Sizzix Tutorial- A Crazy Dogs Trick or Treat

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

 I have a fun Halloween project and Sizzix tutorial to share today. It’s a spooky silly Halloween card, done in my favorite Distress style, featuring those adorable Crazy Dogs from Tim Holtz.


This little cutie spotlights lots of new goodies from Tim’s fabulous 2016 Halloween Release, as well as some classic everyday basics, too. Halloween is just over a week away, so it’s high time for some treats. And that is no trick!

Ever since Tim released his original Crazy Birds, followed up by the Crazy Cats, I’ve been hoping for some Crazy Dogs, because I am a total dog person. These images are so much fun to color, and I am so impressed with how closely to the outline the matching Sizzix dies cut. I couldn’t resist adding a Crazy Things witch hat to my little pup friend, and coloring his accessories in a Distress Halloween color palette. And what do you think of that bone? I don’t think he’s letting go of it, friends… so watch your fingers.


I just love all of Tim’s new Halloween products, and used some of my favorites here. The new Materialize Paper Stash, and new Gothic Remnant Rubs. And don’t forget that realistic Idea-ology bone. All paired with some great everyday basics, like the Wallpaper and Wood background stamps I used here, and the Stitched Rectangles Framelits dies.

I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you, so let’s take a closer look.


  1. Stamp a Crazy Dog image onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  2. Color the image using Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press your ink pad onto a non-stick craft sheet, mix the ink with a bit of water, and apply the color using a wet paintbrush.
  3. Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to a piece of watercolor cardstock using a mini ink blending tool. Cover an area that is slightly larger than the third largest Stitched Rectangle die.
  4. Finally, die cut your image and the rectangle using this standard die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogstrickortreatcardtut25. Ink the Wood cling stamp with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, and spray the stamp liberally with clean water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the die cut rectangle down onto the stamp, applying pressure over the entire surface with your fingers. Set the paper aside to dry.

6. Nest the second and third largest rectangle dies, and hold them together with a piece of washi or post-it tape. Die cut the frame once from black cardstock, and once from a piece of craft foam.

Add patterned papers to a black card base that opens to the right. Round the two right corners using a corner rounder punch. Stack the black frame onto the foam frame, and nestle the wood print background into the frame. Add a stamped sentiment banner, and rub-on spider. Stamp, color, and die cut the witch’s hat to add to the dog. Add Glossy Accents to his eyes and teeth. Add clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the hat band and collar. And finally, stitch a bone onto the dog’s collar.

He’s all ready for his close-up. And for Halloween, too!

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out this awesome Halloween Recap on Tim Holtz’s blog, filled with lots of spooky project ideas and tutorials from some amazingly talented designers.


Happy Haunting, Friends! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash MATERIALIZE 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93303Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661593Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 CRAZY DOGS CMS271Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY THINGS Wafer Thin Die Set 660953Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY THINGS CMS237Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WALLPAPER and WOOD cms126Tim Holtz Idea-ology GOTHIC Remnant Rubs TH93308Tim Holtz Idea-ology RESIN BONEYARD BONES Findings TH93304*ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad HICKORY SMOKE Ranger TIM43232Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad RUSTY HINGE Ranger TIM27157Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093



11 thoughts on “Sizzix Tutorial- A Crazy Dogs Trick or Treat

  1. Wow! Love the mean dog with the bone on his collar..hehehe!! Love all the layers and spider, too! Fab Halloween card, Audrey!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Eeek, how cute is this?! Look at that crazy pup…haha, I love the witches had and the fun bone tied on his collar! Fabulous design…love it!
    Sherrie K

  3. That is one cool-looking card! The incredible layers and colours that just scream Halloween! I love that dog…I’m such a dog person too!

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