2016 halloween inspiration series… project by: zoe hillman

MAINdouble-double toil & trouble something brilliant is about to bubble. today’s project will certainly challenge your creative mind into seeing a different use for something thanks to the talents of zoe hillman.  plus learn clever tricks of textured transformation – hello halloween…t!m


  • inks: Distress Ink Vintage Photo/Walnut Stain/Picket Fence, Black Soot Distress Archival/Black Soot Distress Archival Re-Inker
  • paint: Distress Picket Fence
  • crayons & markers: Rusty Hinge/Peeled Paint/Walnut Stain/Peeled Paint
  • embossing powder: Distress Antique Linen
  • mediums: Distress Collage Mediums/Matte/Crazing, Distress Grit-Paste, Glossy Accents
  • surfaces: Materialize Paper Stash/Subtrate Sheets/Burlap Panel
  • embellishments: Jute String Halloween/Hex Fasteners/Materialize Paper Stash/Adornments Wicked/Pumpkin Pieces/Broomsticks/Letterpress/Tiny Vials/Vial Labels/Boneyard/Remnant Rubs Gothic
  • stamps: Mini Blueprint 7
  • stencils: Mini Stencil 23
  • tools: Mini Blending Tool/Grid Block/Sanding Grip/Paper Trimmer/Score Board/Scissors


Step 1: Take a Burlap Panel, turn it over and trim any burlap overlapping the frame. Using paper from the Materialize Paper Stash, cut a panel measuring 6.25 x 7”. Score the top and sides at 0.5”, apply a layer of Matte Collage Medium and attach to the inside of the frame. Cut strips of the faux wood paper from the Materialize Paper Stash and wrap around the frame edges with Matte Collage Medium.

Step 2: Blend Picket Fence Distress Ink through a stencil from the Mini Stencil 23 set with a Mini Blending Tool. *NOTE: If you don’t want to trim the edges of your stencil, do this step BEFORE attaching the paper to the inside of the frame.

Step 3: Tint a photograph with Peeled Paint Distress Marker and mount behind a Baroque Frame.

Step 4: Glue spiders from the Adornments Wicked with Glossy Accents to the top and bottom of the frame.


Step 5: Witch Potion: Cover a Tiny Vial with a thin layer of Matte Collage Medium and air dry. Cover with a thin layer of Crazing Collage Medium and air dry. Drop Meadow Alcohol Ink over the top and air dry. Spider Legs: Drop Black Soot Distress Archival Re-inker into the bottle and swill until the inside is covered, pour out any excess and air dry. Bone Dust: Fill with Antique Linen Distress Powder and cut a small Boneyard bone into several pieces and drop into the top of the bottle.

Step 6: Add Jute String Halloween to each bottle and Vial Labels with Gothic Remnant Rubs to decorate.

Step 7: Cut a strip of the faux wood paper from the Materialize Paper Stash measuring 1.75 x 8” and score at 0.5”, 0.75”, 1.25” and 1.5”. Cut the strip into 2 pieces, fold and secure with Matte Collage Medium to create 2 faux wood shelves. Create the mini faux books the same way and add Vial Labels and Gothic Remnant Rubs.

Step 8: Using the leftover faux wood strip, tuck into the end and secure with a dab of Matte Collage Medium.


Step 9: Remove the stork from 3 Pumpkin Piece and set aside. Cover the pumpkins with Distress Grit-Paste and set aside to air dry. Once completely dry, rub Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons into the Pumpkin Pieces. Rub Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the stork and push back into the pumpkins.

Step 10: Slice a small piece of the back of the Pumpkin Pieces so they sit flush and glue onto the bottom of the Burlap Panel with Glossy Accents. Add a Adornments Wicked Spider. Wrap Jute String Halloween around a Broomstick and add an Adornments Wicked Spider. Glue the Broomstick handle to the outer side of the frame with Glossy Accents.

Step 11: Stamp the witches hat from the Mini Blueprints 7 stamp set onto a white Substrate Sheet with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. Fussy cut the hat, gently screw up into a ball and flatten out.  Turn over to the non stamped side and blend in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Add Jute String Halloween and secure with a Hex Fastener.

Step 12: Cover Letterpress with Picket Fence Distress Paint and set aside until almost dry. Rub some of the paint away with kitchen paper to give a worn look. Attach to the base of the Burlap Panel with Glossy Accents. Mount the witches hat onto 3D foam and stick just above the Letterpress.

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36 Comments to “2016 halloween inspiration series… project by: zoe hillman”

  1. barbarayaya says:

    Love love love !!! This work is so full of details! I adore to observe the details! Green face and little books are outstanding! Barbarayaya

  2. Lorrie says:

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to try theses techniques.

  3. Mary M. says:

    Wow, there are just so many cool details here! I love the spiders on the picture frame, it didn’t even occur to me that they weren’t originally part of the frame! =)

  4. Thank you, Zoe, for some great inspiration! Grit paste and bones are now on the shopping list!

  5. WilmaB says:

    Wow….love it!!!

  6. Sue says:

    Love this project Zoe! Well done. The attention to detail, just amazing. Wish I had your talents! Look forward to seeing more Halloween stuff, it’s my favourite time of year.

  7. Tona says:

    This is fabulous!

  8. cheiron says:

    Such an amazing project!!! I love the vials, especially the bone dust, corked with the bone!

  9. diana says:

    you make me want to like Halloween projects with all these projects!! the little books and shelves are the bomb!!!great job Zoe!!

  10. KATH says:

    My favorite one yet!!! I wasn’t going to buy grit paste and pumpkins, but now I HAVE TO!

  11. Julia Aston says:

    How wonderful! LOVE the warty pumpkins and the interesting contents of the little vials!! Also the framed green faced lovely!! so clever!

  12. bernath says:

    SUPERBE ++++++++++++++++

  13. Annette Y says:

    So cool, Zoe. Gives me lots of inspiration for using my TH Halloween purchases this season. Thanks!!!

  14. What a cool project! I LOVE the green witch in the photo!

  15. Gigi B. says:

    Great design.

  16. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome project by Zoe! Love the broom and pumpkins!

  17. Patricia Molnar says:

    Amazing!! Love Halloween!! The DT alawys create the most awesome creations like casting a spell, some of the new as well as a dash of the older items and abracadabra! You have magic!!!

  18. Roxanne says:

    loving all the spooky goodness created by your guest designers. TFS.
    Getting some wonderful inspiration here….now if I could just get some supplies….. 🙂

  19. Cindy says:

    clever idea Zoe…………I just LOVE Halloween!! 😀

  20. Yvonne Boucher says:

    great tutorial! love Halloween and this really has me motivated to get busy creating…..thanks!

  21. Carol b says:

    I really like this project. Maybe it’s the green witch and it’s a nice little size.
    Carol b

  22. Nan says:

    This is AWESOME!!

  23. BRILLIANT ZOE!!!!!!! I ADORE those divine wooden shelves and ‘little Miss Wicked’ in the frame overlooking her potions, books and witchy ephemera, all beautifully created/altered. Thank you for sharing xx

  24. Lisa Leavitt says:

    Just got in my brooms and mini pumpkins … this is a fantastic creation – loads of inspiration — keep the Halloween crafts coming!!!

  25. MARREE says:

    WOW – says it all. It gets the juices running

  26. Anne R says:

    Loving the faux book and shelves and the Picket Fence stenciling in the background – fabulous project Zoe!

  27. Zoe has created the most amazing scene here! Loving all the textures and touches everywhere. I’m mesmerized!

  28. Absolutely awesome Halloween project. Love it, love it, love it.

  29. Rosann says:

    OMG, OMG, OMG… another spooktacular bubbling brew it is ( project )! BUT those details though… bloweing me away… bookcase, green face, gritty pumpkins, bone dust bottle bone cork hahaha so cool !!!

  30. DebbieP says:

    LOVE the green face!!! and the shelves and books. Lots of great ideas in this one project….

  31. SusanK says:

    Fabulous! I think the Witch of the House would be quite delighted to have this on her wall!

  32. Neet says:

    Fabulous! I do celebrate Halloween now, love it but here in the UK not many do. I think if they saw this there would a lots of minds changed.
    Hugs, Neet

  33. Sue W. says:

    This is so cool! Love all the different elements Zoe used.

  34. Lucy F. says:

    The little bookshelves are wonderful and the green-faced portrait is a real surprise especially because she is so pretty and dainty before the coloring. The wallpaper is impressive as well. That is a unique way to use that stencil. Lovely details. Thank you, Zoe.

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