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Tim Holtz Halloween! Plus 2 Halloween Stencil Projects!

Filed under Art Projects, Edgar Allan Poe, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Katie Zoey Ho, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Tim Holtz

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Rhonda’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before we get to TWO very different but equally lovely (haunting? haunted?) Halloween stencil projects by Rhonda and Katie, there’s a new FREE gift! Inspired by the NEW TIM HOLTZ HALLOWEEN GOODIES (whew! been waiting for these): Pick Your Poison Gift Sheet (it’s a half-page sheet, so there are lots of little images… and most of the poison labels have taken a detour into odd vintage rat poisons). This mini collage sheet is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Gift Sheet as a pdf file. See the Giveaway below for a larger photo.

What month is it now…August? It’s so hot I feel like Dali’s infamous melted timepiece and can’t keep track of time. However! I do know that it is time for that delightful wordsmith from Singapore, Design Team Member Katie Zoey Ho and her Salvaged Love Bride.

The glaze of her eyes filled with hope and desires. Her heart, felt burdened and heavy; as if it weighed a few tonnes worth of Silver. Though she felt warm at heart as she waited for the love she had for her Man was so generous, her heart was tearing. Drop by drop, she salvaged.

She lamented in despair on each drop of love she salvaged. She felt pain; a pain so immensely deep that she could feel pricks of sharps piercing through her heart. Her Man never returns. Oh! How long more I would have to wait? For my love has left no more to salvage yet I yearn and desire for your everlasting love. She withered as nights went past. And goodbye… my love.

I do adore the image from the (New!) Bride of Frankenstein Stencil in the background; perhaps she’s angry for the poor, withered, skeletal bride? Katie used some of the Molding Paste with the Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil for texture and a subtle lacy pattern behind (over?) the image (and silver filigree as her earring and the bauble in her hair).

The Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II by Relics & Artifacts really is the centerpiece (of the inside of the shadowbox) and is quite stunning, painted with White Gesso, enhanced with White and Silver Gilders Paste. I love the little tiny suitcases and the Pride & Prejudice book.

Before you hit the melancholy fainting couch have a peek at Katie’s supply list. Visit Katie’s blog for further details about the project and the scene.

And using more of the new Halloween stencils (and in a variety of projects… more than the Grungeboard banner and paper bag luminaries shown below) is Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas! The images look great in black and white (and nice to see that bat reversed on either end of the mantle… another nice thing about using a stencil rather than a rubber stamp).

Here’s a link to Rhonda’s supply list; and visit her blog for more info and inspiration.



Hooray for the Salvaged Love Bride Giveaway!

Wow. This one is an odd group, but after seeing Katie’s artwork, I think all of these things should live together happily ever after. Note: everything in the Giveaway (save that bottom row showing a close-up of some of the images in the Pick Your Poison Gift Sheet) are all from Katie’s Salvaged Love Bride Supply List.

Starting from the large photo in the top left (and working clockwise):
Relic & Artifacts Casts – Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II (Beautiful pieces to leave white or paint (they take color really well… they’re similar to cast plaster; they are a plastic or resin version as they are not as fragile as plaster). They have wire loops embedded so they’re ready to hang.)
Set of Miniature Books (A set of 8; and the Little Library Collage Sheet is sized to fit these books.)
Plastic Skeleton
Little Library Collage Sheet
6×6 Stencil – Bride of Frankenstein (6″ x 6″ flexible plastic stencil (or template for tracing).)
Mixed Silver Filigrees (Lightweight, silver-plated aluminum. A mixed set of 10 pieces.)
– AND one of the new Pick Your Poison Gift Sheets (see the bottom row of the photo at right for a close-up of some of the images)!

Oops.. and one more thing: I’m including one of the Harmony 6×6 Paper Pads, that I just put on 50% Clearance! I put 5 paper pads on clearance so grab ’em fast; click here to see all 5.

To enter the Salvaged Love Bride Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 7, 2015)! AND tell me what you would make with all of these Giveaway items? (Or what do you find most inspiring from any of the stencil art today?)

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Cemetery Giveaway? That would be Emily N! (And she commented: “Love the cemetery fence and the trees! Another great giveaway!“) Please check your email for my request for your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, August 6th, 2015

60 responses to “Tim Holtz Halloween! Plus 2 Halloween Stencil Projects!”

  1. Gloria Stafford says:

    Those Hearts are enough to set my imagination aflame.

  2. Gerri says:

    I would love to make a Halloween trick or treat bag with that stencil and decorate it with all those haunting goodies. Great giveaway!

  3. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    wow….love these Halloween inspirations…scary and lacy at the same time….the hearts are spectacular many ideas spring forth

  4. Lyn Gill says:

    WOW talk about inspirational art, gorgeous! I’d love to do an art journal page & maybe a canvas!

  5. Darlene says:

    Great stuff for the giveaway….I think I would do an altered box or tin,

  6. kim says:

    Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year! I am lovin’ those new stencils! I sooo wanna make a banner, it is soooo fabulous! Thanks ever so much for the wicked giveaway and amazing Halloween goodies!~kim

  7. Kathleen says:

    I love the Shabby-Chic look of the hearts. I would do a shabby-chic steampunk, add some faded, painted roses to give it that Miss Haversham feel of time, even centuries, passing. The steampunk would add to the Victorian feel of the thing…

  8. Maria says:

    Most inspiring is the detail on the skeleton stencils. Thanks for the ocntest.

  9. phoebe diamond says:

    Oh, the relic and artifact casts and skeletons would go into a Day of the Dead project. No doubt about that.

  10. Holly says:

    I would love to try to make a banner! These blog posts always make me want to spend the day making stuff, instead of going off to work like a good grown-up.

  11. Rick Bromley says:

    Perfect! Halloween is not only my birthday but a favorite holiday. I have an old book just begging to be altered!

  12. Ritva says:

    I would love to make a magic, poison bottle cabinet.

  13. barbara macaskill says:

    I love Katie’s stenciling of the Bride of Frankenstein. I am pretty sure that she did the lace stamping after stenciling and I love how it adds depth to the darker spots on the face and hair! Looking forward to this month’s Haunted posts!

  14. Debb says:

    What a great collection. I would love to add it to mine!

  15. Jennie says:

    I would love to make a shrine to old monster movies!

  16. KIM says:

    I would use the items in the giveaway to decorate my Halloween gift baskets.
    The Elsa Lanchester stencil would be great to stencil on a canvas and put mini twinkle lights behind it.
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win

  17. Traci says:

    Love todays projects. I would love to make those little books so cute and great for a halloween shadow box. >^..^<

  18. Noreen says:

    I love the skeleton bride! And the detail on the skeleton stencil is amazing – it must have been hard to show so much of the bones and still get it to work as a stencil.

  19. Emily N says:

    Love this giveaway! I particularly like the white on black stencils. Never occurred to me to stencil on black paper.

  20. Jo says:

    Time for Halloween! Love this project – would love to win this giveaway!

  21. M. C. Sparks says:

    I’m loving those bag and skeleton images, and the wig on the skeleton

  22. Mary Helene says:

    Love everything with this giveaway. Those skeletons are the best.

  23. Everything is awesome I still would use them in my collages

  24. Jen R says:

    Though I am not sure exactly what I would make, too many possibilities, I love the look of the bride piece so maybe I would do something with similar techniques.

  25. Jenni Brockob says:

    I would make a church altar with Frankenstein’s monster and his bride. There would even be an Igor as the priest conducting the wedding ceremony!

  26. LeAnn says:

    I love the stencil banner idea. I would definitely try that.

  27. Lori D. says:

    I am living for this giveaway! The stencils are great and inspire me to make an art journal for the month of October. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  28. joann w. says:

    eerily creepy look…I love it.

  29. cathrine bolin says:

    Thanks for the first smile of my day, when caring for a sick spouse and parent, dreaming about what You’ll make for the next holiday (halloween, my fav) gets you through some hard hours, so just seeing all these goodies gives me something fun to think about and thaks for that too!

  30. Diana Bittaker says:

    Ok you’re making me crazy! Everything I Love is on this page! Halloween, Edgar Allen Poe, skeletons and Tim Holtz stuff- I so want it all!🎃👹👻💀🙀. Please!

  31. marcia says:

    Halloween. Addicted. Hopelessly addicted. Those stencils would make such great card fronts for tags (which are now my greeting card base)!

  32. Miss Iowa says:

    I’ve been getting into altered envelope/mail art. These stencils would make super fun decisions for those projects, especially the salvaged bride.

  33. Regina Salvador says:

    This is a great Halloween kit, and I would make a shrine to the Bride of Frankenstein!

  34. Debbie Emmons says:

    Be still my “flaming hearts Ex Votos II!” I would incorporate the heart with the Bride of Frankenstein stencil into a Finnabair canvas.

  35. jean marmo says:

    Wow! Love the stencils!! I wish my brain worked like this!!!!

  36. Megan Warren says:

    I love the skeleton bride and have purchased the skeletons in the past, I never thought of using them to make Day of the Dead Skeleton figures. Thank you for the great idea. I’m in love with the stencils, endless possibilities for this Halloween lover.

  37. Love this ! I think I would have to go with a haunted shadow box, and then some tags and cards, I can see it now ! yay fun !

  38. Lou Anne H. says:

    The skeleton stencils are awesome but i think I’d made a shadow box in honor of Dia de los Muertos with the skeleton bride. She’s fabulous!

  39. Laura West says:

    Love the Bride of Frankenstein art! My husband and I are planning to dress as Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride sometime soon to have some fun going to our favorite restaurant.

  40. Ginette says:

    Love that stuff. Beware all children, don’t come knocking on my door.

  41. Karen Mallory says:

    Another fabulous giveaway! I would use some of the stuff for a creepy apothecary. I love making those!!

  42. A Kastan says:

    I want to make a laboratory as a companion piece to a lg image of Frankenstein that I did. I also want to make a large Bride of Frankenstein to match them both. The stencil would be the perfect thing to use. I also am getting quite the collection of little bottles and I need more labels for them, so the Poison gift sheet would be ideal.

  43. Oh oh oh! Tim Holtz AND Halloween goodies?!?!

  44. Sokat says:

    I am loving the bride of Frankenstein stencil. After a summer of dots and stripe stencils, it is time for a Halloween banner outside my door to celebrate Halloween.

  45. Penny Shukan says:

    I love to make creepy Halloween things for my 2 teenage granddaughters. I really never know where it’s going until I start working, and I don’t make them the same thing. But I know this giveaway will contribute to something I’ll enjoy creating and they will enjoy receiving.

  46. Evleta Gruber says:

    I see so much potential with this give away! Bride of Frankenstein and Tim Holtz stuff too, yippee!

  47. Dawn says:

    I would love to recreate The Salvaged Love Bride. I just love the Frankensteins Bride stencil.

  48. kimberly barcello says:

    oh,,,,skelly’s with hair! Spooky and creepy is my year round favorite! Resin flaming hearts are a versatile staple..and very vogue right now!

  49. Jeanne Kelly says:

    That bride of Frankenstein stencil is Awesome! Must have it! Really want it!

  50. Michelle Toops says:

    I love those skeletons, so adorable!

  51. Deb Ettinger says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love all things Halloween!!!

  52. Nancy S says:

    Love the stencils. The fact that reversing the images gives you endless possibilities for decorating. Yeah! No limits!

  53. angelic says:

    I love the stencils and the idea of making my own Halloween treat bags.

  54. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    Using those stencils gives the look of old vintage x-rays — just love the impression they give.

  55. Beth Williams says:

    Think I would use some of Rhonda’s inspiration to make a spooktacular new Halloween banner for my mantel.All those little bits and pieces would give it such interesting depth and texture.

  56. Roxanne says:

    Oh Gosh…I love all this Ghoulish fun stuff!:)
    I would like to make a cuff bracelet with the lil’ filigree pieces and resin on some of the images and maybe even stitch on a skeleton or two, after I ‘dress’ them up of course, maybe even resin the lil’ book and chain hook it to the cuff…yes, I would get carried away adding embellishments to my cuff…thanks for the chance. 🙂

  57. Tammy says:

    I really am inspired by the Regions Beyond collage sheet and brads. But I would have to use some steam punk/ filigree items.

  58. Sylvia L. says:

    I would like to make some gift bags and/or tags with the Bride of Frankenstein stencil.

  59. Lana says:

    ghoulish fun!!!! Halloween is my favorite holiday of the entire year!!! Even beats Christmas!

  60. Gail S. says:

    I would make a banner if I am lucky enough to win !