Twisted Houses Slimline
by Janet Katz
I love autumn and Halloween and almost everything that goes with them (with the possible exception of gory slasher movies). So when I received the 2022 Poppystamps Halloween release in the mail, I was thrilled to see so many autumn and Halloween dies. What caught my eye first was the Twisted Houses die set. One die cuts out four houses. I immediately had the idea for this haunted neighborhood spread out over a slimline card.
I started with the flatter side of a piece of watercolor paper. I put four drops of gray reinker into a tiny mister along with some water. I spritzed the paper several times and dried with a heat tool. I punched a 2” circle from masking paper. I adhered it down to serve as my moon and then, using foam blenders (1 per color), I blended Distress Oxides in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to create the night sky.
I removed the mask and gently inked the edge of the moon with a dab of Scattered Straw Distress Oxide. I replaced the mask and spritzed and splattered the page with water, dabbing up the water and drying it to make it look spotty. Finally, I cut the piece to 8.25” x 3.25” and mounted it to a deep purple cardbase. My background was done.
Next, I took a piece of black card stock and penciled on a curvy line to serve as hills. I cut along the line and used both halves of the paper and attached them to the card front. The top one I popped up using foam adhesive. Next, using the following dies, I cut out all the elements for my spooky scene:
- Twisted Houses NEW
- Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Set (bare trees)
- Snowman and Trees (more trees)
- Cottage Globe (fence)
- Pile of Pumpkins
- Boo Poe Script NEW
- Whittle Creatures (ghost) NEW
I backed all the houses with a small piece of bright yellow card stock to serve as light in the windows. The largest house I popped up with foam adhesive. I threw in some glittery pumpkins using Memory Box Glitzy Glitter Pad because what is Halloween without pumpkins? Finally, I glued everything in place, including the BOO which I cut from the same glittered card stock.
Stay tuned for more Halloween and autumn makes. I just love this time of year!! If you'd like to see a 1-minute process video of how I made this, check out my reel at @tinypaperblossom on Instagram.
Hi Janet, Love it, love it, love it !! Your background is amazing and truly 'ethereal' with all the colours used, I adore the twisted houses and the pumpkins etc. A truly fabulous card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
Thank you so much, Patricia
This is such a fun Halloween card! Love seeing the process - brilliant use of those lovely bare trees too! Love this Janet!!