Cookie Cutter Halloween Train Tutorial

Last Saturday I took part in the Pootler’s Autumn-Winter Catalogue 2016 Blog Hop. This was my 1st time taking part in a blog hop and I was really nervous about showing my card alongside the amazing projects created by this very talented group of ladies.   If you would like to see the Blog Hop please click here.  

There are so many amazing new products in the catalogue and my ‘Need It’ list is so long I think I may have to write to Santa 🙂   

If you don’t have a copy of the new catalogue yet please click here or click on the ‘Contact Me’ tab at the top of the page and I will pop a catalogue in the post for you.

All the products used to make this card can be found at the bottom of this post. 

Anyway, on with this rather in-depth tutorial for my Halloween Train.

*Before I used my Stampin’ Up! cardstock I made this card using cheap cardstock first so that I could work out the final measurements and placement.  I didn’t want to waste good quality cardstock and I would advise you to try this with cheap cardstock first.*

I knew I wanted to make a Z fold card as I have never made one before.  The card base was made with a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Basic Gray cardstock from the Halloween Night 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Pack.  The finished dimensions of the card are 16″ x 5″ when opened fully and 8″ x 5″ when closed.

I also used a piece of the 12″ x 12″ Basic Gray cardstock for the train.  To give the cardstock some texture I added Basic Gray Archival Ink to my Acrylic Block ‘E’  and stamped it all over the sheet of cardstock.

Basic Gray cardstock for the train

Matting Panels/Background

I used a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock  for the matting panels/background.  I cut 2 panels measuring 12″ x 4 3/4″ and started sponging the bottom of each panel with So Saffron ink and Daffodil Delight ink.

I sponged the centre of both panels with Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie ink. For the moon I cut a ‘post-it note mask’ using a 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.  I lightly sponged around the moon with Rich Razzleberry ink.

When I had finished sponging the rest of the background with the Rich Razzleberry ink I added some Whisper White Craft Ink to soften some of the areas.

The photo below shows both of the backgrounds.
Train Engine and Carriages

For the engine I started with a 3 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ piece of the inked Basic Gray cardstock.  I measured 1 1/4″ up from the bottom of the cardstock and drew a line across. I could now work out where the drivers cab and chimneys would go.
For the window I worked out the centre of the drivers cab and I used the 1″ square punch (unfortunately this is now retired) then moved the punch across slightly to make the window wider (1 1/8″).  If you don’t have a 1″ punch you could cut this by hand. I used the Project Life Corner punch to round the corners on the top of the drivers cab.
To get the curve at the top of the larger chimney I punched a 1/2″ circle and placed this at the top of the chimney and drew around it. For the black triangle on the top of the other chimney I made this 1/16″ bigger on all 3 sides, curved it with my Bone Folder and used 1/2 a dimensional to adhere it.
Each carriage measures 3 5/8″ x 1 3/8″. To decorate the train engine and carriages I used the Spooky Fun stamp set, the Jar of Haunts stamp set and the bat from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  The witch and bats on the engine were stamped with Basic Black Archival ink and heat embossed with Clear Stampin’ emboss powder.

For the ‘slime’ I used Emerald Envy Ink and a Blender pen to colour it in (they are great value as you get 3 blender pens for £9).  I added Clear Wink Of Stella to make the slime sparkly.
I stamped the sweets and eyeballs onto Thick Whisper White cardstock and coloured them in with a blender pen.  I added Clear Wink Of Stella to the sweets, the iris’ and the pupils.  I added squiggles to the eyeballs with a red biro. 

The pumpkins were stamped onto a scrap of Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Basic Black Archival ink.  In the Spooky Fun stamp set you get 3 separate stamps for the pumpkin faces which I really like.

I stamped the small ghosts on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and fussy cut them. I also used the Glimmer paper for the large ghost, the flowers in the bride’s bouquet and on the wedding carriage garland.  For the eyes and mouth of the large ghost I used the Sprinkles Punch (which is on special offer at £12 instead of £16 until 22.50 (G.M.T.) tonight – Wednesday 14th September, 2016).

The Vampire, Skeleton, Scarecrows and Mummies were also stamped onto Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I coloured some of the characters with an Aqua Painter and the others were coloured in with a blender pen.  I didn’t want the white border that you get around the characters when you use the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch so I cut these out too.

For the wheels I was going to punch some small circles from Smoky Slate cardstock but that would have been too plain and boring for me.  It was a Halloween Train and it needed something different so I came up with the idea to make eyeballs for wheels. 

To make the eyeballs:
  • 12 Whisper White circles using a 3/4″ circle punch
  • 12 Marina Mist circles using a 1/2″ circle punch
  • 12 Basic Black circles using a 1/4″ handheld punch (if you don’t have the 1/4″ handheld punch you can use a normal hole punch as this is roughly the same size).
For the train track I used 2 pieces of Basic Gray cardstock that were 1/4″ wide.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions please leave them in a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Have yourself some crafting fun.

Dee x

This tutorial is for personal use only and must not be
duplicated or copied without my permission.

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