you will find all your letters are down and in the perfect place.
Add Witches Using Pop Dots to Add Dimension
Once the vinyl was placed on the treat bag toppers I added the witches with pop dots to give them an extra little dimension. The topper was folded in half so I could place it over the top of the snack sized zipper bags.
I filled the bags with a little Sweet and salty treat, bugles for the witch fingernails and chocolate chips for warts. After that you staple the topper onto the zipper bag, you are ready to go.
I hope you try to create your own Halloween Bag Topper or at the very least it inspires you to find some other crafty way you can use the Squad Ghouls Stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop.
Other products used:
Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Stamp Platform
Versafine Ink – Onyx Black
Clear Embossing Powder
Uniball Signo Gel Pen – White and Gold
Distress Ink and blender – Black Soot
Black Adhesive vinyl
Stapler and staples
Snack-sized zip top bags
Yummy Treats – Bugles and Chocolate Chips