Spooky Ways to Dress Up Die Cuts

I know Halloween is just a few days away, but I just love to celebrate this holiday to the very last minute. I’ve sent out all of my Halloween cards for the year, but here are some ideas you can file away for next year, or use when you are creating scrapbook layouts about Halloween 2015. I’ve got four fun ideas for taking plain die cuts to the next level and giving them a Halloween makeover with distressing.

White Ink

Spooky ways to distress die cuts

Inking the edges of your die cuts gives you a ghostly creepy look. You can also stamp directly onto the die cut image with a stamp and white ink. Spooky ways to distress die cutsI’ve used a chevron stamp here, but a text stamp would look spooky cool too.

Purple Watercolor and Black Ink

Spooky ways to distress your die cuts

Cut out your die cut from watercolor paper. (Regular white paper works too). Using purple watercolors, paint your die cut. You can blend several colors of purple paint or use various amounts of the same color to get an ombre effect. If you wet your paper well with paint, you can also tip the paper up and let it drip a bit which adds a whole new spooky dimension.

Spooky ways to distress your die cuts

Set the paper aside to dry and then ink the edges in black. Be sure to ink the edges more heavily to make it look aged and creepy.

Faux Spiderwebs

Spooky waysto distress your die cuts

Easiest idea ever Stretch fake cobwebs over the die cut.

Spooky ways to dress up your diecuts

Whipped Spackle with Black Ink

Spooky ideas to distress your die cuts

Apply globs of whipped spackle or white gesso to the edges of your die cut. Rather than spreading it evenly around the edge, try to blob and glob it in sections. Once it has dried, go over it with a black or dark grey ink pad. This would look especially cool on a mummy as it looks kind of like old material.

Spooky ways to distresss die cuts

So there you go-four ways to distress die cuts and make them look spooky. Give them a try on your next Halloween project. For the ultimate challenge, use all four at once on a project!

~Michelle

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