Hello there and welcome back!
A couple weeks ago, I shared a little sneak peek of a project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release party that Tim shared over on his Facebook Live. To see the replay on his blog, you can CLICK HERE.
Well, today, I’m back to share some of the details of the make. I had an absolute ball making this piece and added some tiny lights to give it that spooky halloween vibe and what is better than one string of tiny lights? You guessed it, two sets!! I added a string for the moon, and one for the haunted house!
Everything is a bit more spooky with tiny lights.
The vignette was created by using the new Sizzix Haunted and Gatekeeper Thinlet Sets.
So, let’s get to making!
The background and vignette box…
I cut an 8.5″ x 11″piece of Distress Watercolor paper in half, spritzed the paper with water and spritzed and sprayed a variety of Distress Stains and Oxide Sprays to the paper. I dried the paper in-between layers of ink until I had a good and spooky background.
When the paper was dry, I cut the moon from the Gatekeeper thinlet set, into the center top portion of my paper.
Using a palette knife and Distress Crackle Texture Paste and the Stampers Anonymous Hocus Pocus Layering Stencil THS131. I ran a thin layer of the paste through the stencil, then sprinkled on Liquid Platinum and Fossilized Amber Embossing Glazes over the wet paste. I then set it aside to dry and crackle. When the paste was dry, I embossed the stars with my Embossing Gun.
I did this same process to some scraps of watercolor paper. These strips of paper were then used on the inside edges of the box.
Heres a peek of the inside edges of the finished piece.
I painted the vignette box with a light wash of Black Soot Distress Paint and water and dried the box with my heat tool.
The moon piece was trimmed to fit within the box. I scored the right and left side of the background paper to create a 1/2″ edge, this was done so that I could glue the paper within the vignette box, it also left space behind the background for the tiny lights that I was going to place around the moon.
Paper from the idea-ology Abandoned Paper Stash was trimmed to fit the outside of the box. The edges of the paper was blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and were then adhered with Distress Collage Medium.
I cut the cresent moon out of a piece of vellum and blended the it with Fossilized Amber Archival Ink.
Another scrap piece of vellum was blended with Pumice Stone and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool. Additional drips were added to the vellum paper and it was then adhered behind the moon opening left in the background paper.
After the abandoned paper was applied to the vignette box and was dry, I drilled two holes into the back of the box using my dremmel tool.
This is where 2 idea-ology tiny lights were then to be added.
The first set of tiny lights was inserted in the top hole. This was then wound around and placed in the area on the back of the box around where the outside of the moon would be. Then it was taped within the box.
Using a circle punch, I punched a hole into the bottom of the background paper. This is where the 2nd string of tiny lights will be drawn through and used to light up the Haunted House.
The Haunted House…
The house was cut out of Distress Woodgrain paper and spritzed with Speckled Egg Distress Spray and Oxide Sprays. I highlighted the roof and window areas by blending inks and coloring with Distress Markers. After the colors were added, I lightly added a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint to my finger and rubbed over the woodgrain. This makes the woodgrain pop.
I cut out the additional accessories for the house from scrap papers in my stash.
Then layered them together and adhered the piece to the house.
I cut two additional houses out of Black Alcohol Ink paper. The two black houses were layered together and adhered to the decorated house. This added more bulk to the house for stability.
To make the crackled windows I applied collage medium to a piece of vellum by rubbing it on with my finger.
After applying the collage medium to the first side of the vellum, I noticed that the paper began to roll up, so I applied the collage medium to the other side as well.
After the collage medium was dry, I rubbed on some Distress Clear Rock Candy. Then set it aside to dry and crackle. (Collage Medium must be applied to the vellum to create tooth for the clear rock candy crackle to adhere to.)
After the paper was crackled, I applied drips of Mushroom Alcohol ink to the paper.
The alcohol ink drips right into those lovely cracks.
I cut small pieces from the paper and adhered them to the back of one of the black haunted houses.
This was then adhered to the back of the speckled egg Haunted House.
I cut black strips of paper approximatley 3/4″ wide and scored them at 1/4″. These became little “light buffers” that I used to contain the tiny lights. I wanted it to look as though the light was coming from inside the house. These little buffers did exactly that, plus it made an area on the back of the house to adhere it to the background.
The little strips were then applied to the other black alcohol ink paper houses.
I added another string of lights into the second drilled hole and ran the lights up through the circle at the bottom of the background. The string was then applied to the back of the “buffered” haunted house.
I added some Distress Crackle Texture Paste randomly to the outside of the vignette and set it aside to crackle.
When it had crackled, I scribbled on some Black Soot Distress Crayon into the cracks and rubbed it in with a damp finger.
I cut some of the small bats out of scraps of black paper, then lightly dabbed them with a Distress Embossing Dabber and dipped them into Hickory Smoke Embossing Glaze. They were then embossed with an Embossing Gun.
I twisted some wire into a few loops, and applied a few of the bats with collage medium. When the bats were dry and adhered to the wire, I lightly applied some black soot paint to the wire.
They were then applied to the vignette.
I cut the gatekeeper gate out of a piece of black paper and trimmed off a little of each of them to create a small gate.
With my finger, I applied some Translucent Grit-paste to the fences and set them aside to dry. After they were dry, I rubbed them with Antique Bronze and Peeled Paint Distress Crayons.
Some idea-ology Star Adornments were painted and Mummy cloth dyed.
They were then applied around the edge of the vignette box. A small stick, floral moss and the gates were all applied inside the box.
And the vignette was topped with a painted idea-ology label pull and hardware heads, then a phrase added from the Halloween Sticker Clipping pack.
With that, my vignette was complete. Whew…this was a long tutorial!
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Haunted, Gatekeeper
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Hocus Pocus THS131
Tim Holtz/ idea-ology- Tiny Lights, Adornments Stars, Mummy Cloth, Hardware Heads, Label Pulls, Vignette Boxes, Abandoned Paper Stash, Sticker Clippings
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Stamp Platform, Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Distress Ink- Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone
Distress Sprays- Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Speckled Egg, Speckled Egg Oxide, Black Soot Oxide, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Dusty Concord
Distress Crayon- Tarnished Brass, Peeled Paint, Black Soot
Distress Embossing Glaze-Hickory Smoke, Speckled Egg, Fossilized Amber
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Foam Tape, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress Texture Paste Crackle, Distress Translucent Grit-paste, Embossing Gun, Liquid Platinum, Black Soot Archival Ink, Clear Rock Candy Paint, Distress Woodgrain Paper, Black Alcohol Ink Paper, Mushroom Alcohol Ink
Other- Stick, Floral Moss, Wire, Dremmel Tool
Kat Hazelton says
Totally wicked! Thank you for sharing how you made it. It’s such a fantastic creation!
Paula Cheney says
what a great tutorial. I loved seeing how you did the lights….now I get it (the pop out background). So detailed and I know how hard that is to take all the photos.
When Tim showed this piece, I just fell in love with it. You did such a great great job Stacy. All the attention to detail, the lit background, the gates, the moss, well everything! Just amazing!
Robin Burgeson says
I’m dumbfounded but shouldn’t be. Your haunted house is amazing!!!
So much grungy wickedness to behold…LOL…love all the details from the crackly windows to the flying bats…what’s not to love…great tutorial too! thank you so much for all your time and the many photos….love it!
Love this when Tim showed it, seeing how you made it even better. Looks amazing.
Laura Corkill says
Janis Miller says
Wow, this is so cool. Thanks for sharing a great haunted house project. Awesome!
This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing a tutorial.
Jaimie Sander says
Fabulous! I love Halloween,and this is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the steps.
Rita P. says
I just cannot get enough of this piece. I keep opening up the feed and the photos and feasting on it like it’s giving me sort of energy. Halloween is such fun anyway but the textures and colors and your artistry is just crazy wonderful.
Toni Kwaiser says
This is beautiful, in the scariest way! Great work!
Anne R says
Stacy, I loved this when Tim showed it and I love it even more now, seeing how you put it together. Totally spooky and fabulous! xx
Fran S says
So BOLD and so BRILLIANT! This is a wonderful Haunted House! It is amazing how you elevate the smallest details (bats and gate) with embossing glaze and grit paste! Thank you so much for the great pictures and the inspiration! I can’t wait to play with my haunted house.
Such a magnificent make and such clear directions with so many helpful/useful tips for techniques. I love everything about this vignette! ❤️
Francine Beckett says
Once again, such an amazing piece of art. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring we crafters. I love your art. Your tutorials are concise and easy to follow. Thanks again.
Anita Houston says
Completely outstanding and pinned of course. LOVE the use of the crackle on the vellum…genius. I still have some of that. Every detail a delight!!!