Sunday, September 03, 2017

Seasonal Decor Tutorial: Halloween Monster House Diorama

This sweater weather and all the craft pumpkins in the stores have put me in the mood for some Fall crafting of my own! And Halloween is the most fun Fall festival for me. So, here's a little Halloween diorama, or may I say, die-o-rama using Tim Holtz's newest 'frighteningly fun' dies for Sizzix.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Silly Monsters 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Trick-or-Treat 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Feather and Ravens
Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Artful Dwellings 
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies  
Other: Gelatos colors, PITT pens, watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, dimensional adhesive, numeric stamp, trimmer, paint brushes, water cup

To diecut the above shapes, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -  on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter). On it, place a piece of water color paper and on it lay out the Silly Monsters, Feather and Raven, and Trick-or-Treat dies blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.  

Die cut Artful Dwellings by placing paper on the blade side of the die and sandwiching the set between a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and passing the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Big Shot machine.
Trim five pieces of watercolor paper to 9" x 6". Cut out a window from each piece, reducing each subsequent window by about half an inch all around. When you stack these papers, the windows should line up to look like a tunnel.

Color the die-cuts and window frames using Gelatos colors and watercolor pencils.
Add details to them with PITT pen. 

Attach the die-cuts to the windows as shown to create a fun arrangement that tells a story.

Attach the Artful dwellings diecuts to create a roof line. Stamp a house number. Add the raven to make it a bit sinister.

Now, you get creative! I put the feather in the hand of the big fat red monster on the front step and the tree branch in the hand of the batty monster hanging from the ceiling. Can you imagine if you were tickled with a feather or had a tree branch dangled menacingly over your head while you were trick-or-treating???

And yet...look at those brave little kids that still dared to stand their ground and not leave till they got their candies! The monsters were more silly than scary after all!

Have FUN with these dies. Tell your own Halloween story!

HUGE LABOR DAY SALE going on right now!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  


cheiron said...

This project is wonderful Mou!! I love your use of color on the monsters!

Paula Cheney said...

great project Mou!! Love the whole piece but the coloring on the monsters is so awesome.

Chris E said...

Incredible Artwork! ❤️🖤💙

Chris E said...

Mou, thought I'd let you know that your Silly Monsters & Trick or Treat links aren't working. I'll check back tomorrow!

Redanne said...

Your 'die-o-rama' certainly is a fun project, your colouring is fabulous and I love the dimension you created with the tunnel. I may just need to get those silly monsters after all! Wonderful inspiration Mou!

Mou Saha said...

Thanks Cheiron!

Mou Saha said...

Thanks Paula :)

Mou Saha said...

Thanks Chris!

Mou Saha said...

Chris, thanks for letting me know! I fixed it.

Mou Saha said...

Thanks Redanne! Have fun with the dies :)