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2 Halloween Projects by Kristin Batsel (& New Tim Holtz Distress Color)

Filed under Cemetery Kit, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, 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 Kristin’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before Miz Bella introduces TWO Halloween Projects by Kristin Batsel(!!), there’s are 2 announcements:
– FIRST, the Tiny Alice Gift Sheets announced in last Thursday’s newsletter are still on offer! And did you see all those Alice in Wonderland Miniatures?!
NEXT, it’s that time of year… Only 2 weeks until Laura Carson’s annual Halloween event, and this year is a Haunted Village!! See Laura’s site for a free collage sheet offer starting now!

Zooming in with two projects is Design Team Member Kristin Batsel.

Kristin’s first project is a set of ADORABLE vintage-styled Zombie Cars that are inspired by an idea purely out of nowhere. Yes, nowhere.

Do you ever just get a weird idea right out of nowhere? It happened to me for this last project for Alpha Stamps. When I saw these Paper Mache Coffin Boxes and then the rubber Zombie Finger Puppets (also in the Cemetery Kit), for some crazy reason, I immediately thought “soapbox derby cars with dead drivers!” When I told Leslie (fearless leader of Alpha Stamps) my idea, she found me the perfect 1-1/2″ Spoked Wheels for these vehicles.

That Paper Mache Coffin — I need about a dozen of them but of course the Evil Queen won’t let me order that many to hoard. The coffin with lid measures approx 4″ long x 1-1/2″ tall x 2″ wide and is so cute in its little size. Plus those wheels — gets the ones in my head turning. Perhaps she won’t notice if I only maybe order just three coffins…

How sweet are those Red Demon Eyes on the Wood Skull Cut-Outs grill? Kristin also created a box to look like a vintage game box that was found in an old attic, way in the back in an old suitcase. Open it up and there are the two roadsters nestled inside complete with a fabulous Churchyard Cemetery scene (inside the box lid) where they’re ready to go racing between the tombstones!

Race on over to Kristin’s blog to find out how she set up the Red Demon Eyes and how she created the Zombie Cars.

Zombie Cars Supply List

Kristin’s second project is an ATC Halloween Countdown project that is SUPER easy and SUPER fun to make!

The calendar consists 31 ATCs, bound together with a Bind It All, and mounted on a collapsible cardboard frame.

Kristin’s ATCs are made of playing cards (and she left the backs plain as she likes the pattern). So… what about using the new Alchemy Playing Cards for this project? It’s a full deck of playing cards with artwork by tattoo artists. Beside being a cool deck, the Evil Queen thought the skull on the backs of the cards (which is actually an illustration of a woman holding a rose) would make for a great set of Halloween ATCs (gesso over the fronts and use the cards as ATCs), which is perfect for this project. OR cover the backs with scrapbook paper or gesso and have the cool artwork showing for the backsides; double the artwork!

Kristin used assorted collage sheet images from Crepe Paper Halloween, Halloween Children, Hello Pumpkin (and lots of Poe) as well as other images from our Halloween Collage Sheets (that are ALL on Sale!).

Visit Kristin’s blog for more pictures and information on how she put the calendar together (and to see all 31 cards)!

New and On Sale! Ground Espresso Distress Color! While snooping through the new items I found a new release for Distress! I’ll also order this because I think it will have quite a few uses around here. Of this new color Tim Holtz says:

“Let your creativity brew with the latest addition to the Distress palette; available in Ink Pad, Reinker, Paint, Stain, Spray Stain, and Marker. This rich roasted brown reminiscent of your favorite cup of joe is my absolute favorite. With it’s robust dark tones, the new Ground Espresso will have your inner-artistic barista brewing with creativity.”

And you can see Tim Holtz introduce the color (and compare it to other shades of tan and brown in the Distress line) in this video.


Hooray for the Zombie Cars Giveaway!

I started with a:
Cemetery Kit (and that gives you bunches of items beside the Zombie Finger Puppet — including 3 collage sheets, bats, cats, and a wrought-iron fence)

Then moved on to these items from Kristin’s Zombie Cars:
Paper Mache Coffin Box
Spoked Wheel Set – 1-1/2 Inch
1/8 Inch Wooden Dowels (not shown in the photo at right, but the size you’ll need for axles for those wheels)
Wood Skull Cut-Outs
Red Demon Eyes – LED Lights – Large (perfect for making glowing red headlights from those skulls!)_

Then finally to a couple new or just put on clearance(!) items:
– A set of Alchemy Playing Cards (note: not a full deck… about a dozen: more than enough to use as the backs of ATCs in an ATC Pocket Page!)
Salvaged Antique Spoon Hooks Just Put On Sale!
(And note: a bunch of really cool Halloween things just got put on clearance)

To enter the Zombie Cars Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, August 24, 2015. AND tell me what you’d make (other than zombie cars!) from this collection! AND most creative comment wins 2nd set of cards!

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 make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Tiny Alice Dollhouse Giveaway? That would be Kristie Norman! (And she replied to my question “Tell me what you would make with all of these tiny supplies. And/or is 1/4 Scale a size you use or you’d like to see more of?”: Quarter scale miniatures is my world. I build quarter scale houses, and this giveaway is a perfect complement for my miniatures. I would love to see more quarter scale items. Love it!!!) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, August 22nd, 2015

49 responses to “2 Halloween Projects by Kristin Batsel (& New Tim Holtz Distress Color)”

  1. Vickie Trancho says:

    This would be perfect for a lovely zombie house of cards!

  2. Lyn Gill says:

    Those Zombie cars are Adorable! I would love to create a vintage Undertakers wagon with coffin inside! So fun!

  3. Jen R says:

    The Zombie cars are sweet, but I’m thinking a Zombie circus cart would be kinda cool to make.

  4. Just what I need to complete new project on a Ouija board that I am planning to make a mixed media piece.

  5. M. C. Sparks says:

    I’ve got an alterations box from Tim Holtz I need to do up for Halloween!

  6. Margery McInerny says:

    I love the alchemy cards. I would make a house of cards, with zombies as residents.

  7. phoebe diamond says:

    Day of the Dead things, small skeletons popping out of the coffin boxes would be grand. The playing cards would get used as the base for some ATC type things. Ooh, lots of body parts ideas are coming to mind.

  8. Diana Barrett says:

    zombie cars are cute but I would make with the coffin a zombie baby carriage to go into my Halloween village.

  9. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Love how the cars are presented in a gift box. Eerie and wonderful.

  10. Lisa R. says:

    Hi there Alpha Stamps peeps!!!! I LOVE horror movies and creepy things that go bump in the night! There are 2 coffin cars ( love em by the way)! I would like to take one and wagon wheels with other materials to make an old fashioned wagon hurst ( like you see in the old vintage movies)! I have some acetate for windows. The other coffin I’d use in a Tim holtz mixed media box ( configuration box), to make a cemetery scene!! Thank you for the chance to win!!! It’s spooooktackular!!

  11. Roxanne says:

    Well lately I’ve been into the western type of scenes, so the wheels reminded me of stagecoaches. I would make a scene of several ‘coffin stagecoaches’ , all open with their sweet smiling zombies having a great ride heading to their Crypt before the sun rises…bats and creepy trees in the background… already have it all figured out! Hoping to win. 🙂

  12. Kathleen says:

    I noticed that the coffins are the perfect shape for the head of a dragon…with paint and paper, and various wooden parts to make the eyes, ears, etc., they would be perfect poking out of a old dollhouse, or out of a miniature cemetery, as if the dragons were buried in the ground…..

  13. Noreen says:

    The zombie cars are so clever! And even more so is the box, made to look like an old game box. Kristin really nailed it!

  14. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVE the Zombie cars!! I think I would need 5 of the coffins and a large chipboard circle to connect them all to make a star. In each of the coffins would be a different haunted cemetery scene or even the mad scientists lab complete with Zombies, mummies and a few rats and crows to up the ante! It would be able to be hung on the wall because the circle would hold them all together to create an awesome and spookarific scene straight out of the apocalypse!

  15. Jean marmo says:

    So so clever!! Wish my mind worked like this. I just love getting your newsletters!

  16. Emily N. says:

    Another great giveaway! I would use the wheels and the puppets, coffins, gate and papers to make a zombie circus wagon.

  17. Kim R says:

    I would make a Zombie Parking Lot..Dead to the Rear, Decaying to the Right…

  18. Arlene Wheeler says:

    Can’t wait for Halloween! What a fund giveaway!

  19. marla b says:

    I’m thinking…a zombie circus wagon! The coffin and wheels (of course) as base and the fence on top to create the cage for a mixed media ghoul. The zombie puppet could pull the wagon with the spoons being the yolk. Fun! A Halloween table top beginning…

  20. Regina Salvador says:

    These are great! I would make 3D Halloween card tableaux to mail to my friends and family who expect these types of things from me!

  21. Karen Crowder says:

    I would make coffin Halloween favor boxes for the grandkids, possibly also co-workers.

  22. Lana says:

    I love the little green monster guy, he’s my favorite.

  23. Lou anne Colodny says:

    I need and desire the zombie carts for my grandson

  24. Ann says:

    Oh My Goodness!!! Who can top these adorable Zombie cards?! Kudos to Kristen for this “out of nowhere” idea. What popped into my head was the idea of using the open coffin box as the “body” for a series of “walking dead” zombies–wooden skull cut outs for the heads and maybe even wheels for “legs?” All the faster to roll
    out of the cemetery confines (scary thought!! : ) The fun part will be decorating the inside of each coffin body, with different themes for each Zombie–from tiny vial shelves of wicked potions to remnants of the departed person’ earthly life… I see tattered curtains and lots of cobwebs over an overstuffed chair. Can’t wait to start creating!! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies to begin. Spooky fun awaits!

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun giveaway! I would make a shadow box with a creepy Halloween party in the cemetery. I can see making the coffin into a cart with the party food on it!

  26. Gerri herbst says:

    I just adore these zombie cars so much! I love Halloween so some decor item would be in my future,

  27. angelic says:

    I would like to create my own Halloween amusement park. I would make a fun house using the LED lights to light up the skeleton eyes, zombie or skeleton coming out of the coffin, use the spoked wheels for the riding cart that takes the rider into the fun house.

  28. Susan M L says:

    How fantastic is that box Kristin made for the awesome zombie cars?! What pops into my head are scenes from a gypsy funeral; perhaps a colorful, rowdy party to send off the recently deceased. And, I’ve been wanting to do a Halloween countdown for my Halloween-loving friends, and now I have some wonderful inspiration!

  29. Mary Helene says:

    Would be perfect for Halloween Photo Journals.

  30. Sokat says:

    I really like a train of coffins with acetate tops filled with bats and spiders. Use the lights to act as leads and the finger puppet pulling the leafs towards a cemetery

  31. I would create a hearse, and maybe a scary graveyard or haunted house! I love scary!!!! I would use those awesome red eyes to put on a wolf, or a scary demon tree!

  32. Kathy Bumb says:

    I would take the coffin and wheels and create a spooky carriage. I would use two skeletons as the drivers, and use a small paper mâché horse which I have in my stash. I would paint him black and attach him to the cart with dowels. On the wheels I would adhere the spooky skulls.

  33. Ellen Lai says:

    Halloween is not a very big event here, I’m hoping to do more crafts for this event but getting the supplies is a little problem. Hope I’ll have some luck in this fabulous draw.

  34. Betty Bead says:

    Halloween is my favourite time of year!!
    I’m imagining a cute little witch girl pulling her coffin shaped wagon filled with ghosties, ghoulies, black cats and jack o’lanterns behind her.

  35. Barb J says:

    I love Halloween!! It tops my list of holidays only 2nd to Christmas! I would make a spooky ghoulish gypsy wagon with all the trimmings and cats and witches hats!

  36. Dawn says:

    I would make Dracula’s coffin, filled with earth from Transylvania, so that he can rest anywhere. I would also make a horse drawn hearse with phantom horses to swoop Dracula away from the vampire hunters during the day!

  37. Traci says:

    Love the cute zombie cars-Kristin has such cute ideas. Love the Alpha Stamps design team they are so creative. >^..^<

  38. Laura West says:

    The zombie carts are so awesome! I definitely want to make those, it’s a unique idea that would be a fun decoration. I’m not sure what else I would make, there is so much fun stuff to play with I don’t know where to begin!

  39. Lois C says:

    What a cute idea! The car idea could be used for so many occasions.

  40. Jackie Neal says:

    The Zombie cars are too cool!! Loving them!
    Well, too be honest, not sure exactly what I’d make,because I like to have the elements in front of me…but there are 38 or more great ideas full of inspiration ahead of my comment!! “)

  41. Joan says:

    How about a zombie bed, could even be a bunk bed, scary thought, or a bookcase filled with all things ghoulish. Great Zombie cars, how clever.

  42. Patti G says:

    How cute is the Zombie cars? Love everything Halloween.

  43. Lisa Mills says:

    I love those zombie cars! I would like to try and make a Halloween circus. Thanks for letting me play!! Lisa

  44. KIM says:

    This giveaway has everything for the prefect Zombie’s Halloween party, in a craved foam pumpkin.
    Chandelier:wheels,bats and lights.
    Banner:sugar skulls
    Wall decoration:collage sheets.
    The final touches add miniature bottles pumpkins ,spiders and webs.
    Now that’s a party, see ya there.

  45. LeAnn says:

    I would use the kit to make a zombie themed carnival.

  46. Marilyn H says:

    Love the zombie cards and the ATCs. This isn’t too original, but I’d love to make a mini-book our of the cards and fill it full of Halloween goodness. The coffin could be turned into a treasure chest and maybe attach the wheels to the fence to make it a faux rolling fence. The skulls could be decorated up (similar to sugar skulls) and added to the coffin treasure chest. The mini book I mentioned above could become the official record of people viewing the coffin treasure chest (which would be lit up with the LED lights from the sides).

  47. Ginette P. says:

    I’d like to make a diorama of a funeral home with in front a horse pulling a corps and with zombies running after them. I know kind of creepy…

  48. Jennie says:

    Oooh! I’d made a large Halloween shadow box for my front entry way, with a life-sized skeleton arm & hand in it, holding up a Full House hand of the cards. I’d use chipboard letters and a lot of distressing ink to create a banner at the top that says “Welcome, Come on in and sit a spell.”

  49. Sylvia L. says:

    I can’t come up with anything as creative as the zombie cars. I would just use the coffins as treat boxes. I always send my nephews a Halloween package.