2016 halloween inspiration series… project by: paula cheney

GUESTover the past month several talented crafters have shared their innovative ideas using the latest halloween products creating everything from home decor to cards and more.  today’s final project is from the talented paula cheney who designed a textured timepiece to showcase your favorite halloween memories. the dimensional details and colorful layered perspective make this a must-do on my holiday project list. i hope you’ve enjoyed the halloween inspiration series, and thanks again to everyone who participated in sharing their wickedly wonderful creations…t!m


  • surfaces: assemblage clock; paper stash/materialize; deco sheets/halloween
  • inks: alcohol ink/pitch black; distress ink/gathered twigs; distress embossing ink
  • crayons: distress crayons/set #1/#3
  • markers: distress markers vintage photo/ peeled paint/faded jeans/spiced marmalade/festive berries
  • mediums: distress grit-paste; distress collage medium/matte
  • embossing powder: black/silver
  • embellishments: found relatives/occasions; pumpkin pieces; jute string/halloween; typed tokens/halloween; adornments/wicked
  • tools: distress sprayer; distress collage brush; black foam tape; tonic scissors; vagabond
  • dies: thinlit/gothic gate
  • misc: moss; glue gun


Step 1: Partially disassemble the Assemblage Clock, removing bells/handle but leaving feet in place. Remove glass and discard. Tip: If you’re unsure about how to put the clock back together, take a few pictures before disassembling bells.

Step 2: Use your finger to smear Distress Grit-Paste over the entire outside of the clock body, legs, bells and handle.  Grit-Paste goes on easy over the clock surface leaving you with a super textured finish.  Let dry for at least 2-3 hours (I left mine to dry overnight).

Step 3: Once dry, scribble over the Grit-Paste with Distress Crayons.  I used a combination of Walnut Stain and Black Soot.  Once you have added the desired crayon color, spritz with water using the Distress Sprayer.

Step 4: Use a Distress Collage Brush to “paint” the Distress Crayon over the Grit-Paste on all clock parts. The Grit-Paste will easily accept the color to create the perfect spooky finish.  Note: you may notice in later steps that I added a bit of Twisted Citron Distress Crayon to the surface just to give it a fun pop of color hear and there.

Once the surface is dry, you can put the clock back together.  Any remaining clock parts that were not textured with Grit-Paste, like the stems that hold up the bells or the small knobs at the top of the bell, were colored with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.


Step 5: Cut one black Deco Sheet Halloween into three strips.

Step 6: Use the self-adhesive Deco Sheet strips to line the inside walls of the clock body.  This part does not need to be perfect but it does need to extend to the front lip edge.  The Deco Sheet is a bit flexible so its easy to go over the nuts and bolts that hold the clock together.  Don’t worry about the bumps, as most will be covered in later steps.

Using the back of the clock as a template, cut a paper circle from Mini Stash Materialize.  Adhere to the back wall of the clock with Collage Medium.

Step 7: Use the Sizzix Gothic Gate Thinlit die to cut the gate from back cardstock.  Apply Emboss It clear embossing ink over gate.  Sprinkle both silver and black Embossing Powder over gate and heat emboss to create a vintage look.

Step 8: Cut out boys from the Found Relatives Occasions pack.  Clip off the boy (green shirt) on the end of the Found Relative image and move him to the center of the group.  Use foam tape to add dimension.

Tint the Found Relatives with Distress Markers by coloring clothing and pumpkins then wiping away the wet ink with a soft cloth.


Step 9: Add a small piece of scrap cardstock to the back of the boys.  Adhere a strip of plastic to the back of the Gothic gate for stability.  Add foam tape to the back of the plastic to raise the gate from the back of the clock.

Step 10: Adhere the Gothic Gate and Found Relatives to the clock.

Step 11: Add a small amount of moss to the bottom of the clock (a little goes a long way).  Color Pumpkin Pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink direct from the pad, rub over pumpkin.  Cut two Pumpkins in half with cutting knife.

Step 12: Use hot glue to add Pumpkin Pieces to clock.  I used one whole pumpkin and three halves.  I also added a tiny bit of moss near the base of each stem.


Step 13: Choose a Halloween Typed Token.  Use a Picket Fence Distress Crayon to add white color to the words.  Wipe away any excess.  Add Typed Token to the colorful Halloween Jute String.  You might also notice I added a Spider Adornment crawling up the pumpkin in the front of the clock!.

Step 14:  Add additional moss to the top of the Assemblage Clock then adhere Jute String bow at top with hot glue.

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33 Comments to “2016 halloween inspiration series… project by: paula cheney”

  1. Charlene Dahlberg says:

    love this project and am trying to make it for a friend for Halloween- nothing like waiting til to the last minute . I have all the supplies and have the bells and handle off but the posts holding the bells will not come off. They are still attached by a small nut inside the clock that I can not loosen – so I have not been able to get the glass off. do you have any suggestions for me?

  2. Cindy Flynn says:

    Love it! Working on a day of the dead shadow box for my son… Got some great ideas! Thanks,,

  3. barbarayaya says:

    As always Paula, your creativity is amazing! Love love love this project! Barbarayaya

  4. Gigi B. says:

    Very nice. I really like that.

  5. Halloween just keeps getting better and better Tim! I love the creativity your new Halloween gems are generating. Paula — what a great tip for coloring Grit Paste. I’m so loving this!!! The moss is an awesome touch. Combined with Tim’s pumpkins, the moss makes such an authentic pumpkin patch. Wonderful

  6. Tracy Evans says:

    Fabulous assemblage piece. Adore the imagery and colour tinting. Adding the gate behind is a lovely touch and the texture is fantastic. Tracy x

  7. You are really putting me in the Halloween mood! Thank you for sharing your amazing altered clock! My favorite bit is that Gothic fence!

  8. Fabulous!!! I LOVE seeing that clock part and love the scene inside!!!

  9. OOOooooOOO! I SO love THIS!! Thank you paula cheney!!!!

  10. Julia Aston says:

    Super spooky garden scene inside the wonderfully distressed clock!

  11. Linda Newcomb says:

    Love this!

  12. Maureen Chandler says:

    Amazing project – that’s a really special keepsake! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. diana says:

    another masterpiece from Paula!!!

  14. Lorrie says:

    Terrific creation. Thank you for sharing your techniques

  15. heidig says:

    Love this project!

  16. Anne R says:

    Paula’s clock is so beautifully grungy and I loved seeing the how to’ – very inspirational! x

  17. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Paula is such a creative force. Enough said! I learn so much from every project she shares. Thank you!

  18. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Paula is such a creative force. Enough said!

  19. Toni Simpson says:

    LOVE this!

  20. Wonderful Halloween time piece Paula. Love it!

  21. Cindy Marlow says:

    Paula…this is just the thing for my grandchildrens’ scary Halloween Village!

  22. Anna-Karin says:

    This is so cool Paula!! I love the fantastic finish on the clock and all the details.

  23. Rosann says:

    Oh how fun is that … that grit surface … amazing idea ! Nobody dresses up found relatives quite like you 🙂

  24. Michelle Salazar says:

    I am in love with this clock and trying to figure out if I can get this done for my sister birthday her favorite holiday is Halloween!

  25. SusanK says:


  26. Love this Halloween assemblage clock! Paula always impresses and inspires us. Thanks for the spooky idea.

  27. Robyn says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE, this is awesome.

  28. Great project. I’m going to look for a clock on my next trip to a big box store….but I think I’ll buy two clocks and make one for Christmas too.

  29. Lucy F. says:

    I find it impressive how many elements you were able to fit in the clock that work perfectly together.

  30. Sue W. says:

    Paula does ahhhhhmazing things with the clocks! Always love seeing her creations.

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