3D Halloween frame – Karen Mathews

Hi everyone,

Today, Karen is sharing a great 3D frame tutorial with us.

Karen says:

This project can be done for any occasion including baby births and Christmas. It is a lovely way to use those precious pieces of paper that you have been saving!

Materials used:

10 x 10 inch Ribba Frame from Ikea

Ranger Ink, Distress Paint in Seedless Preserves and Antique Linen

1 Ranger Inc, No 5 manila tag

Graphic45 Patterned Paper. ‘Halloween in Wonderland’ and ‘Happy Haunting’

Sizzix Bigz die by Tim Holtz: ‘Branch Tree’

Ideology by Tim Holtz: Metal clock and hands and light bulb.


Dylusions Sprays: Black Marble, Lemon Zest, Cherry Red and Crushed Grape

Step 1

Paint the frames 2 parts inside and out using the Seedless Preserves Distress Paint.

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Step 2

Cut strips of paper to cover the outside of the frame. I left a slight border in order to see the painted surface. Cut additional strips to cover the inside. I used Happy Haunting ‘Bewitched’ paper for this. The front of the frame was then covered using strips of paper from Happy Haunting ‘Midnight Magic’

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Step 3

For the main image I chose the ‘Halloween in Wonderland’ paper. Cut the image to size. For the 3d images fussy cut the paper ‘Through the Looking Glass’. This sheet has lots of different images that can be layered up. Using foam pads stick the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit to the background image.

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Step 4

Next stick the hand, the fence and the pumpkin to the top of the inner frame.

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Step 5

Die cut the Branch Tree from black cardstock and hang pumpkins, clocks and teapots from it. On the outside of the frame stick the tree and the Cheshire cat using foam pads.

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Step 6

Paint the face and hands of the clock piece using Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves distress paint. When the paint is dry, gently sand the clock face back to reveal the metal underneath. Stick to background using foam pads.

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Step 7

To make the lamp I stole a little wooden lamp from my daughters Dolls House! Paint the base with Seedless Preserves distress paint, and then cover the lamp with patterned papers. Add a light bulb which has been coloured with alcohol inks to the top of the lamp and stick inside the frame.

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Step 8

Spray some white flowers with Dylusions inks and add both inside the frame and to the front of the frame.

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What a great 3D project!!

Happy Creating,

Crafting Ireland Team

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3 thoughts on “3D Halloween frame – Karen Mathews

  1. WOW! This is fantastic! Love all the detail and appreciate all the fussy cutting.


  2. Gorgeous creation Karen. I’ve been thinking I should really do something with my Halloween in Wonderland papers, thanks for the inspiration.

  3. How wonderful, love this.

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