Thursday, September 09, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2021 - Lighted Potted Pumpkin Patch in Halloween Vigette Shrine

Hello and welcome back to another Halloween make, a big one, made with the new Colorize Pumpkin Patch Thinlits from Tim Holtz and Sizzix and many more. I had such fun creating this and can't wait to put it out on my table shining through the window for Trick-or-Treaters to see. This is a super long post, so grab sustenance. Enjoy!
For the pumpkins, cut a piece of the flocked dotted Halloween Paper Stash to fit the two pumpkin die cuts for number 2 3 and 4 dies each. Lightly mist the paper with water. Rub the Hickory Smoke Archival Ink pad over the raised portion of the Circuit Multi Level Texture Fade and emboss the paper, running it through about three times to get a good image and texture. This will be very subtle as the paper is patterned, but it makes a nice detail when the pumpkins are lit. 
Die cut both pumpkins using the 2, 3, and 4 dies from the Pumpkin Patch Colorize set, using the dotted paper. Ink the edges of all the pieces heavily with Hickory Smoke Archival. Set aside for a bit.

Die cut piece 1 for both pumpkins using vellum so the eyes and mouth will be see through. To give the pumpkins a little more of a solid base, die cut piece 1 for each using Ivory Heavystock as well as both stem parts. This part is a little confusing but necessary, you need the eyes and mouth parts open on the Heavystock to see the vellum, so instead of using a craft knife to cut them out (which I always have a hard time doing) place the #2 die on the Heavystock solid pumpkin piece and run through the die machine keeping the cutting pad only on the bottom portion of the body, mouth, and eyes, and leaving the head and stem part not covered by the cutting pad. This way only those parts covered by the pad will get cut. Then you should have the eyes and mouth only cut out. 
Take the pumpkin dotted piece with the mouth and eyes cut out and use a dark gray marker to color in the inside borders for a little depth as getting an ink blending tool in those parts is too difficult. Do the same to the inside parts of the stem piece as well. Add foam tape to the back of the smaller piece and adhere it to the larger pumpkin piece. Adhere the vellum piece to the Heavystock piece and then the pumpkins to those using Collage Medium. Lightly ink over the stems with Hickory Smoke and a little Gathered Twigs, and then adhere the stems to the pumpkins using Collage Medium. Set the pumpkins aside for now.
For the pot, you are doing the Eroded Metallic Technique Tim has shown us multiple times, but you can refer to it in his Salvage Patina Distress Ink Video on YouTube, 55 minutes in I think. Cut a piece of Ivory Heavystock to about 6 x 6 inches, and paint over it using Black Soot Distress Paint. Paint some whispy stripes over it using Hickory Smoke and Salvaged Patina Distress Paint. Let dry or use a heat tool. 
Paint over the whole piece of Heavystock with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint that has been shaken well, and immediately mist and flick water over the wet paint. Dry a tiny bit with a heat tool and then lay a paper towel over the whole paper and press down. Quickly remove the paper towel to see the Eroded Metallic look. Dry with a heat tool, and then ink over it heavily with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Flick with water and then dry to complete the technique. 
Die cut two of the Potted Vases with the fastener ring parts, one using the Eroded Metallic paper and one using chipboard.  Use Collage Medium to adhere the two matching pots, rim pieces, and ring fastener parts together. 
Ink the edges of all the parts heavily with Black Soot Archival. Add the rim piece to the top of the pot with Collage Medium. Join the ring fastener parts together using Long Fasteners painted with a little Black Soot on the tops, and then adhere the ring parts to the pot with Collage Medium. Ink over the lighter portions on the pot with a little Salvaged Patina and Gathered Twigs to give it more depth.

To further distress the pot, use a paintbrush or palette knife to add a little bit of Grave Texture Paste randomly here and there, and immediately sprinkle a little Salvaged Patina and Vintage Photo Embossing Glaze over the paste over a piece of paper for easy clean up. Let dry a few minutes and then heat emboss. Ink over the bumpy bits with more Salvaged Patina and Gathered Twigs to really make it look corroded and distressed. Set this aside for now.

For the leaves, use the scratchy look orange metallic paper from the Halloween Paper Stash, and die cut it with the Leafy Twigs Thinlit. 
Use Collage Medium to coat the Leafy Twigs here and there, and quickly pour over Nightfall Distress Glitter, letting it stick where ever the Collage Medium is. Set this aside to dry on a paper towel or scrap paper.
For the shrine, paint over edges and joints of the Shrine using Picket Fence Distress Paint, leaving the insides blank as they will be covered up with paper. Paint the tops and sides of the two base pieces with Black Soot paint leaving the insides blank. Let dry. Adhere the smaller base piece to the top with ample Collage Medium and secure with clamps and let dry.

Using two pieces of the newsprint motif from the Materialize Paper Stash, cut the paper to fit inside the Shrine as well as the sides and bottom. Using a pencil to mark the top center and sides helps to cut the paper accurately, but it will be mostly covered up so don't get too nervous to make it perfect. Ink the edges heavily with Gathered Twigs, and then adhere the paper inside using Collage Medium covering the front as well for a nice sleek look. Do the same with the sides and back of the Shrine using the harlequin printed motif.  

Do the same as you did the pot, add Grave Texture Paste here and there to the outside joints and borders to the Shrine, and quickly pour Salvaged Patina and Vintage Photo Embossing Glaze over it. Let dry a bit and heat emboss. Then ink over the places with Salvaged Patina and Gathered Twigs Distress. 
Drill a hole in the upper middle left side inside the Shrine. Add ample Collage Medium to the top base piece and adhere the Shrine to this, using clamps and even rubber bands to secure it while it dries. I let it stay like this over night making sure all was dry before moving on with it.
For the numbers and bats, die cut both bat pieces from the Pumpkin Patch set, one in gray and one in black from the Classic Kraft Stock and adhere together using Collage Medium. Die cut the numbers 31 from the Countdown set twice using black cardstock. Adhere those together using Collage Medium. Add foam tape to the back of the numbers now to make the next part a bit easier. Add Collage Medium to small portions of the bats and pour Nightfall Glitter over them. Do the same to both numbers. Set these aside to dry. 
Back to the pumpkins and Leafy Twigs, cut off some of the Leafy Twigs parts, and add two sided tape to the back of the top of the pot. Adhere the backs of the Leafy Twigs to the back of the pot and then fold them over so it looks like they are coming out of the pot. Adhere the largest pumpkin to the pot. Using Collage Medium around the rim of the pot, add Spanish Moss and green moss. Take balsa wood pieces and cut to fit the back of both pumpkins and adhere those to the back bottoms of the pumpkins, completely flush so they enable the pumpkins to stand. Let them dry. 
For the lights, take a string of Tiny Lights and make sure they are good and secure and working well. Use adhesive velcro strips to secure the lights to the back bottom right of the Shrine, and gently pull the light string through the hole in the shrine so you can work with them in the front. Taking the largest pumpkin in the pot, begin coiling up the wire closest to the hole, on the lights so that each light bulb will be visible on the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin, and secure them in place on the back of the pumpkin with scotch tape. It will take 11 of the lights to cover this pumpkin. You can turn the lights on to make sure they are shining through the eyes and mouth. You want to make sure on the last bulb (#11) that the wire is pointing down where the smallest pumpkin will be. This is by far the hardest part of this project, so work slowly as to not get exasperated. Once you have those 11 lights on the largest pumpkin, I found it was easier to adhere this pumpkin in place by adding ample Collage Medium to the bottom of the balsa cube with a little on the stem to secure on the edge of the shrine, first before moving on the smallest pumpkin, but it's whatever is easier for you. If adhering it let it dry completely before moving on.
Next, move on the smallest pumpkin. There should be 9 lights left to the end of the string. One light will not be secured on as the wire is not long enough which leaves 8 lights to secure to the pumpkin's eyes and mouth. Secure them on the same with the tape. The last one will be the hardest as you are working inside the shrine to do so. Just bend the wire as you go. Apply Collage Medium on the balsa and secure this pumpkin in place on the right side and a little on the right edge adhering to the Shrine. Let this dry.
For the cloth and moss, Take about a foot of Mummy Cloth, and ink over it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Add a little water mixed with Collage Medium and brush it over the cloth. Crinkle it up and let dry. Place it inside the Shrine twisting and winding it through the pot and little pumpkin, and the edges hang off each end. Add a little Collage Medium here and there to make sure it will be secure. Add drops of Collage Medium along the bottom edge of the cloth and place Spanish Moss and green moss here and there. Let dry. Secure the 31 in place above the little pumpkin. 
For the cobweb, use the web acetate motif from the Halloween Paper Stash, and die cut the Cobweb Thinlit from it. You will need to run it through the machine about four times to make sure it cuts through. You can even you a piece of cardstock as an extra shim to make sure it cuts through well. Lay it over the top of roof area and trim off the majority of the pieces so that you know how it will go. Use Glossy Accents to secure it in place along the edge of the walls. When dry, trim off any pieces that are overhanging.
To finish the shrine, take Quote Chips from the Halloween set, and cut the extra space off each end. Paint the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint. When dry, add a little Grave Texture Paste where you know where the Quote Chip will touch the Shrine. Immediately sprinkle with the Salvaged Patina and Vintage Photo Embossing Glaze and let dry a bit before heat embossing. Adhere the Quote Chips (two on top on the web and one to the bottom of the Shrine) to the Shrine with Collage Medium and two sided tape. Add the bats to the top of the Shrine with Collage Medium.

(Paper Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Ink Blending Tool, Foam Tape, Scissors, Small Paintbrush, Water Mister, Paper Towel, Palette Knife, Blank Sheet of Paper, Heat Tool, Pencil, Hand Drill, Two Sided Tape, Scotch Tape)
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Halloween 2018 Paper Stash, Long Fasteners, Vignette Shrine, Materialize Paper Stash, Classic Kraft Stock,  Tiny Lights, Halloween Quote Chips, Mummy Cloth 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Multi-Level Texture Fade: Circuit 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Halloween 2021 Thinlits: Colorize Pumpkin Patch 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock: Ivory 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Salvaged Patina 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Black Soot, Salvaged Patina, Hickory Smoke, Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Potted 2 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Grave 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Salvaged Patina, Vintage Photo 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Leafy Twigs, Countdown, Cobweb 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter: Nightfall 
-Ranger Surfaces: Black Cardstock 
-Ranger Glossy Accents 
-Ivory Vellum, Dark Gray Permanent Marker, Chipboard, Spanish Moss, Green Moss, Balsa Wood Cubes, Adhesive Velcro

Phew...that was long and a bit of work. I hope you liked it. I'll be back soon with a Christmas make. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. So cool, love the Polka-Dot Pumpkins...I have that flocked paper, too!!! Still waiting on my Potted 2 die though...they keep getting backordered...:(

  2. Anita, I just adore Halloween and this make is just fabulous! I love the spotty pumpkins, and thanks for the die cutting tip! The leafy twigs look amazing and I just love that it lights up! Love this. Anne xx

  3. What a whimsical, immensely cool project. It is bursting with charm and festive liveliness. Awesome creation, Anita!

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  4. Such an awesome display for Halloween
    Great details!

  5. OMGOSH these are adorable!!! Love the way cool look you have created! So much detail and what a cool cobweb! The lighted polka dot pumpkins are out of this world!

  6. That is so great looking! I like those dotted pumpkins! Thanks for all the steps too.


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