Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Haunted Mansion...

Hello friends ~ hope you're all having a great week!

Well, it's not often you see me here midweek but I've been working on something a little special for Halloween and today, I wanted to share it with you all and invite you to look around the haunted home of undertaker, Thomas F. Little and let your imagination take over!

Only the brave will walk up the moss covered steps and through the doors of this haunted mansion and take a look around...

...avoiding the bats that now live here, flying around to protect their property!
And then we have the back garden...hidden away behind the trees and who knows what might be buried amongst the falling leaves and mossy covered stones!
"For no mere mortal can resist the evil of the Thriller" ~ Michael Jackson

To create my manor house, I used the basic Village Die and the Village Manor die to die cut really strong card, approx 350gsm. The house is set upon a wooden base and the steps are created from driftwood, coloured with Distress Paint. 

Once all the pieces were die cut, I then covered the main house sections but not the roof sections, with Grit Paste and left them to air dry. Once the paste was dry, I then coloured it with a blend of Distress Paints ~ Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Hickory Smoke, using my fingers to blend the paints. Heat dry and then to create the mossy effect, I rubbed the Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over the surface.
For the main roof section of the house, I used a blend of the same coloured Distress Paints as on the house but created the look of wood.
The windows are die cut from textured card and coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint and then added onto the main house.
For the main tiled roof section, I used the Rooftops die to die cut sections of Woodgrain Card, which I then coloured by spritzing with Distress Spray Stains. Once again, heat dry the card and then layer the rooftop pieces onto your roof, trimming away the excess. Ink the edges of the roof sections and then attach the roof, the finials and the copper coloured chimney stacks to your main manor house.
I attached a skull and crossbones adornment to a memo pin, coloured it with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and then poked the memo pin into the rooftop.
Finally, I added all my embellishments, including the trophy cup, with glittered pumpkins, the die cut bats and the woodland trees, coloured with Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain, together with floristry sisal and dried moss.

...and that completes Thomas F. Little's Haunted Mansion.
I had so much fun creating this wonderful Manor House and it will now become the centrepiece to all my Halloween decorations...thank you so much Tim Holtz and Sizzix for bringing these wonderful dies to us ~ they are just amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again Emma x


  1. This is absolutely brilliant Emma! The textures and colours on the walls and roof make it look so realistic I can just imagine a spooky old undertaker living there .. along with a few ghosts too I'll bet. Absolutely love this!! Beautifully done!!

  2. Fabulous Emma, wonderful detail. Love the textures, colours and all the attention to detail. Tracy x

  3. Wow, it looks as if one could just walk up to it and go right in...if one dared! Fantastic!!!

  4. You are totally amazing lady!!! Gobsmacked, speechless this is awesome

  5. Your undertaker house is exciting and wonderful! Spooky fun too! PINNED!

  6. just brilliant Emma. Love all the details of the mansion. The glittered pumpkins...down right genius.

  7. this is ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!! I am going to also share this in my {creative chick} studio share facebook group!!

  8. Wow! That's an awesome project. I love it!

  9. You are proud as you should be ... this is over the top fabulous... love all the details... you did Tim Holtz PROUD. MY GOODNESS ... can't stand myself all this giddiness ... made my husband come look at it... showing him all the details... just SPOOKTACULAR as Tim said ! I bet he's grinning ear-to-ear !!

  10. so spooktacularly cool. so much detail. amazing, hugs xx

  11. Seriously amazing Emma. I love all the little details. That to me is the funniest part of the project. Great centerpiece to any Halloween display, actually Mr Little's undertaker mansion is spook-a-licious in the most perfectly creepy way.

  12. Just had to come over to say how wonderful your haunted house is Emma, my favourite die set at the moment, you have done THE most wonderful job on yours! xx

  13. Absolutely awesome in every tiny detail!

  14. Spectacular or should that be Spooktacular , Emma . Just love everything about your Haunted mansion House and I'd be happy to move in tomorrow especially with the skull and cross bones ,all those silvery bats and glittery pumpkins - that just maybe would turn into my golden carriage to take me to the halloween ball to meet my Prince Charming .... Not forgetting of course the fabulous moss effect walls, wood and tiled roof and the mystery hidden in the back garden. Masterfully designed and executed . Outstanding my lovely talented friend. Thank you for treating us today
    big hugs x

  15. Oh my Emma....spectacular. I have loved having a visit round Thomas F Little's haunted house...wonderful, absolutely wonderful. xxx

  16. I've only just managed to purchase my first Tim Holtz village dies as they are ridiculously expensive here in New Zealand, but already I'm hooked. Scarily I knew I would get hooked and want them all. This halloween scene is something for me to aspire to - the detail you have added is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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