Its that time again. Cricut Challenge time. Last month had a theme of fashion / gear and my team (team 11) chose lace as our theme. I made a pair of leather booties for the little girl I never had.
This month had a Baby/ Celebrations/ Organization theme, and team 11 decided on Halloween. I myself find Halloween to be a fun event for the single day that it occurs. I don’t usually bother to do more than some simple decor around my house – a dollar store skeleton on my front door, and decorate a pumpkin. However, Jett things a holiday with celebrating is worth decorating. He gets really excited to make crafts for each season / holiday / event and I would do anything for that kid.
Instead of a single project for this month, I wanted to come up with a simple design that you could use on many different items. I love the detail and design of sugar skulls, so I got to drawing with the colored markers. The hardest thing about this entire project was trying to wrap my head around what would be cut out, and what would remain after the Cricut Machine worked its magic.
Sugar Skull Plates
I first started my sugar skull pattern with an intricate design on a larger scale. These went onto melamine plates I had. Perfect for a short celebration, easy to remove after, or keep for yearly decorations!
I would love to create a whole series of designs, and have a collection of plates standing up on the floating shelves in my kitchen.
I then decided to cut out a whole bunch of smaller sugar skulls on various materials – vinyl, iron on vinyl, paper, etc. I also experimented with using the negative cutout for a repeat pattern on a punch bowl. For the smaller size I had to delete a lot of the pattern out, join shapes, and overall simplify, as it took so long to cut out that much detail, the vinyl would snag, it just got a bit crazy. The machine would cut it perfectly, but it was better off on cardstock than the vinyl. I ended up liking the smaller, more simple shape just as much! I wish I would have started with that!
Lastly, I used the smaller shapes and made simple cupcake toppers. Jett told me he wanted something spooky so I cut out a few bats for him to stick to his bedroom door, walls, front door, etc. I included the bats on cupcake toppers as well, with some added sparkle and glitter. I think everything deserves a little bling, don’t you?
Here are the close ups of the cupcake toppers:
Check out what the rest of my team created – there are so many creative ideas. Team 11 presents:
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