Thank you to all my blog friends old and new for your amazing comments on my Hallowe'en graveyard piece, I am thrilled to bits that you like it! I had so much fun doing it.
I love Hallowe'en, although here in the UK we do not really celebrate it, but with my Canadian roots, I still enjoy all things Hallowe'en and love when the neighbourhood children come round to the house all dressed up in their lovely little scary costumes.......
So, I have got a fairly new set of Tim Holtz stamps called Apothecary and in the set is an amazing skull, which I think would be good for times other than Hallowe'en too. I have been having fun playing with it and made several items, one of them is a tag which you can see here:
If you click on the picture you will get a closer look.
I have used my new favourite style of tag with a hinge. I got the inspiration from the fabulous Hels Sheridan who loves working with hinged tags.
The base is a No. 10 sized Ranger tag (with approx 2.1/2" cut off for the hinged piece). I stamped all over the background with the script stamp that comes in the set and I coloured in the centre of each part with Old Paper Distress Ink and then the rest of the tag was coloured with Rusty Hinge DI. I did Tim's spritz and flick technique to create some interest. The edges have been coloured with Black Soot DI. The skull has been stamped onto the tag and then I stamped and cut out another skull, cut out the eyes, nose and mouth and then decoupaged this on top of the stamped skull to make it look more realistic. The skull was lightly coloured with Old Paper DI.
I added a few Memory Box die cut bats and two orange gems for the scary eyes (I think they look quite spooky). The Happy Hallowe'en comes in one line on the stamp so I masked off and stamped each word separately and then used Tim's new technique (which you can find on his October tag details) to make the black glitter (very messy but fun). I punched four holes in the tag and the hinge and used bronze coloured rings to attach the two together.
I finished off by dying some vintage seam binding with Rusty Hinge DI and put this through the top hole along with Tim's new black tinsel (which I purchased from the Funky Junkie Boutique) If you have not tried this tinsel, it is brilliant, it is lovely and soft and not at all like the tinsel you get for the Christmas tree. It has a slight stretch to it making it ideal to put on your tags.
There is a challenge over at Anything But A Card (ABAC) Challenge which is Fall or Halloween and I would like to enter my tag into this challenge. The Design Team have come up with some stunning projects, it is worth a peek if you have the time.
I am also entering this into Frilly and Funky Challenge sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique where you get a coupon for 25% off products in the Boutique, great value anyway but with 25% off it makes it amazing value.
Thank you for looking, I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them and will try, wherever possible (if I can find you!) to return the compliment. Have a lovely week. Crafty hugs, Anne x