Sunday, September 7, 2008

Haunted Tealight Tutorial

This was frightfully simple to make, "Spooky Silhouettes" indeed! I posted this project during our release party and there was enough interest to create a special tutorial to share with you...

For this project you need:
black CS and ink
vellum (paper, not CS)
Scor-Pal
SU! Tag punch
Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Mono-Multi
tealight candle
scary BOLD stamps! (see link above) :)
Score your 3" x 8 1/2" piece of CS at 2, 4, 6, and 8 inches. Cut off 1/4" of the smallest section at the end.
Punch out a tag from scratch paper and use a bit of adhesive to stick it in the center of each scored section (about 3/8" up, leaving more room at the top for you to punch off the scalloped edge). Insert the CS into your punch with it face up, lining it up with the punched tag and punch. Repeat on each section until you have four windows.
Use the threading water punch across the larger top edge to make a scalloped top (like a castle?) Decorative scissors work too, but the holes from this punch in each scallop add so much more interest and allow light to peep through. Sorry so blurry, but see how there's green showing through on either side of the punch, it shows exactly where to line up your holes, perfect every time!


Stamp the four bold images from "Spooky Silhouettes" onto your vellum paper and trim so that the image will be centered in each window. Make sure you leave them bigger than the window so you have room to adhere them. Check each image behind the window to see how you would like to frame them instead of just centering, they are a little taller than the punch and you may want the top (scarecrow's head) or bottom of the image (fire under the cauldron) to show and not mind the other part being underneath.Stamp the four bold images from "Spooky Silhouettes" onto your vellum paper and trim so that the image will be centered in each window. make sure you leave them bigger than the window so you have room to adhere them. Draw a little strip of Mono-Multi around each window on one side and add your stamped vellum vignettes. This will be the inside.
Now fold all scored lines and attach the end strip to the other side with more Mono-Multi or Scor-Tape. I love how unlit the vellum looks just like frosted glass.


Add your tealight inside and carefully light. Isn't that crazy how much it looks like the sun's rising or setting behind those fabulous images? Spoooooooooooooooky!!! Crawl under covers and eat candy corn while you tell ghost stories and watch the light flicker and dance! (Don't be afraid, they're only stamps) :)


How'd you like this Scor-Pal project?? Today is the last day to enter a comment for chance to win a Scor-Pal WITH a Scor-Mat, please leave a comment here. Enter TWICE today if you can also provide an order number from our latest Gina K Designs release you placed any time since Friday night! :) Be sure to check back tomorrow for the winner and a new Scor-Pal project, this time a card using Just So Sporty!

IMPORTANT: Never leave a burning candle unattended and supervise children with this project!!!

76 comments:

kat said...

What a fantastic project; very striking!! Thanks! Now, I do believe it's my turn to win something and a Scor-Pal would be the perfect thing!!!

Ravengirl said...

This project is fantastic and you make it look super easy! Nice PSA at the end of your entry. Can't wait to see who wins the Scor-Pal!!!

Nancy said...

Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I have the SU tag punch but never would have thought to use it this way. Thank you for the tutorial!

(I hope I win the score-pal so I can make one too! *wink* *wink!)

Anonymous said...

Oooooh! Such a cool project! I am surely gonna try this out! But I'm gonna need that scor-pal! I don't want to pressure you, but it is my BIRTHDAY today........!!!! Oh yes, and GinaK invoice # from Friday night is #4916. SUPER project, as always Mel! Ramona P

little.one said...

Such a great idea! I may try this for more than just Halloween. Can you imagine the possibilities? I've been thinking about buying a Scor-Pal, but it wasn't in the budget this month.

Allison said...

This is so cute! I love it! What a great project that would work with any set and colours!

Cal said...

This is such a cool project! I am going to have to print it out and give it to my mom when I give her this set. Thank you for taking the time to put it together for us.

stampinc said...

This is so cool and the stamps are just perfect for this tealight. Thanks for a chance.

Lastel said...

What a fab project ! Thanks for a chance to win !

SparkofWhimsy said...

This is so pretty! Thank you for doing the tutorial for us. I can just imagine it done in so many ways for so many different occasions! Hehe another thing to add to my never-ending list of things to do!

And thank you also for the chance at a score-pal. When I first saw those I didn't think much about them, but now seeing so many uses posted by so many of you talented women it makes me realize I should have paused before overlooking it!!!

Alyssa B said...

Woow what a wonderful project---I would love to have a scor mat to make one with. (hint) (hint) (giggles)!

catdidit said...

This has to be one of THE best projects you have done! I think this is just awesome Mel! I cant wait to try this one! LOVE it!

oh, and Invoice ID: 0000004910...I leave another comment later, in the high hopes of winning! LOL!

Theresa said...

Love it! Thanks so much for this tutorial. How clever! Finally a project I can use my tag punch on. I knew it would come in handy some day.

Invoice ID: 0000004998 - Can't wait to play with my new stamps. =)

Amy Johnson said...

This candle is so cool! I love it! What a creative idea!

betty lou said...

What a great project! Love that vellum! Now, I really need a Scor Pal! Thanks for the chance to win!
betty.chet@gmail.com

Artist said...

I absolutely think you are too clever for words, but I'll try. Everything I look at on your site is so entertaining, educational and just plain fun. You have inspired me to do many things with my stamps and cardstock. Thanks and I'd love the Score Pal as I only have an Aleene's Box Maker to score lines with. I've had it some 20 years now, lol.

Sue D said...

Even though I don't really celebrate Halloween this is a very striking project. Good use of Scor-Pal and the spooky stamps.

Jennie Harper said...

What a cute tealight holder! I can see this for Christmas too! Thanks for the instructions...I haven't placed my Gina K order yet, still deciding...
Thanks for the chance..
Jennie

Anonymous said...

Great idea! How clever of you to make this, and how kind to share it.
sherry

kellygrl27 said...

You are so awesomely creative. I can't wait to make these and share them with my family. I love to decorate for Halloweeen as much as Christmas.

Erin... said...

What a super spooky project!! Thanks for the great tutorial, can't wait to try it out!! And fingers crossed for the scor-pal

Stampin_Melissa said...

What a fabulous project!

Ooohhh, I'd LOVE to win a Score-Pal! *crossing fingers & toes*

Nancy said...

I'm back with my 2nd post... I just place an order (large one at that) with Gina K. I just had to have the Spooky Silhouettes so I can make the haunted tea-light! My invoice # is 0000005022. My birthday is this month too! *woot* (now all I lack is the scor-pal... but no pressure here. hehe!)

Shawna said...

This is just a WONDERFUL project! Thanks for the tutorial, Mel. I can see tealights for a lot of holidays with this one. My granddaughter is going to love our next "project time" making these!

Jessica Gale-Tanner said...

Very neat project! I'll have to give this one a try, and if I win the Scor-Pal it will make it much easier to make! TFS and thanks for the chance to win!!

Purple Princess said...

fantastic project! I have had my eye on the Scor-Pal for a while now. It would be wonderful to win one!

Jackie said...

I love that project!! They make those flickering battery operated candles now and one of those would be perfect in there.

Kerry A said...

What an amazing project! Thanks for sharing the details!

virgo5 said...

I swear you are a genious! What a super cool idea! I definitely making this...and you can use any solid stamp!!! Thanks for sharing...I look so smart when I copy you! lol

austampers stampin room said...

This is fantastic!!!!! I am going to try this! Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to try this. :)

charlene.herter said...

That is a perfect stamp set to do that project. Thanks for the tutorial - I really wanted to make one and your pictures make it look so easy to do that I will for sure give it a try.

Bee said...

Pretty cool votive holder! :-D
I would even recommend just using the battery operated votive candle, those are flickering and since you can't see them through your holder, it will look really like the real deal and eliminate any need for supervision! :-)

Anthonette said...

I loved your project! What a clever use of a tag punch and a border punch. I love vellum, but don't use it enough. Thanks for a chance to win the Scor-Pal and mat! I don't have one yet.

buggin2stamp said...

Melanie, thanks for the awesome tutorial and a chance to win a scor-pal. I can't afford one because I keep spending all my money on Gina K stamps. LOL!!

My invoice number from my Friday night order is 4903.

Anonymous said...

What a cute project. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm especially interested in the scor mat. Nellie

Vanessa said...

This is "frightfully" easy. Super creative, like ALWAYS!

Linsey said...

Just gotta tell ya, Mel--this is pure genius!!! I must CASE this fabulous project and you've showcased each step beautifully! Thanks for always inspiring!!! hugs!

Anonymous said...

Super cute project! If you have small kids around, you can even use those "battery" tea light candles that you can turn off and on. They really last a long time!
Would love to win a Scor-Pal!
Gail

virgo5 said...

I'm back!!!! Thanks again for the great tutorial, and another chance to win the scor-pal! my order # is 5027.

anni said...

This project is Inspired and Fabulous!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Casmiles said...

This is a great idea. My sister comes to visit every year in October for dad's bd, and we do LOTS of Halloween crafts. I'm already loading up the box with goodies, and this is going in too! Now, having a Scor-Pal would certainly speed things up. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks again for a wonderful idea!

Carolyn King said...

love it...the vellum DOES look like frosted glass....wonderful!!!

(hee..love your warning!)

Susan W said...

I love this tutorial, and with my love of candles of course I need to try it out. The score pal sure would help.
Gina K invoice # is 4970

Susan W said...

Okay since I had an order # this is my comment/entry to try and win the awesome score pal and score mat

Alison said...

Love this project, especially the clever use of the tag punch! I'd love to make a bunch of these for the Halloween spooky spirit.

Pat S. said...

Hi Melanie!
Your candle is so cool...thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

And thanks for offering a chance to win a Scor-Pal...WOW!

Gracie and Fred's Grandma said...

What a cute project. I missed it earlier. Sure looks like fun.

Anonymous said...

I love,love, love this project.Thanks Mel

Love your new set as well, SharriC in New Brunswick, Canada

Michelle said...

OMG!! HOW CUTE IS THAT!!! I would love to give the scor-pal a good home.

Anonymous said...

I am not intentionally sucking up, but....you are soooooo talented!! Love all your ideas. I am new to your blog. I have seen so many cool things created with that ScorPal. It is next on my list of must haves. Unless of course, you pick my name. (hint, hint)

Thanks for the inspiration,
MardellE

Pamela Smerker said...

This is sooo cool! Have you seen one of those faux tea lights they have out now that use a battery. That would work super for these, plus it wouldn't catch on fire...ha ha!
Wonderful tutorial Mel!

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! I can enter twice if I have an order number form Gina's?? You bet I have an order number!! :-) #4932 And guess what that order consisted of?? Your set and the punch that you've been playing with for the last few posts. I can't wait until they all get here. Thanks for the chance to win a Scor-Pal and mat.
Deborah in TX

Donna said...

wow! this is so fantastic - love how the light plays off the images - serendipitous!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Love it Mel! Can't wait to try it myself!

TFS--
Suzanne Dean

okcapitolgirl said...

Mel - Thanks for this tutorial! I may have to give it a whirl!

Also, I appreciate your very sweet comments during the release party the other night! You made my day!

Hugs & Stamps!

Brenda said...

Wonderful project, and great tutorial. I will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Koskovich said...

I can't help thinking how lovely this would be with Christmas or winter stamps! Love the idea, Thanks, Nancy

Pat Turner (SCS contrapat) said...

What a nifty project! And I'd LOVE a chance to win a Scor-Pal, my husband (aka The Grinch) NEVER buys me crafting stuff, even when I put it on my list!!! And I have just gotten the directions for the ice cream cone card that uses the Scor-Pal! I'm crossing my fingers AND my toes (maybe my eyes, too, LOL!)
And definitely going to try the tealight lantern, and share it with my stamping group.

Marcia said...

Great tutorial - lots of options with that project!

Marcia said...

Love the Scor-Pal and have been wanting one! My order was #5002 - with your T-shirt and So Sporty set - can't wait to get them and design my own outfits!!

SusanH said...

Great project! Love the look of the candlelight behind the images - very spooky!

kathryn pickering said...

So cute! My daughter, away at college will get one of these from me. Halloween os her favorite holiday! Thanks!

patty w said...

OH MY GOSH !

That is ADORABLE !!!!

jean wilson said...

Thanks for the inspiration...I have Christmas stamps that I can do this very project with and am excited to try it!!

Rita said...

Fabulous spooky project & it's sure to be a hit on Holloween night, I can't wait to try it! I sure do wish I could win this Scor Pal!!! Make my day PLEASE!!!

Maria H. said...

Melanie:

Wow, what a great halloween project that is! Thanks so much for sharing!

Isn't the Scor-pal the bomb? :-)
Have a wonderful Monday!

Stampmouse said...

oMg this is awesome saving this in my reader to attmep later

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

MEL!!!!!!!!!!! How did I miss this creation???????? Oh yeah, I missed the party!!! :( Wowzers girl!!!! This is a rockin' tutorial with ENDLESS possibiliTEES!!!! (hint as to what's on my mind!! LOL)

Marie said...

I'm not entering the contest for the Scor-Pal - I'm probably too late and besides I've already got one.

But I did make a version of your votive holder (using SU! stamps) and have credited you. I'm also linking to this post on my blog.

I hope that's ok with you!

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Lorraine said...

Great little project. I'm going to bookmark it - not for Halloween, but for Christmas!! Thanks!

eyelike2cook@aol.com said...

Really nice. I never would have thought to use the tag punch for this. Now you have me thinking, you could adapt this to any occasion with any punch or stamp combo. Very clever, thanks for sharing.
Diane
PS I would love to win the Scor-Pal

Bonnie said...

Wow!! what a fantastic project and you make the tutorial look so easy.
What is a Scor Pal, if it helps score things quick and neat I want to know more.

Anonymous said...

i love the project that you made.It is so cute.

Joan
joanshanks@eastlink.ca

Kristina said...

Melanie, this is a great project. What a wonderful idea and you make it look fairly easy. Thanks for sharing.
Kristina

Anonymous said...

I love how it is made using cardstock and vellum instead of a glass block.

Thank you so much for sharing.

marda

nilsa cortes said...

that's so beautiful!! and easy to do!! I am going over my stash of black paper to prepare some...thanks for sharing
Nilsa Cortes, PR