Hi and welcome! I was so happy to have been asked to make some samples with Tim Holtz new holiday products and today I have a really fun Halloween tutorial to share. I used a lot of idea-ology papers and embellishments here, as well as Sizzix dies.
The idea of making a book cabinet full of odds and ends has been on my mind for a while and I had such fun with this project. In the book cabinet, a witch or a wizard has collected all sorts of curiosities. There are books, of course, and I wrote some of the stories I make up for my son in them. The owner's cat has is exploring the cabinet and so is a bat. The owner of the cabinet also forgot her or his hat on one of the shelves.
I used a Configurations box as my base, and removed some of the boxes to create space for the cat and the other items in the middle section. This is a long post, so let's start.
Die cut multiple cats, bats and hats from grungeboard using the new Hocus Pocus die. This is such a fun die and you get three great shapes on the one Bigz die.
Paint with Black Soot.
Ink with Ground Espresso. You don't see it well on this photo, but the ink shows in the areas that were sanded.
Shrink according to the instructions on the packaging. Here you can see how much smaller they get.
Colour with alcohol inks, using a ink blending tool with a felt applicator.
Coat the shapes with Glossy Accents for a great finish. Leave to dry.
On this shelf, you find some more mysterious bottles, and a shrink plastic skull.
In the books, I will write some of the stories I make up for Anton in the evenings. Yesterday, I finished the first one. He wanted a story about Vampires, Monsters and Witches - 'but nice ones, they mustn't be too spooky so that they frighten me'. In our stories, the bad characters often turn out to be nice in the end. I illustrated the book with stamps.
One of the sides of the box, with a funny skeleton ephemera piece.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to make some Halloween projects. You could also adapt the ideas and techniques to fit for Christmas projects.
Thank you so much for watching!