Spooky Halloween Card



Hi Everyone! Today I’m sharing this month’s Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix with paint resist and alcohol ink resist. I spent all day yesterday in the craft room while the hubby and boys worked on the car, and I had a blast working on these techniques.


It’s a shame that the alcohol ink resist covers the faux patina background tag, because it is so pretty. Check out Tim’s tutorial on how to create it here.



Check out the skeleton stamp alcohol resist! I can’t get enough of how cool this. I stocked up on a bunch of Tim’s Halloween stamps, and this technique pairs perfectly with spooky stamps. You can see Tim’s tutorial here.


I used black archival ink for the sophisticated skeleton and then coffee archival ink for all of the other accent stamps.

I wanted to use my new Halloween stencil to create the word panel with the distress paint patina effect. I used Ranger’s opaque matte texture paste on distress watercolor paper, allowed it to dry, and then covered it with a thin coat of collage medium. Next I painted it with black soot distress paint. When that dried, I used various distress crayons to re-create the faux patina effect. Finally, I added VersaMark and distress vintage photo embossing powder. Then I heated and rubbed off the excess for a grungy industrial effect.

For the idea-ology gears, I used alcohol ink for the aged patina effect. Check out my steps here. The only difference is that I did not distress these with embossing powder.



I wanted the flowers and leaves to look faded, dried, and dead. So I created my own paper with archival ink, distress spray stains, and Canson watercolor paper. Click here for another post in which I explain how I create the flowers with Tim/Sizzix tiny tattered florals and for a link to Tim’s tutorial.


The leaves and branches were created using Tim’s Kraft Core. First I used distress ink to add color and dimension to the various cardstocks, and then I cut them out on the BigShot. Next I sanded each and added more distress ink to age them.

I created the background and card base using Simon Says Stamp’s heavy black cardstock. I used Tim’s tailor background stamp with picket fence distress ink, and dried it. Next I splattered weathered wood and peacock feathers distress paint. I wanted to add a little color with the peacock feathers, but probably would try a different color if I re-created this card.

I distressed the paper and tag and inked with vintage photo, layered the panels, glued to the base, and finally sewed everything together. Can you see where my old sewing machine didn’t like working through the heavy cardstock on the Halloween panel? LOL!

All of the flowers, leaves, and metal effects were added with a glue gun. I like the instant, strong adhesion. I find that I mess things up with I use glue, and have to wait. Also, it is much stronger in holding the heavier metal pieces.

Finally, I used Tim’s brushed pewter mica spray over the entire card to soften the effect and give an ethereal look.


Whew! This one had tons of steps so I tried to shorten it by linking to other posts. I hope that helped somewhat. Well…what do you think? Have you tried the alcohol ink resist yet? I can’t wait to try it again! Let me know how it works for you.

Love and artsy hugs!


*Supplies used (please note that I am not paid or sponsored by any companies. I just love these products and want to make it easy for you to find them):

idea-ology paper


Tiny tattered florals thinlits dies

Fall foliage thinlits dies

Tailor background stamp

Regions beyond stamps

Undertaker stamps

Apothecary stamps

Mica spray

Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock



10 thoughts on “Spooky Halloween Card

  1. This is a fabulous Halloween card! I love how your resist turned out! I used the same stamp, but since I don’t have the Yupo paper, I got very different results. I have 2 entries, but they are not done yet. You have really inspired me! Your rusted embellishments are a perfect addition and your flowers are drop dead gorgeous! Well done and best of luck in the challenge! Hugs!


    1. Sara, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for sending such a nice message! I can’t wait to see your entries. So what kind of paper are you using for the resist? I’d never used Yupo before; it’s crazy stuff. Don’t you love all of Tim’s Halloween stamps? I didn’t own any previously, but I ordered several and it was so difficult to choose for this project. Good luck! Erin


  2. Man I love your card! Gorgeous! I don’t usually leave comments (I’m more of a lurker lol) but your thumbnail really caught my eye and I wanted to say that you did an amazing job girl.


  3. Laurie, I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to leave such a nice message! LOL! I do the same thing; lots of lurking but usually don’t leave a message. I need to make a concerted effort to do that more often. We need to support each other, right? I really liked this one, but you know how sometimes you just aren’t sure? Your message made my day! Thanks again! Erin


  4. While I am not really into celebrating Halloween I think its fun to make Halloween projects like your tag and card. I love all the elements. You did a great job with this months Tim tag. Love it!


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