Spooky house featuring Tim Holtz product

This is something I made just because. A number of creative experiments together that worked out way better than I’d ever hoped. I hope you like it.

Without further ado may I present: the spooky Halloween house that took forever and yet took no time at all.

Featuring a whole lotta Tim Holtz products…
Distress Crackle Paint in Dusty Concord
Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, and Peeled Paint
Distress Embossing Powder in Brushed Corduroy
Distress Stickles in Forest Moss and Walnut Stain
Flourish stamp
Idea-ology sprocket gear + brad
Grungeboard basics- plain
embossing folders: Halloween Night & Poison set and Branch Tree
other: beads, PPA by US Art Quest, Liquitex pearlescent medium

This was a project done in 5 minute increments over a few weeks. A little paint here, an experiment with grungeboard there… it was SO FUN. It needed a lot of drying time so it was a great project for me to work on between other projects and during down time.

First I was messing around with ink, water, Tim’s embossing folders and powder, and grungeboard… and I decided to chop the image in 1/2 and make a spooky roof…

Added in some crackle paint to funk things up, and the front is painted with a mixture of matte finish medium + distress ink (more on ‘how’ some other time on that one). Eventually I ripped off the bird perch and turned this into a straight up spooky house…

Grungeboard door cut to size. Then embossed, inked, stickle-d, and door knob added…

Then I just kept saying “what if…” and adding stuff.

The tree above was done with a paintbrush + water + distress inks (on embossed grungeboard) before stickle-ing and was WAY fun. I don’t know what my favorite part is though – I just had so much fun on this whole thing! {though for me, the crackle paint really made this for me. LOVE that stuff!}

To say I had fun with this would be an understatement. I’m loving the embossing folders ENTIRELY TOO MUCH! Or maybe just enough? Let’s just say I’m adoring them, along with a whole lot of Tim Holtz (genius) product… and I am loving every minute I get to work with any and all of it.

Can’t you just see a whole village of spooky houses? I can. Though I will likely not make another until next year. To say I cut loose and tried a whole bunch of things would be accurate. I’m ready to pull down all my Halloween decor. 

Next stop on this creative fun train? Gingerbread houses + an all new class for Scrapbook Territory (making said holiday houses). Stay tuned for more info on that in about a week or so…

Now. Who has some candy corn they want to share? I’m SO in the mood for fall!


20 thoughts on “Spooky house featuring Tim Holtz product”

  1. Oooh! I love what you did with the roof! I’ve never been overly into Tim Holtz stuff, but perhaps that is because I have been yet unaware that there was such a thing as a “poison” themed embossing folder. I must begin the search for this marvelous tool!

  2. That is just so cool! I really like that colour of distress paint – it’s so good to actually see it on a project … into my wish list now!

  3. I have Autumn Mix that I could share. Such a cool house, May. You + Tim’s products are a great team.

  4. I love it May! My brain just doesn’t work that way, so I’d never be able to pull it off. Oh, and I have candy corn here that you can totally have 🙂

  5. Oh May! This is fantastic! You know I’m a Tim Holtz freak. Where is the best place to find EVERYTHING Tim?
    You use the products so creatively.

  6. Love it. So many details to absorb, the texture is amazing, and it does look like fun. A gingerbread house sounds great too! I am thinking of purchasing one of his folders. Where can you purchase Grunge Board? I am not seeing any around in M’s or ACM or online.

  7. It’s all over – I’ve seen it at scrapbook.com. You’re looking for plain grungeboard sheets – I think they come 10/pkg

  8. I have fall in Love with this and I think I might make something like it with some bird houses I have leftover. :} thanks for the inspiration!

  9. My brain was in shock to see the starting point and the ending. It’s wonderfully creepy! I love it all from the front door to the beads to the the tree to the poisonroof. FYI – love your Chrismas version too! Thank you so much for sharing.

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