Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tombstone And Raven Halloween Decoration

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today.  With the Halloween crafting season winding down I couldn't resist making one more decoration showcasing James Fallon, Undertaker ... seriously, the Undertaker stamp set is one of my all time favs of Tim Holtz's (as I am sure you have deduced by now LOL!).

Tim's Feather & Ravens, Vintage Cabinet Card, Halloween Mixed Media and those fab Claw Marks dies made an appearance along with his new Shifter Diamonds stencil (seriously fun stencils!), lots of Distress Oxides and Distress Inks and of course some Halloween Idea-ology and his Regions Beyond Paper Stash.  Read on for the how to!

I started by stamping James Fallon and some of the sentiments from the Undertaker stamp set with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock that had been coloured with Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks and clear embossing.  Everything was fussy cut and the edges distressed on the sentiments.

I die cut a 'tombstone' with the Vintage Cabinet Card die from black cardstock and inked it with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxides, adding water to oxidize the inks.  The 'deaths' obituary stamp from Undertaker was stamped onto the coloured tombstone with Ranger Frosted Crystal embossing powder and then I used a piece of chalk to highlight the lettering.

A piece of Regions Beyond paper was cut to size and two openings die cut near the top of the paper with the Claw Marks dies (got to remember to use these more often!)  The edges of the die cuts were inked and curled up slightly.

Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was cut slightly larger than the Regions Beyond paper piece and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink.  The Shifter Diamonds stencil was inked with Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and then the whole piece was spattered with a diluted orange red acrylic paint (got a little carried away with my blood spatter but hey, it's Halloween!)  The edges of the Heavystock were tattered and inked with Ground Espresso.

A couple of ravens were die cut from black cardstock with the Feather & Ravens dies.

And then a phrenology head and poison label were chosen from the Halloween Ephemera pack along with one of those beautiful delicate spiders from the Halloween Adornments charms.  I ended up colouring the spider with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.

All the components were then assembled,; the poison label and phrenology head were placed behind the two Claw Marks die cuts and the Regions Beyond paper was then layered over the Shifter stenciled Heavystock.  The ravens were perched on top of the tombstone (I layered one on top and the other behind) and James Fallon was also adhered to the tombstone along with the 'habit forming' label.  Spidey was attached with a bit of black sewing thread, the other stamped embellishments were added and finally a few die cut Mixed Media Halloween bats flew in to complete the decoration!

Here are a few close ups of the finished piece.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing how it all came together, I am going to be very sad to put James Fallon, Undertaker away for another year ... have to try and figure out a way to work him into a Christmas or Valentine's Day creation LOL!

I'd like to enter my Tombstone And Raven Halloween Decoration into the current Halloween/Spooky challenge over at Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge blog (make sure to head on over to check out what their amazingly talented DT has created to share with you, spooky indeed!).

Thanks as always for stopping by today and wishing one and all a spooky and safe Halloween, happy haunting!

Deb xo


  1. Fabulous! All of it! So much creepy fun in this piece. I really love that guy peeking from behind the clawed wallpaper. I didn’t know there were raven dies...gotta have that. Sadly the creepy season is almost over. It’s my favorite.

  2. Really cool mixed media piece Deb! There are so many details you've put into this to tell your story. The top hat on the skull is a fave and the raven on the tombstone too. Love it! Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Maura

  3. Beautifully designed and put together Deb’s. I love the grungy and spooky feel to your fabulous piece. Happy Halloween xxx

  4. What a fabulous home decor piece Deb x Like you I love that stamp set and your layout is wonderful x love the Raven die too x
    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xx


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