Thienly’s Corner – 13 Creepy Crackers for 13 Ghoulish Guests

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For those of you that don't know me very well, in 2009 I made my creative debut on the SVGCuts forum by entering in a Christmas Challenge.  My project was Christmas Crackers, using the free Christmas Cracker file from SVGCuts.  I love this file - it offers so much versatility.  Here, I put a twist on these festive crackers and made them SPOOKY!

SVG Collections Used:

Salazar's Scary Squares
Spooky Silhouettes
Dreadful Halloween Cupcake Wrappers
Monster Mash SVG Collection
Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection
Bella's Halloween Strips SVG Collection

Dimensions

Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used.  Size to the dimensions shown below with “Keep Proportions” checked in the Shape Properties window unless otherwise noted with height dimensions.

Cracker

Free SVG File - Christmas Cracker - 12.01.09
cracker.svg 5.4" wide black

Cracker Silhouettes

Salazar's Scary Squares SVG Collection* (the colors below indicate backing cardstock color)
haunted_house.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high burnt orange
bats.svg 3.0" wide yellow
ghosts.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high pearl white
hypnosis.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high purple
jack_o_lanterns.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high orange
spiderwebs.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high brown
cat_and_moon.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high deep yellow
argyle.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high orange
graveyard.svg 4.5" wide and 3.35 " high grey blue
Spooky Silhouettes SVG Collection (use break apart feature to delete the square edge)
witch_square.svg 2.9" wide bronze
spidersquare_square.svg 4.6" wide and 3.0" high
Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection
beaker_top.svg** break apart, use single bubbles at 0.12, 0.17, 0.25, 0.3
beaker_bottom.svg 0.75" wide grey
bottle.svg 0.63" wide grey
cauldron_bottom.svg 2.15" wide grey
skull_top.svg 1.65" wide (I repeated 2 rows of 3 on the cracker) white

* use all "without square edge" option, and place these on the cracker file - all of them are black paper

** some bubbles can be welded together

Cracker borders

Monster Mash SVG Collection
strip.svg 5.0" wide purple, grey, blue
Bella's Halloween Strips SVG Collection
bats.svg 5.0" wide silver
ribbon_ovals.svg 5.0" wide and 0.6 high yellow
ribbon_argyle.svg 5.0" wide and 0.6 high burnt orange
flourishes.svg 5.0" wide (0.25 shadow-rounded) silver
jack_o_lanterns.svg 5.0" wide orange
graveyard.svg 5.0" wide copper
skulls_top.svg 5.0" wide (0.25 shadow-pointy) white

Cracker Accents

Monster Mash SVG Collection
candy_corn.top 0.75" wide yellow
candy_corn.middle 0.75" wide orange
candy_corn.bottom 0.75" wide white
Spooky Silhouettes SVG Collection
ghost1.svg 2.2" wide white
ghost2.svg 2.3" wide white
Dreadful Halloween Cupcake Wrappers SVG Collection
skulll_top.svg 1.4" wide white
skulll_bottom.svg 1.4" wide black
Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection
spider.svg 2.2" wide black

Design Tips

Thienly - SVGCuts Design Team Artist

  • To add spooky feel to the project, I inked the edges with silver ink on black cardstock, and black ink on the cut outs.
  • Instead of adding cardstock behind the silhouette (if you choose to do Hallowe'en silhouette, between Salazar's Scary Squares SVG Collection and Spooky Silhouettes SVG Collection, you can get 13 silhouettes), you can substitute the back with vellum or acetate, which would be see through - and fill them with candies!
  • Instead of using silhouettes, you can repeat a cut file (like my skull cracker) or create your own by combining files (I added cauldron, beaker, bottles, and bubbles on one cracker)
  • The barrel portion, instead of silhouette, you can emboss it (like my Christmas crackers) and then add cut outs to the middle for an accent (for example, it would be cute to put 13 characters from Halloween Cuddly Friends and the free Cuddly Ghost file on each cracker)
  • I added strips/borders and adhered them, but you can weld ribbon/strip cut files and weld them to the edge of the crackers in SCAL, too (like my Christmas crackers).
  • Tie the crackers with ribbons, twine, fibers, even accent it with a tag - anything goes!  You can also add a 3-D object (like my spider), rhinestones, pearls, glitter - as long as you can adhere them, go for it!
  • With some creativity (altering colors and cut files that correspond to various seasons), one can make dinner crackers for any season/occasion!

- Thienly


9 Responses to “Thienly’s Corner – 13 Creepy Crackers for 13 Ghoulish Guests”

  1. Carolina Girl October 10, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    wonderful wonderful technique….have all those things I need ( I think)…thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  2. Cheryl Becker October 10, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Another great project, Thienly! Lots of work there, need to try these out. I’m thinking some for our Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

  3. Belinda Brown October 10, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    AGAIN?! You made not just one but 13? These are monstrously amazing, I think I would cry when kids cracked them…I would be crawling on the ground, mumbling,& crying picking up the papers that fell.
    You kill me Thienly, you kill me.
    xoxoxo

  4. Debbie Barba October 10, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I’m pretty new to this forum and didn’t know anything about these crackers! What a great treat to make for the people at the office. I’m always looking for a little something to take to work on the holidays….and this is perfect! Thanks so much for the link to the free Christmas crackers file! I’m so excited to get started on this!

  5. Bee October 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Another great project Thienly! :-D I love that you picked the number 13! ;-)

  6. Karen October 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    These are so cute! Can you post a link to the Christmas crackers that you made? I would like to see how you did the embossing that you’re talking about, but I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks!

  7. Lori October 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    FANTASTIC – you are simply AMAZING !!!

  8. Thienly Azim October 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Thanks everyone for the comments!

    Karen – here’s a link to the Dec challenge winners page: http://svgcuts.com/forum/index.php?topic=1075.0 and here’s a link to my blog about these crackers: http://modpaperie.blogspot.com/2010/05/dinner-crackers.html. If there’s any questions, feel free to ask me:)

  9. Cindy October 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    So So awesome,Thienly!! I love them a lot!!