19 August 2017

A Tim Holtz Haunted House...

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back to share my first Halloween card and tutorial for 2017. Having been lucky enough to win a recent Tim Holtz giveaway I was thrilled to receive a couple of Tim's newly released Halloween 2017 stamp sets and a fabulous new ornate stencil - and here's the first of what is bound to be a collection of projects using the Haunted House stamp set (click on the image for a closer look);

As promised here's a full step by step tutorial for recreating this card;

1. Spread Opaque Crackle Paste unevenly over thick white card.

2. When dry cover completely in Walnut Stain Distress Paint and allow this layer to dry too.

3. Apply a thin uneven layer of White Gesso with a dry brush to help highlight the texture/cracks.

4. Use the Stamp Platform to stamp the Haunted House image with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink. Leave the stamp in place on the Platform and clean off any residue ink to prevent transferring it to the next ink pad.

5. Use a fine brush to paint in the stamped image with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and allow to dry.

6. With the Haunted House stamp still on the Platform re-stamp over the painted image with Black Archival Ink (several times if the detail doesn't show through immediately).

7. Apply Design Tape strips either side of the Haunted House (I used an old one with the new raven design) and add your choice of Halloween Clippings around them.

8. Stamp the moon and bat images from the Haunted House set using the Stamp Platform (so you can reapply ink if the first impressions aren't clear - you are stamping on to an uneven gesso'd surface so this is possible). Use a fine nib water brush to apply a smudged line of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the Clippings to highlight them.

To finish I drew some lines across the Design Tape to break them up a little, sewed around the edges and scuffed them with my Tim Holtz Distress Tool, and layered onto altered Metallic Kraft Card (tutorial for that layer HERE) and plain kraft card. I also used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the windows and lantern on the Haunted House.

Here are some close ups so you can see more of the details;

Isn't this Haunted House fantastically detailed! There are a myriad of uses for it so this won't be the last you'll see of it here :) For those who are interested I've added the full list of ingredients below.

I'll be seeing you soon with more projects. In the meantime have a great weekend, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


  1. Lovely Jenny, gorgeous textural background and my favourite way to colour the background of an image. Gorgeous piece. Tracy x

  2. I am so glad you shared this process. I love the result and can't wait to try it. The card is wonderful.

  3. Brilliant Jenny, love the textured background xx

  4. Oh wow Jenny, I have not used mine yet (thank you again!!) but you have certainly inspired me to with this fabulous creation - spooky and totally brilliant!! Anne xx

  5. This is brilliant Jenny, very spooky and great techniques xx

  6. What a wonderful Halloween card you have created Jenny x I love the background and the way you have stamped/overlaid the haunted house, creating the ghostly appearance within......love it !!!

    TFS and sending my best wishes to you

    Annie xx

  7. Gorgeous! You really used this stamp to great effect. Love this.

  8. Fabulous spooky card - clever work with the stamping platform to give it that luminous glow!
    Alison x

  9. Love this card Jenny...thanks for the tutorial, I sure needed it with this one! (I do not know how I stamped without the Platform because now I use it every day!)

  10. I love the result and can't wait to try it. The card is wonderful.


  11. Now this is really spookalicious ( imho) Absolutely lOVE it x

  12. Amazing!!! Thank you for the tutorial :-)

  13. Fabulous card loving the techniques thanks for sharing will definitely be trying this one 😍


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