Skelly's Apothecary | Tim Holtz Halloween

Hey friends! Skelly's Apothecary is now open and ready for business! Today I'm sharing this Halloween themed project I made using a mix of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies from this past year. I'll warn you now though, this is a long one as I take you through each step of creating the main elements of Skelly's Apothecary. So sit back, grab your favorite snack or a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Skelly Apothecary Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix

Before I get into all the fun details, here is the scoop for the background and frame. The background paper was creating with Distress Spray Stain in Black Soot and Pumice Stone. I sprayed it onto watercolor paper and spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer. I then trimmed it to size to fit the Idea-ology Framed Panel. The framed panel was painted with Distress Paint in Black Soot. I used my finger to paint the top edge to keep the paint from getting down into all the cracks and to give the frame a more distressed look. 

The spider webs are die cut from watercolor paper using the Spider Web Thinlits. The paper was lightly misted with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and then die cut. The spiders are from the Spider Web Thinlits as well, and are cut from black cardstock. I trimmed off the web part and gave each one a covering of Glossy Accents to help them stand out a bit more before I adhered them with some double sided foam adhesive.


SKELLY COLORIZE®


Now on to the main feature...Skelly! This is one of the Colorize® Thinlits and I have to say these are fast becoming a favorite of mine. Yes, they take a little time to assemble, but the end result is SO worth it!

To get started, I sprayed and inked a piece of watercolor paper using Distress Spray Stain in Antique Linen, Old Paper and Pumice Stone. I also added a little smoosh and spritz with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and Antique Linen. For the smoosh and spritz you simply smoosh the ink pad onto your silicone craft mat, spritz it with a little water using your Distress Sprayer and then smooth your paper into the droplets. You then use your heat tool to dry the ink and then repeat as desired.


Once the paper was inked and sprayed to my liking, I placed all of the Skelly Colorize dies onto the paper and die cut them. I then went about assembling Skelly with all of the pieces. You will notice that several pieces look black...the openings of the eyes and the cracks. I added this color once he was fully assembled using a water brush and Distress Ink in Black Soot to darken those areas/pieces. 

For those of you new to Colorize did you know that Sizzix provides videos on their YouTube Channel that take you step-by-step through the process of assembling each of the Colorize Dies? They have one for each Colorize, including Skelly.


POTION BOOKS

Now let's take a look at the potion books. These were created by cutting strips of chipboard to size and then wrapping them with Distress Cracked Leather Paper.


I glued several pieces of chipboard to together using Collage Medium to get the thickness I wanted. I then glued them to a piece of the cracked leather paper and wrapped it around them.


To embellish the spine, I stamped some flourishes from the Urban Elements Stamp Set with embossing ink and heat embossed them with Distress Embossing Glaze in Vintage Photo. The word Potions was created by die cutting Metallic Kraftstock using the Tiny Type Upper Thinlits.


Once the spine was completed, I colored the books. I used Distress Spray Stain in Black Soot for the Potions Book and Walnut Stain for the other book. I then added a bit more distress using a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.


POISON BOTTLES

Now we are onto the final piece which ended up being my favorite part of the entire project...the poison bottles!


To create these I used the Bottled Up Bigz Die and cut the bottles from watercolor paper. To give them a more dimensional look, I spritzed the paper with water and then gently rounded the paper over a bottle and let them dry. This took very little time, and gave them a more realistic bottle shape. Next, I inked the paper using an embossing ink pad and heat embossed the it with Distress Embossing Glaze in Vintage Photo. I repeated this embossing process 3-4 times on each bottle to build up the thickness and to achieve the look of glass. Each layer gets more smooth and less transparent in color so the color of the glaze really stands out. As you can see the glaze flows toward the edges because they are rounded and added even more interest to the bottles.


For the labels, I dug through my stash of Halloween ephemera and found three labels that I distressed with Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then adhered them using collage medium.

So what about the cracked look on the bottles you ask? Once all the other steps were completed, I masked off the labels using Purple Tape (washi tape or any other low tack tape will work) and coated each bottle with Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy and let it dry. The cracked goodness slowly appeared as it dried. To add a bit more distress, I worked some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon into the cracks.

To finish off each bottle I cut a stopper from a piece of cork paper, inked it up and then wrapped a bit of jute around the top of the bottle. The small tag on the one bottle is from a Halloween Remnant Rub.


There you have it! Skelly's Apothecary is looking forward to your business! I sure hope you enjoyed seeing how this project came to life and that it inspires you one your next project.

 

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com or Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Stamping & Die Cutting With Sticker Paper

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a new to me product...Scrapbook.com Exclusive Sticker Paper. I'll admit when I first learned about it, I wasn't sure how I was going to use it. All I knew was that you could print on it with your inkjet printer and make your own stickers. Well, you might find this hard to believe, but I don't own an inkjet printer. Not having the ability to print, got my mind to wondering how else I could use this sticker paper. My first thoughts was to try it with one of my favorite products...stamps and coordinating dies. To my surprise it worked wonderfully!

Thank You Card by Juliana Michaels. Created using stamps and dies with Scrapbook.com's Exclusive Sticker Paper

For this card, I stamped the beautiful floral image onto the Sticker Paper using Scrapbook.com Premium Hybrid Black Ink. I then colored the image using Sponge Daubers and Distress Oxide Inks. Of course, I had to test to see how it would hold up to a little distressing, so I lightly spritzed the inked image with my Distress Sprayer and then dabbed it dry with a paper towel. The sticker paper held up great with this technique so I then added a few ink splatters as well to give the image a little more distress.



After I finished all the inking and distressing, I die cut the image using the coordinating die. I now had a ginormous sticker to adhere to the front of my card! I peeled off the adhesive liner, but instead of just sticking it down onto the background, I decided to make it a little less sticky. I'm sure you're wondering why I would want to make it less sticky. The reason is simple. I like having a little depth and dimension on my cards and to place the sticker flat onto the card just didn't fit my style.  To reduce the stickiness, I rubbed over the back side of the sticker on the outer edge. By removing the stickiness the sticker no longer lays completely flat and I now have a little dimension without adding any bulk to my card.

Thank You Card by Juliana Michaels. Created using stamps and dies with Scrapbook.com's Exclusive Sticker Paper

Some final details on this card: The background was created using the Confetti Stencil. I inked through it using an Ink Blending Tool. The sentiment was created using the Scrapbook.com Thank You Sentiments Decorative Die Set.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Scrapbook.com's Exclusive Sticker Paper. For more fabulous ideas check out the project ideas for Scrapbook.com Sticker Paper. You will find ideas from using it to create labels to organize your ink pads to using it in your planner.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Hello Shaker Card | Scrapbook.com Adhesives

Hello friends! How's it shaking? Today I'm sharing a Hello Shaker Card created using some of my favorite adhesives from Scrapbook.com. If you've never created a shaker card before, don't worry. I'm going to take you through it step by step and show you just how easy they are to make.

Hello Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Exclusive Adhesives

Every shaker card is made up of what I like to refer to as a Shaker Window and a Shaker Frame. The shaker window is what you look through to see all the shakedy bits on the inside. To create the shaker window all you have to do is cut a shape into a piece of paper. You want to use a shape that is large enough that you can see the shakedy bits behind the cut shape. Here I used the Bold Basic Alphabet dies to create the window. I used Mint Tape to hold the dies in place on the paper as I ran it through my die cutting machine. Once I had cut out all of the letters, I trimmed the strip to size. 


Next, you want to cover the back side of the window with a piece of acetate. You can purchase acetate sheets or recycle plastic packaging. Trim the acetate to just slightly larger than the window, then adhere it using Scrapbook.com Double Sided Clear Adhesive Roll. 


Now it's time to create the Shaker Frame. This is what holds the shakedy bits in place. To create the frame, cut pieces of Scrapbook.com Double Sided Foam Adhesives strips and adhere them around the outside of the shaker window opening. Make sure the edges of the tape are touching so that none of the shakedy bits can fall out between the cracks.


Once you have the shaker window and frame completed, it is now time to fill the shaker. Select your background paper and pour the shakedy bits you want to use onto the paper in the area where you want to place the shaker. You can use anything from sequins, to seed beads, to mica flakes or even confetti. After you have them poured in place, peel off the adhesive liner and adhere your shaker over the shakedy bits.


And there you have it! I told you it was super easy to create a shaker card. Now it's your turn to create your own and I hope this project has inspired you to do just that!

Additional details on how this card was created: The background was created using the Distress Ink Smooshing Technique using Distress Ink in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Crackling Campfire. The butterflies are from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Flutter Stamp Set and are stamped with Distress Oxide Ink in Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick and Crackling Campfire. The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The lace looking border was created using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Crochet Thinlits and it was ink smooshed with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. For the shakedy bits, I used Tim Holtz Distress Mica Flakes.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.
 

Day of the Dead Shrine | Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4

Hello friends! This Day of the Dead Shrine was a bit of a journey from start to finish, but I knew I wanted to create something like this from the first moment I laid my eyes on the Day of the Dead Colorize.
I've always had a "thing" for this Mexican Holiday where you take time to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed on from this world. With this in mind I wanted to create a mini version of a Day of the Dead altar using an Idea-ology Shrine and other fun Tim Holtz products.

Day of the Dead Shrine by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4 Colorize

I began by painting the Shrine with Black Soot Distress Paint both inside and outside. I also painted a small Vignette Box black and placed that on the bottom of the shrine to create the altar.


The tablecloth on the altar is a piece of Bristol Paper trimmed to size and inked with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I then adorned it by using the Fanciful Impresslit which was cut and embossed from a piece of Bristol Paper and them very lightly inked with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

The banner was created using the smallest square die from the Stacked Square Thinlits. I first inked small pieces of cardstock with Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade. I then die cut each several squares from each color. Next, I layered on a small skull from the Trick or Treaters Thinlits, which was lightly inked with the same color. Each banner was then adhered to a length of white craft thread to create the banner and then attached to the shrine and across the front of the altar.


The background inside the shrine is Bristol paper cut and trimmed to size. I stamped the paper with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide using the Tapestry Stamp Set. After stamping the image, I lightly wiped over it to smudge and blend the ink. I then adhered it to the back and sides of the shrine using Collage Medium. Once the inside was completed, I added the black zig zag edged Halloween Trim Tape to the edge of the shrine to the give edges a more finished look.

In the center of the back of the shrine I framed a Found Relative, trimmed to size, with an Idea-ology Deco Frame.


For the pieces on the altar, I created a mix of sugar skulls, baubles and chrysanthemums to mimic some of the items you would find on a traditional Day of the Dead altar. The baubles were colored with Alcohol Ink in Fiesta, Sailboat Blue and Citrus. The sugar skulls were created using the same technique Tami Bastiaans used in creating her Halloween Candy Shoppe. I quickly brushed the skull with Collage Medium and cover it with colored Distress Rock Candy Glitter. I used the same Alcohol Ink colors on the skulls as I did on the the baubles.


The chrysanthemums were created using a couple of flower dies from the Funky Florals 1 Thinlits. I inked Bristol paper with Spiced Marmalade and the die cut a million flowers from the paper. At least it seemed like a million! I only used the large flower shape and not the centers to create these flowers. After die cutting the flowers, I spritzed the lightly with my Distress Sprayer and the crinkled and folded them so as to bring the petals up from the center of the flower and to create a 3D flower shape. Once all of the flowers were dry, I then hot glued a flower into the center of a second flower to make it even more 3D. For this step, I choose the faster drying of a hot glue gun just to speed the process along for creating so many flowers. Once all of the flowers were completed, I also added in some flowers from the Idea-ology Bouquet to mix up the size and texture just slightly. To adhere all of the flowers, I once again used a hot glue gun due to the faster drying time.

Now to the main feature...the Day of the Dead Colorize! These two characters were so fun to put together and added the perfect touch to my Day of the Dead Shrine.


I have found that I prefer to cut all of the pieces from white Bristol Paper and then ink it the color I want it as I'm assembling the pieces. When working with really small thin pieces, I adhere a piece of Purple Tape (any low tack tape will work) to the back side of the paper that the die cut was cut from. I then put the die cut back in place and the tape keeps it secure while I ink it using a foam blending brush. For the Day of the Dead I used the following Distress Ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade. The black pieces were actually cut from black cardstock and the guitar was inked with Ground Espresso, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed learning how my Day of the Dead Shrine featuring the Tim Holtz Sizzix Day of the Dead Colorize Thinlits came together. I also hope it inspired you in some way to make your own version of a Day of the Dead Shrine.


Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Hello Beautiful Card | World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day Friends! I hope you are finding a way to celebrate this special day. Whether you're creating cards, attending a crop or class, sending cards to family and friends or shopping for cardmaking supplies, you have loads of options for celebrating this special day. I'm starting off the day by sharing this Hello Beautiful Card with you today and later this afternoon I'll be crafty chatting with my bestie! Along with the card I'm also sharing a fun way to store and organize your alphabet dies, so keep reading to check out all the details.

Hello Beautiful Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Exclusive Basic Bold Alphabet Dies and Tim Holtz Specimen Stamp Set

I began this card by creating the background. I stamped the butterfly from the Tim Holtz Specimen Stamp Set onto watercolor paper using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After stamping the image, I spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer and then dried it with my heat gun. I then water colored the image using Distress Oxide Ink in Crackling Campfire. To do this, I stamped the ink pad onto my craft mat and used a water brush to apply the ink. Once the ink was dry, I added a few splatters of ink in Crackling Campfire, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey.

Hello Beautiful Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com and Tim Holtz products

For the stenciling, I used the Little Boxes stencil from Scrapbook.com. I inked through it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a ink blending tool. I then inked the edges of the watercolor paper with more Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


The sentiment was created with my new favorite dies...the Bold Basic Alphabet Dies from Scrapbook.com. I die cut the letters from watercolor paper. I then stamped them with the script stamp from the Tim Holtz Ledger Script Stamp Set using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhered them to the card front using Scrapbook.com Double Sided Foam Adhesive. To finish off the sentiment, I stamped "hello beautiful" from the Scrapbook.com Wordfetti Best Day Ever Stamp Set using Vintage Photo Archival Ink.


As I mentioned, here's a great way to store your alphabet dies. Simply place them inside one of the new Small Storage Envelopes from Scrapbook.com. I've found these to be the perfect size for their new alphabet dies, however depending on the shape some of the sets need 2 envelopes. I'm such a sucker for organizing things though, so I know I'll be adding a few more packs of these to improve my storage methods.



Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my Hello Beautiful Card and once again Happy World Cardmaking Day! I hope you find a way to celebrate!

Just in case you are looking for a great reason to shop for cardmaking supplies, Scrapbook.com has 8 card making brands on sale and all Scrapbook.com Exclusives on Super Sale. Make sure you check out the Scrapbook.com coupon page for all the details!


Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Christmas Greetings Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4

Hey friends! The holiday crafting continues as Tim Holtz just released his Sizzix Chapter 4 dies. Although this release is a bit smaller than the others, it is filled with loads of inspiration and so many great dies that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season. If you happened to miss the Facebook Live, you can always watch the replay either on Tim's Facebook page or his blog. Today, I'm sharing this Christmas Greetings Card using the gorgeous new 3D Texture Fade Engraved, which was one of the projects I created for the Facebook Live.

Christmas Greetings Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Engraved 3D Texture Fade and Embossed Shimmer Technique

Embossed Shimmer Technique

I just want to share, that the photos really don't do this card justice in my opinion. There is so much shimmer, shine AND distress with this technique! When I was first working on this card, I really thought it was going to just end up in the trash. I really didn't like the way things were going. However, I was crafty chatting with a friend of mine (AKA crafting and chatting on Facetime) and I had mentioned wishing I could add some shine to the card, but I didn't want glitter. She mentioned Perfect Pearls and my brain took off. So let me walk you through what I'm calling the Embossed Shimmer Technique.


I began with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4.5 x 6.25 inches. I embossed it with the Engraved 3D Texture Fade following the recommendations of spritzing it with a little water and then running it through my machine three times.


Once the paper was dry, I rubbed over it with an embossing ink pad. I then sprinkled it with Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze and heat embossed it. Next, I worked in small sections and rubbed Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Crayon into all the nooks and crannies of the design and then wiped over the entire piece to remove any excess.


This is where I originally stopped and was not feeling the love. It needed something more and that is where the Perfect Pearls came into play. As you may or may not know, once you rub over the Embossing Glaze with the Distress Crayon, it leaves the surface slightly sticky. This stickiness made me wonder if the Perfect Pearls would stick to it. Well guess what? It does! I brushed Perfect Pearls Bronze all over the card. At this point, it will looks like one big bronze shimmer and you'll think you've ruined everything. I promise you that you haven't! Next, I took my Distress Sprayer and spritzed over the paper and then dabbed to dry the water droplets. This is when the embossed shimmer magic happens! When I dabbed the droplets dry, it removed some of the Perfect Pearls and revealed the grunge below. I knew I had found my happy!


Once the background was complete, I then had to figure out what to do to turn it into a card. The Engraved design looks so much like a snowflake to me, so I pulled out the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and realized that it lined up perfectly with the design on the Engraved 3D Texture Fade. It was like it was meant to be!


I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with Speckled Egg Distress Spray and then die cut it using the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and then adhered it to the embossed background. I then stamped the sentiment from the Yuletide stamp set and fussy cut around it. For the final touch, I added some hardware heads distressed with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. I then layered the entire piece onto a piece of white cardstock and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning about the Embossed Shimmer Technique and how this Christmas Greeting Card came together.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.
 

Multi-colored Stenciled Background

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing how to create multi-colored stenciled background using some of my favorite products from Scrapbook.com

Multi-colored Stencil Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Exclusives

When I first saw this stencil and the cute little rainbows and tiny hearts, I knew I wanted to give it lots of color. I just wasn't sure how to color all those small areas. Then I remembered that I had some Sponge Daubers from Scrapbook.com and I was able to make it work. Keep reading to learn how easy this technique can be and then start thinking about ALL the stencils you have that you can now use to create multi-colored backgrounds.


To get started, I used a Flat Card Front and applied just a touch of an adhesive roller to the back of the card panel and stuck it down onto my craft mat. This will keep the paper from moving around while I stencil. I then used Mint Tape to hold the stencil in place on top of the cardstock.

For this card, I'm using the Little Rainbows Stencil. To create the multi-colored stenciled background and to make each rainbow a different color, I used Scrapbook.com Sponge Daubers. They fit on the tip of your finger and are perfect for applying ink to small areas. I then randomly inked the rainbows and tiny hearts with Scrapbook.com Hybrid Inks in Oasis, Guacamole, Candy Shop Pink and Rubber Ducky.


To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment using the Mini Caps Solid and Outline Stamp Sets, along with the Wordfetti Best Day Ever Stamp Set. This was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock and trimmed to size. I layered a piece of vellum die cut using a heart die and added some small hearts die cut from gold glitter paper to add a little pizzaz! These were then popped up with Double Sided Adhesive Foam Squares. Unfortunately, the heart dies I used have been discontinued, but I've linked several options below that could work.


I hope you enjoyed this bit of cardmaking inspiration and learning how to create a multi-colored stenciled background.

Now for something a little fun! If you aren't aware, World Card Making Day is this Saturday, October 3 and Scrapbook.com is starting the celebration early with some great sales. Make sure you check out their social media and the Scrapbook.com coupon page for all the details!

 

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.