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Tomb Tunnel Book with Tutorial!

Filed under Art Projects, Betsy Skagen, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Newsletters

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 Betsy’s project that are still available on the new site.

Design Team Member Betsy Skagen took two of the tomb shapes announced earlier this month and turned them into The Hanging Tree Altered Art Tunnel Book. Wow. This is a a great idea (and haunting book) and Betsy also provides a tutorial on how to make the pages (with doorways that get gradually smaller) and how to bind them, too.

I love all the textures and bits of layers from later in the book that you can see through the doorways. See the wide photo below for a bigger view that might help you see what I mean. (And check out Betsy’s blog post for larger photos.)

Also note that lantern with a working light in the lower right of the photo at right. Betsy shows how to hide the wires from the lantern in a little wooden coffin that folds together (a paper coffin that looks like wood).

Here are the lyrics that inspired the project:

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree?
Wear a necklace of rope,
Side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

See everything Betsy used to create The Hanging Tree Altered Art Tunnel Book in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Betsy’s blog for lots more photos and that tutorial. (And check below as lots of items from Betsy’s artwork are included in today’s Giveaway!)



Hooray for The Hanging Tree Tunnel Book Giveaway!

I decided to focus on this page spread from Betsy’s book. I’ve picked out the obvious items shown here, plus a few just glimpsed through the doorway.

Here’s the list of items included in the Giveaway:
– Round Roman Pediment Tomb
– Triangular Greek Pediment Tomb
– Spiderweb Gate
– Decorative Windows Set 1:24
– Creepy Tree – 5 Inch
– Rust Damask Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper
– Mysterious Plaid Sheet Music Scrapbook Paper
– Black Mini Paper Blooms
– Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Black
– Cadaver & Digger Undertakers Collage Sheet

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Betsy’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

To enter The Hanging Tree Tunnel Book 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, September 23 2016)!

And tell me: What will you make with your 2 tomb shapes?

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 Play Amongst the Crypts Giveaway? That would be Mary Mac! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, September 22nd, 2016

62 responses to “Tomb Tunnel Book with Tutorial!”

  1. Holly says:

    I’d love to make another tiny cemetery window display this year–these tomb shapes would be perfect for it!

  2. Barb says:

    This is a perfect design and I would probably make mine very similiar.

  3. Kat Cashwell says:

    what exciting Halloween stuff at Alpha Stamps! these are great and I would make creepy windows to go into my mad scientist lab!!

  4. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – so cool! Have not seen anything like this before! Love the creepy tree!


  6. Noreen says:

    Love Betsy’s creations! I think the tomb shapes would be perfect for the covers of a Halloween album. I’ve been wanting to make one with some of my Halloween papers.

  7. Patti Swartz says:

    I love this! So wish you could make up kits of your designs. I would buy in a heartbeat!

  8. Liane Ceglar says:

    I too,would use these shapes for covers for a Halloween Book…..LOVE it !!!!!!!
    Liane 🙂

  9. Laura says:

    I would use the tombstones to make signs and the papers to embellish my scary bookstore diorama.

  10. Jenny Bumb says:

    Since I love fairies and anything with a fairy theme, I would make tombstone fairies. These would be fairies with a definite creepy twist. Love your store.

  11. Emily D says:

    I’d make something circus related.

  12. I would use the tombstones with my Lemax things for Halloween

  13. Tonya Minth says:

    Love, love, love it all! I love Halloween & decorating for Halloween. I would definitely make more tombstones…probably eventually add them to a scrapbook page.

  14. Traci says:

    Love the tunnel book-would love to give it a try. >^..^<

  15. Ritva says:

    Such a great giveaway; I would make a wizards cave/dungeon entrance!

  16. Karen says:

    I would make some kind of little book using the tombstones as the covers. Fun stuff in this giveaway.

  17. Jen R says:

    Think I would like to give it a try to make my own hanging tree book.

  18. Michelle Gajdacs says:

    I would make an entrance to the vampire queens lair. Such wonderful possibilites!

  19. barb macaskill says:

    Congratulations Mary Mac!! Enjoy your goodies!
    I think I would try to make a troll tunnel book! The trolls will be trying to get out to wreak havoc and the fairies and gnomes will be working together to keep them in! Oh what fun it will be to see where this adventure leads me to!

  20. Mary Mac says:

    Love the hanging skull tree, would love to try this idea.

  21. Carol VanGerve says:

    You do 🎃Halloween💀 better than anyone..👻

  22. Janet ostridge says:

    What great fun. I would love to add a spooky tunnel book to my collection.

  23. Susan Sparke says:

    I have a dear friend who would love to make this.

  24. Winnie says:

    I like all the goodies in this giveaway! It would be so much fun to play with!

  25. Diana bittaker says:

    I see a Poe and LENORE tunnel book with tomb stone, Ravens, black roses, paper books and quill pen! Or vintage style bride of Frankenstein- the tunnel book could be their chapel with tomb stones, roses, and bizarre guests like Dracula, and vampira!

  26. M. C. Sparks says:

    I’m thinking mummy theme on one, vampire on the other.

  27. Lynn Fox says:

    I gave up entering while I was sick. So I’m going to try again. I most definitely would make a tunnel book because it’s just so fascinating and so unique. I love Halloween projects and this really goes way over the top and out of the box! Hooray for Halloween!!! And thanks for the chance.

  28. Kathy says:

    I would use them for a cemetery mantle display.

  29. Lou Anne says:

    I’d make a tomb tunnel book but not sure who would be inside. Perhaps some images from the catacombs would be the background.

  30. Kim Rayko says:

    I would make a Things that go bump in the nght theme…muhaamuhaa!

  31. oh what a thrill this would be to make this tomb tunnel for our grandaughter. She is grown and lives in Hawaii and I know would love it. So that is what I would do with my treasure and where it would go. Fingers crossed Thanks for sharing your talent.

  32. Carol Feiner says:

    I would have a creepy skeleton coming out of the tomb. Love this set!

  33. Verna says:

    This is creepy! And fun! I’m thinking spider and black flower garden…with those skeletons in there somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration.

  34. Joan Chance says:

    I was born at 2AM on Halloween. In my doctor grandfather’s home. She heard all the kids arriving & saying Trick or Treat! So I’ve always loved Halloween. I’d make a spooky display for outside my apt. door!

  35. I LOVE Halloween I would def make a scary tomb with these items Thank you

  36. Karen Mallory says:

    What a wonderful project! I think I would make some tombstones. I have lots now so I also would be making a whole cemetery for my village display!

  37. Sandy says:

    Oh, so many ideas are conjuring in my sinister brain. I just love the Halloween season, be still my heart!

  38. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I might try some sort of Boston history inspired book, a tour of the historic cemeteries in the city. 😀

  39. Kay Horner says:

    This is amazing! The hanging tree is my favourite part. I love anything to do with Halloween so this is right up my ally.

  40. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I would make tombstones. Yeah, not that creative but I’m make them creepy.

  41. Jenifer says:

    I love this book shape. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have made tons of little decoration to hide around my house. I really want to make one like this. I think with the two tombstone shapes I would add to the scary graveyard scene I made last year, making a standing crypt.

  42. Ray says:

    I would do an underwater tunnel with octopi and eels and other stuff and at the very end ……. the creature from the black lagoon. Or maybe a Kraken. I can’t decide.

  43. Ina M Good says:

    I woul do skellys ravens and dracula.

  44. Jackie PN says:

    I would lean toward DOD decorated tombstones- thanks for the giveaway!

  45. chark says:

    I don’t even know! Something awesome!


    I would love to make a Scary halloween mini album! That would be so fun.

  47. Randi Scholl says:

    Love everything here. I would like to make a tunnel book with a different poem. Don’t want to copy exactly.

  48. Marisa Xay says:

    I love it!!!! Wonderful mini album!This is very, very amazing!!!

  49. Christina Hilton says:

    I would make them with creepy images of vintage couples.

  50. Elizabeth H. says:

    Great ideas I think I would make a mini album with a gothic theme.

  51. Brenda Moehlig says:

    You have outdone yourselves again! So amazing. I would definitely put this in my haunted town with the cemetery. Its creepy cool. Good luck everyone. Thank you Alpha Stamps

  52. Joanj says:

    Something creepy and Halloweenie, ,my favorite time of year to decorate.

  53. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Some small altars for Day of the Dead.

  54. Margaret says:

    Love the tunnel book! Not sure what I would use the shapes for. I do love the pages that inspired the giveaway so probably much the same. I do think they would make great little mini book covers too. Love the ideas people post 🙂

  55. Carolyn says:

    I’m just blown away with this Giveaway. I would try my best to duplicate Betsy’s wonderful ideas.

  56. LeAnn says:

    I would use the tombstones with my Poe pictures and make Artist Trading Cards.

  57. Laura says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I’m not totally certain what I would make, but I think I’d make either cool tombs or tomb-like cat and dog houses to go outside my creepy wizard’s lab.

  58. Denise Bryant says:

    With the tomb shapes, I’d make something fun and Halloween-y!
    Awesome tunnel book with lots of great details!

  59. Evleta Gruber says:

    would love to try the tunnel idea of Betsy’s and I would use the tombstones as part of the decor. Looks like lots of possibilities.

  60. Carol Slowik says:

    Not sure what I would make but I love it!

  61. Nancy E says:

    Really amazing as always!

  62. Kimberly says:

    I am making a little Halloween vignette in a huge Mason jar. It needs a few tomb stones!