The Halloween Book is a variation on all the little Halloween houses that I have been making.
People at work have been saving cardboard for me so I can make these little houses. One box they saved looked like a book to me so I decided to turn it into a book. I embossed some paper for the cover, figured out how to make a hinge and decorated the inside with a little scene. I love this little house.
Let's go to the photos.
Cover for the Halloween Book:
Most of the embossing folders I used are no longer available, but there are others readily available or you could use a stencil or a stamp with embossing powder.
Here are some examples of other Halloween houses with books as a base:
- Triple Gable Gothic House on a Book Base
- Gus the Ghost's House
- Old Book House
- Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Halloween House
View inside the Halloween Book:
Close-up of the Halloween Book:
I have several houses patterns that you could use to modify to make this house. The Triple Gable Gothic Halloween pattern is one example. Just make the house skinny so it will fit in the book.
The windows actually glow
I colored some plastic acetate sheets with red magic markers to give the house an eerie glow. There is a small hole in the back of the book to insert a light from a string of LED lights. The clock is a 13-hour clock that I found on the internet and shrunk down to a good size for the house.
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Here is a summary of the materials I used to make this project:
- House pattern - drafted on my own
- Windows - plastic packing material colored with a red magic marker
- Window frames - die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs Holiday House Windows
- Door - drawn by me, hand cut, window shows a skull from one my scrapbook papers. Tiny brad for the door knob
- Pumpkins - made with Sculpey clay
- Fence - La La Land Frightful Fence Die
- Graveyard scene - Tim Holtz Graveyard Scene die which has been retired
- Spooky tree - Tim Holtz Branch Tree Bigz Die (This die is retired, but you can still find it at times)
- Various bats - Tim Holtz Bat Crazy dies are a good substitute - the ones I used are retired.
- Witch - Taylors Expressions Little Bits Witch Die - this is a great little witch die also retired
- Trick or Treat kids - Tim Holtz Halloween Shadows Die
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Paints: Black Soot, Picket Fence, Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet
- Colored Cardstock for the background
- Mod Podge to seal everything
- Page edges were made by scoring the paper, dipping it in tea and drying it in the oven
- Embossing for the cover - Spellbinder Bossabilities 3-D European Tapestry and Teresa Collins Damask
- Cover paints - black acrylic paint, then Gold Metal and Patina Glaze
This Halloween House book looks better in person than in photos. This one was hard to for me to photograph because of the size. A coworker claimed this paper project early on while I was still working on it.