Friday, 17 October 2014

A Vintage Journey Challenge- Halloween - To Die For

Fantastic Spooky Challenge at A Vintage Journey, you can make any project using at least one Die and with a Tim Holtz Vintage theme

Halloween - To Die For
I love Halloween so couldn't wait to get started, my inspiration came from the amazing Configurations box that featured in the launch of the Laboratories Range 
I decided to create a secret book of Potions & Poisons 

I wanted to make it look really vintage, aged and distressed, I started adhering embossed and torn card stock in lots of layers to resemble torn pages and applied corrugated card to the cover and sides to look like pages

I then used the new Distress Spray Stains, using a combination Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concorde, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce and Barn Door

I applied Modelling paste to the spine of the secret draw and textured
Once dry I used the Distress Spray Stains and dry brushed with Black acrylic

  I dry brushed with Gesso especially on the corrugated card board to highlight the pages

The back of the box was covered in embossed card and coloured as the spine

 The inside of the secret drawer was painted with DecoArt Carbon Black then lined with tissue paper and coloured with the Distress Spray stains

 I also made a shelf from mount board and painted black I applied lots of Gesso to this and the base to look like a build-up of chemicals
This was painted with DecoArt Acrylic Burnt Umber Quinacridone Gold, True Ochre and Lemonade

The bottles are Tim Holtz idea-ology Corked Vials, the main one is a Tequila miniature still full!,
The labels were stamped from Tim’s Poison stamp set and some I created as its difficult finding labels for Griffin Eggshells, Dream Sand and Angel Hair!
These were distressed with Old Paper, Walnut Stain and Black Soot around the edges and covered with DecoArt One Step Crackle and decoarated with coloured string and gauze to decorate

I filled with a variety of contents, embossing powders mica flakes and coloured water

The top was decorated with Tims Decorative Stripe Die Vintage Lace

The spider and skull and cross bones are from Tim’s Idea-ology Halloween Adornments these were coloured with Alcohol Inks, Pitch Black, Espresso, Oregano and Sunset Orange

On the cover I highlighted the embossed cobweb with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Black Shimmer & Silver Spark and painting the Tim Holtz decorative strip die Cobweb, and highlighting in the same way

The skull from the Tim’s Apothecary stamp set was stamped onto card, then coloured with Distress Inks Old Paper, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain and Black Soot around the edges and through the Tim Holtz layering stencil Shatter and splattered with paint

I hope you have enjoyed my Project, please pop back to A Vintage Journey to see all of the amazing Design Team creations and we look forward to seeing your project

Jools : )


  1. Wow Jools! I keep looking at this and the steps you show and I still can't imagine how you made this look SO old and creepy!! Love the strips of torn cardboard - the wonderful labels on your old bottles - all the dusty webby pieces - Marvelous!!

  2. Jools,
    Simply spooky!! This book is out of this world scary and delightful at the same time. How can that be? All the details are fascinating to look at and I've had a wonderful visit.

  3. I certainly have enjoyed your project Jools! Not even sure where to start. I absolutely love hidden compartments on projects and you have done a wonderful job hiding a book of potions and poisons. Makes me want to hold it and examine every little exciting piece you have created. Looks wonderfully old and spooky. LOVE IT! Karen.x

  4. Absolutely brilliant Jools, you have out done yourself once again!! I wished I could touch this! Fabulous, so old and torn looking, spooky and amazing and beautiful too, what a combination lol! Stunning effects all round, - you are the queen of amazing textures! Yet another favourite, wow!!

  5. Wow Jools! The book alone is stunning without all the wonderful details. Such amazing textures you have created which all look so fabulously real. Another stunner !!! Have a lovely weekend x

  6. This is totally fantastic Jools, I am totally in awe of all your fabulous layering and textures on this piece. Your bottles are so spooky and look as if being lying in this box for many years. Absolutely Brilliant.
    Julie x

  7. This is amazing Jools, it look like it came straight out of the crypt! Fabulous details and so beautifully aged and such a lovely surprise inside too! Anne x

  8. Mouth has hit the floor! Jools, this is incredible in every detail. The texture and all the layers are amazingly spooky and gorgeous! Love your book very much! Happy Weekend!

  9. This is such an amazing project, Jools! Love your attention to detail here. It's just mesmerizing!

  10. Like has already been said I need to hold this book and feel all that super texture and stare in awe at the details, utterly utterly fabulous!
    Amanda x

  11. Wow! Simply wow! This is so amazing. Thank you for sharing all the steps. I just love it and might even give something like this a go! It really does look like something unearthed in Frankenstein's manor! Erin xx

  12. Superb Jools! Love the whole drama of this and the contents look like something Dr Crippen himself would be proud to own. Jenny x

  13. All that ART in one book, OMG! Amazing stuff GF, you really are such a fabulous artist! So glad I get to see your art, wow!

  14. Amazing! Brilliant! I am lost for words when it comes to your Art. Dee x

  15. Hi Jools......this is such a fantastic make....absolutely amazing details and techniques.
    Every time I look I see something else. Spooktacular

    TFS and Best Wishes
    Annie x

  16. Oh wow Jools, you certainly hit the spot with this amazing project, I just love the layered pieces to create the distressed book and the collection of bottles are wonderful. xx

  17. EWH this looks like you found it buried in a coffin! Great project!!!!!

  18. Wow Jools all I can say is incredible! Nikki xx

  19. OMG! this is a fabulous project love the techniques you have used on the covers and draw thanks for sharing all the steps


  20. Wow what an amazing piece of art - so much texture - brilliant

  21. Wow, wow, wow! This is absolutely brilliant! It looks authentic, super creepy and completely amazing! Wow! The cheesecloth was a wonderful choice to add some spooky interest! Just love all the little jars filled with various poisons! Well done!! hugs :)

  22. This is amazing! I love all these ghoulish details! This challenge has certainly brought out the best of the team and the bloggers! Love this and saving for future reference.

  23. Speechless!!!.... :))))) Coco x