Friday, August 18, 2023

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2023 - Cracked Sign and Artsy Leaves and Layered Dots Trees in the Colorize Graveyard Pop Up Halloween Card

Hi Everyone! I have a Halloween make that was on the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween Live last week for you today. This one was super fun to make, and was made with the Colorize Graveyard, Artsy Leaves, and Layered Dots Thinlits, plus the Cracked 3D Texture Fade. I haven't made a pop up card in a while, so I thought it was time to do something different and try this again. Hope you enjoy!

Cut and fold Kraft Cardstock base card to 5 x 6.25 inches with a horizontal fold so the card will open outwards, with a 1/4 inch center so there is plenty of room for all the inside parts, and also with a Deckle Cut edge at the front bottom. A lot I know, but starting here making the planning a lot easier. Take a piece of Gray Two Tone Woodgrain Cardstock from Ranger, and the Alpha set from the Wood Slice Thinlits and arrange the sentiment...Enter if you dare, would be great too. Die cut until you've finished the sentiment. Save the positive letters for another project. 
On the sides of the woodgrain, use a Deckle Trimmer to cut the sides at an angle, pointing inward. Use scissors or a regular trimmer to trim the top and bottom. Use a Distress Tool to distress the top and bottom. Use an Ink Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs or another brown ink and ink the edges well, and then rub the pad directly over the top lightly to bring out some more woodgrain. Mount this onto Kraft Cardstock with Collage Medium, and cut around the Kraft the same as you did the sign, deckle the sides and straight on top and bottom. 
Take the new Cracked 3D Texture Fade, and working quickly, rub the pad of Hickory Smoke Archival over the inside raised areas on the Fade. Lightly mist the sign with water, and place into the Fade and run through the machine. Remove the sign from the Fade, and use a Detail Waterbrush and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to watercolor in the letters and around the inside edge of the sign to give it more depth.

Cut Black Kraftstock to mount on front of card, with that bottom Deckle edge. Sand over the whole surface some to reveal the Kraft underneath the black, and ink over all the sanded areas and the sides with Gathered Twigs. Put together the little skull from the Colorize Graveyard Thinlits with black first, then kraft, then Watercolor Cardstock. Ink around him and on the raised parts with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Adhere him in place on the sign. Add Long Fasteners to the corners of the inner sign (I only did three to make it look like one is missing) and use the Craft Hammer to give the brads distressing. Rub Hickory Smoke Archival over the heads of the brads to further distress them. IF leaving one corner without a brad, use a craft pick to make a hole and distress it up. Adhere the sign to the Black Kraftstock and then onto the card front. 
Cut more Black Kraftstock to fit inside the (4.5 x 6 inches with Deckle edge on top), center 1/4 x 6, and bottom 4.5 x 6 inches. Distress all the surfaces with the sanding disks, and ink over them with Gathered Twigs. Ink the right and left edges with Black Soot Archival. Adhere all three inside the card with two sided tape. Take the white pinked edge Halloween Trim Tape and apply a strip of it along the bottom edge and trim off the excess. Close the card and use the tape again on both bottom corners at a diagonal, trimming off excess, and across the top wrapping around to the back. Using a little Collage Medium is good so none of the edges come up since there is so much ink on it. 
Die cut the Layered Dots Thinlits, Black for solid, Kraft for small dots, and Black again for larger dots. Save all the dot pieces for another project like a shaker card. Also save the the side pieces with the half circle cuts from the Black Kraftstock, as these will be more headstones. Adhere only the dotted pieces together and save the black for die cutting in a minute. Select some Artsy Leaves (five of them) and die cut them using the dotted piece, making sure there are open dots on all to add some eyeball highlights later. These are the trees. Die cut two of the stem pieces for trunks using black. Sand the trees a tiny bit and ink over that with Gathered Twigs. Die cut the same trees using the Black Kraftstock from before, and then adhere the trees on the coordinating black pieces. This was just to make the dotted piece less thick for easier die cutting and less stress on the die pieces.
 Cut off some of the bottom edge on one of the half circle pieces and adhere it to the other half circle piece so it looks like two rows of headstones like in a cemetery. Cut the left side at an angle. Sand over it a bit to bring out the headstone shapes, and ink over the sanding with the Gathered Twigs. Select two of the trees and the trunks and adhere them to the right side of the top piece so they will be tall trees in the distance. Adhere the rows of headstones below these covering up some of the trunk parts. Die cut three gates using Black Kraftstock and three single gate parts as well. Adhere one gate part to the left side and two on the right side keeping them in line with the sides and bottom of the background piece. Die cut the medium circle from the Sized Circles Movers and Shapers or use another circle. Ink in the moon parts using the smallest Moon Mask and Lost Shadow Distress Ink. Ink the edges as well. Die cut the 'BOO!' using the Wood Slice alpha pieces and Black Kraftstock and adhere those on the moon. Add an Adhesive Spring to the back of the moon and adhere the moon to the middle top of the top piece. Die cut the urn and both headstones using Black and two shades of gray Kraftstock, the plant with two shades of green, and seven dirt/grass pieces using more green. 
Adhere the urn and one of the shortest trees to the left side. Add a grass piece to top of urn and then the plant pieces on. Adhere more grass pieces along the bottom of the gate and below the row of headstones. Take the two sets of Remnant Rubs, and cut out a cat, the large sentiment, some bats, and a headstone title. Rub on the cat on the gate top on the left side, the bats on the moon, and the sentiment to the center bottom of the bottom piece. Rub on the headstone sentiment to one of the headstones. Die cut another skull the same as before, along with one of the plant pieces using Watercolor Cardstock,  and some cross pieces using gray.  Add cross to top of the other headstone along with a tree behind that. Add grass pieces in front and behind headstone. Add a part of the white plant piece behind the headstone to look like arm bones or fingers or whatever and then the skull to that, so that it looks like the skeleton is peeping behind the headstone. Add a tree behind that, and grass along the bottom. Use a white pen to add in eyeball highlights to some of the holes in the trees and on the cat and skull. Draw in the white lines around the sentiment to help it pop more on the bottom portion. Take the Collage Medium and add it over the cat to give it some dimension and make it a little easier to see once the medium dries. Set this aside for a bit to dry. 
Cut two pieces of Black Kraftstock to about 3/4 x 5 inches. Fold one side about 1/2 inch and secure the fold with two sided tape. Make another fold about 1.5 inches above that. Adhere the 1.5 inch side to the back of each headstone. Lay the headstone face down on the bottom piece, matching up the tree tops to the bottom edge of card (along the center and right sides more or less). Secure the 1/2 inch piece to the bottom of the bottom piece with two sided tape, so that the headstone is now secure to the bottom portion only. Flip the headstone up straight parallel to the top portion, and figure out where you need to fold the strip in order to secure it to the top portion. Make the fold and then trim the piece that will be adhered to about 1/2 inch. Add two sided tape to that piece and then stick it on to the top portion nice and straight. Fold the card shut to make sure the headstones are folded flat and not seen, and make any hard crisp folds to make that happen. Open and close the card a few times to make sure all pops up and doesn't catch anywhere. Finished. ***I think it would be great to add an open and closing strap to the front of the card just to make it more interesting to open, but I wasn't able to make time to do that. 

(Paper Trimmer, Deckle Trimmer, Die Cut Machine, Die Pick, Scissors, Ink Blending Tool, Water Mister, Distress Tool, Two Sided Tape, Detail Water Brush, Sanding Disk Tool, Craft Hammer, Remnant Rub Tool)
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain: Gray Two Tone
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Wood Slice
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Lost Shadow
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade (Halloween 2023): Cracked
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Black Kraftstock , Long Fasteners, Halloween Trim Tape, Classic Kraftstock, Neutral Kraftstock, Cool Kraftstock, Halloween Remnant Rubs, Curiosities Remnant Rubs
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Halloween 2023): Colorize Graveyard, Layered Dots, Artsy Leaves
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers: Sized Circles (medium)
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Mask: Moon Mask
-Adhesive Spring, White Pen
Thank you so much for coming by here! I appreciate you all so much! I will be back soon, so until then I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. This is brilliant. There is just so much to say about it. The action wobbler on the moon, check. Skull peeking out around a tombstone, check. The addition of the white gel pen in the circles that looks like tiny eyes looking at you, check. The fact that it is a pop-up card, check. AND, the Anitia Shovel on the tombstone, check. Just so much to love.

  2. Awesome card. Cat looks familiar but can't place it?


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