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Gothic Halloween

Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Halloween, Kristin Batsel

From a haunted house to spider webs (and gothic tables) this group new items is just in time to get your Halloween projects started! But first…

I love altered Altoids Tins. They’re a nice small size for a quick project; they’re versatile (with a lid as a container? without a lid as a shadowbox?); and they’re inexpensive so I don’t feel bad if a project doesn’t jell.

And I love this adorable Night Witch altered tin by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel, made from one of the new Wrought Iron Altoids Tin Insert Frames!

These inserts turned out super cute! One is a mini size of the Spider Web Wrought Iron Playing Card, and the other 2 are brand new designs!

Now on to Kristin’s cute art using them! From Kristin’s blog post:

It’s never too early for Halloween, and who better to announce its imminent arrival than the Night Witch? I was inspired by this cobweb chipboard insert and a lovely deep blue sky scrapbook paper to make (yet another) altered Altoids tin. Plus, I can’t get enough of those tiny stars that I used in my “Lucky Stars” shrine last month, so they also play a starring role. (See what I did there?)

I painted the spider web insert to match the background paper. Normally, I would insert it behind the rolled lip of the tin, but on this project, I liked it sitting on top. While I had my colors mixed, I also painted the wooden stand, and then distressed it with some ink to darken it up a bit. The bat is a plastic cupcake pick with the “pick” part cut off. He’s attached to the top of the tin with a little Apoxie Sculpt. I used a toothpick and some red paint to give him some glowing eyes.

I altered the witch image a bit: the hat was given a stripey band and a gold star, and outlined slightly with a gold Sharpie to make it stand out from the background. Then, to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch’s arms and the cat from a second, identical image. I attached her left arm flush at the shoulder, and used a foam glue dot to elevate the cat and her right arm. The cat’s eyes are highlighted with a little green paint and a dot of ink for pupils.

Read more on Kristin’s blog post. And be sure to come back to enter today’s Giveaway — that includes EVERYTHING in Kristin’s supply list!)

Hooray for the Night Witch Altered Tin Giveaway!

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Night Witch Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
New Altoids Tin Insert Frames – Wrought Iron
I’ve Been Mooned Collage Sheet
Night Sky Watercolor Scrapbook Paper

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which is also all of the Giveaway items!

To enter the Night Witch Altered Tin 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 11, 2017)!

And tell me: What will you make from your Wrought Iron Altoids Tin Insert Frames? Which of the inserts do you have plans for first?

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 Cards & Constellations Kit Giveaway? Marykay Chisum! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, August 10th, 2017

64 responses to “Gothic Halloween”

  1. Anne Davis says:

    The inserts are all nifty, but I think the spiderwebby one looks the most interesting. Maybe something with spiders and bats and cats (oh my!).

  2. Barb macaskill says:

    Love the Night Sky paper! The altered altoid tins are pretty cool! I am loving the new goodies and can’t wait to have some more $$$ so I can get my shop on! My wishlist grows longer with each post!
    Congratulations MaryKay on being the winner for the last giveaway! Enjoy!

  3. Pat Stoughton says:

    Is there anything not wonderful about spooky stuff? I love everything about your items and need to win the lottery. Then I’ll buy a few of everything!!

  4. Maria B says:

    I think I’d start with the night sky paper.

  5. Denise Bryant says:

    LOVE these awesome frames! I’d make a set of spooky Halloween ATCs with them!

  6. Kim R says:

    Omg! These are soo cool! Loving the spider web one! I would love to make some haunted tin frames

  7. Laura morse says:

    I love these and they would be a perfect element for the Dia de los Muertos memory tray I’ve been wanting to create. I Love Holloween and I have been waiting for that extra something to make my trays 3 dimensional.

  8. Halloween… my favorite holiday for making art. Great materials offered here. The background paper brings to mind so many possibilities.

  9. Laura says:

    I love these! I’m thinking they’d be great to make a triptych for my Halloween ancestor altar. Though I bet once I got them in my hands I’d come up with a bunch of other ideas and have to get more for other things.

  10. Randi says:

    I love the inserts. I’d use one of the gothic fence style ones to make a graveyard in a box.

  11. Noreen says:

    The inserts are so cool! I’d like to use the cemetery fence one to make a creepy graveyard scene!

  12. Would love to win I would make a scary scene in the sltoid box

  13. I do love the witch but a ghost scene would be cute too

  14. Traci says:

    Cute project-love the black cat image. I would make a cat altoid tin. >^..^<

  15. Justine Self says:

    These are to die for. Witches are my thing, I even have a black broom hanging in my sewing room ready for flight. I would use the ones without the spider web, make a tin very gothic looking but classy too.

  16. Marilyn B. Hughes says:

    I love the inserts! I’d have to make something appropriately spooky. Maybe some of my mini pumpkins and some bats and such. The blue paper in the supply list makes a wonderful backdrop. And my favorite insert has the spider webs on it.

  17. Jo says:

    I love these tins and the inserts! Would love to make some new Halloween shrines with them!!

  18. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love theses frames! would definitely make Halloween tins with black cats! That watercolor paper is awesome!

  19. Catharine McCammon says:

    I’ll make a pocket sized spooky spot to keep y marigold Day of the Dead marigold petals! Weeeeeeee!

  20. Sue Young says:

    More little vignettes to set up by by Witch’s Apothecary!

  21. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d make something witchy for the Vintage Halloween swap I’m doing on Craftster.

  22. Lindy says:

    I love altered tins! I would make a Halloween tin for a swap I’m in.

  23. Margaret says:

    I love the rhyme about the three little ghostsesses and turned sideways an Altoid tin would be a cute little vignette. Love the wrought iron inserts! I think making some ghost-y retro type vignettes would be on my list

  24. Michelle says:

    I love the frames! I have never tried an altered tin so I would attempt some kind of Halloween scene.

  25. Laural says:

    Day of the Dead presentation..I would love to win!

  26. Marykay chisum says:

    I think I would use the insert that looks like a fence and make a tiny cemetery complete with the skeleton and a few ghosts!

  27. Andrea Graessle says:

    I LOVE IT ALL! especially the night sky paper and the frames and the stars and the. Collage sheets . . .oh my! Just like I said I love it all! Can’T wait to try some of the projects. . . Looking forward to creating some of my own. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. We decorate both inside and construct a witches cottage on our porch. These projects. will really get the creative juices flowing.💕

  28. Karen says:

    I love all the night starry paper but that Man in the Moon…OH I could just pinch his checks.

  29. Emily N. says:

    Love all the goth… I’d make a very creepy altoid tin.

  30. M. C. Sparks says:

    I want a tin using Tim Holtz stuff

  31. Barb A says:

    Love the spiderweb insert, would use that first.

  32. Deb E says:

    I love the new tin inserts! Such a great idea!

  33. Jean Marmo says:

    So much fun! Love those tin frames!! Wonderful inspiration!

  34. Karen Mallory says:

    These are fun! I would use the spider web and add three creepy hanging spiders!!

  35. Diana says:

    Would love to make witchy tin and Dracula ones. Thanks so much for a chance.

  36. Jessica says:

    I’d still do a witches’ gallery!

  37. Nadine says:

    Love These! I would definitely make something spooky!

  38. Marilyn Ray says:

    I’d use the witch collage paper but crop my and/or my sisters face onto it and make a silly shrine for my Halloween table.

  39. itsmebarbj says:

    My spooky castle is still a work in progress, some of these great things would be an addition
    to my fright castle.

  40. Gwen K says:

    I really want to try to make the Night Witch tin. It’s super cute and would look perfect on my desk.

  41. Dennis L says:

    I would like to give this to my wife, who loves making mini scenes in Altoid tins, especially for Halloween! She would probably make a graveyard scene using the frames.

  42. Loretta says:

    I love anything with a Halloween theme. These items are great!

  43. Oh, what will I make? Take one Altoid tin, add framework, insert old-fashioned pictures and then put witches hats, black cats, pumpkin moons….and what? I still have room? Add some glitter, and some black-painted (clean) litter……I shall have to consider…..oops! probably more glitter!

    (clean black-painted litter adds texture….glue it on and it adds a “disturbing” feel to things….haha!)

  44. Jen R says:

    I would definitely make some spooky altered tins!

  45. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’ve never created anything with the
    Altoid tins, but I am definitely inspired after seeing all these neat ideas. Great Giveaway!

  46. Kimberly says:

    ….Something spooky and Halloweeny of course. Love these!

  47. Karen Crawford says:

    I think I’d have to start with the Cobweb Insert Frame and add Dracula into the mix! Thanks for this great opportunity!

  48. Halloween is my favorite holiday. What does that say about me?

  49. Roe says:

    I dress up my dog every year. She deserves to be immortalized. This would be a great opportunity.

  50. Janet T says:

    I’ve just started using altoid tins for shrines. i would love to make a witchy shrine. I love the inserts also the moon collage sheet!

  51. Mary Mac says:

    Use them as the gates to Frankensteins castle.

  52. Lorna E. says:

    I love the Night Sky paper. I can’t decide between a Mardi Gras theme with one of the wrought iron inserts or go with the spiderweb and something spooky with one of the moons.

  53. LeAnn says:

    A gothic bookshelf in the tin -complete with web inserts would be fun.

  54. Eileen McCaffrey says:

    I’m also a big fan of Altoid tins. I love the inserts! Can’t wait for Halloween.

  55. Kee Ostler says:

    What a fab project! I would love to try a spooky Halloween scene… Maybe based on Annabelle Lee.

  56. Carol Slowik says:

    Love altered tins! Mine would have a skeleton sitting on the edge with a small haunted house inside!

  57. Cheryl Holmes says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, so all of these items are welcome to go with my squirrely creative urges. I’d use altoids tins to make a series of “batty” tins!

  58. Val says:

    I would use these on a shadowbox that I am working on. They would be perfect.

  59. Kate Meyers says:

    What a witchy, wonderful give away. One can never have enough dark, witchy, halloweeny decorations. LOVE these….and would love to win!!

  60. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I actually just finished rusting some altoid tins. I love Halloween, so I’m thinking a creepy coffin scene. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Patricia Worth says:

    I love anything and everything that honors and adorns Halloween. The nightsky paper is fabulous. Tribute to the “Season of the Witch” will be the theme for my altoid box altars. The tin altoid inserts will be the perfect frame for my altars for both – Dia de Los Muertos and for honoring the “witch within”.

  62. Oh wow, these inserts are fantastic (and I thought I loved the playing cards!). Both frames will be great for my Skelly Tin series.

  63. connie williams says:

    i love the spider web stamp! i would take one altoid insert and coat it with varnish and use it as a stencil. another one i would use as the exterior lining of an altoid box shaped coffin.

  64. Ina Good says:

    I love kristens tins and the spiderwebs stamp is awesome