Monday, September 3, 2012

It's Party Time!


This September newsletter article focuses on Halloween themed party decor using the new Artiste collection.

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Artiste jump-starts your party preparations

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The brand-new Cricut® Artiste cartridge knows how to party! Fifty themed keys with over 700 shapes including cute cards and 3-D projects galore add up to a staggering number of party favors, invitations, and decorations, all at your fingertips when you have the Cricut® Artiste cartridge!

As one example, take a look at the coffin-shaped treat boxes above. If you’re planning a Halloween party—or if you just want to make Halloween treats with a spooky flair—these coffin boxes are a snap! Here’s how to do it:

First, gather these materials:
  • Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
  • C1462 My Acrylix® All Hallows Eve Stamp Set
  • Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
  • 1243 Goldrush Cardstock
  • Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
  • Z1701 Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
  • Z1754 Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
With your Artiste cartridge in place, load your Cricut® machine with kraft cardstock and cut the coffin by setting the size dial to 5 1/2" and pressing the “3D Object” feature key, then press the “Eek” key, which is the sixth key in on the bottom row. At this size, you can fit two coffins per 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock.

Thanks to the brilliant coordination of elements on the Artiste cartridge, you’ll cut the lid to the box at the same size setting for a perfectly coordinating size and fabulous fit! Press the “Shift,” “3D Object” and “Eek” keys. Two coffin lids will fit on a 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock at this size.

Next, before folding the coffin, stamp the diamond pattern image from the All Hallows Eve stamp set several times with Desert Sand ink on the coffin lid. Stamp the cobweb and spider images in Black ink. Follow the easy instructions on page 58 of the assembly booklet to put the box together.

Next, cut a 1/2" × 2 1/2" strip of Goldrush cardstock for each coffin and stamp the “Beware” sentiment on the strips. Trim a pennant edge on each strip and then attach it to the lid of your coffin using 3-D foam tape.

Finish your coffin by attaching a Black Sparkle over the spider’s body. Ooo! After filling the box with your treats, wrap the coffin lid to the base using a few inches of Black baker’s twine. Give to your favorite goblin or ghoul!

This is just one example of how the Cricut® Artiste cartridge can help make preparing for all of your parties and celebrations even easier! Check out the brand new Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit (page 14 in the Autumn / Winter 2012 Idea Book) for another great Halloween-themed party idea using this fabulous cartridge.

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