Monday, October 14, 2013


I got a little crazy with the Artful Dwellings die and went to town (ha ha) making this Halloween scene decor piece. It is sitting on a shelf in my entryway and makes me happy to walk by it.

My crafting space looked like an art store exploded all over it by the time this was finished. I had SO many paints, stains, do-dads and dies spread all over. The basic structure is a painted foam core base and I cut the back piece freehand out of black mounting board. For added structural support, I cut the base pieces of the Sizzix Cupcake Stand in half and glued those into the 90 degree angle formed by the base and backing. The backing I dabbed with crumpled tissue paper dipped into silver acrylic paint to add some glimmer (along with misting with Perfect Pearls). I covered all that with doubled up cheesecloth that I had dyed black with Distress Stain. I wanted the background to have the visual texture it would give. Once that was all built I got to work on all the fun details of the scene. First, the houses:

I cut everything out of grungeboard because it takes embossing so well. I used the Artful Dwellings and Mini Openings dies to cut the pieces out first, then I embossed them with the Texture Fades (yeah I had those spread all over the place too!) Next I had fun with various Distress Paints to paint my houses all sorts of lovely Halloweeny colors. A little rummaging through my Idea-ology stash, some Wonder Tape and tacky glue, and I had a whole street of fun little houses.

Next came the graveyard. I embossed all the tombstone shapes with Cement embossing powder. It gives them a really nice stone look. The backdrop of tall grass was created with the Tapered Fringe die and tissue paper. It also does a good job of hiding the string of mini purple rice lights I have running behind it and all the houses. It looks pretty spooky all lit up in the dark! I also had fun with some of the new Distress Glitter. I glittered the bats, Trick or Treat sign, the Woodlands trees and the black cat by the purple house. It gives them a really nice shine and sparkle. I especially love the Black Soot glitter - so cool!

I was trying to figure out what surface technique to use on the moon and the stars when I was inspired to try the Colored Crackle lesson in Tim's class Creative Chemistry 102. (Which by the way, is a TOTALLY FABULOUS class where I learned so much I still haven't digested it all. You can still sign up for the class - the live part is mostly over but you have lifetime access to the videos and information. It is very much worth the cost.)

How cool does that look! I sprayed some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls on there too.
I was also trying to figure out what to do with my little Trick or Treaters when another lesson from CC102 provided the perfect solution. I think the Brayered Stains technique is great here! I created the background on a rectangle of manila cardstock cut from a folder and then diecut the children from it afterwards.

I hope you enjoy my scene and it inspires you in your own creations! Most of the materials can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. Happy Halloween!


  1. Oh my goodness Lisa, this is such a great 3d scene!!! so much detail-wonderful!

  2. Really really cool! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh gosh.....your scene is stunning, fabolous ....impressing !!!!!!!! Just LOVE all the details. You are so creative and clever. True art you shared !! Thank you so much for sharing !!
    Hugs from SPAIN


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