How to Make a Sinister Skull Halloween Panel!

Hello, Halloween crafters! It’s Aida here from Life and Paper Crafting with a Halloween Panel featuring the Tim Holtz Sinister Bigz die. The color combination and texture of this make will appeal to those who love seasonal crafting.

I’ve gone with dark blues, bits of rusty red and touches of green, which are a departure from the usual Halloween colors. You can choose any color combination you prefer and customize them to suit your home for your spooky celebrations.

The Sinister Skull has a Crown of Insects from the Entomology stamp.

The paler colors of the Skull are a wonderful contrast to the darker background. I’ve skewed the jaw slightly to give the skull a jaunty, cheeky expression.

For the title, the Halloween Shadow script in gold foil is the perfect fit!


I began by pressing the Distress Oxides on the Glass Mat, spritzed a bit of water and swiped a small piece of watercolor paper to pick up the Oxides. The effect I wanted was a pale washed-out bone color.

Dry completely and stamp the script design with black ink.

Die-cut the Skull, ink the edges to define the shape. Keep aside any leftover watercolor paper for stamping the insects.

Sand a piece of black cardstock for the distress look and adhere the Skull to it. Tilt the lower jaw of the Skull to make it look as if it’s laughing, then trim off the black cardstock around the Skull.

Next, start on the canvas by painting a layer of base coat. I chose a brown color and added a little red near the outer edges. When this dries, brush on a thin layer of Collage Matte Medium over the surface and press the medical gauze down, then gently spread more collage medium on the surface to make sure it sticks well to the canvas. Dry with heat tool.

Using a soft wide brush, add thin coats of other colors to the gauze. Thin layers of paint will allow the texture of the gauze to show through.

Glue the Skull to a piece of patterned paper.

On the remaining watercolor paper, stamp a large Moth and a few other smaller insects (add as many as you like)! Add color with Distress Crayons and dry thoroughly. Using the matching Entomology dies, die-cut the insects and spritz with Resist Spray for dimension.

Emboss a strip of gold foil cardstock with the Tim Holtz 3-D Provincial Impresslits Embossing Folder. Gather the die-cut insects, a beaded jewel, a small metal cameo and decorative string.

Assemble the Crown by trimming the Provincial 3-D strip to fit the top of the skull, layer the other elements and adhere securely.

Add “Eyes” for the skull by dotting inside the eye sockets with gold.

Die-cut the script word Wicked in gold foil and the shadow in black cardstock. Glue them together. Adhere to the lower end of the panel just below the skull’s jaw.

Finally, check and adjust the colors to complete your Halloween Sinister Skull.

Have you started on your Halloween makes? I love looking at the spooky, beautiful creations on crafting sites, blogs and Instagram—we are spoiled for ideas! There are so many amazing projects to inspire your creativity.

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Aida, Life and Paper Crafting

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