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Halloween in Vermont

I seem to be on a lucky streak. Earlier this week, I won the 2010 BEST Zombie Award.

Then I won the contest on Dennis Yuen’s blog!

Entrants had to create something Halloween-inspired, using paper no larger than 8.5″ x 11″. The winner would receive a $50.00 gift certificate from Paper Mojo.

Yeah, that was a good motivator.

I had an immediate urge to make a Halloween snowflake. In Vermont, the first snow usually comes in October. Every now and then, we’ll be surprised by a big snowstorm that gets everyone scrambling for their snow tires. I often think about how kids must freak out during this time of year:

What if there’s a snowstorm on October 31st? What happens to Halloween? My parents will never let me go trick-or-treating in the snow. I want my candy! Bwahahahahahahhh!!!

Thus, Halloween in Vermont was born.

Halloween in Vermont - cut paper art by Elissa Campbell

The full flake

Halloween snowflake - cut paper art by Elissa Campbell

Halloween snowflake - cut paper art by Elissa Campbell

Ah, my little pumpkin

My piece was made from one sheet of laser vellum (in the photo it’s on top of black paper).

I started out by printing out snowflake clip art on a piece of paper. Then I chose Halloween clip art that seemed like it would work for different parts of the snowflake – ghosts, witches’ hats, bats, Jack-o-Lanterns, and a skull. I edited and resized the images as needed, then printed out multiples of each. I cut out the images and pasted them to the snowflake.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Halloween clip art snowflake

Next, I taped the snowflake to my cutting mat. I taped a piece of laser vellum on top of it and started cutting with an X-Acto knife. I worked from the inside out.

I slowly worked my way around each part of the snowflake, carefully cutting away unnecessary pieces of laser vellum. The one error happened right at the end. Everything was trimmed, except for the last ghost. I was working on the top of his head and my knife slipped. He lost the adorable little swoop at the top of his head.

I was so pissed off. I’m at the last few cuts and that’s when I mess up. Grrrrr…

Sadly, I had to de-swoop the other 5 ghosts so they’d match. At least there were no decapitations.

Laser vellum trimmed off the Halloween snowflake

Cast off laser vellum

This was my first attempt at paper cutting and I really enjoyed it. I could totally see myself doing it again.

And just in case you’re wondering, we didn’t have snow on Halloween.

4 Responses to “Halloween in Vermont”

By buechertiger - 7 November 2010 Reply

it is wonderful! well done, and congratulations on winning.

By Elissa - 10 November 2010 Reply

Hilke –

Glad you like it! Last week rocked. 🙂

Elissa

By liz - 7 November 2010 Reply

Hi Elissa,
YEAH!

By Elissa - 10 November 2010 Reply

Hi Liz!

You’re a peanut. 🙂

Elissa

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