Sunday, September 19, 2010

Halloween in Wonderland

by Kris Hankins

Halloween in Wonderland

Graphic 45 makes some of my absolute favorite paper collections, with the latest one being Hallowe’en In Wonderland. I knew I wanted to use this paper to make something that I could sit on my coffee table along with my mini pumpkin collection this Halloween. I came up with this Hallowe’en In Wonderland birdhouse.


  • Unfinished Wooden Birdhouse (from local craft store)
  • Paper and Cardstock
  • Stamps
    • Small Pumpkin Stamp of Choice
  • Inks, Paints, and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Leaf Trim, Olive     ( MA-BY-16   $0.99/yard)
    • Clock Button or Watch Face (or decorative button of choice)
  • Tools
    • Martha Stewart Spider Web Border/Corner Punch     ( MSC-PU-42-60021   $24.99)
    • Colored Pencils


  • Start off by painting your unfinished wooden birdhouse with a base coat of purple paint.
    After that dries paint back over it with a 50/50 wash of brown paint and glaze medium.
    After that dries paint with a 50/50 wash of light gray paint and glaze.
    Make each "wash" layer light, random, and streaky.
    Wipe any excess glaze/paint off.
    Some of the purple base paint should show through, but be muted by the washes.

  • Cut to size and glue Uncommon Nonsense paper to each side of the roof.
    When dry, sand the edges lightly for an aged appearance.

  • Using the back side of the remaining Uncommon Nonsense paper (spider webs), punch border pieces using Martha Stewart’s Spider Web border punch.
    Glue all the way around the birdhouse under its eaves.

  • Cut out the cat and Alice from the Wonderland Classified paper.
    Using color pencils give each of the characters some color and personality.

  • Cut several playing card images from the Jabberwocky paper (both 12x12 and 8x8 sheets).

  • Cut pieces of the green You’re Late paper in size/shape of the small playing cards.

  • Stamp your favorite small pumpkin image several times on orange paper.
    Color/shade the pumpkin images using colored pencils.
    Cut pumpkin images out.

  • Cut a keyhole shape from a sheet of the Mad Hatter paper.
    Make the top of the key hole large enough to cover hole in birdhouse.
    Glue the keyhole on the front of the birdhouse.

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