Monday, October 1, 2018

Undertaker Halloween Shadow Box

Hello everyone, back to share another Halloween make with you created with an inexpensive wooden shadow box frame from my local $1 store and Tim Holtz's fabulous Undertaker stamp set from Stampers Anonymous (seriously my favourite stamp set of all time!).

Yupo paper, alcohol and archival inks, crackle texture paste and some wonderful stencils and Idea-ology embellishments came together to make my Undertaker Halloween shadow box, read on for the how to.

I started with a 5" x 7" sheet of White Alcohol Ink Yupo paper (which serendipitously was a perfect fit for the frame I'd found at the $1 store!) and inked it with Pitch Black, Mushroom and Slate Alcohol Inks.  I don't have any of Tim's Alcohol Lift-Ink, so I went back to his tried and true Archival Ink lift off technique and stamped multiple images from the Undertaker stamp set with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink.

The wooden frame was painted inside and out with black acrylic paint and then the edges were stenciled with Tim's Halloween Script and Batground layering stencils and Opaque Crackle Texture Paste.  I coloured two different batches of the texture paste with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink Re-inker and black acrylic paint for some variation in the stenciled designs.

After the texture paste was dry, the stenciled designs were inked with Distress stains (Black Soot, Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke) so that it would seep into the crackles and then the 'fright' word, bat and spider were inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (I actually meant to use the Brushed Pewter Mica Spray but grabbed the wrong one, it worked out fine LOL!).

The entire frame was then sealed with varnish and aged with DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream, wiping it back here and there with a damp cloth.

Regions Beyond Paper Stash scrapbook paper was cut to size and adhered to the shadow box frame sides.

And Design Tape was added to all of the edges inside and out (think this ruler washi is Aristocrat Design Tape?).

A couple of layers of black fun foam were cut to size and layered onto the back of the shadow box frame to bump up the stamped Yupo paper image.  Some Halloween Idea-ology embellishments were inked with Caramel and Pitch Black alcohol inks (Crossbones and Boneyard) and adhered to the frame along with an ephemera image from one of Tim's Halloween Ephemera packs.  The skeleton's eyes had a couple of dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls added to them.

The Undertaker stamped Yupo paper was adhered into the frame.  Putka pods were painted with black acrylic paint, an Apothecary Vial was filled with black paint and they were all adhered into the bottom edge of the shadow box frame.

Some dried moss was then adhered along the bottom edge;

and fiberglass spider web strung along the top;

and my Undertaker Halloween shadow box was complete!  Here are a few more close ups of the finished piece.

Oh I do adore this fab Undertaker stamp set!

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Halloween shadow box, thanks as always for stopping by today and happy haunting!

Deb xo


  1. Wow Deb, this piece is a whole lotta creepy good fun! I love how the ink looks on the Yuppo paper. Quite ghostly. Also I’m loving all the great texture images you’ve added around the frame. So many fantastic details on this. A really great Halloween decoration.

  2. Love, love, love this little shadowbox Deb, the textures, colours and embellishments have combined to make a brilliant design for Halloween xxx

  3. Unbelievably cool, Deb - the lift ink effect is so haunting and mysterious, perfect in those shadowy grey tones, and I love your batty frame!
    Alison x

  4. Great framed artwork! Your lift technique turned out fabulous! I love all your spooky details right down to the design taped edges. Probably one of my favorite pieces from you! Thank you for the inspiration this morning! Hugs!


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