scary pumpkin configurations…

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

one of my favorite things about my media team is having the ability to provide you with a huge variety of inspiration every week.  i’m always amazed at the many different ways the products i designed can be used and today’s tutorial from project manager richele christensen will amaze you too.  get ready for a frightfully fun time turning the ordinary into the extraordinary…t!m

 

Hello friends! I LOVE Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday filled with childhood memories of dressing up, make believe and of course there’s the candy! I have been wanting to create a Halloween decor piece by inserting a Configurations Box into the front of a pumpkin. I hope you like it as much as I do…

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Configurations Box 5 3/4” x 5 3/4”, Distress Watercolor Paper, Frosted Film, Kraft’core Cardstock, Laboratorie Paper Stash, Plastic Pumpkin
  • Dies and Stamps: Sizzix – Cobwebs Decorative Strip, Skull Blueprint Stamp and Framelits set
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves, Vintage Photo
  • Distress Paint: Black Soot, Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
  • Distress Spray Stains: Brushed Pewter, Crushed Olive, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade
  • Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival
  • Alcohol Ink: Denim, Ginger, Mushroom, Pitch Black, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange
  • Embellishments: Idea-ology – Apothecary Remnant Rubs, Collage Key, Corked Domes, Corked Vials, Crossbones Adornments, Jump Rings, Label Clips, Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Memo Pins, Mini Gears, Mini Lantern, Plaquetts, Swivel Clasp, Tag Labels, Vial Labels
  • Trims: Jute String
  • Tools: Sizzix – Vagabond, Magnetic Platform, Dimensional Cutting Pad, Ranger – Detail Waterbrush, Mini Round Ink Blending Tool, Non Stick Craft Sheet, Tonic – Scissors
  • Adhesives: Ranger – Multi Medium

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Position Configuration Box on pumpkin and trace with a pen or pencil. Cut the traced square out of the pumpkin with scissors. I had to adjust the cut several times for a good fit. Paint the cut edge with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Paint the outside of the Configurations box with Distress Paint. (Remove the lid and inner boxes and save for another project.)

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Cut Laboratorie Paper Stash 8 1/4” x 8 1/4” to line the inside of the box, score all sides 1 5/8” in from edge and trim corners with scissors.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Spray paper with Distress Spray Stains and let dry.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Cut upper right corner of box for the Mini Lantern wire to go through.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Adhere paper to the inside of the box with Multi Medium.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Place Mini Lantern wire through corner slit of box. Apply Tissue Tape on all the edges of the box.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Attach the battery pack to the back of the box with velcro.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Stamp Skull Blueprint on Frosted film and three times on Distress Watercolor Paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Use a heat tool to dry ink on the Frosted Film.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Cut Frosted Film skull out with scissors cutting off the bones. Add a few drops of Alcohol Ink to the back side of the skull to color the eyes and nose. They could be green, orange or even purple.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Die cut the watercolor skull pieces with the matching Framelits. Color skull pieces with Distress Ink applied directly to your Craft Sheet, pick ink up with a Detail Waterbrush and color image.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Cut the eyes and nose out with scissors on the largest die cut piece with the crossbones still attached so you will be able to see through the holes.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Layer all the pieces together with foam tape. Add foam tape on back between the eyes and nose and adhere to Mini Lantern. Be sure to line the lantern up between the eyes.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Add a piece of foam tape to the back side of the Lantern and adhere to the inside of the box.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Die cut black Kraft’core cardstock with the Cobwebs Decorative Strip. Cut apart cobwebs, adhere to Configurations Box with Multi Medium and then wrap Tissue Tape around the outside of the box.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Use Wendy Vecchi’s cracked bottle technique. Paint a few Corked Vials with Multi Medium and let dry. Paint with Clear Rock Candy Crackle, let dry. Color the Corked Vials with Alcohol Ink.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Spray the vials with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain and wipe off excess with a soft rag. I love the way they looks like mercury glass. I also sprayed the Corked Domes and let the spray stain run down the sides.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Decorate the vials with Vial Labels and Apothecary Remnant Rubs. Adhere labels with Multi Medium. Inside the Corked Domes add moss, Crossbones on a Memo Pin stuck in to the cork.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Adhere vials with Multi Medium. I used a rubber band to hold them in place.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Fill corked vials with Distress Glitter as desired.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Cut some label from the Laboratorie Paper Stash and add to the box with foam tape. Don’t forget to ink the labels and edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Add a little Distress Paint to the metal pieces and wipe off excess before it dries.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Attach Idea-ology pieces to Swivel Clasp with Jump Rings.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Spray Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains onto Craft Sheet and dry brush onto pumpkin.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Spray Distress Stain on top of pumpkin, let the stain drip down the sides and dry with a heat tool.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Add Rubs randomly to the pumpkin.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Dry brush over the rubs with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains and Black Soot Distress Paint.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Make a big bow with Jute String, attach the Swivel Clasp to the bow and tie to the pumpkin. Make a tag and attach with Jute String.

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Working outside the box can be FUN! I hope you will try something new on your next project! 

Scary Pumpkin Configurations by Richele Christensen | www.timholtz.com

Thanks for joining me on the creative journey!

Richele

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

CONFIGURATIONS 5.5″ X 5.5″ (IE|SSS)
Paper Stash Laboratorie (IE|SSS)
Kraft Core Shattered (IE|SSS)
Distress Watercolor Cardstock (SSS|IE)
Frosted (IE|SSS)
click here (IE|SSS)
Cobwebs (IE|SSS)
Jute String (IE|SSS)
Remnant Rubs- Apothecary (IE|SSS)
Tissue Tape Laboratorie (IE|SSS)
Vial Labels (SSS|IE)
Mini Lantern (IE|SSS)
Cross Bones Adornments (IE|SSS)
Label Clips (IE|SSS)
Tag Labels (SSS|IE)
Collage Keys (SSS|IE)
Plaquettes (SSS|IE)
Mini Gears (IE|SSS)
Swivel Clasps (IE|SSS)
Corked Domes (IE|SSS)
Corked Vials (IE|SSS)
Jump Rings (SSS|IE)
Antique Linen Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
click here (SSS|IE)
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Jet Black Archival Pad (SSS|IE)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Crushed Olive Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Seedless Preserves Spray (SSS|IIE)
Brushed Pewter Spray (SSS|IE)
Black Soot Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Rock Candy Crackle (IE|SSS)
Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink (IE|SSS)
Mushroom Alcohol Ink (IE|SSS)
Purple Twilight Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Denim Alcohol Ink (IE|SSS)
Pitch Black Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Multi-Medium Matte (SSS|IE)
Mister Bottle (SSS|IE)
Water Brush Detailer (SSS|IE)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)
Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Heat Tool (SSS|IE)
Tonic Scissors (SSS|IE)
Dimensional Cutting Pad (SSS|IE)
click here (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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82 Comments to “scary pumpkin configurations…”

  1. […] Scary pumpkin configurations… One of my favorite things about my media team is having the ability to provide you with a huge variety of inspiration every week. i’m always amazed at the many different ways the products i designed can be used and today’s tutorial from project manager richele christensen will amaze you too. get ready for a frightfully fun time turning the ordinary into the extraordinary…t! […]

  2. […] to make an amazing Halloween shrine display. There’s even a tiny lantern light inside! Tim shares detailed step by step directions and photos on his blog so you can make your own wonderful Halloween home décor […]

  3. Karen says:

    what size pumpkin did u use?

  4. Diana says:

    holy WOWSERS!!
    i love this!

  5. Andi says:

    I love this project!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Love the diorama!

  7. Maureen Chandler says:

    Wonderful project – thanks for showing all the steps! Halloween decorations are so much fun and yours are fantastic!

  8. Hi! just love this idea. it’s so cool and & creepy ! perfect idea for a decoration. going to make it !

  9. Lin says:

    This is SO totally awesome, creepy cool! Great use of materials! I always love your step-by-step instructions! Thanks for sharing.

  10. April W. says:

    A super project! Love it!

  11. Jen Shipley says:

    This project is outstanding!!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  12. Julie C says:

    AMAZING!

  13. jenni farnes says:

    absolutely incredible. i’m speechless…..

  14. OVER THE TOP WOW!!! I’m totally blown away! LOVE every bit!

  15. Linda S. says:

    Wow. So many ideas buzzing inside my head for craft pumpkin decorating. Thanks for the inspiration and technique sharing.

  16. Lucy A. says:

    That looks like so much fun to put together. Rachel must have had a blast. Wish I had all the supplies.

  17. Emily Barker says:

    Absolutely haunting! There’s some great inspiration here! Thanks for your step by step instructions!

  18. Inge Bekaert says:

    What a fun visual prop !
    This would fit my “weird scientist” halloween theme !

    Love, love, the lantern behind the skull 😉

    greetings from Belgium
    Inge

  19. Mrs B says:

    Hi Tim. A real WOW for Richele’s fabulous pumpkin : ) Take care.

  20. Annie says:

    Wow!!! A stunning make Richelle with the most amazing details. Love it x
    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

  21. Katina says:

    Richele is so creative, this is going to the top of my list of Halloween decorations to make!

  22. Rosann says:

    Okay you KNOW I HAD TO PIN THIS ONE … MY GOODNESS !! I tell you this Media Team just keeps blowin’ us away… this is over the top AWESOME Richele ! The details. the details AMAZING ; the vials, the domes… you rocked those techniques… okay I’m gonna stop can’t find the words …

  23. Ana K. says:

    I am speechless…totally stunning!! Thank you Richele for the tutorial and thank you Tim for sharing with us!

  24. Gigi says:

    Mission accomplished. It’s pure Halloween!

  25. jo says:

    Woooo! That is awesome!!

  26. NancyR says:

    This is seriously cool! I can’t wait to try and make it with my nephews for our Halloween table! Thanks for sharing.

  27. kirti says:

    that is so so creative, makes me want to move back to USA so i can buy and use your work as in inspiration

  28. Shari T. says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! Richele is the awesomest! XOXO-Shari T.

  29. Carol Watson says:

    Love it, just a wonderful creation, especially the light behind the skull!

  30. Kyle4143 says:

    Richele I love this project simply amazing! I can’t wait to see what you will be teaching at AE. I have the date saved!

  31. Dolly says:

    Girl…..you just rock the configurations!! TFS Richele!

  32. Patricia B says:

    Oh my goodness, this is freaking fantastic! I love Halloween too!! This is great inspiration, Thanks for sharing. Love ya’

  33. Sheri K says:

    This is SO AWESOME!!! LOVE it! The pumpkin and configurations–that is what I call thinking out of the box! Hey Tim, fellow Capricorn, loved your interview the other day, also met someone today who knows you well, one of your Prescott neighbors, at the Scrapbook Expo. Came home with some of your “fine products” today-and they are the only ones put away and ready to use!

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