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A Tim Holtz Halloween 2016


Hello,  and welcome.

Today we’re making a 6-1/2″x5″ landscape Halloween card using Tim Holtz materials, all of which will be listed below.

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We’ll be using the Mini Bird Crazy and Things stamps, the Crazy Talk stamp set, and the Mini Bird Crazy and Things die set. We’ll also use the “On the Fence” On the Edge die to make a picket fence using My Mind’s Eye’s Necessities 6″x6″ Wood Cardstock Paper Pad — I love this paper, and I think that the touch of realism in the midst of all the Halloween oddness is fun!

Because it wouldn’t be a holiday without some sparkle, we’ll make a moon from a double-sided tape sheet and burnish Antique Linen Distress Glitter onto it.

To color the birds, we will be using watercolor pencils. Therefore, we will be using cold press watercolor paper for our stamping. It has a slight texture to it, making the images less crisp, but, since this is a Halloween card, I’m okay with having things look a little less than realistic.

First, I use my MISTI and black StazOn ink to stamp out my images. I want a permanent ink that won’t run when used with watercolors, and StazOn was right on my desk. Some people don’t like that this ink can stain stamps, but the Hero Arts Ultra Clean stamp cleaner makes cleaning anything a breeze, without harming even your clear stamps, which shouldn’t encounter the StazOn remover made expressly for that ink. At the same time, I’ll stamp my sentiment into my 10″x6.5″ card base.

halloween2016-002While we give the stamped images a moment to dry, let’s work on our sky. First, I remove any static from the paper with an EK Success Powder Tool. Next, using a pinpoint roller Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura, I randomly scatter some “stars” across our sky, then sprinkle Antique Linen Distress Glitter over the page, give it a moment for the glue to “grab,” then knocking the excess off onto a sheet of scrap paper and returning it to the jar. Viola, an instant star-lit night. A Swiffer wipe clears away any stray bits of glitter from my work surface. It would have been an option to use Stickles for the stars, of course, but they dry with dimension, and I didn’t want that effect in my sky. That made the glitter a better choice for what I was trying to achieve.

This was my first time trying the Distress Marker Spritzer. It works like a small, hand-powered airbrush, allowing you to use it with any marker that has a felt tip. I inserted an opaque white marker, pumped the bulb, and sprayed through a freehand-cut stencil I made on the fly out of a scrap piece of acetate to create the impression of wispy clouds. Fun tool!

Our birds should be dry by now, so let’s give them some color and costume them up! I’ll also be making a “sidewalk” from a piece of the watercolor paper cut to 6.5″x1″. I use a set of watercolor pencils;  I begin by using the pencils dry-on-dry,  applying them where the darkest areas will be. Next, I’m using a waterbrush pen that I’m dipping in water, rather than having filled it, since that, combined with its narrow point, gives me maximum control on these small images. I pull the color outward to where the lightest areas will be. Finally, I touch up any areas that need a smoother or deeper color. I’ve decided to use orange for the witch bird in order to form a visual triangle of color with the pumpkin-shaped treat buckets that the trick-or-treaters are carrying.

Now to die-cut the colored images, the double-sided adhesive for our moon, and the picket fence. I decided to cut out the broom handle from the same wood paper as the fence, just for fun.

Time to put it all together! I remove the covering from one side of the double-sided adhesive paper on the moon, cover it with the Distress Glitter, and then use my bone folder and the piece of release paper to burnish the glitter down. This ensures that it adheres well and really brings out the shine. You can simply burnish it your finger, but this method doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. I remove the backing from the other side and adhere the moon to my night sky. I decide to stamp “trick or treat” on the sidewalk sideways, as if it’s written there. I don’t want to cut my rubber stamp apart, so I’ll have to use selective masking to do this, using Hero Arts Shadow Dye Ink in Charcoal to match the lines of the sidewalk.

I add my sidewalk across the length of my panel, using Scotch Quick Dry liquid glue to adhere it, then I add the fence above my sidewalk. I place my characters, giving them some lift with some Scotch Foam tape, then give them some shadows using a dark brown halloween2016-001Prismacolor pencil after gluing them down. A googley eye was added to the witch using some Multi-Medium Matte adhesive by Ranger. I also added some Multi-Medium to her foam-tape backing, since gluing items to glitter can be tricky. When I pieced my birds together with their costumes, I added touch of Distress Stickles in Antique Linen onto the witch’s hat buckle to match the glint of the moon as another fun touch.

More Scotch Quick Dry to apply my card base to my panel, and that completes the card for today. I think that the Crazy Things and Mini Crazy Things are among the most versatile image stamp sets I own, since they can be used all year and combined with other stamps. Do you have a stamp set you use all year long? I’d love to hear about it–let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by, and please subscribe to see future projects. See you next time to make a card, classic or cute!

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