Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Day of the Dead - Tim Holtz

 Hello Friends

I am back today with another project - this time I used my brand new Day of the Dead Colorize die set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix (664969).  

I had such fun creating this but not so much fun trying to load the pictures onto the new Blogger - Grrr!

I do not have a step by step because I just made it up as I was going along but I have a few close-ups to share which will give you an idea of how I did it.

I started with an Idea-ology Vignette Box, the largest from the set of 4 and covered it inside and out.  The inside uses Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock that I coloured with Crackling Campfire Distress ink using Tim's Wrinkle Free technique.  I added the Bigz Cathedral window die cut (a gift from my dear friend Kath while I wait for my die to arrive) from Tim's latest release of dies by Sizzix.  This was backed with a vellum picture (cobweb from Tim's Idea-ology Vellum Haunt pack). 

I constructed the characters according to the picture on the die, changing the colours here and there and I added some silk sari ribbon to the lady's shoulders.  I do love this set of dies, the guitar fits beautifully into the hands of the man.  I added some guitar strings with a fineline pen.
I added various Idea-ology pieces (Pumpkins, Skulls, Grave relics) along with some gauze from my stash.  To create the platform I used some thick card from my stash and I added the 'steps' using Tim's Etcetera Trims, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Here is a view of the back of my project, I covered the Vignette back and sides with gorgeous paper from Tim's Departed Paper Pad and I created a light pack holder with card from my stash (sorry, make unknown).  Well, I had to add lights didn't I - no project is complete for me these days unless it lights up!  I used Tim's latest Idea-ology Halloween lights which are orange.

To finish the project I added an Idea-ology knob to the top of the box, I finished the edges of the box with some of Tim's older Design Tape and I added an Idea-ology Word Band, highlighting the words with Distress Crayon.
And finally, a view of the box lit up, it looks super cool at night-time!  I know  Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on 1 & 2 November and not 31 October but even though we are unlikely to have any Trick or Treaters this year but I will pop this in the front window, just in case.

I would like to share this project over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is 'Spooky!'.

I have just realised that Country View Challenges have a challenge this month of Halloween (Make a Scene) and I would like to enter my project.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you like my Day of the Dead Vignette.

Keep safe and well and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. Wow Anne - another masterpiece - so fun as well - thanks so much for the tutorial!

  2. Tim always manages to come up with something different and these are so much fun. Wishing you a lovely creative week, Angela xXx

  3. My goodness Anne, this is totally amazing! Another gorgeous vignette and such a fun piece!! Would love to know where you get your inspiration .. this is awesome!! hugs xx

  4. Wow this is spooktacular! Looks like a winner:)

  5. Another great project - I'm assuming you might have to move home soon to display all your lit up pieces. I'm not that keen on halloween but this is fab and I love that background paper and the cathedral window cut out!! Elaine xx

  6. Oh Anne this is brilliant! I've been humming and ahhing about this DOTD set too 'cos it looks like so much fun. I love that it lights up too, and that quote really finishes it off perfectly! Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  7. Wouldn't you love to be inside Tim's head for just one day, Annie? You are a perfect partner for him the way you make all his incredible products come alive ... SING even! This is, well, it's hard to find words. I've just been enlarging each photo and scanning all the oodles of fun details. I love their FEET! And that urn of flowers! And the shawl you gave her to keep her shoulders warm on the chilly night! So many 'Annie details' that are just amazing. And if that weren't enough, it lights up in orange lights!! Well done, my friend! That must have been fun to make. I hope you two are keeping well! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  8. Anne this is tremendous, so colourful and fun it will certainly look great in the window. You must have had a great time cutting and piecing this sweet couple together, the cathedral window looks awesome in the background. You always leave me gob smacked with your created scenes, I love every inch of it. Another well light master piece my friend... Sorry I am late, life's been very busy this week.. Hope you are keeping well. Hugs Tracey xx

  9. Fabulous scene! Tim would be proud... I think you enjoyed making this one! Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges this month.

  10. Absolutely superb Anne! You can imagine me standing in front of this pair clapping loudly for your brilliance! Love all the wonderful little doodads, design and assembly - it exudes fun! The illumination of course really rocks it (together with those guitar strings!!). Nicola x

  11. Oh, Ann, this project is awesome and I love the Halloween scene you created! I also loved reading and seeing the details! Thank you for joining the October challenge of the Country View Challenges!

  12. Anne, this is so super great. LOVE the colors, the patterns, and that it all lights up. I can hear the music in my head!


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