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Thursday, 24 July 2008

...a Lantern Card for Blog Hop





Hi and welcome to my Blog entry for the PTI July bloghop. Thank you to PTI - this is so much fun and I learned loads from the last one.

I'm sorry - I apologise - it's another Halloween card!!

I have a confession - I don't actually have the PTI Vellum yet - It's on an aeroplane over the Atlantic somewhere - It'll be with me in a few days hopefully. So I used a piece of vellum I had that looked as though it was similar to the PTI stuff - hope that's ok.

I made this lantern card to fit a jam jar - I'm not happy about putting little votive candle holders next to paper. The jam jar completely surrounds the candle and flame and so I thought this was the safer way to go. If you make one of these I would urge you to do the same and use a small candle - make sure the flame is nowhere near the top of the jar.

I made my lantern card foldable so that it could be posted or stored until needed.

I have included a wee tutorial in case anyone is interested. (and I promise I will be putting up a tutorial for the previous magic halloween card soon).

I used my favourite set - Boards and Beams to make a spooky halloween house - Bats from the Spooky sweets set and two tiny little bits of foliage foliage from Spiral bouquet and my Punny valentine (the grassy bit).

Hope it tickles.



Lantern card tutorial


If you click on the pic it should get bigger.

Step 1Decide what size you want the card to be (I made mine fit a jam jar I had )- you need to have 4 sides of equal width and a small flap for gluing. You can just about see the pencil lines in pic 1 where I marked the side divisions before I stamped anything. The four pencil lines will become your 4 outer corners eventually.

I used an A4 sheet of black card (I can't wait for PTI Black!!)

I stamped my house image in Pallet Noir ink and clear embossed it. I stamped in the second section so that my join would end up at the back.

Step 2
Mask the adjoining sections, I used post-it notes.

Step 3
I added fences and foliage (- gleaned from the Spiral bouquet set and the My Punny Valentine set) I also clear embossed these.

Step 4
Cut out the window at least a quarter inch in from the sides and around the house and foliage. I ended the top of my window at least an inch from the top of the card. Cut out the house windows too.

Step 5
Stamp the house image onto a piece of red or orange vellum. Cut it out roughly - only the windows will be seen.

Step 6
Adhere the orange house to the back of the black one making sure the windows are in place.

Step 7
Cut a piece of white or pale yellow vellum just slightly larger than the window - take care that it doesn't extend over the corner (pencil lines) or you'll have trouble folding your card.

Step 8
Turn the card over so's it is right-side up and stamp a few bats (spooky sweets) - I added a moon using the large single polka dot from the polka dot basics set. I also embossed the moon with white embossing powder.

Step 9
Make a little base flap using any old sturdy card you have lying around. Measure the width of one of your sections and take off one eighth of an inch - draw a square based on this measurement. on one side draw a little flap for sticking. Cut it out and fold up the flap.

Step 10
Fold your card - remembering that the pencil lines are your outside corners. The two sections on either side of the house section get a little extra fold down their centre - make this fold inwards. It should look like the pic in step 10.

Add the flap to the back section, right at the bottom.

Step 11
When the black card is glued together down it's flap, push the base flap up into the card - It helps to give the card a little rigidity when you are displaying it without the jar inside.

Step 12
Stamp a little spider onto a piece of frosted shrink plastic - I cut mine out with an oval nestabilities die. cut two slots in the top end - I used a making memories slot punch tool. Shrink it in the oven or use a heat gun.

Step 13
Cut a tiny strip of orange or red paper to match the with of the slots on the spider tag and thread it through both slots - Adhere the tag and paper strip to the front of the card - Stamp a sentiment above - I used Spooky from Spooky sweets.

Steps 14, 15, 16
Your card is now ready to be lit. Please use a safe container for your candle and ensure the flame does not peep out over the top. Alternative lighting ideas: battery operated candle, glo sticks, (we had purple glo sticks in it one night and it looked really eerie - some idiot forgot to take a picture!)

Step 17
When you want to store or post the card - push the base flap out the bottom and squash flat - see how my 4 year old does it!!



80 comments:

  1. Brilliant lantern Claire I bet the children loved this project, great tut too.

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  2. OH Claire, I just love it. You are so tallented!!

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  3. Absolutely amazing!
    You r soooooooooooo talented.

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  4. Wow Claire you totally outdid yourself. Its gorgeous. I had thought about tea lights too, but had the same thought you did about the flame. I'll just have to go bigger :)

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  5. It may be early for halloween, but you have to start sometime. What a fantastic way to use the vellum!! I really like your idea.

    Marie
    http://scrappingworld.blogspot.com

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  6. This is amazing. I have to come back later and check out your tutorial more. I thought about an idea like this but had no idea how to pull it together. I just love your creations. -Molly B

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  7. Claire you need to be on a design team somewhere this is so cool!!! BTW do you all celebrate Halloween in Ireland?

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  8. I love the tutorial. Thanks! I guess I am going to be making me some lumininaries.

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  9. SO cool! I just love this project and tutorial too.

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  10. Claire, you are brilliant!

    ~ Pam
    (prhansen on PTI)

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  11. Claire, this is increadible!! Totally thinking out of the box! Thanks for adding the tutorial too! You have really inspired me :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I knew you would have something very original. What a great idea. And thanks for the tutorial too. Now I know what I will be making instead of carving pumpkins for Halloween.

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  13. Very cool. It's very pretty and soft.

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  14. This is adorable! I love that it folds flat for mailing (and what a cute lil helper hand :) .

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  15. Claire, this is brilliance! :-) You're so talented and thanks for sharing!

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  16. Fabulous idea Claire! Have to CASE this one!

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  17. I am very impressed this is an awesome project!

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  18. I love your spooky box. It is amazing.

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  19. Wow, how creative. I just love Halloween cards, and this one is so adorable.

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  20. That is so beautiful and very creative! I love Halloween!

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  21. This is amazing, very nice job!

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  22. This is so neat, Claire! I love it! You are so talented!

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  23. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing how you created it.

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  24. Love it!!! Not only will have have to make a lantern, but I must have the stamp set too!!!

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  25. Um- yeah this is awesome!!!!

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  26. Love love the lantern card!! It looks absolutely amazing especially with the lit candle!!

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  27. Wow, this is AWESOME!! Thanks for the tut! Will keep it in my bookmark!!!

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  28. Cindy (Myosotis)26 July 2008 at 01:53

    Claire this is adorable!

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  29. FABULOUS! This is SO creative!

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  30. THIS ROCKS!!! Now I HAVE to get this set!

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  31. I love it!!!!! I may need this set now :). I thought I had talked myself out of not getting it. Thanks for taking the time to write up and photograph the tutorial. I also appreciate you getting up early or staying up late to hop with us :).

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  32. this is a fantastic project- awesome job!

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  33. You are truly talented!!! Can't wait to share this darling idea with my friend who got me into stamping; she's a Halloween fanatic & loved your card last month!

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  34. That is just brliiant.....love it. Great instructions, thanks for sharing.

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  35. This is so great! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Oh, MY! This is totally creative and fabulous! I love it!

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  37. what a terrific idea!! put it on a window sill for all to see!! Thanks for sharing it

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  38. You are so talented and creative, Claire. Thank you for taking the time to share your artistry with us. I LOVE the lantern and thank you for the tutorial. I am a visual person so it will help a lot. One can never start too early to prepare for Halloween:)

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  39. Bonnie in California26 July 2008 at 02:40

    Claire, you are brilliant. I just happened to be home today and caught the PTI blog hop, so glad to have seen your blog-I've added it to my favies. Thank you for sharing your talents with the World! This luminaria is awesome...Hmm thinking of adding a pumpkin scented t-lite. Thanks again, you are truly inspiring.

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  40. What a neat idea! I enjoyed looking at your blog! Love all your Christmas creations (I'm ALMOST ready to start in the Christmas mode...almost)
    Fun!
    Kim Marie

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  41. Great Idea. Thanks for sharing a tutorial on how you made it too.

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  42. this is so cute!! i want a whole line of them running down my driveway...

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  43. Your project is the talk of the town...great job...

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  44. Fabulous!! I love that you shared the instructions!

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  45. Great idea. I love it! There's nothing wrong loving the holidays. Christmas is my favorite.

    Katy

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  46. This is beyond cool! Boards & Beams is one of my favorite sets and I love how you used it! Thanks for including a tutorial. :)

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  47. Claire, this is fabulous!!! how very clever!!!

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  48. This is FANTASTIC!!!! I also created a lantern of sorts, but yours is sooo much cooler.

    tamarastamps.blogspot.com

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  49. Claire, this is so fabulous! I love your clean style. Bookmarked this one, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing :-)

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  50. Great great idea and execution - it's simply wonderful Claire!! :)

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  51. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog; had to come back to tell you that I'm half Irish! And had to ask how a girl in Ireland has such a love of Halloween? Did you live in the USA at one time?

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  52. Another very clever project, Claire! I really like it!

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  53. I already posted a comment adoring this project, but I had to let you know that after I browsed through your other posts I added you to my google reader. I LOVE your creations, your originality, and your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us!

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  54. Claire - This is just beautiful and so creative. I love all of your work. Heather (hmj)

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  55. Awesome lantern Claire! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  56. This is the cutest. Great job with the blog hop challenge. I may use your idea for my own halloween party. Thanx for the inspiration.

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  57. Oh how adorable! I LOVE it! THanks for the tutorial!

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  58. LOVe, LOVE, LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial---and the very cool use of technology on your blog---wonderful!

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  59. Wow! What an awesome project! This is a tutorial I'm saving for future use!!

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  60. THUD! This is extraordinarily spooktacular! FABULOUS, Claire!

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  61. Claire, this is AMAZING! You blow me away girl. I love this. Definitely need to make some of these. I think they would be great for any holiday. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

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  62. Hi, I found your blog today through the blog hop challenge. I love your vellum halloween card and you even included a tutorial - I love tutorials! I can't wait to look at the rest of your blog later. Beautiful job!

    Kate in Costa Rica

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  63. I knew this set would be awesome for Halloween. Fabulous lantern--I can't wait to make it.

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  64. Claire, the lantern is awesome. I got your tutorial and I'm going to make some. What a cool idea. Great job!

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  65. WOW 69 comments... Claire you are so popular!! BTW I gave you an award, so hop on by if you want to pick it up and play.

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  66. Claire, this is fantastic! Love the design and the execution... any kid (of any age!) would love to receive this!

    Betsy

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  67. Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing all the details.

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  68. This is soooooo cute!!!!! I love Halloween and I've been wanting this set - now I know I have to buy it! I love this idea - you're so very clever. Thanks for sharing!

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  69. Good gravy! This is fantastic and I believe should be in a magazine! You are amazing Claire and I love visiting your blog!

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  70. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is awesome! I love it!

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  71. Your lantern card is wonderful! I'm glad I found your blog through Papertrey's blog hop.

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  72. Claire - this is a fantastic project that I will def. be trying. You are rockin' those PTI stamps and deserve your honourable mention from Queen Nichole!

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  73. You are amazing. I missed the blog hop as always. And I've been swamped... BUT i stole a moment and came to see your blog. WOW... it never disappoints.
    For someone who hasn't been stamping long, you are seriously blessed with talent. WOW
    YAY for Halloween.

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  74. MY OH MY. JUST FANTASTIC! You are creating such beautiful things!!

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  75. Wow, I just discovered your blog, and I am amazed! Your talent and style is so unique and refreshing! And I've been racking my brain trying to think of a way to use PTI houses for Halloween, but you beat me to it! Wonderful, lovely stuff, TFS!!

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