Monday, September 17, 2018

Beware, Sinister Halloween Card...

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you stopped by today!  I'm sharing a fun card I made for the Tim Holtz Seasonal Sizzix 2018 Release, using the new Sinister Bigz and Mixed Media Halloween 2 Thinlits dies.
To start with, I cut 3 pieces of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.  I applied a thin coat of white gesso to all 3 pieces heavystocks and let dry.   I squeezed a couple drops of Pumice Stone Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft sheet, and lightly misted the paint with water using a Distress Sprayer. Then pressed 1 sheet of the gessoed Distress Mixed Media Heavystock into the paint mixture until covered.  I spritzed a little more water onto heavystock, to get the color moving.  Then dried with heat tool.  To add more distress, I picked up droplets of color off the non-stick craft sheet with Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping).  Then dried with heat tool.
I layered a few more shades... Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Paints, VERY watered down to the Pumice Stone to create more depth using same steps as above ( also adding splatters).  Then colored the 2 other sheets of gessoed Distress Mixed Media Heavystock using agian same steps as above with Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet Distress Paint.
Then I applied a coat of Distress Collage Matte Medium to colorized surfaces with Distress Collage Brush and let dry.  This is going to allow the Distress Crayons to blend and move over the surfaces much more easily.  I die cut the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Sinister Bigz skull from the pumice stone heavystock.  Using Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Crayons, I swiped onto non stick craft mat then applied to Sinister skull, working lightest to darkest and smudge color with finger.
Keep the baby wipes handy for quick cleanup, between colors and your fingers.  After shading the skull I cut a piece of leftover colorized pumice stone heavystock for back of eyes and nose on skull.  Then heavily shaded scrap with black soot distress crayon to appear darker for eyes and nose area.  I attached to back of skull with black foam squares.
I die cut the wilted violet heavystock with the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Mixed Media Halloween 2 Thinlits die.  I have a major crush on ALL mixed media die sets, you can do so much with them!  Then adhered them together using more Distress Collage Medium Matte.  After it had dried really well, I colored the cutout areas with Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Crayons.  Then wiped away excess with a dry cloth.
I continued with shading cardfront using Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Crayons.  Then I cut out a thin strip of black Classic Kraft Stock and die cut the word "beware" from the Halloween Words Thinlits and did a little sanding to expose the kraft base.  Then backed with a little burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack.  I layered everything up on a black cardbase with a kraft panel and finished it off with a bit of messy sewing on the title.
This was so much fun to create!
He's spooky cool...
I hope you give it a try!  I'll be sharing more of my fall/halloween projects in the days and weeks to come.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time and have a wonderful day! xx


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  1. What an awesome card! Love the texture on the skull. TFS Bobbi!

  2. Awesome tutorial Bobbi - love that skull!!

  3. Awesome technique on that skull and those backgrounds...omg... must try !!

  4. Fantastic! I love the background, the colors you used.