These Sinister Haunted Bones


Happy Fri-YAY, friends! I’m back today with a spooky card share featuring new seasonal products from the 2018 Tim Holtz and Sizzix Halloween release. This is the awesome new Sinister die…. a wicked creepy skull die with cutout detail that is truly a bit of a masterpiece.


Sinister is a Bigz steel-edged die, which means that you can die cut this skull not only from paper, but from all sorts of different surfaces, too. I wanted lots of dimension on my guy here, so I die cut my shapes several times from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, and stacked them together to build up the height while leaving some nice depressions for eye sockets and nose.


The top layers were inked and then covered in Ranger Opaque Crackle paste for texture. I used a combo of Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress inks on the skull and jawbone using the ink smooshing technique. Added in Black Soot for the cavities to deepen and darken the depressions, and Brushed Corduroy on the teeth to bring out the yellow of age… brrrrrrr. While I still had the wet inks on my craft mat, I used the watery mixture to help spread the crackle paste onto the die cuts with my finger, which gave me some really interesting effects on the finish. Smooth in some spots, and nicely crackled in other, with a hint of color throughout to tone down the bright white of the paste. And then a coat of Glossy Accents brings out the shine on the socket cavities and teeth.


I used patterned paper from the Halloween Paper Stash for my background, all inked and splattered. I stamped cobwebs onto one of the layers and bordered the paper with Idea-ology designer tape. Chit Chat stickers for the sentiment, and of course one of those creepy spider adornments creeping down from above.

Have you all gotten into Halloween crafting for the season? If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out Tim’s video below showcasing lots of great project ideas for getting your spook on.

P.S.- There’s a monster sale going on now through Sunday, October 14th at Sizzix. Click on the photo banner below to check out the savings.
And as always, thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend, everyone!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: (Affiliate links at no extra cost to you)

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Stash - HalloweenTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI HALLOWEEN cms093Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - SinisterTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Doodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet BlackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink Inkssentials Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional Embellishment .5 ouncesRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat, Dapper Design Tape

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7 thoughts on “These Sinister Haunted Bones

  1. Eeek, this is so wicked and creepy!!! I agree, your techniques for the skull are amazing although you always do such an amazing job on your creations! Very cool!
    Have an awesome day Audrey,
    Sherrie K

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