October 31, 2016

Day of The Dead Party Decor

This post was originally featured on the Stampin' Up! corporate blog.  

Hello friends!  October is here - leaves are changing, there's a chill in the air, and halloween is just around the corner.  Halloween is a favourite in our house, but maybe you're looking for something different.  I've got you covered today for a fun and festive party!  November 1st marks a Mexican holiday known as Dia De Los Muertos, or Day Of The Dead.  The day is marked to remember loved ones who have passed and help them on their spiritual journey to the afterlife; with that said, though, it is done in a bright, fabulous, festive way with lots of colour and a big party.

Sugar Skulls - a traditional symbol of Dia De Los Muertos - have majorly taken over halloween decorations in the last year or two, and the Mr. Funny Bones stamp set has a teeny tiny sugar skull in it...  It got my gears turning.  I decided to whip up a party theme based around Day Of The Dead decor - the bright colours, the bold sugar skulls - and it would be so much fun to bring to your next gathering!

Halloween doesn't have to be dark and spooky - why not make it bright, festive, and fun?

I started with a colour pallet - to me, there's no better way to go bright than with one of my all-time favourite colour combinations; Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay.  A few touches of silver and black - in the Black Metallic Thread, Silver Glitter Ribbon, and Silver Glimmer Paper - added some bling.  Because no party is complete without bling!  And all of my stamps are from the fabulous Mr. Funny Bones stamp set from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue; that tiny sugar skull stamp inspired it all!

One of my favourite ways to add texture and dimension to a project is with Decorative Masks; this fabulous teardrop design is from the Seasonal collection, and it is perfect for halloween.  Doesn't it remind you of ghosts?

The Layering Circles Framelits collection were integral in creating each of the items in this suite - they were used for every single project!  The tiny scalloped edge in a contrasting colour makes for such a sharp frame, and these framelits do it perfectly in a variety of sizes.

I've used another of my favourite tricks throughout this collection as well - custom-made black embossing powder.  Simply stamp your image in Basic Black Archival Stamp Pad, colour with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, and heat set.  Voila!  A bright, shiny, crisp black image.

Thank you so much for joining me today - I hope Mr. Funny Bones has inspired YOU to change up your party decor this year!


Shannon Lane
Artisan Design Team 2015-2016

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