Thursday, 1 October 2020

Gecko Galz: Happy Haunting



It's the month of October and here at Gecko Galz we are gearing up to the Tricks and Treats Blog Hop which starts on the 29th October. We will have lots of inspiration, free collage sheets and many chances to win prizes, so please come and join us.

This month the theme for the customer challenge is Happy Haunting. With this in mind I have made two cards. They are a little bit different, in that they are interactive and showcase how to make a simple pop-up card and a slightly more sophisticated peek-a-boo card. This is one of the four challenges in our Facebook group this month, where the winners will win Gecko Galz collage sheets.

Pop Up Card

So the front of the pop-up card is made in any way you like. Here I have fussy cut some images from Gecko Galz collage sheets and arranged them together on Gecko Galz digital paper, raising the figures on foam pads for dimension and grounding them with a torn strip of washi tape. The inside image pops up when you open the card:

In order to make the inside image pop up you just need to cut into the card like so:

Peek-a-boo Card

This type of card is a little more difficult to make, but only in that you need to measure and fold precisely. I found a wonderful video tutorial by Jennifer McQuire which clearly explains the process. 

Jennifer's video is here.

Jennifer used stamping to decorate her card, whereas we're more likely to use papers and cut-outs from Gecko Galz. Here is my card:

The owl in the aperture switches out to skeletons when you open the card. How cool is that!

I highly recommend that you watch Jennifer's video. She tells you the size to cut your card and where to score.
Below is my process using papers and collage images:

1. I cut the 3 pieces of black card and scored as directed by Jennifer. I added black papers on an orange mat to the outside of the card and the inside.
2. I used a 2 inch circle punch to cut the apertures, one in the front of the card and two in the middle section. You'll notice that my masking tape tore the black paper as I removed the die.
3. I added some Black Soot ink to the torn paper. Later I decided to cover it with die cur frames.
4. The back was glued to the middle section. The front section was lined up and the front aperture was used as guidance for gluing the image to the back section. This will be the image visible on the front of the card.
5.This is how the back and middle sections(reverse side) look now the image is adhered.
6. The front is now adhered to the middle section.
7. The flap attached to the front panel is placed behind the middle section.
8. Now when the card is opened, the flap appears in the aperture, so this is where the second image needs to be placed.
9. Lastly, I decorated the front of the card. You can see that I covered the torn paper part with die cut circle borders.

Below are some of the Gecko Galz products I used:

Day of the Dead        Freak Show ATC Set
Witchy Women     Haunted Ephemera

That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Happy Haunting Challenge where the Winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!)
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the monthly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize.
Do come and join us!

I'll be back on the 20th with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Peek-a-boo Card
Creative Knockouts #370 Fall 07/10
Aud Sentiments #261 Fall/Halloween 12/10
Happy Craft Challenge AG (3rd) 15/10
Crafters Cafe #252 AG 14/10
Love to Scrap #138 Fall Back 30/10
Papercraft Challenge #32 Interactive 30/10

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


  1. Thanks for entering your fun creations at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight.

  2. Super cards.Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  3. Great Peek a Boo Cards Carole, and a lovely collection of Halloween cards. Thanks for joining us at Happy Craft Challenge Group. Design Team Member Maureen

  4. What fantastic cards Carole!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts! I hope you will join us again this week:-)


  5. Supercool cards! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

  6. Great cards - both very clever designs.

    Thanks for joining us at the Creatalicious Challenge.

    Helen x


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