madly in love with monsters…

monstermainas crafters we all know the importance of getting the most out of the products we buy.  as a designer, it’s important for me to always try to find new ways to use the products i design in the hopes to inspire you to create with them.  i love the dimensional monster dies i released with sizzix last halloween allowing you to create 3-D paper sculptures with ease.  today is one of those projects where inspiration comes in the form of a simple quote: “trust your crazy ideas” – so it’s time to fall madly in love with those monsters all over again…

supplies used: thinlit dies/monster/zombie/vampire/doily/shape strips, vagabond, precision base plate, magnetic platform, cardstock/kraft core/distress, distress ink, mini ink blending tool, tiny attacher, regions beyond halloween paper, jute string, foam tape, adhesive

the concept is simple, create your monsters using neutral cardstock colors like grays, taupes, and black to create a monochromatic masterpiece…

zombie vampire monster

these are easier to make than you might think – check out the video below to see how…

next i layered each finished monster on the new doily thinlits (love the detail), then again on some leftover patterned paper from my halloween regions beyond paper stash, and finally on to colored cardstock for the card base…


for added detail, i cut little hearts with the shape strips thinlit, adhered them with foam tape for more dimension, and typed up a fun message on the computer for each card…


well i hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and i hope you’re inspired to create some little love monsters for your own valentines…t!m

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58 Comments to “madly in love with monsters…”

  1. […] we jump into the new dies that Tim used in these fantastic Valentine's Day Monsters, can we just take a moment to squeal in delight over the projects themselves? We LOVE these monster […]

  2. Juli Riedel says:

    OMG! I love Monsters and just found Tim’s Blog! I love, love this! Must have it all! More Halloween goodies please!

  3. Deborah says:

    These dies are so fun, I like the doilie too.

  4. Katy D says:

    These are awesome!! 🙂

  5. Violet says:

    I have 4 grandsons and they would all flip if I made them cards with these monsters. They love Halloween and anything and everything to do with monsters.

  6. […] also comes with crease lines so you can see where to line up the elements. There is also a great Black and White version on Tim’s […]

  7. Deborah says:

    How crazy simple is that! Just follow your instincts! These monsters make fun valentines.

  8. diana says:

    love these monsters!!!! and i can’t wait to get my hands on these doily’s!!

  9. LOL, loving the Valentine’s twist on these wonderfully monstrous dies, thanks so much for sharing them Tim and wishing you and Mario a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Deb xo

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