The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tombstone | Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween

Happy Halloween Friends! Well, it feels like Halloween to me! I've been creating away with all things Halloween as a seasonal maker for Tim Holtz and as a Halloween lover this makes my heart super happy! Today I'm sharing one of my makes from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2021 YouTube Live. So without further ado, Pumpkin Head welcomes you to Sleepy Hollow!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tombstone by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween Pumpkin Head Thinlits

I began this project by first creating Pumpkin Head. I have to admit, originally I had NO idea what I was going to do with him. I just thought he was so cool, so I took the time to enjoy putting him together and decided to figure what to do with him later.

I die cut most of the suit pieces from Black Alcohol Ink cardstock and then applied Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot to some of the pieces in order to achieve the various shades of black and grey. I cut the other pieces, including the pumpkin from Distress Watercolor. For the bow tie and shirt I used Hickory Smoke, for the skin I used Antique Linen and for the Pumpkin I used Carved Pumpkin and Peeled Paint. And the inside of the pumpkin was cut from a piece sprayed with the new Candlestick Mica Spray which gives it an awesome candlelight like shimmer!

Once Pumpkin Head was assembled, I started the process of trying to figure out what to do with him. My first thought was of the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which led me down the path of that idea, which then morphed into the project I'm sharing with you here. I decided to use an Etcetera Mini Tombstone as the base since it fit in with the theme of the story and painted all the pieces with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint. Next, I die cut the spider web from Distress Watercolor, gave it a light ink smooshing with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, and once dry adhered it to the front piece with Collage Medium. I then began to assemble the tombstone and adhered all the pieces together using Collage Medium. Once the tombstone was assembled, I applied Crypt Grit Paste here and there by dabbing it on with my fingers, but you could certainly apply it with a brush or palette knife.

To create the graveyard scene, I die cut the trees (Ghost Town Thinlits), the bats and 2 sets of gates (Vault Series Halloween) from Black Alcohol Ink Cardstock. I took the second set of gates and painted them with the Tombstone Mica Spray. I also dabbed a bit of this onto the trees.

The tombstones (Vault Series Halloween) were cut from Distress Watercolor cardstock and ink blended with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink. I then applied a bit of Crypt Grit Paste for some texture.

To complete the scene I created a full moon using a circle die from my stash which I ink smooshed with a bit of Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. I then added a bit of Antique Linen to the edges.

For the final touch, I die cut the letters from Black Alcohol Ink Cardstock using the Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper Thinlits and adhered them with Collage Medium.

Thanks so much for visiting Sleepy Hollow and learning how I created Pumpkin Head and this fun Halloween scene using some of the latest Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween dies.


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  1. So cool. I used to live in NJ and we would visit Sleep Hallow!

  2. I just finished making my version of this tombstone. One for me and one for my grand daughter (21). So much fun. Love how it turned out. I will post a pic in Addicts when I get one taken. thanks as always for sharing.

    1. I can't wait to see it Theresa! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!


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