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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Grunge and Ghouls Haunted House

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!!

I am super excited to share todays post with you. This is my inspiration for the new Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge "Grunge, Ghouls, or Giggles". 

I am so excited to share this little haunted house box. I have been having so much fun with the new Tim Holtz village dies. Years ago, I has the original dwelling die, and one of the add-ons. Ironically I had been playing with the old ones a few weeks before the new release! I had been looking for some of the older retired ones, so I'm thrilled to have them now as thinlits!!! Be prepared for a photo heavy post.  

I started by cutting out all of the pieces I thought I would use from heavy weight cardstock.

I used the brick mini 3D embossing folder to emboss the base pieces, then distressed with picket fence distress ink. 

I put all of the base together, then I added vellum behind the windows. 
(Yes I forgot to put it in the roof one before gluing the roof on. I should have glued them all in before gluing things together).

Using a craft blade I cut out some bricks, then glued in some wood strips. 
(I also snuck in the upper window with some long tweezers...haha that was a struggle!)

Next, I used the halloween "crypt" grit paste on the roofs. 
You can see it wet, where I started to place it on the house. (It drys clear with a sort of sandy color 

After the grit paste dried, I added on my roof tiles, doors, window frames, and roof spikes.
(I used a silver ink on the roof tiles and spikes. Then I used a gold distress crayon on all the window frames)

Side view

Back view

Other side

The base box was first painted with hickory smoke distress paint, then messily layered with a thick layer of crackle texture paste.

When dried and cracked I used the walnut stain distress crayon to highlight all the cracks.
To finish everything off I added twisted citron paint with a dry brush. I used the new holiday icicle crackle paste to all of the windows. The 2 labels were distressed with brushed corduroy distress ink. (they were from the Halloween ephemera pack). The pumpkins were added from the skulls and pumpkins Halloween pack. The skull and crossbones was an old one i had from my stash. 

I used the vault series dies for the ghosts, and some of the bats. 
The tree was from a die cut my friend sent me. 

I added the purple tiny lights, to give that perfect haunted creepiness.

Detail shots

More close ups

More details

Details again

Supplies Used:

IO fence die
Distress paint- twisted citron and hickory smoke
Distress ink- Brushed corduroy 
Silver ink
Distress crayons- Gold and walnut stain
Hot Glue
Crackle accents (could be used for the windows)


  1. Ow wow, this is Fabulous Tera. Thanks so much for your process. It’s awesome x

  2. OMGosh this is such fun! What a great haunted house you’ve created. I love the ghosts flying around! It all looks wonderfully distressed and spooky. So many great details. I loved reading how it came to be.

  3. This is so awesome. I love the wood showing on the top.

  4. Completely outrageous! I’m so jelly how WELL you got this put together & decorated it PERFECTLY!!!
    Oh, the struggles it takes to get that mansion together with all the Windows just ‘so’.
    You took yours to another GORGEOUS level with the details!!! I am REALLY LOVING THIS MAKE!!

    1. Thank you! Yes they can be a bit fussy, but so worth it πŸŽƒ

  5. Awesome, as all your cards and projects are! I LOVE all the little details too.
    Be watching, snail-mail is on its way to you :)

    1. Thank youπŸπŸŽƒ I came home last night to an awesome card from you!!! Chad and I both love the adorable owl!!I'll be writing you more soon. If I'm really good it will be a return letter... we will see

  6. Gasp! This is such a great haunted mansion and the wood in the windows and the cript paste make this oh, so spooky! You have added just the right amount of embellishments and with them I really get a sense for how tiny this is. Wow! I don't think I work on this small scale! And lit up, it is as eerie as it gets! My Halloween hat is off to you! Well done, Tera!

  7. Fantastic house! Love all the moss on it. The house looks so dramatic when lit up. Amazing creation!

  8. This is just so fantastic! O love your work! Especially during the Halloween season!! πŸŽƒ


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