Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Midnight Apothecarist

Hello!! I just had to make another pair of witch boots from Tim Holtz's Ice Skates die from Sizzix. I stepped out of my normal whimsical Halloween style with this Etcetera Tag but really wanted to make a slightly more spooky piece for these boots. 

Begin prepping a small Etcetera Tag measuring 5 1/2" x 10". Adhere black Kraft-Stock with Distress Collage Medium. Randomly sand and then ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. 

Cut piece of Worn Wallpaper Halloween to size. Distress edges and randomly and bend wallpapaer to allow the black background to peek thru. Blend Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and messy stitch around the edges. Adhere the Worn Wallpaper layer using Distress Collage Medium. 

Don't adhere the bent corners to give the piece more dimension. 

Distress the edges of ephemera using the Paper Distresser tool and then ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Some of the labels are from the Ephemera Halloween pack and some are cut from Paper Stash Halloween. 

Heat emboss Star Adornments with Rocky Road Baked Texture. Allow stars to cool and then add Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. 

Prepare photo taken from Idea-ology Framed Portraits Halloween. Distress and ink edges using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Tear a piece of linen to size to frame photo and layer on a piece of sanded Kraft-Stock. Messy Stitch around photo. Finish off with Halloween Clippings Stickers.  

Cut a pair of Ice Skates from black cardstock adhered to a piece of Mixed Media paper. 

Cut along white lines shown for your witch boot. Cut a notch in the heel for extra detail. 

Cover boots with a layer of Distress Crazing Medium and allow to air dry. Once boots have dried rub Prima Umber Artisan Powder into the cracks and wipe away excess. Cut a length of Eclectic Elements Craft Thread and run thru a paper towel to dampen. Randomly run Walnut Stain Distress Crayon along the length of Craft Thread. With needle thread boots by beginning at back of boot and pulling thread thru til even lengths are on front and back. Thread thru every other hole and leave remaining tale at top of boot. Move needle to other end of thread and thread remaing holes on boot. Tie the remaining tales at top of boot. 

Layer ephemera behind photo and adhere to tag. Adhere Stars randomly around the tag using Distress Collage Medium which works perfectly on metal pieces. To top off the tag run a piece of black Kraft-Stock thru Botanical 3D Texture Fade. Cut to size and adhere to hole reniforcer. Once dry sand edge and ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Adhere reinforcer to tag. 

Attach boots to tag using foam squares for added dimension. 

I really enjoyed working with some darker colors and a little bit spookier of a theme on this piece. I have one maybe two more Halloween projects planned and then I think it's time to start thinking about Christmas!! What is your favorite holiday to create for?

As always thanks for stopping by.
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 


  1. A fabulous project Jennalee, I love how you created those wonderful witch boots. Great tutorial too! xx

    1. Thanks so much Anne!! I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial 😊

  2. My favorite holiday to create for is Halloween!! And your fantastic tag would be right at home at my house :) I literally just got the Ice Skate die and it never dawned on me to make boots! Now I know what I'm doing tomorrow :)

    1. I love the Ice Skate die and I’m so excited to find it has more possibilities!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this project. Thanks for stopping by!!