Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Mischief -- Three Cards With Tim Holtz Haunted and Abandoned

Hello friends! It's time for the newest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and it's my turn to host. I picked the theme, "Purple, Orange, Green! Eek! It's Halloween!". Make sure you read the full description, because I offer an alternative to play, even if you're not a fan of Halloween.

"I love Halloween, and I would love to see your vintage or shabby chic Halloween creations, whether it be a card, tag, canvas, or any other make! If Halloween is not your cup of tea, simply use the colors purple, orange and green on your project to play along."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details. While you are there, be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration by my talented teammates.

I decided to go with both options of the challenge and made purple, orange, and green Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Abandoned Paper Stash and his Haunted Thinlits die set for each one. Here is my favorite...

I cut extra bats and an extra house out of silver metallic kraft stock to provide highlights. I left the little bits in the house and secured them in place with tape on the reverse side of the die cut.

I don't have much in the way of step by step photos for these cards, because they are pretty simple and really are just a matter of assembling the detailed haunted house and gluing. Each of the houses was cut from backgrounds I already had in my stash. I just added different inks to each to make it a bit more spooky: Black Soot, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso. This one is Cracked Leather smeared with matte wax. You might notice I cut the shutter off from the side of the house. That was because my background was just a bit too narrow.

This is the only "technique" I used on these cards, and it's an old favorite of mine at Halloween time. Sand metallic kraft stock and smear it with paint (Black Soot). Spritz the paint with water immediately, and dry with a heat tool. I used this panel to cut the detail bits (shutters, roof, etc.) with. There are embossed lines on the house die cuts to guide you in adding the little bits, but if you look closely, I missed the mark almost 100% of the time. I'm as blind as a BAT, even with my readers on. I should have waited until I had a sunny day to add these, because they sure show up in the sun! LOL

I added a bit of interest to the Abandoned papers with Stitches stamping in Black Soot Archival ink and a couple of old Halloween Remnant Rubs.

The moon is cut using the moon from this year's Gatekeeper set by Tim Holtz and some mop up paper I had in my stash. Anytime I have a puddle of ink, I mop it up with these sheets of paper I keep handy. They are perfect to have on hand for these little die cuts. The bats are also from Gatekeeper set and last year's Bat Crazy. I love how Tim's products work so well with his past releases.

The crescent moon on this card is from Tim's old Haunted House set. An extra mat cut from textured card looks like burnt wood with a direct-to-paper swipe of Archival Black Soot ink pad around the edges. Little details can give simple cards like these a little extra something.

I used some of the text from the Curiosities sticker book as my sentiments on each card

You can see from the weird angle below, that each of the houses was popped up on corrugated waste cardboard to add dimension.

That's all for me today. Now it's over to you! I hope you will get your crafty supplies out and create something for Halloween, or in the purple/orange/green color palette and link it up to the challenge for a chance to win one of the great prizes. Happy crafting! Sara Emily

I'll leave you with a bit more Halloween inspiration, this time from my garden. We were having one of those beautiful rare October morning fogs...

Challenge shares:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Spooky! 

Country View Challenges October 2020 - Halloween (Make A Scene)

The following items were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Chapter 3 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Haunted

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Bat Crazy

Tim Holtz Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Kraft Stock

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Stash - Abandoned 

Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Stitches

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sticker Book - Curiosities

Distress Ink Pads - Archival Black Soot, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke

Distress Paint - Black Soot

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste - Patina Green


  1. Hi Sara!! Sorry it's been so long since my last visit, just can't get motivated lately. When I saw these fun cards in my Reading list though, I had to come and take a look. These are totally brilliant! I love the colours, the designs and all the wonderful details. I am not into Halloween but these cards are super cool! Fabulous techniques! You never fail to amaze! Enjoy what's left of the week and stay safe! hugs xx

  2. I really would like to see your Halloween decorations because you are the master at them! These cards are all fabulous, same elements many beautiful outcomes!

  3. Wow, what a stunning set of Halloween cards! The haunted house scenes with the bats flying against the moon backdrop are fabulous and I love the different colour combinations - amazing 😀. Thanks for sharing how they all came together too. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  4. Gorgeous trio of Halloween cards Sara Emily! Thank you for the comments on my blog, I truly appreciate you.
    Take care and stay safe,
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. A fabulous trio of cards. Similar elements but they turned out so differently and so spooky. Your yard decorating is wonderful.

  6. Fantastic set of cards, Sara Emily! You have created spooky Halloween scenes on each. The display in your yard is awesome!

  7. Fabulous cards ! Thank you for joining us in our October 'Halloween, create a scene' challenge! Corrie x

  8. Great work Sara Emily..fabulous Halloween scenes which are perfect for our Halloween scene challenge over at country view. Thanks so much for joining us xx

  9. Though the designs may be similar the effect of the different backgrounds and colours makes a world of difference to the look of each of your gorgeous cards Sara Emily. Such a clever touch to add the stamped stitching to the backgrounds. Your garden cemetery looks incredibly effective in the fog and it looks like the spiders were doing their bit to add to the spookiness xx

  10. Hi Sara Emily, had to comment when I saw these. They are stunning! I actually think not having 20/20 helped as their wonkiness is endearing. Those backgrounds! Oh my! Loved your garden too! Spooky! XOX

  11. WOW to your spooky fun. LOVE the cards, and the backgrounds with the houses. So super fun and inspiring.

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