Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Halloween

Hello and welcome, Zoe here hosting this weeks Saturday Showcase. This week I am showcasing the new tangled twigs thinlits die that was part of the new Tim Holtz Halloween release.

If you love Halloween crafting as much as I do, you will have loved the new stamps, dies and idea-ology also released by Tim Holtz. I was especially pleased to see a Halloween edition of the inventor stamps, (a particular favourite), which I used in this project.

Die cut the tangled twigs thinlits die from distress mixed media heavystock. The detail of this die is incredible.

Place the die cut on the non stick mat portion of a glass media mat and spritz with walnut stain distress spray stain.

To create a background for the tangled twigs die cut to sit over, spritz distress spray stain onto the non stick portion of a glass media mat and drag a piece of distress mixed media heavystock through the droplets. Spritz with water and dry with a heat tool. Once dry, tap portions of the heavystock into the remaining droplets and dry with a heat tool.

Using a travel stamp platform, stamp the text of the pumpkin from the Inventor 4 stamp set with black soot distress archival ink.

Edge the stamped background with vintage photo distress ink and mount onto cardstock edged with the new Halloween design tape and again onto classic kraft stock. Cut a frame using the stitched rectangle thinlits die from classic kraft stock and mount the tangled twigs die cut over the top, (you can see this better in the next photo).

Adhere the tangled twigs over the top of the next layer with distress collage medium, by the edges only. The twigs sit just above the background and give it dimension.

If you ever visit me on instagram, you may know that I am a little obsessed with the dapper stamp set. When Tim Holtz reveled the inventor 4 stamp set, complete with pumpkin, I knew I had to dress him up. I stamped and fussy cut the hat and suit from the dapper stamp set and pumpkin head from inventor 4 stamp set. Blended in rusty hinge and faded jeans distress ink. I LOVE how you can use a single colour distress ink and build up the shade with a blending tool. The bow tie and hat band I used a water brush to pick ink off the non stick mat portion of a glass media mat and paint on.

I love the shadows that the slightly raised tangled twigs cast.

I made a second card by repeating everything except the topper. I used a sprayed the tangled twigs die cut with pumice stone instead of walnut stain, cut the inner frame out of metallic kraft stock and a used different Halloween quote chip of course.

I stamped and fussy cut the skeleton stamp from the same inventor 4 stamp set and tried to adhere just to the twigs so they remained raised. I slightly curled the skeleton fingers to add a little creepy!

I hope you have enjoyed this "Saturday" Showcase and take a look at the current "All Creatures Great and Small" challenge.

Have a great Sunday and a great week ahead.


  1. Outstanding tutorial. Thabks so much for sharing your passion and your talent with us xox

  2. These are amazing Zoe! Love all the layering. TFS!

  3. Great techniques! great projects!

  4. Love them both! So glad to see the Saturday Showcase, thanks for sharing the inspiration.