Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Quick Halloween Silhouette Cards

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Oct 24, 2013

Quick Halloween Silhouette Cards

All of the shapes used on these silhouette cards are from the dingbat font ILL OCtoBer.

After arranging the Halloween motifs to my satisfaction, I added a frame and welded everything together with CorelDraw.

The effect is like scherenschnitte paper cutting, but far easier to design.

Flat front cards

Halloween silhouette cards

Window pop up cards

pop up owl card
Halloween pumpkin black cat card

Download files: PDF, DXF, Silhouette Studio, SVG

Files download for free; contribute what you wish to support this blog.  Suggested amount for this design: $1.00.

How to assemble flat front card

For all files black lines are cut lines, red lines are score lines. Cut the file, fold on the score line, and back the silhouette with contrasting paper. I used origami paper.

How to assemble window style pop up card

See this post for more information about folding window pop up cards.

For all files black lines are cut lines, red lines are score lines.

Cut the file. With the right side of the card facing you, crease the score lines.

The top horizontal line is a valley fold. The next score line down is a mountain fold. The two small creases forming the center fold line of the card are valley folds. The bottom horizontal line is a valley fold.

owl silhouette window card

Back the window with contrasting paper if you wish.

Remember to fold the backing paper into an L shape to cover the opening on the bottom of the card as well as the opening on the upright portion of the card!

Glue the window pop up into a base card of coordinating or contrasting color. See an example here.

Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.


Jamie S said...

Thank you! I love both designs!

cma21317 said...

love both of these but no svg file?

Carol said...

I didn't do SVG because the window card relies on the score lines to work. People who use SVGs, how does your software handle score lines? Is it better to leave them out, put them on a different layer, make them a different color?

I'll add the flat front silhouettes in SVG into the file set when I get a minute.

paloma-34 said...


claude said...

idées lumineuses

cma21317 said...

Thanks for the svg fronts. I have not had problems with score lines. my machines (old cricut using SCAL) makes tiny cuts. If I don't like them then I delete the layer. Someday the dream is to buy a Cameo ;) Thanks again!!

Carol said...

Full SVG file set is up. Remember to delete the (red) score lines if your program can't handle them :)