Trunk or Treat

Hello, Friends! Mitsyana Wright here with a spooktacular project for you all.  September officially kicks off pumpkin season!! We're rolling into fall and I can't wait to escape the three-digit heat and wrap up in soft sweaters. With fall comes my absolute favorite holiday of the year... HALLOWEEN!! So I knew I just had to make something with Authentique's Masquerade Collection !!

I started by cutting my papers in half to make 2- 6" × 12" pieces. I was able to get 2 pieces from each paper for a total of 4 pieces.

Next, I ran all 4 pieces through my Xyron Creative Station. I applied one of each paper onto Sizzix Mat Board, cover both the back and front of the board.

Then, with a Sizzix Big Shot, I die-cut the covered mat board pieces using Eileen Hull's Treasure Box die. This is a 13-inch die and my paper is only 12 inches long so I only cover and die-cut the main pieces to create the box. I will cut the accessories pieces out separately later on in this project.

Once I've cut 2 sets of panels I'll start assembly. To assemble the box I first folded along the pre-scored areas.

Then I added glue to the little tabs at the ends and attached to its twin panels opposite. The tab will attach to a panel with no tab.  I made sure the edges lined up, then I secure it in place with a clothespin till the glue set.

I did these steps for both the top and bottom of my trunk.

Then added more glue to attach the bottom and top panels. Once I was satisfied with the placement I weighted the panels down with heavy flat objects- in this case, I just used a couple extra dies I had laying around. 

Once the glue was dry, I stacked the pieces onto each other to form a complete box. I placed rubber bands in a criss-cross/ hatch pattern to align them perfectly and temporarily secure them in place.

I die cute the accessories pieces, which were handles and hinges, out of 110 lb black cardstock. I double layered these pieces so I ended up using a total of 4 hinges and 6 handles to make 2 hinges and 3 handles.

Then I added the hinges to the outside back of my box, lining up the crease of the hinge to the edge where the two halves meet.  

Then, similarly,  I also used the rubber bands to assist me in attaching the metal feet. I wrapped one rubber band close to where I was to attach them and as I added glue and attached them I simply fastened the rubberband over top to hold it in place.

It's a neat trick to get all 4 feet on at the same time without waiting for each to take hold first. Such a time saver for sure!!

Then... more rubber bands! These were to assist with the trunk handles on the sides of the trunk as well as the front.

I took a few punch-outs from the Masquerade Collection and covered the images with a clear glaze to make them look like epoxy embellishments. 

For the top cover, I added one of the Masquerade punch-outs and added a few black die-cut leaves.

I inked a few brown peonies and orange rose buds with black soot ink and added them over the leaves. 

Then lastly, I added my glazed skull, bat, and spider. 

And here is my finished project...

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and it inspires you to create creepy cool in the process!!
Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you again soon!!

Authentiques's Masquerade Collection- Masquerade One, Masquerade Five, Masquerade Elements Cardstock Die-cuts
Sizzix Big Shot, Eileen Hull Treasure Box, Sizzix Mat Board, Xyron Creative Station, I Am Roses- Peonies, Rosebuds, David Tutera Eucalyptus Leaf, Tim Holtz Foundations Metal Feet, Distress Oxide Ink- Black Soot, Black Cardstock, Clear Drying Glue,
 Rubber Bands & Clothespins (optional but recommended)



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