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Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a Halloween Tunnel Card using Tim Holtz products today.

After watching Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on Tunnel Cards, I really wanted to try one.  Jennifer has a great video on how to create the inside of this card.

Love this skeleton and frankenstein from the Ghoulish set!  I've got two layers inside my oval tunnel.  Keep in mind that your card has to close, so I've just used flat die-cut accents on the different levels.

The patterned paper on the front of my card is actually Tim Holtz Halloween Collage Paper (TH93727) adhered to black cardstock with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  The brown tinted collage medium gives the paper a yellowish tinge.

I used the ovals left from my negative layers die-cut on the inside using Tim Holtz Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlits. The "Fright" was cut out twice and adhered slightly off-centre.  My Skeleton is die-cut with Ghoulish Set (663091) from Distress Mixed Media cardstock that was coloured with Distress Oxides.  The leaves are from Fall Foliage Set 660955), also coloured with Distress Oxides on Mixed Media Cardstock.  The branches are from Tangled Twigs 663086 and Twisted Edge (661589) Thinlits which are cut apart.  I cut a Tim Holtz Pumpkin (TH93312) in half, and added in Mummy Cloth.

Have you ever looked at a die and thought I wish I had a stamp like that?  To create one, just die-cut your shape out of adhesive backed thin foam sheets.  I usually get mine from Michaels.  I save flat pieces of the hard plastic that stuff is packaged in, a piece cut out slightly larger than your shape works great to adhere the foam die-cut to.  This isn't a high quality stamp, and you're only going to get a silhouette stamped image but it gets the job done!  I originally wanted to do an alcohol lift with these stamps on a sheet of Translucent Yupo paper (Ranger Ink) and use the Yupo sheet for my background, but I couldn't find where I put my paper.  I did find my Mica(non-porous) sheets which I thought would turn out even better, but the shapes didn't show up  on the Mica as well as I would have liked.  Instead, I used the lifted Alcohol inked image on my stamps and stamped on a porous piece of watercolour paper.  I then coloured the paper with Distress Oxides.  You can colour your paper before or after as your stamped images are permanent, because they are done with alcohol ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't believe how fast this month is going and I really need to finish a few more Halloween projects!  Hope you visit again!



Hi everyone!  Welcome to my first Halloween tutorial of this year!  I couldn't wait to start creating once my new Halloween goodies arrived.  As soon as I saw this Tim Holtz Sinister Bigz die, I knew I needed to have this one.  The skull is in three pieces.

I had created a shadow box earlier this year using one of the large Collage Frames (TH93711) and a vignette box and loved the idea of having room behind the frame to create a 3D vignette.

How can you not love this flocked paper from the new Halloween Paper Stash(TH93712)!  I covered the front of my frame with this. Sand and ink the edges.

I wanted my skull to be a little thicker, so I cut out two from Sizzix's Little Sizzles Mat Board.  This is an alternative to chipboard, it is light weight and cuts beautifully!  I cut out another skull from Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  This was lightly coloured with Distress Oxide inks.

Once all my pieces were adhered together, I applied clear Distress Embossing Ink all over the top, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did this twice to get a thicker coat of embossing on top to get a deeper impression from my stamp.

For the third layer of embossing, I wanted a more aged look so I used Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder, but another coat of the clear will work too. Apply the distress ink, then your power.  Before heating, have your rubber stamp (only red rubber used for this as clear acrylic stamps would melt) ready as you have to work quickly.  My stamp is from Tim Holtz Entomology Set (CMS328).  As soon as your powder has melted all over, press your stamp into the piece while it is still warm. Lift after you have your impression.  If you're not happy with the impression, just reheat and try again!

This is how it will look.  I liked the small writing on this stamp, and usually choose a small pattern when doing this technique.  It's really just for the texture, so I'm not worried about it being perfect.  I also find that a finer embossing powder works better, the stamp impression will show up better.

To grunge it up a bit more and the stamped impression to show up more, apply Distress Crayons. Add a bit of water and wipe off the excess, leaving the colour mostly in the recessed areas.

I didn't press my stamp into the teeth, it's a small piece and I thought it would stand out more being plain.  Put this aside and work on the frame next.

This amazing Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits die is called Tangled Twigs.  Look at the detail! There is no cutting edge around the outside, so you can leave as much as you want, I did about 3/8". I die-cut this from black cardstock.  I also die-cut one from a piece of flocked or velvet cardstock which was backed with an adhesive sheet before cutting out. I left about 1/8 inch edge on this one.  I had this piece from a long time ago and loved that velvety look like the flocked pattern paper.  Because this is an intricate thinlits die, it wouldn't have cut through the two layers, so this is why I cut two separate pieces.  I carefully pulled the adhesive off one edge of my velvet piece and lined it up with the cardstock, pulling away the backing as I lined it up.  Because the skull is resting on the twig cutout, this velvet layer gave it more strength and it couldn't tear.  Something to consider when deciding what material you want to use.  Now that I think of it, Tim Holtz Substrate sheets would work really well.

I folded the edges underneath to fit inside the vignette box, which was covered with patterned paper first.  The die-cut was adhered about halfway down.

Cover the outside with patterned paper (Tim Holtz Halloween 2017 Paper Stash).

Adhere the frame to the box with Distress Collage Medium. Once that dried, I determined where my skull was going to sit, and clipped a few of the twigs behind the eye socket so they could come over the top of the skull.  I die-cut a small section of the twig die from a velvet piece to go over top of the left side of the skull.

Adhere the skull pieces to the edge of the frame and the branches behind.  I used black foam adhesive squares to the back of the bottom skull pieces so they were higher on the one side.


Color some Tim Holtz Baubles (TH93759) with Alcohol Ink.  I used Pebble, Mushroom and Pitch Black.  I used larger ones on the bottom as you can't see them, the box is slightly lower than the frame opening.  I adhered one inside the one eye and started out adhering the larger ones.  I used collage medium or a strong clear liquid glue.  Wait until these first ones are dry before adding in the smaller ones, so they all don't fall off from the weight.

To complete my Sinister Frame, I adhered two metal pieces from the Halloween Vignette Accents pkg. (TH93730).  These were both aged with Distress Paint.  A small pearl brad was adhered to the center of the bottom piece.  The words 'the silence' was from the Halloween Clippings Stickers (TH93719).  
Well, that's all I have today, hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I can't wait to get started on my next project...actually I have a few on the go. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
until next time,



 Hello friends!  I haven't created a Tim Holtz Village piece for awhile and after seeing a blog post by the very talented Autumn from Sew Paper Paint where she created a chippy distressed card using the 3D Lumber Embossing Folder, I knew I wanted to try it on a Village House.  I used the Village Brownstone here.

I've placed my house on an altered Vignette box for a base.

 Some spanish moss was added around the base to hide the bottom of the house.

I wanted to keep my house vignette very neutral in colour, as I think I'm going to create a few more in the different house sizes.  I have a narrow ledge, that I would like to display them.  We'll see.....big ideas, so little time.

Following Amber's tutorial I created two pieces of chippy embossed lumber paper using Tim Holtz Mixed Media Cardstock.  My favourite heavy weight paper to use when using mixed media products.  I did lose a bit of the embossing depth after distressing, but I managed to run it through again, once everything was pretty much dry, slightly damp.  You just have to line everything up exactly where it embossed the first time.  I did lose a bit of crackle texture, but that just made it look even more distressed.  If you haven't created a Village Dwelling, I go into more detail in this post or this Halloween Manor Dwelling here.

Love the look of this chippy cardstock!

I also used the new Tim Holtz Fixer Upper Thinlits set to add on awnings (Idea-ology paper), door and trim from the embossed cardstock.

For my roof and shingles, I sprayed Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock with Distress Stains and then applied Distress Oxide inks to give my paper an aged look.

After adhering my roof, shingles, and window frames I adhered the door to the end of the Brownstone.  There's usually a larger door/window there, but I put covered up the top part of the opening with my embossed cardstock and glued the door with an awning there.  Then the step was adhered.  The chimney was made from distress woodgrain cardstock with some texture paste added and aged before adhering to my roof.

Here's another look at the chippy awesomeness!

Doesn't this look like real aged wood?

Next came the vignette box base.  I have a thing about little boxes or containers, love them.  I have a few antique ones, but didn't want to use them so I decided to make my own using one of Tim's Vignette boxes(TH93279) and a Vignette Panel (93295) for a lid.

I had so much fun created this really old looking box, I want to make more!  I'm addicted to this aged crackling!  Just getting in the mood, before I start creating for Halloween!

I covered the top with paper first, then antiqued it with Distress Oxide inks.  Then added in some Ranger Crackle Texture Paste.  This was distressed with Distress Crayons and inks.  I used Tim Holtz  Design Tape around the edges.  Even though it's adhesive backed, I use a collage medium or a liquid glue, so it's more durable.  The edges were treated with crackle texture paste, then distressed.  I added in torn bits of paper and a few labels(Idea-ology ephemera) after.  For the labels, I just scrapped off the area where I wanted to glue them so the crackled paste was around the label.

The inside was covered in paper that was distressed with Distress ink and Oxides.  This was done after I put the hinge on.  I used Tim Holtz Hinges (TH93075) painted, and nails from his Vignette Hardware(TH93668).  They did poke through the box, but I added a few strips of chipboard to cover up the nails before gluing in my paper, so that end looks slightly thicker. Design tape was applied to the edges here also.

Here's another look at my Chippy Brownstone!  A big thank you to Autumn for the inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend!



Hi everyone,  just sharing a summer shadow box that I have created.  I started this way back in April or May and decided I better finish it off before Summer is gone!  

Loved using this Tim Holtz Planks Bigz Die with his Woodgrain Cardstock.  I know some of you are wondering what colours I used or products, but it's been awhile!  I usually start colouring my woodgrain paper with Distress Stain (a lighter shade of brown) and then add different shades of either Distress ink or Distress Oxide Ink.  I know I did finish my planks with a bit of Picket Fence paint splattered.  The Seashells are a new release this year, they are also a bigz die, but it comes with it's own embossing folder.  These were coloured with Distress Oxide inks.

The Seahorse and starfish(inner piece of the Sand dollar) are from Sand & Sea Bigz die and the small sand dollar is a retired Tim Holtz Mini Sand & Sea Movers & Shapers die (659582).  I think this seahorse is one of my all-time favourite dies!  The seahorse is embossed with Fractured Ice embossing powder (a few times) from Emerald Creek.  The sand dollar is Oxide Distress Inks and the star fish is painted or inked, Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy and then when that was dry, a small amount of gold embossing powder on the one side.

My Tim Holtz Typography letters were stained with Distress Spray Stain in Tarnished Brass, then lightly sanded.

The bit of clump of sand? is Tim Holtz Grit Paste with Embossing powder applied.  I used the heat gun after it had air dried.  The TH Baubles were coloured with Alcohol ink.  My sea foliage was die cut from cardstock coloured with Distress Oxide Inks and Tim Holtz gold cardstock.  I used Sizzix Holiday Greens and Mini Holiday Green Thinlit Dies.  I splattered a bit of Tarnish Brass Distress Spray Stain on these too.  Once I had all my embellishments finished, I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the back of my Tim Holtz Vignette box and adhered the rest!

Here's another look at my shadow box!

I'm supposed to be working on some secret Christmas projects, but I am having a hard time thinking about Christmas when the temperature is 27C right now!  I better get back to thinking about snow!

Thanks for stopping by,



When I was trying out these new Tim Holtz 3-D embossing folders with dry-brushing different paint finishes, I was surprised how much I loved the Foundry one.  The Mechanic (Gears) folder was the one that first caught my eye, as I love anything with gears, but after using them all, I'm loving all four!  These were all used with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. 

My Distress paint colours for 'Mechanics' was Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.  I gave it a bit of shimmer with Perfect Pearls Copper and Prima Metallique Wax Vintage Gold.  'Botanical' was Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso.  For 'Lumber' I can't remember what I used (sorry, didn't write it down) but I think any of these, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence.  The Foundry was Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Ground Espresso.

I've created this frame using the Foundry embossing folder and am going to show you my painting process.  I've also used a glazing medium on some of my layers.

I've used a Tim Holtz Framed Panel (TH93283) to showcase my embossed piece.

First emboss your cardstock.  I like a good heavy cardstock, usually Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock(TDA533842)  or Neenah heavy cardstock.  When I'm painting my layers, I dry brush (wiping most of the paint off my brush), which seems like it will take long doing all those layers, but the paint dries very fast.  That's how you create more depth to your project and also with the deep embossing, you don't lose any depth with thinner layers of paint.  I started with Squeezed Lemonade.

A layer of Cracked Pistachio.

Next, another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.

                      A layer of Lucky Clover.

This time I used a layer of paint, diluted with Glazing Medium.  On the Ranger blog, Dina Wakely has a short video on how to use this medium.  I used a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot paint with my medium.  You use a small amount of paint and more medium, about 1part paint to 3 or 4 parts medium, but just experiment for the effect you want. After mixing, apply over your entire surface.  Don't worry, you will be removing most of this!  Have a wet wipe (I prefer baby wipes) ready to lightly remove this layer.

You don't want  to remove all of this, so lightly wipe, leaving this darker stain in the crevices.

This glaze gives your paint that slight sheen to the painted folder and the subtle layers start to show through.

I wanted to introduce an orange tint to my paper, so I repeated the glaze mixture with Ripe Persimmon.

This gave my paper a rusted and aged look.  It's just a matter of repeating or using colours to get the look you're going for.  Even introducing a small amount of a different colour in one of your layers can give an interesting look to your finished piece.

I wanted to create a bit of a rust look to my piece, so I added some Tim Holtz Grit Paste with a spatula.

After this dried, I painted my 'rust' with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, and Peacock Feathers.

The Ground Expresso was used mostly around the edges to create dimension.

I've painted my Framed Panel with Ground Expresso (slightly diluted) and aged it with Distress Oxide inks (Frayed Burlap, and Antique Linen).  The paper is an old piece of Tim Holtz and the metals pieces are Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Index Clips TH93574, Gadget Gears TH93297, Hex Fasteners TH93268,  Story Sticks TH93680, Large Keyhole TH93678, Quote Chips TH93563,  Mini Gear Sprockets TH93012, Sprocket Gears Watch Parts TH92691 and Assemblage Charm THA20048.

The metal pieces have a light coat of Distress paint dabbed on with my finger and then Oxide ink (a bit of water spritzed on first) dabbed on top to give them an aged look.

I cut out two pieces of thick chipboard the same size as my embossed piece and adhered them to the back of my paper.

Adhere the paper to the panel, then the embossed piece backed with chipboard, and then the rest of your embellishments.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope my explanation of my painting process made sense! 
Happy painting!

Until next time,


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