Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spooky Owl Card Invite


I just love em'. They are everywhere. I have been wanting to do this project for awhile now. I have said it before but I will say it again. I LOVE HALLOWEEN. So much. I wanted some spooky invites for a Halloween bash, and this is what I came up with:


When we were in Oregon in september we went to the outlet stores at the beach. There we went to the Harry and David store. First time for me, and I was super impressed with all of the yumminess there. I thought it was a little spendy, but so yummy. While I was there I saw this owl cookie box.

I thought that it was pretty cute, and wanted to do a spin off of my own for a party invite.
 Wanna make your own? DIY below>>>


  • Scrapbook paper:

-Base color card stock ( black in picture)
-textured / design ( brown striped in picture_
-white card stock

  • brown/ black ink  stamp pad
  • scissors
  • tape ( for making pattern)
  • eyelets/ tools for putting them in
  • gluesticks/ hotglue
  • hemp/ string for closure
  • embossing powder
  • embossing gun
  • stencil for bigger pattern
  • acrylic paint ( cream in picture)
  • paint brush for stenciling

So I started out by making my pattern. The pattern consists of a square center measuring 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. The outside circle flaps were done by laying a bowl on top of the black card stock and tracing the circumference. Then I cut it in half and placed half on each side of the square. I made sure that the diameter of the bowl was the same as the height of the square...5 1/2 ".

Then I taped the flaps to the square so that it was one big piece...  ya i used black duct tape. Any tape will work.

2.) tracing  
Trace your pattern onto a piece of cardstock. I used plain black because I wanted to stencil on my own pattern. If you have a piece of scrapbook paper that you would rather use than that is great. Skip to step 4. If you wanna stencil just keep reading. After you trace your pattern cut it out with your scissors. the tick marks below show were the flaps will eventually fold in.

3.) stenciling

I bought a pack of these stencils at Walmart for $3.87. It came with TONS. I chose a pattern that I liked and punched out the little pieces and used a blunt ended paint brush with super stiff bristles. I know that they make stenciling brushes, this is just what I had on hand. I laid the stencil over the black paper, dipped my brush in paint, and dabbed till the voids were covered. I then moved the stencil and did it again. I did this all over the paper. When I was done I took a little extra paint and dry brushed the edges.

this is a picture after the card is done, but it shows the dry brushing along the edges of the card.

4.) Inside

Next I cut square pieces for the inside of the card. I cut a piece of white cardstock measuring
5 1/4" X 5 1/2" So that it would fit inside of the outside enclosure. I  left a small lip on the white paper measuring about 1/4" hence the measurements not being a perfect square... I folded this over and used it to glue it to the black stenciled cardstock. On top of the white I cut and glued a textured piece of paper to the outside of it. It measured 5 1/4" X 5 1/4". This one is a perfect square.
white cardstock with folded lip of 1/4". whole thing is 5 1/2" tall, and 5 1/4" wide. this picture shows it sideways...

textured top piece measuring 5 1/4" X 5 1/4" perfect square.

here is the white flap hot glued to the black cardstock. This is the inside of the card.

this is with the flap laying down. The white lip is now hidden. This will create the "body" of the owl, that will be showing.
5.)eyes and beak

So next is the eyes and beak. I used a circle cutter to get perfect circles, but I think that just tracing a bottle cap or something similar would work too if cutting by hand. I cut a tear drop out by hand to create the beak. I cut both of these out of white cardstock. After I did so, I rubbed the edges with a brown ink pad to create an aged look. I did the black pupil parts by dabbing on a little paint in a circle, and dumping embossing powder on them. I figured that it would work similar to ink holding it in place. I used paint because I didn't have a round plain stamp, but that would work best. I then used the embossing gun to melt the powder till it was shiny. It did some interesting stuff with the paint burning it a little but I liked it. 

Then I did the eyelet. I have a tool that cuts the whole perfect, and then smashes the eyelet too. I got it in the craft section at walmart. super cheap too. I did white eyelets. Look for a tool to do this. It is near impossible without it.... Anyways. I made sure to make whole in the flap too, so that the eyelets would be what held the eyes to the flaps. 

Lastly I glue the little beak that also had browned edges to the left side of the flaps. here is the card opened with eyes... I chose left because it overlapped on whatever side is on top will work...

6.) enclosure
I hotglued a piece of hemp under the left eye, and then made sure that it would wrap around the right eye. I put a small dab of glue under each eye to hold it in place.

7.) inside invitation
I designed a little invite in photoshop and printed it out, cut and glued it to the inside, putting little photo corners on, and putting in on white cardstock. I also browned the edges again.ALL DONE!!

tie them closed and deliver. I thought that these would be fun for just about anytime of the year too since they are not too halloween theme colored. I love them, and can't wait to make more for birthdays etc.

I kinda wanna just display them on my mantle...:)

That is it! It did take a little time, but I had all the supplies on hand so it was no extra cost.

If you make something similar let me know I would love to see!


Heather Carey said...

Okay wow. That had to take forever! It has been decided that you need to make lots more for the craft fair. You can stick them in my card basket and I think people will love them.
Done and Done all decided.

Beanie said...

Super Cute!! Both you and Heather amaze me with your ideas and execution of the projects. Keep them coming!!