I’m still semi-new to my neighborhood and recently started meeting all my neighbors. We’ve had a few new people move in recently and my neighbor had a great idea to throw a block party in a few weeks to meet everyone. Since this coincides with Halloween (close enough), we decided to make it Halloween themed. To kick this off this event, we have to send invites. So here I am again with my Silhouette Cameo making Halloween block party invites!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these:
- Silhouette Cameo
- Color Printer
- Black Cardstock
- Printer Paper
- Glue Stick
- Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
- Coffee Stir Sticks
To start, I grabbed a pumpkin image from Google (as usual) and traced the shape in the Silhouette Cameo program. There are two pumpkins that are mirror shapes of each other, one as the front and one as the back. Here’s the Silhouette and PDF file of the pumpkin outlines I used.
The font I used to type in the large text is called Choc-A-Block that you can download for free here.
After filling in the pumpkins with the text, info about the event, RSVP info, address, date, etc. I selected colors for the text and printed it out with a color laserjet printer. If I’m only making one card, I’ll use the Silhouette to do text, but that would take forever making invites for the entire block.
Next, I removed the text from the studio file, and placed the paper onto the cutting mat, and selected cut to get the white pumpkin cutouts perfectly around the text. By removing the text, I made sure the text printed on the paper and the pumpkin outline cut out using the Silhouette would end up in the same place on a piece of paper. If you’re not using a cameo, just trace the pumpkin around the text and cut out with scissors using the smaller outline of the pumpkin.
After cutting out the print outs, I started cutting out a slightly larger outline on black cardstock.
Next, I used one of the pumpkin shaped print outs and glued it to one side of the pumpkin using a glue stick.
Next, I flipped over the pumpkin and used my glue gun to attach the coffee stir sticks. I used a glue gun to get better and faster adhesion. A glue stick or white glue would probably work, but you probably wouldn’t get the same hold or dry time speed as a glue gun. As for the stir sticks, I bought a 1000-pack of coffee stir sticks and have found that they come in handy for a lot of things beyond stirring creamer into my daily cup of coffee. In this case, they’ll serve as a handle for my Halloween block party invites. I squeezed about about 1″-1.5″ of glue down the stick and placed it down on the black pumpkin cardstock.
Next, I glued the other side of the white pumpkin cutouts over the coffee stick. Since there’s a ton of personal info like my neighbor’s name, address, and phone number…no photo here.
To finish off the invites, I added an 8″ piece of ribbon to the invites. I did a simple tie onto the stick and cut the ends into a nice “v” shape. This ribbon is left over from crafts I did for my wedding. It will continue to appear everywhere in my crafting until I use it all up. Nothing goes to waste!
Invites go out tomorrow!