Hi Everyone!  Halloween is just a week away, but I'm still in the mood to create!

I have a small Halloween Vignette here, featuring Sizzix's Tim Holtz Lantern die and his Ravens & Feathers Thinlits set.

I needed a base for my Halloween Vignette, so I created this book.  I had an old pocket dictionary  which I used half of it and cut it down to fit this Tim Holtz Halloween Base Board (TH93622). I used a craft knife to cut through the pages, it's uneven but I like that look.  The back of the book was created with chipboard cut to the same size, covered in paper from Tim Holtz Halloween Paper Stash Pad (TH93696).

For the spine, I cut a piece of adhesive backed linen (Tim Holtz Textile Surfaces TH93294) and sprayed it with Distress Spray stain.

Before putting the covers on my dictionary pages, I used a couple of very small nails to nail the pages together. I didn't want the book to open, just wanted it as a base.  I applied adhesive to the backs of the front and back boards and adhered these to my book inside.

Next I die-cut two small bases out of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock. One from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Matchbook die (659447, this is an older one, not sure if it's still available) and the base with the pinked edge is from the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Bigz die(660992). These were both sprayed with Rusty Hinge Distress stain.  Once dried, I inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink (run the pad across the paper so it just highlights the raised areas).  

I applied some Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink to my craft mat, then spritzed with water.  Lightly touch the inked base and box to the Oxide ink for this spotted aged look.

Adhere the base to the top of the book.  I used foam 3d adhesive squares under the base so the base doesn't dip down.  The matchbook is adhered at an angle on the left side of the base.

Next die-cut a lantern (Tim Holtz Sizzix 661818) out of black cardstock.  Assemble and then apply Distress Grit Paste (TDA53422) to the entire lantern.  I did not apply it to the flaps that are on the inside top of the lantern. Using a Tim Holtz Rosette Stencil (THS092) I applied a rosette on each side with Grit Paste.  Once the paste is dry, paint with Black Soot Distress paint, and then highlight areas with different colours of Distress paint.

Here's what my lantern looks like.  The top still can open up to put embellishments in.  I used a bit of spanish moss, and Tim Holtz pumpkins.

For the pedestal of my lantern, I painted the medium size of finial (TH93573) with Black Soot paint, and dry brushed with Spiced Marmalade. Glue this to the bottom of the lantern.

Using the Tim Holtz Feather and Ravens Thinlits die (662376), I die-cut two of each bird with black cardstock.  These were lightly highlighted with Distress Oxide inks.  Either apply the inks to your craft mat first, then spritz and dip your die-cut in or apply to the bird, then lightly spritz with water. I adhered the two matching pieces together with pop-dots in the middle of the birds. Fluffing up the feathers of the top layer, gives a more dimensional look.

I dyed some Tim Holtz Baubles using Ginger and Caramel Alcohol ink.  

On the larger ones, I added a few Halloween words from Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs (TH93604).  These (a bit of glossy accents first to glue them down) and a couple of strands of Spanish Moss go into the opened Matchbox drawer.

I like to play around with different sprays and inks on Ranger's Mixed Media cardstock, keeping them for future use.  This one was with Distress Oxides and I believe I started with a stencil(sorry can't remember!).  I used this piece to die-cut leaves from Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit Set Fall Foliage (660995) then inked the edges with Gathered Twigs ink.  The branch (from the Raven & Feathers die set) was cut out of Ranger's Woodgrain cardstock, then sprayed with Gathered Twigs Distress spray.

Here's a closer look at the Raven and leaves.  I applied Distress Rock Candy Crackle glue to Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces (TH93312), then a bit of Ginger Alcohol ink to grunge it up a bit.

The backside of my Vignette.  I adhered a Poison label on the box and spine of the book (Halloween Ephemera TH93603).  There's also a skull and crossbones Remnant Rubs (TH93604) on the box.  A bit of Halloween Fringe to add some colour (TH93615) was also added. The small Apothecary Vial(TH93302) had Rock Candy Distress Crackle glue added to it.  Some of it flaked off, but I don't mind.  

A few pumpkins and moss added to the inside of the lantern.  There's a couple of leaves and a painted Spider Adornment (TH93597) tied to the lantern with a piece of Halloween Trimming (TH93608).

Can't have a Halloween project with these wonderful skulls (TH93606) and bones(TH93596)!

A closer look at the Raven in flight.  I glued a very fine short piece of wire in between the two bird pieces and glued the end to the inside of the lantern handle.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Until next time,




KAT said...

All of your details are just stunning... From the rubs on the baubbles to the oxide on the Ravens! And you created the book - amazing!

Kerstin F. said...

WOW this is absolutely stunning ! I love the material you have used and all the fabulous details! Many thanks for this great inspiration! Hugs, Kerstin

Tamera said...

This is really incredible Jan!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! I truly meant it when I said I have mad love for this project. The creativity and detail is phenomenal.

Deb Lorence said...

What a great piece! Love the book. TFS Jan!

Tom Gray said...

This is an incredible piece of decor!! Thank you SO MUCH for the level of detailed steps to help those of us who are new to the paper crafting wonderland. WOW!!!

Anita Houston said...

The grunge and rust are sublime! LOVE every detail!!! Happy Halloween!

Jenny James said...

Wow! This is incredible :D I love what you did with the birds and lantern, they look amazing! The colours are gorgeous. What an inspiration! Thanks for all the instructions too!

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