Mr. Bones with Embossed Background

Hello!  It’s hard to believe it’s September already and time for Pumpkin Everything 🙂

I haven’t posted in awhile so that means this will probably be a long post…

I’ve been playing around again recently with my Seth Apter embossing powders, which are fabulous!  I wasn’t really happy with the project I was working on, and then my local store got in some new Tim Holtz Halloween products so I shifted gears.  I was excited to get the Mr. Bones stamp set and the shifter stencils!  I had in mind to use one of the stencils with Seth’s powders and here’s what I came up with:

mr bones 1

I love all of the projects I’ve seen online using the shifter stencils and I don’t recall if any were embossed, but I knew Seth’s Chunky Rust and Rocky Road would make a perfect background for Mr. Bones.  I also knew that using embossing powder would make it impossible for me to have a perfect background, but I don’t do perfect anyway, LOL.  I wanted my background to look old, grungy and dirty and imperfect.  I started out with a 5×7 piece of 110 lb. paper and dipped it in a watery mix of Antique Linen DOX and Smoked Hickory DI, until I was happy and I let it dry overnight.   Here’s a pic of the background after stenciling (so cool!):

mr bones 2I was able to get away with one coat of Chunky Rust, but I had to do 2 coats for Rocky Road.  I had to heat from underneath after I saw some of the Rocky Road flying around and landing on the orange!  For this project, I really loved the black residue left by Rocky Road, which  you can see above.  I have to chuckle, though, because I made this card today and yesterday I tested out embossing with this stencil.  It went fine with the rust, but for some reason the Rocky Road wouldn’t heat and I ended up smearing it all over my hands which then ended up here:

mr bones 6I have soaked it but haven’t been able to get it to come off.  Luckily, I don’t care if my products are pristine and I’m only mentioning it in case someone else wants to try this out.

I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint over the entire background – at first I only added a little but it didn’t even show up.  I inked around the edges with Black Soot DOX after trimming it with the TH Stitched Rectangle die set.  Under that layer is last year’s TH Halloween paper which I also used for the Ornate Frame (inked with Black Soot DOX).  mr bones 3


mr bones 4

Mr. Bones was stamped with black Archival ink, then just a wash of Antique Linen DOX was added for a bit of color; I used Twisted Citron DOX for his eye.  His hat has some black foil on it, and on the brim, a leftover Tiny Tattered rose made from Black Midnight Core’dinations.  I used a ribbon from my stash and a TH Halloween Quote Chip to finish it off.  Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially my embossed background.

mr bones 5

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

I’m excited to play along (for the first time) with the PaperArtsy challenge Topic 14: Baked Texture.




About Marty Fishman

Hi, I'm Marty! I love paper crafting, especially making favorites are Christmas cards. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband of over 32 years, my son and daughter, and three fur babies (a cat and 2 dogs). View all posts by Marty Fishman

5 responses to “Mr. Bones with Embossed Background

  • Emma

    I adore Mr Bones and love what you’ve created using this fabulous stamp ~ it’s just so much fun and I adore the Shifter background! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog…


  • Sara Emily Barker

    Ooooh, Marty! I love this! the embossed background is so original and looks fabulous! Great idea to use the crackle over top the embossing for a really rich look. Mr. bones looks especially dapper with his foiled top hat and his fading rose. But I don’t know about that one green eye! Yuck! Really a great Halloween card and a super job with the Shifter, Marty! Sending hugs!


  • glitterdoodles

    Such a gorgeous embossed background! I love how you added texture with crackle paint! Must have an amazing feel in real life! A very inspiring background indeed. Thank you so much for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Have a lovely day! xx Ankita


  • Hamburger Kartenwerkstatt - 100% für Erlenbusch

    I love this ! Especially the imperfect background looks spooktecular . The shifters are fantastic what I have seen so far ! Great make ! xxx


  • Leslie

    I’m sorry I’m late with my comment but wanted to thank you so much for sharing your amazing project with us in the Mix It Up Challenge Blog’s September challenge and we hope to see you again for our October challenge!
    Leslie, MIUCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2


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