Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with another spooky addition to my haunted village.  I absolutely love creating for Halloween, and spooky little scenes like this, are right up my alley.  I have long loved this Rickety House die by Tim Holtz.  It's an older die, but even older dies in conjunction with newer ones breathe new life into them.  For my project today,  I knew I wanted to created a scene with this....not that this die doesn't create beautiful cards and tags on it's own, but I wanted to venture out and create a fun decor piece.  I first thought I wanted to create some sort of a lantern, or even a narrow house like my last project, but then as I was propping up some cut chipboard, this idea popped into my head.  I hope you enjoy!

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

There are 4 sides to this house, and it's windows are yellow vellum, which produces a nice "lit" look even when the battery operated tea lights are turned off.  The sides of the house are embossed with the Halloween Words and Cobwebs, Texture Fades, and I also used the Branch Tree die to create the trees.  I also created a spooky cemetery next to the house on one side, using the Graveyard edge die, along with some old pumpkins and a resin skull with bones.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

I added some spider web over the top of the house to give some more personality, and added brown moss "dying" moss to the ground.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

I used a cobblestone walkway, that I picked up from the craft store, though might I suggest using the Cobblestone Decorative Strip die for this instead.  This is one of those times I swore that I had that die, but could not locate it.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Tim Holtz has a lighted lantern embellishment that I added to the side of the house as well.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

I created the tombstones by first covering the chipboard with gray pattern paper, then distressed the edges with Black Soot distress ink, then brushed the fronts of the tombstones with Clear Rock Candy crackle paint to give them the look of old stone.  I stamped RIP onto one of them using alphabet stamps and black ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

This little ghost was an add on at the last moment.  I used my Sizzix Eclips2 and the Spooky Silhouettes kit from SVG Cuts to electronically cut him out.  I adhered him to some black wire for a fun finishing touch.  I also used the same SVG Cuts kit to cut the black "iron" fence that surrounds the house, (which you can see closely by the photo above the last).  I love my Eclips2, it opens up a world of electronic die cutting at your fingertips.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Lastly I added a house number plaque, to give it an address.

So would you like to see how I created this spooky scene?  I show you below how I created it.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Start by die cutting the Rickety House die, 4 times using heavyweight chipboard, and the Branch Tree, 3 times using chipboard as well.  Spray paint the surfaces front and back with flat black spray paint.  You will need to spray a round wooden plaque with spray paint as well.  Set the pieces aside to dry.

Your Sizzix Big Shot sandwich when die cutting the Rickety House and Branch Tree is very simple.  You want to use a cutting pad first, followed by the die, (cutting surface up), then the material to be cut, followed by another cutting pad on top.  Insert this sandwich into your Big Shot and crank the handle.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Next using the Rickety House die again, die cut 4 pieces of Black, Kraft-Core card stock and you are going to emboss using the Cobwebs Texture Fades Embossing Folder.  Lightly sand the top of the card stock with a sanding block.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

To emboss using a texture fade, your Sizzix Big Shot sandwich is as follows:  Start with the Multipurpose platform, and flip the platform to the bottom, (there you will see a diagram of the texture fade sequence), lay a cutting pad on top of the platform, then insert the house into the texture fade as shown above, lay it down on the cutting pad, and lay another cutting pad on top.  Crank this sandwich through your Big Shot and repeat for all 4 houses.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Distress the top of the embossed card stock with Vintage Photo distressing ink.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Next step is to lay yellow vellum down on the house over the windows and using an Exacto knife, lightly cut out the vellum and adhere to the windows of the chipboard.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

After adhering the windows, the next step is to run a layer of permanent adhesive over the rest of the house, and lay the embossed card stock on top.  The vellum should be sandwiched in between a chipboard house, and a card stock house.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Repeat for all 4 sides, and you should end up with 4 pieces that look like this.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Next, I set my pieces up and the notches kinda fit into each other, I simply took a small dab of hot glue at the bottoms and lightly adhered them to each other.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Next, set the house down onto your painted wooden platform, and using your Exacto knife, lightly score the bottom of the wooden platform, exactly where you want your house to sit, run a bead of hot glue over the scored lines and set the house down onto the glue.  Hold it in place until it's secure and cut a small pathway from cobblestone. Adhere to the platform.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Next step is to fill in the area with moss, this is fun, just use plenty of hot glue to secure it in place.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

For the tombstones, die cut the Graveyard die using grey pattern paper and adhere them together.  Use Clear Rock Candy, Crackle paint to brush on a thin layer, and set aside to dry.  Once dry, create your cemetery by adhering the tombstones with hot glue.  Adhere your Branch Trees, your fences and any other embellishments you want to your scene and create it as spooky as you want.

Sizzix Tutorial | Rickety Haunted House by Hilary Kanwischer

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my project, as much as I enjoyed creating this, and I hope this inspires you to try a Rickety Haunted House of your own.

Have a great day everyone!

Hilary Kanwischer

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Wooden round plaque: 8 1/2" in diameter
  • Heavy chipboard
  • Black Flat spray paint by Krylon
  • Yellow vellum
  • Sanding block
  • Distressing Ink: Vintage Photo & Black Soot
  • Faux Cobblestone walkway
  • Black & white heavyweight card stock
  • Brown moss
  • Faux pumpkins
  • Resin skulls
  • Lighted lantern
  • Metal number plaque
  • Clear Rock Candy, Crackle Paint
  • Foam brush
  • Grey pattern paper
  • Cobwebs
  • Wire
  • Battery operated tea lights
  • Sizzix Eclips2, Electronic Die Cutting Machine
  • SVG Cuts, Spooky Silhouettes kit, (fence & ghost)

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