Friday, August 18, 2017

Haunted Holtzville Manor - House #3

This is the third house of the 2017 Haunted Holtzville series - a village of Halloween houses made from the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies. Named in honor of Tim Holtz, you know. This is one of my favorites. I haven't made a Village Manor since last year when the die came out and I forgot how much I love this house.


I always try to make each house different so I decided to make green crackle siding with the paint color Peeled Paint from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I also experiment each time with the bases. It's a little steeper, but not as steep as the first Bat Wing House and I didn't really cut in steps. You have to scramble up the rock to get to the house. This house is called "Where is the Kitty?" because the kitty is hiding in the foyer behind the doors. I will have to get it set up at night to show you the kitty. I couldn't get the light right today.

I plan on using the silhouette of the kids on Tim's new Halloween Shadows thinlets from Sizzix in front of the house looking for their kitty. I added the bat to the circle around upper roof window so it wouldn't look so much like a wreath.


Side view - I really try to make this straight but I never notice that stuff is crooked until I take the photos. I didn't really center the house on the base quite right. The front stoop is off center, etc, etc. BUT that's why I make Halloween houses mostly - wonky is good.


A little more wonkiness visible from the back.


I love the blue tinted windows. I've said this before, but I covered both sides of the plastic windows (leftover packaging from various craft items) with glossy accents after they were tinted with blue alcohol ink. It makes the windows so wavy and obscures the funky glue blobs and paint splotches inside the house. I also lined the house with metallic tape to reflect light better. Maybe I can take some photos later tonight to show you how nice the light looks and show you where the kitty is.

I said to a friend of mine, "Can you tell I am getting better at painting the rock on the bases?" He looked at me like I was crazy. He's not exactly artistically inclined. Anyway, I think my rock bases are looking better.

To complete this house:
Maybe glue on some moss
Make more polymer pumpkins
Owl or Bat on top
Halloween Shadows Kids in front
May add a little more color to the rock base, tone down the white a little bit.

That's it for today. I have to work most of the night so I gotta go. Ya'll take, please. Spread kindness and love and creativity.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Haunted Holtzville House #2

Just finished the second Haunted Holtzville House. I'm making a neighborhood of houses based on the Tim Holtz village series for this Halloween. Obviously, Haunted Holtzville is named in honor of Tim.

This is the second house. It does not have a name, but the family that inhabits this house has 2 children so they needed the dormers upstairs to give the children a little more room. The parents chose this house for the affordability, the color pattern on the outside and the fact that there are 2 bedrooms upstairs. The rooms are small, but the children don't really need big rooms, do they? That's the backstory on this house.

This house was constructed using the Village dwelling die along with some embellishments from the Village cottage die. I also used the roof die for the shingles. It's hard to see on the front, but there are a series of steps cut into the base to enter the house. The gate is made from one of the new Tim Holtz Halloween dies - the Village Graveyard. I didn't use the actual gate die because it was too big and formal looking for this modest home. The fence is made from 3 layers of cardboard cut from the Village Cottage die.

The texture on the surface is made from a Tim Holtz texture fade - tiles stained with Wild Honey stain and highlighted with black soot on the raised embossed surface.

I made the base my usual way - layers of corrugated cardboard glued together, covered with paper mache and painted with layers of paint. There is a space cut out for an LED light.

Landscaping is not complete on this house yet. I haven't decided what Halloween embellishments to add to the exterior at this point. So I said it was finished, but there is a little more decorating to do.


Side View of Haunted Holtzville #2. You can see the stairs a little better in the view below.


Back view of Haunted Holtzville #2. I haven't decided if I am going to extend the fencing all the way around. I may just make one more sturdy fence and cut it in half so the fencing looks complete from the front at least.


Oh, look! You can barely see the shadow of one of the inhabitants in the doorway below. The family is very shy, you hardly ever catch a glimpse of them. I think they are allergic to daylight.


That's the second house for Holtzville. More to come. 

Thank you for visiting.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Haunted Holtzville in the Works

I'm making several houses from Tim Holtz Village Dwelling dies for the Haunted Holtzville Village. I've finished the first one.

It's kind of a creepy little house, darker than I intended, but ok. I think the finish looks like embossed leather which I will use again in the future. The house started out using embossed watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide background and black on the prominent embossed section. But when I tried to make the black highlights darker, it got too dark and muddy. Then I painted over it with black and tried to use the Fossilized Amber over the black, but still too muddy. Then I painted it again with black and then highlighted it with red acrylic paint that I rubbed in with my finger. The red isn't as prominent as I would like, but it's kind of neat.



I need porch supports, but I haven't decided what to use yet. I kind of like the black chimney. I included the view below because you can see through the window which was stained with blue alcohol ink and then covered with Glossy Accents on both sides. It looks like old timey wavy glass.

You can't see in the doorway, but I put a black cardstock cutout of one of the kids from Halloween shadows in the doorway. It shows up nicely with the LED tea light in place.



I scattered a few leaves around to make it more seasonal. The roof shingles are made from off cuts of one of the Village Dwelling Roof dies. I like the spiky look. I've used that before.



That's it for today. I'm working on a lighter colored house now. It should be done in a day or two.

I hope you have a good day. Thank you for stopping by.

Revisiting Halloweens Past

I decided to go back and review some of my old houses - for ideas, to see the evolution of the Halloween houses, and for improvement. Most of these houses are on my home improvement blog - Green in Greenville which I haven't updated in a year.

Here is the first set of Halloween houses I made. This photo is dated October 1, 2015.



This is one of my very first houses covered with Halloween scrapbook paper. My biggest fan has this one.  At first I made them on circular bases from leftover sticker rolls from work.



I love this Halloween paper. I made this one before I started reinforcing the fencing to make it more durable. Now I would make that fence with 3-4 layers of cardstock. The retired Martha Stewart punch won't work with cardboard. The heaviest cardstock it will punch is 65 pound bond.



Steampunk Lock and Key House - I made all the keys and locks with cardboard covered with aluminum tape and then painted them with various paints to age them.



I hand cut these shingles on the house below. This was before there was roof die available from Tim Holtz. I  like the color and the texture. This fence is another retired Martha Stewart punch. I forgot what a great fence it is. I will have to dig it out.



This is my Halloween book. I wrote about it in my second post on this blog. It is still a favorite of mine. I imagine it would look even better now that we have Distress Oxides which do an incredible job on sky backgrounds.



The Candy Corn House - I actually made 3 but this is most successful of the 3. Of course, the top of the base comes off so you can put a treat inside. I made the "candy" and pumpkins from polymer clay.


The first Bat Wing House. The idea certainly evolved from that to the current Bat Wing Houses. The tops does come off of this house as well.


Clockhouse on a Frosty Morn - still love this house.


This is the 3 Gable Gothic House - I really like the book, but the house seems a little bland to me. The house structure is good. It is very similar to the Stone House with 3 Gables.


 The Silhouette House


The house below is one of my very favorites even now. See the silhouette of the witch in the front window? This went to one of my coworkers with 2 little kids. They love the house.


This is Jennifer's house.


The back may be more interesting than the front. I like the darkish green base. I need to remember that for my next house with white (whitish) siding.


Looking back on my blog, I did the same thing last year - reminisced about the old houses. It can be good to look back to get an idea of what you want to do to go forward. I will probably do the same thing next year.

Ya'll take care. Stay cool.