Monday, 30 August 2021

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - The Count in his castle

Sadly, this is my last week in the Designer Spotlight for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  

Those who know me, know how much I love Halloween and completely inspired by several of Tim Holtz's Makers in his recent Halloween release video I just had to create a special Halloween Project using some of the new products that Tim has just released.
The challenge this week is Glimmer & Sparkle!  You may not see mine immediately, but it is there in abundance!
I created a vignette of 'The Count' in his castle, looking out and surveying his vast and very spooky estate...... Glimmer and sparkle may not be immediately evident in the photos but I have used Tim's new Distress Mica Sprays along with his Distress Midnight Mica Flakes and Nightfall glitter.
I don't have any process photos to share with you as I was not sure when I started this project what I actually wanted to achieve!  I can show you how it all started though... I used a piece of mount board from my stash to create the inside castle wall, mainly so that I could die cut the cathedral window through it and the window frame would have lots of texture too.
I scraped some Distress Texture Paste - Grave, over the whole piece before applying a coat of Distress Grit Paste - Crypt over the whole piece, making sure there was plenty of texture.  I wanted it to resemble an old castle wall.  Once dry I sprayed with Distress Oxide Spray in Pumice Stone and then finished with a good spray of Distress Mica Stain - Empty Tomb.  This gave a lovely shimmery finish.
Next I die cut the cathedral window from the textured mount board and then glued it back into the opening and used some of the die cut left overs to create a 'frame' around the window.  I took one of Tim's Etcetera tags - small, and cut the mount board to match the tag as I wanted to create a 3D project.  I used a vignette box between the tags to give some dimension.  I painted the sides of the vignette box with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
I took a piece of watercolour cardstock and placed a small round mask where I wanted the moon to go and spritzed the whole piece with Hocus Pocus Distress Mica Spray, to add a lot of shimmer.  Inspired by a technique that Stacy Hutchinson used I spritzed the moon with water (rather than ink) to make the moon image bleed a little and give it a spooky appearance.  I die cut elements from Tim's new Vault Series die set and Ghost Town #2 set, attaching them to the inside of the vignette box, along with a set of Tiny Lights before attaching the cathedral window tag to the front of the box. 
I wanted the Count to appear as if he was inside his castle, looking out onto the graveyard and moon outside.  I die cut the Count, assembled him and added Nightfall Distress Glitter to his cape to give him some sparkle.  I added an Etcetera Bracket Trim for a ledge under the window where I could place my die cut Candle from the Candlelight die set.  I sprinkled some Distress Mica Flakes - Midnight here and there to also add a bit of shimmer. The candle holder was spritzed with Distress Mica Stain in Crooked Broomstick, which gave it a lovely shimmer.

I thought it would be fun to add a Creepy Eye to the Count and the small size fits perfectly!
I added another Etcetera Bracket Trim to the bottom of the vignette to give the Count a base to stand on.  I added a few pieces of Tim's Idea-ology bits and pieces from my stash, including the lovely Toadstools and lots of Mummy Cloth which was tinted with Distress Mica Stain in Empty Tomb and Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Spray.  I finished it off with some more Mica flakes.
We are hoping you will join in the challenge this week, it would be lovely to see you there and as always, there is a $25 gift voucher for one lucky winner to spend.


And finally, here is a view of the vignette all lit up!  It looks quite spooky in

 real life.  I just love the expression on the Count's face....

The products I used are listed below.


Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs,

Anne xxx


Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die - Cathedral Window

Tim Holtz Sizzix Colorize die - The Count

Tim Holtz Sizzix Colorize die - Candlelight

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits die - Vault Series Halloween 2021

Tim Holtz Ranger Texture Paste - Grave

Tim Holtz Ranger Grit  Paste - Crypt

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Spray - Empty Tomb

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Spray - Hocus Pocus

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Mica Flakes - Midnight

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Glitter - Nightfall

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Oxide Spray - Pumice Stone

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Hickory Smoke

Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Small

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Vignette Tray

Tim Holtz Etcetera - Bracket Trims

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Tiny Lights

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Toadstools

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Creepy Eyes


  1. Absolutely fan-bloomin-tastic!! the whole design of this is FABULOUS!! the fact that it lights up is just an added bonus!! I am sure your home will be very spookylicious this Halloween! 👻

    Thanks so much for being in the spotlight, it;s always a great pleasure to have you alomng with us!! Miss you already!!! XXX

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols XXX

  2. Wow Anne, it is a show stopper!! So much attention to detail! Love the skulls creeping in at the bottom, and to top it off it has lights. Amazing. Axxx

  3. Anne, this is so amazing! I’m seriously blown away by all of the details in this piece. I feel so inspired and can’t wait for my Count to arrive. Crafty hugs from KY, USA. ❤️

  4. I think this is your best work yet, Annie! My eyes are enjoying each and every tiny detail ... and then we start at the top, work our way down, and see even more little details that we missed the time before! Those walls could not be more perfect. It seriously looks like you went to a stoneyard and picked up scraps! And the Count, please! He is utterly magnificent! Tim must be pickled tink over your amazing creation! Thank you for all the inspiration this month at SSS! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  5. So fabulous his eye and the ghosts inside of this textured spooky beauty!

  6. This one is scarey but made me smile all at the same time. I love that window and the Count's face and it looks fabulous lit up with the purple background. Another masterpiece Elaine xx

  7. Oh Anne this is wonderful! I think some of my favourite pieces of yours are Halloween themed and here's another of them. The Count just makes me smile, and I love that it all lights up. Take care and have a very happy September, Sue xx

  8. Anne, this is fabulous in so many ways! First, you hit it spot on with the castle wall! You thought of every detail inside and out. I love that you added the creepy eye and the glittery cape to the Count. I could go on and on, but I think I'll just sit and admire your work of Halloween art!

  9. I know how you love Halloween and this just oozes all that spooky intention. The count looks as if he's ready to take on the world with his pose and beady eye.. watch out everyone hee hee. Attention to detail beyond belief Anne, i can feel every inch of love put into this, how it must shimmer and shine even more when lite up at night. I'm honoured to call you my talented friend and it's been a real pleasure catching up with you today, you've really made my day... now I feel the need to go make things.
    Stay safe & keep forever creative Big Hugs Tracey xx

  10. This is just spooktacular!!! Love all the details, the fab texture & especially the idea of the mushrooms in the urn set up!! Wonderful as always superstar!!

  11. Ooh this is so spooky and utterly amazing! There is so much detail right the way through this awesome piece. Your attention to detail surpasses anything I see, you are the legend of 3D! You can feel how much you love Halloween makes. Take care. Hugs my friend. xxxxx

  12. oh Anne, how I love the count. Took me three days to figure out how to put everything together, but mine is done. I will post a photo of him in the addicts group. thanks as always for sharing.


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