Tim Holtz Village Dies: Haunted Mansion

Hello everyone!!! I’m back again with another version of the Village Mansion… only this one is a bit more spoooooky!!

I’m amazed by these little houses and get completely immersed while I’m creating. When I’m done… it’s hard to believe they are made of paper!

Shari Carroll Siz Haunted Mansion

I tried something different on this one by using some cheesecloth and Distress Grit paste to gain some texture. I was going for a “The stucco has fallen off the walls look” and I think this combination did the trick. I used a variety of Distress paints to color the walls, then went over everything with Black Soot paint to give it a darker tone.

Shari Carroll Siz Haunted Mansion 2

I used Distress Stains and Woodgrain cardstock for the roof tiles. Once the paper was colored and dry, I used the Village Rooftops die to cut out about 28 strips. Once I put them on the roof, I ran my blending tool with a slight amount of Black Soot paint over top to darken them.

Shari Carroll Siz Haunted Mansion 3

I’ve left the embellishments simple… one could really go crazy at this point, but I just used a Cross bones Adornment above the door.

I have put together a video of the process, you can view it below or on our YouTube channel.



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Be sure to check out my other Villages in the series, I have created a Surf Shack and Victorian Mansion. I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!!!

  1. Spooky is right!! This mansion is amazing Shari. You really have out done yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh what a cool project! I’ve watched a few videos of Tim Holtz doing the basic village ones and also Shari your surf shack which is just gorgeous!! These are great as gifts as you can ‘customize’ them to the recipients tastes. I just wish they weren’t so expensive! I need to win the lotto to get them all, and also a decent size house with a HUGE craft room to store them all and play with them!

  3. Absolutely amazing project! Love all the details and creativity on this house! The videos are fabulous in showing how to assemble these die pieces. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)

  4. Wow, the black soot over the colors really make the house look creepy! Nice idea with the cheesecloth texture!

  5. This is so crazy cool! The cheesecloth is a great idea. It’s amazing how by changing the details that house takes on a different personality. Great work!

  6. Your haunted mansion is magically spookaliscious!! So in love with it!!! The roof is my favorite part! LOVE the hints of blues and greens! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! TFS!

  7. I so love to watch you put together a project, I become mesmerized!! What a great decorated haunted house!!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talents with us!!!!

  8. I think the Village is great, and would love to make one! This one is outstanding with all the textures and fun colors and spooky decor. Love it!

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