Hi crafty friends! I’m sneaking back in with another project and some fun news today…. because let’s face it, once the holiday season hits there is so much to share. For those of you, like me, who are anxiously awaiting the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release, I am so excited to let you know that the dies are now available at your favorite local retailer and online shops !
I was super fortunate to have received some of the new dies ahead of time to make samples for the reveal, and I can’t wait to start sharing with you the fun projects I created. Be sure to check out the video above for tons of fall and Halloween project ideas from a whole group of very talented designers who have been working hard behind the scenes to provide lots of inspiration for the season. Those of you who have been following me for awhile, can you pick out my projects?
I’d love to hear!
Let the spooks begin!
I don’t know how often one can say this, but I truly love every single die set from the new Halloween release. When I was a young college student, I fell in love with Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat, so it seemed only fitting to start with this majestic guy today. This is the vampire from the new Ghoulish dies, a set of three silhouette-style images that also includes an awesome skeleton and monster figurine, as well as the bat used here.
Check out all the detail to the outline of this thinlits die. It’s truly amazing what can be done these days with simple dies. I cut my vampire several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked the shapes together to create some depth. The top layer was watercolored with Distress inks in a deep rich color palette of blood red and black. One fun thing about these dies is that you can keep the figures in a silhouette design, or add features to them, like I’ve done here.
The background was inked and stenciled using the Halloween Mixed Media dies from a previous release. I went with sort of a vintage color palette of Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet, with a bit of Antique Linen thrown in, reminiscent of those old horror movies from the 1950’s. Classic haunted mansion. The sentiment was die cut from black Distress cardstock using the new Alphanumeric Cutout Upper alpha dies. You may notice that I did a bit of stenciling on that panel as well, using the negative leftover shape from the Drip Edge die I used on the top of the card.
And speaking of that drip edge, what a great bloody drip line it makes when inked in Aged Mahogany Distress and dotted with Glossy Accents. I inked the card base layer with mahogany ink to match, and then pulled in black cardstock for the rest of the design. I love how a simple paper distressor and a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide adds instant age to even the darkest cardstock.
So what do you all think of the Halloween release? Is your wish-list a mile long, too? Hit the comments below and tell me what’s your must-haves for the year. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
The supplies I’ve used are linked below: