Haunted House Scene

I’ve been getting a head start on autumn and Halloween decorations lately, so when I saw this awesome haunted house SVG kit from SVGCuts.com I had to try to make my own version.  I planned it for a day that the husband was away and I’d have the house to myself because I thought it would take all day to assemble, but it turns out that the assembly was the easy part thanks to their online video tutorials.  It was all of the cutting, special touches on the design to make it my own, and embellishments that took a great deal of time, but I was so happy with the finished project and know a special little girl who’s going to really appreciate it.

I cut all of the base layers from 80# black cardstock so that I’d have a sturdy foundation to embellish.  I think what turns this design into a really special holiday piece are the details.  All of my patterned paper sections (roof and tower) are inked around the edges with Basic Black ink from SU.  I created the siding by scoring some Black Magic Core’dinations cardstock on my Scor-pal and sanding it to reveal the orange underneath.  Since I didn’t decide to chalk the black edges until after my mansion was assembled, I had to use charcoal gray chalk pastel sticks instead of a white ink pad so that I could reach into some of the nooks and crannies…but I’m glad this was suggested in the assembly video, because I loved how it really defined all of the edges.  I distressed the black cardstock I used to cut the door as well and a charcoal gray brad made the perfect doorknob:

To finish off my scene, I cut a graveyard and “spooky tree” using a few designs from the Silhouette online store…taking the time to ink the edges of the headstones and add a shadow to my tree and fences with markers was really worth it in my opinion.  If you ever question the ability of the Silhouette Cameo to cut intricate designs, take a close look at that spiderweb hanging from the corner of the porch.  That web is no larger than one inch wide, meaning the “silk strands” are truly as thin as a thread.
The bats that I placed flying around the house are included in that same cut file from the Silhouette online store (listed below)…and lastly, I stamped and fussy-cut a couple of ravens and pumpkins to add a little more interest.  FYI – the haunted mansion has compartments in the tower and in the back for adding little goodies or some electronic tea lights to illuminate your house at night.
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this and that it inspires you to create some Halloween papercrafts of your own!
Materials Used
     Core’dinations Black Magic Cardstock in “Shazam” (main siding)
     Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper in “Frightful Sight” (roof and door sidelights and transom)
     American Crafts Pumpkin Patch Cardstock in “Molasses Cookies”
     Gray and Brown cardstock from stash
     80# Vellum
Cut Files
     Maple Manor SVG Kit from SVGCuts.com
     Graveyard and Tree from Silhouette Online Store
     Spiderweb from Silhouette Online Store
     Pumpkin and raven stamps from Studio G
     “Pumpkin Pie” and “Basic Black” from Stampin’ Up