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Spooky Owl Card in Box - Spellbinders October Blog Hop

By: DecoArt
October 2, 2015

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Spooky Owl Card in Box   Spellbinders October Blog Hop
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Thanks for joining us as we team up with Spellbinders for a wonderful, Whimsical Woodland Blog Fest! After you've been completely inspired by this cute Owl in a Box project, enter the giveaway and visit the other partner links (found at the end of this post).

We had a BLAST using the NEW Spellbinders Woodland Collection dies. These will be available later this month and you're going to love them! Keep watch over on the Spellbinders website so you don't miss the announcement that they now available.

Here's a little bit more about the new Woodland Collection:
Let your imagination wander through an imaginary, whimsical world with Spellbinders new Woodland Collection. This collection features a Forest Fox, a Woodland Owl, Stylized Flowers, Pinecones, and Mushrooms. You may be surprised by what you create!

Now... let's get started!

Items needed:

  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Gold Glitz
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Silver Bling
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Ice Crystal
  • Personally Yours - Between the Lines 12x12 - Newsprint
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Medium Grey Value 6
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Paper Towel
  • Transfer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Baby Wipes
  • Craft Glue
  • The Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Palette Knife
  • Vellum
  • A-8 Envelope
  • Embossing Folders (Spellbinders-Vintage Damask)
  • Glue Dots
  • Die Template (Spellbinder's Woodland Owl)


Using a 1" flat brush, cover a piece of watercolor paper, approximately 12" square, in Dark Grey Value 3. Let dry completely. Quickly cover the paper in Medium Grey Value 6, adding a small amount of water as you are working to extend the paint drying time. Crumple a piece of paper towel and dab onto the paper, removing some of the Medium Grey Value 6 and leaving texture.

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Using the dots stencils from any of the DecoArt Personally Yours Between the Lines Newsprint Stencil, randomly stencil dots onto the entire surface with a cosmetic sponge and Silver (Metallic). (This does not have to be perfect or line up everywhere.)

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Transfer the box pattern to the watercolor paper using the transfer paper, pencil, and ruler.

(Stay tuned! A link to the template is found at the end of this post.) 

Line up the ruler with the just-transferred lines. Hold the ruler down firmly with one hand and use the very end of the palette knife to create scoring marks with the other hand. (This works best when the paper is dry to the touch, but still contains moisture.) Be careful not to tear the paper. Allow to dry completely before continuing.

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Follow the provided pattern for the areas to cut with scissors; set scraps to the side. (Be sure not to cut the tabs on the ends.) Fold the edges according to the pattern, running the palette knife along the edges again to create crisp folds.

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Using the permanent glue dots, adhere the tabs to the inside of the box.

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Cut two 6" x 1" strips from the leftover painted scraps. Score and fold the last 1/2" of each piece. Use the glue dots to adhere the scraps onto the inside of the box, flush with the top lip of the box. (Be sure that the folds are facing the same direction as pictured; notice the backwards "Z" formation.)

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Using a baby wipe, smudge Carbon Black along the outside edges of the box. (It isn't necessary to do the back flap or the inside strips.)

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On a piece of scrapbook paper, apply Silver (Metallic) to a 6" x 6" area with a 1" flat brush. Let dry. Once dry, apply several coats of Silver Bling allowing drying time between coats. For the final coat, apply one coat of Gold Glitz.

Transfer the moon pattern onto the painted scrapbook paper, using the transfer paper; cut out with scissors. (Links to the patterns are found at the bottom of this post.)

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Use the transfer paper to transfer hills onto a second piece of white watercolor paper. Mix Green Gold with a small amount of Raw Umber and paint in the hills. Let dry. Save mix for later step. Once dry, run through the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer machine with the Vintage Damask" texture plate. Cut out. Add a few more drops of Raw Umber to the Green Gold/Raw Umber mix; use a baby wipe to apply the new mix to all edges of the hills.

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Using the glue dots, adhere the moon to the back flap, aligning with the crease line. Adhere the smallest hill to the first inside tab, hill #2 to the middle tab, and hill #3 in front of the moon with the glue dots.

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Run the Woodland Owl die cut (body, eyes, and nose) through the Spellbinders machine on white watercolor paper. (Reminder: This is a brand new Spellbinders die and will be available for purchase in October 2015!) 

For the feet and beak, brush out a small amount of Pyrrole Orange slightly larger than the die. Transfer the ghost sheet onto vellum and cut out with scissors.

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Paint the eyes of the owls with Ice Crystal on a #3 round brush. Let dry. Once dry, use the handle end of the brush with Carbon Black to add pupils.

Rest the vellum overlay onto the owl body, but do not adhere yet. Apply a glue dot to the back of each of the eyes, position, and firmly press. Adhere the glue dots on the back of the vellum, underneath the eyes, and press onto white owl body. (This will keep the adhesion unseen.) Use craft glue to adhere the nose.

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On a painted scrap from the box, apply a wash of Carbon Black large enough for the tombstone pattern. Transfer using the transfer paper. Free-hand "RIP" on each tombstone with Silver (Metallic) and a liner brush. Let dry and cut out. Adhere onto the second hill using the glue dots. Cut out the excess flaps from behind the moon.

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If needed, flatten the box. Transfer the tree and "happy halloween!" text. Mix Dioxazine Purple, Silver (Metallic), and Medium Grey Value 6 for a desired purple hue. Use a liner brush to paint in text with the mix. Use Raw Umber and a liner brush to paint in the tree.

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Mix Pyrrole Orange with a small amount of Raw Umber. Add three dots of the mix by the tree using a liner brush. (Be sure they vary in size to create a pumpkin patch.) Transfer the pumpkin pattern onto watercolor paper. Paint Pyrrole Orange/Raw Umber mix onto the pumpkin. Use a #3 round brush and the Green Gold/Raw Umber mix from the hills (see step 14) on the pumpkin stem. Outline all pumpkins using a liner brush and Raw Umber.

Cut two scrap strips from the box, approximately 1/4" x 2" long. Adhere the owls to top half of the strips with glue dots: the front owl to the very front of the box and the back owl on the very back. Adhere the pumpkin on the first hill.

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Using a liner brush, free-hand spider webs, mixing Carbon Black and Silver (Metallic) for some spider webs and using straight Carbon Black for others

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To flatten the box, push the front of the box to the right and back. Fold up the flaps to flatten completely. Write a message on the back, if desired. To mail the card, use an A-8 envelope, flatten, and insert the card.

To download the necessary templates visit the DecoArt Project Library.

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you are inspired to create a cute card in a box!

Now it's time for a GIVEAWAY! During this three day hop, there will be four total winners! Three daily winners and one grand prize winner will be chosen. The daily winners will receive the featured product from each of the companies featured on that day. The Grand Prize winner will receive all the featured product for all three days. 

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DecoArt's giveaway includes all of the paint necessary to create this cute little card in a box. That means you'll receive: 8 jars - Media Fluid Acrylics, 3 jars - Glamour Dust Glitter Paint.

Click here to enter the giveaway:

Please be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop today to enter the generous giveways and see what their teams have created:


May Arts


And if you're curious... click here to read the contest rules.


Who wouldn't love to receive this in the mail? I know I would be overjoyed! TFS!

barb macaskill

October 2, 2015

Beautiful owl card! Love the crisp white! Take care! Michele

Michele K. Henderson

October 2, 2015

Such fun projects! they are so inspiring... thanks for sharing!

Nina-Marie Trapani

October 2, 2015

Super cute love the layering and the colors the Graveyard is cool thanks for sharing your Tutorial awesome job.

Anita Braddock

October 2, 2015

This is awesome - might just have to try this. Love those owls. Becca in Florida


October 2, 2015

Thanks for the chance to win awesome goodies! Becca in Florida


October 2, 2015

That owl is just adorable. And the box card is fabulous. I think with your directions I may be able to make it. Thank you.

Pam Spradlin

October 2, 2015

What a cute Halloween box! I love all of the details and embellishments.

Robin Buchholz

October 2, 2015

I love this and the fact that you can collapse it is wonderful. You can store it and use it again. Viki in Kansas


October 2, 2015

What a fun and spooky table decoration for Halloween. I just love all the details and those cute owls.


October 2, 2015

I am loving these spooky and fun Fall projects so much. That little fox die is adorable


October 2, 2015

Love this box card! It is just darling! Thx for sharing your creativity. This has been a fun hop as the rain has been non-stop here in NC!

Kathleen Burgess

October 2, 2015

Everything about this card is fabulous. Love the whimsy and all the detail. Had no idea about the templates in the Deco library. I may get lost in there for the next few days! Elizabeth/Beth Williams

Elizabeth/Beth Williams

October 2, 2015

I just love the cards in the box and your is fabulous. All the parts you put in are wonderful but I love the cute owl. Thanks for the great tutorial.


October 2, 2015

WOW wow WOW ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS card!!! LOVE your CUTE little hoots, LOVE your FANCY folds, LOVE your shimmer, sparkle & texture too!!! THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and AWESOME tutorial :)

TracyM #6773

October 3, 2015

What an adorable card! Spooky cuteness :)

Beth F.

October 3, 2015

Holy smokes, this is fabulous! So much detail and it's obvious you put a lot of thought and work into this. Go check out my project on Day 2 for May Arts! Hugs!

Terri Burson

October 3, 2015

What a fun creative project! So many fun elements and it folds up which is amazing.

Karen L K

October 3, 2015

Very awesome project, great idea!

Heather Thompson

October 3, 2015

Totally smitten with that sweet little owl and your project is fabulous!!!

Marge R (mer)

October 4, 2015

Beautiful and amazing projects, thanks for sharing!

Amante del Papel

October 4, 2015

Love your hooters....oops that didn't come out right, lol!

Liz Lumsden

October 4, 2015

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