Halloween mixed media project - Using Tim Holtz dies!

Hi everyone!

My name is Emma and today I’m excited to be sharing my first project here on the Sizzix Blog. As someone who loves all things Tim Holtz and Halloween, I wanted to create a vintage style project inspired by Tim’s Chapter 3 releases, so I created a tag that can be displayed for Halloween.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial and all the techniques that I’ve used to bring this project to life…

You will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine (660200)

Sizzix Thinlits Die ~ Frightful Things (664209)

Sizzix Thinlits Die ~ Bat Crazy (664203)

Sizzix Thinlits Die ~ Funky Floral 3 (662702)

Sizzix XL Bigz Die ~ Handmade Alphabet Die (664218)

Sizzix Bigz Die ~ Window Frame (664220)

Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stash Pad

Tim Holtz Abandoned Paper Stash

Tim Holtz Mediums: Grit Paste and Matte Collage Medium

Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Old Paper, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone

Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone

Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge

Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Crayon

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Mushroom, Gold Mixative

Ranger Ink Mixed Media Embossing Powder ~ Bone

Ranger Ink Texture Paste Opaque Crackle

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool

Tim Holtz Distress Heavystock Mixed Media Card

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Tag ~ Mini

Water Mister

Small Adhesive Gems

Craft Mat

Watercolour Card

Black Card, Green Card and Beige Card


Moss and cheesecloth

Versamark Ink Pad

Palette Knife


Sizzix Heat Tool(663706)


How to make:

  1. Cut a panel of Abandoned Paper Stash to cover a Mini Etcetera Tag and adhere the paper with Matte Collage Medium, trimming away any excess paper around the edges.
  2. Using the spider webs die from the Frightful Things die set, cut two separate images from Mixed Media Card. Apply a Versamark Ink Pad or any clear embossing ink over the top of the web die cuts and then sprinkle the Bone Mixed Media embossing powder over the top. Tap away the excess and heat emboss with heat tool until molten.
  3. Using Matte Collage Medium, adhere both of the embossed spider webs across the covered tag, together with some cheesecloth fabric, placed along the top of the webs.
  4. Apply small amounts of Crackle Paste around the edges of the covered tag using a palette knife and set aside to dry and watch the crackles appear.
  5. Once the paste is thoroughly dry, apply the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon directly over the top and using a water brush, spread the crayon over the pasted areas, allowing the colour to seep into the crackles. Wipe away any excess colour.
  6. Using the Window Frame Bigz Die, die cut the solid back panel of the window frame (seen on the right with a piece of acetate, both of which will be used later) from watercolour card and the remaining pieces from chipboard, die cutting the ledge and the top part of the frame a further two times so that you have three separate sections of each piece.
  7.  Taking the ledge, layer the chipboard pieces over the top of one another to create one piece and repeat with the top section of the frame. Assemble all the solid die cut pieces with the exception of the frame, to create the back section of the window frame. Paint your frame and layered back section with Black Soot Distress Paint and allow to dry.
  8. Apply Grit Paste directly onto both parts of the painted die cut window frame. Once the paste is dry, paint over the paste with Black Soot Distress Paint. Set aside to dry or carefully heat dry the paint, making sure you don’t bubble the paste. Using a dry paint brush, dip the brush into Ground Espresso paint and then wipe away the majority of paint from the brush onto a kitchen towel before dry brushing the remaining paint over the top of the painted frame. Allow to dry before repeating the process with Peeled Paint Distress Paint. This technique accentuates the paste without adding too much colour and giving the windows a really old, vintage feel to them.

9. To create the broken glass effect behind the frame, take the previously cut panel of acetate and take the Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool to apply a combination of Mushroom and Gold Mixative Alcohol Inks onto the surface. Cut the inked acetate into pieces to resemble broken glass and attach these to the back of the window frame die cut.

10. Taking the previously die cut panel of watercolour card, ink with a combination of Old Paper, Black Soot and Fossilised Amber Distress Inks and Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Oxide Inks. Apply the inks to your craft sheet, spritz with a light mist of water and then dip the card into the inks to achieve the colour. Heat dry.

11. Assemble all the pieces of the frame and attach to your tag.

12 Using the ghosts from the Frightful Things die, die cut both images from Mixed Media card.

13. Apply Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Oxide Inks, together with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to your craft mat and mist with water. Dip the die cuts into the inks to colour them before allowing them to dry.

14. Die cut a selection of foliage from the black, green, beige and gold card stock using a selection of dies from the Funky Florals 3 die set.

15. Assemble the layered foliage and arrange it around either side of the window ledge, together with some dried floristry moss.

16. Attach the ghosts, placing and attaching them directly onto the window frame.

17. Cover a piece of chipboard with gold metallic card and then using the Handmade Alphabet Die, die cut the word BOO from the covered chipboard and then a second time from black card

18. Layer the gold letters over the black letters, slightly offsetting them to create a shadow and then ink them with alcohol inks

19. Attach the letters with Matte Collage Medium to the tag and add small adhesive gems to each letter.

20. Using the spider die from the Frightful Things die set, die cut a spider from black card and attach to hang from the web.

21.  Die cut a small bat from black card, using the Bat Crazy Die Set and attach to the top section of your tag, together with two pieces of metal hardware, painted with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint.


Thanks for stopping by today and see you again very soon…


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