Come over to the Dark Side of Graphic 45

I love a challenge! So when Graphic 45 put out the #G45Darkside Challenge, I was all over it. I grabbed some Rare Oddities papers and chipboard out of my stash and got busy making this fun card for a Halloween-loving friend of mine. Here's a tutorial how to make your own...

Die cut some leaves and two clocks using Graphic 45 dies. I cut these from Rare Oddities Patterns and Solids papers in purples and orange.

Fussy cut some goodies from Rare Oddities 12 x 12 papers.

Die cut various medium and small flowers using Graphic 45 dies. I cut from black cardstock.

Create a tri-fold card base with black cardstock in the shape of a coffin. I achieved this on my Cricut machine, but you can make your own template of a coffin and trace it instead. Make sure to trim a little off the right hand panel so it will fold inside neatly. My card is 6" tall.

Cut three coffins the same size as your panels from pattern paper. I used "Charmed, I'm Sure" from 12 x 12 Rare Oddities and inked the edges with black ink.

From the Patterns and Solids, cut four coffins slightly smaller than your coffin template.

Open out the card base flat and adhere two pieces of 8" ribbon; one to the front panel and one to the left edge of the center panel.

Adhere the papers to the card base.

Flip to the inside. Adhere black lace across three coffin papers then adhere in place.

Cut apart the journaling card from the Rare Oddities 8" x 8" collection and stamp Happy Halloween. My stamp is from the "Just to Say" set from Close To My Heart. To make the skeleton's arm reach out like I did, cut at the shoulder joint, then reattach in the new position.

Adhere fussy cuts and leaves as desired to the outer panels.

Fold in the right hand panel and adorn as desired. I cut apart this piece from one of the ephemera cards, then used a punch for the bats.

Attach the last coffin paper to the front of the card, after adhering black lace.

Layer the die cut clocks, slightly offset from one another, then leaves and fussy cuts. I slipped a chipboard tag onto my ribbon closure, too.

To make those black flowers a little creepy-looking, snip some rough cuts into the petals.

Cup and shape the flowers to added dimension using a large ball stylus on a soft mat.

Adhere flowers to card front. I added a few orange flowers as well for a pop of color.

Here are a few close-ups of the details below. I hope you enjoyed this post and join the Graphic 45 "Dark Side" Challenge with me. If you do, make sure to use the hashtag #G45DarkSide. You could be the randomly-drawn prize winner! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow...great card!! Which Cricut cartridge did you use to cut the card base?

    1. Thank you! The coffin card originates from a cartridge called "3 Birds - Life's a Party". I simply searched the Design Space Software and found the single image for 99 cents, rather than purchasing the whole cartridge; one of the beauties of using the Design Space Software!

  2. This is Awesomeness at its best right here on Annette Green's blog...

    1. You're the sweetest! Thank you so much. It was super fun to make.

  3. Oh Annette, this is fabulous! I love the design, those wonderful Rare Oddities papers and the amazing coffin shape. Such a fun Halloween project. Anne xx

    1. Thanks so much Anne! So sweet of you. I'm a big Halloween fan so this was a fun little card to create. Have a wonderful week and thanks for popping in!

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