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Maker's Monday: Rustic Halloween Tag

Over the weekend I went full-tilt into making creepy tags! Today's project is a little rustic, a little manly, and a little creepy!

Supplies:
1 craft tag (I used Ranger Inkssentials, size #8, manila tags)
1 sheet of scrapbook paper the same size of the tag or larger (I used Tim Holtz Halloween stack)
1 Tim Holtz Word Band and brads
1 Tim Holtz Trinket Pin
2 Tim Holtz Game Spinners and brads
2 Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers (one with the dates, one with months)
1 Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera photo
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnut
Glossy Accents

Lots of supplies for this project!



Tools:
Scissors
Standard hole punch
Small hole punch (1/8")
Black marker

Instructions:


1.  I knew with this tag I'd be using brads and I didn't want them visible on the backside. I traced the tag onto a rustic wood plank scrapbook paper and then cut it out, making sure I traced out the hole at the top.

Tracing the tag - those bad nails again!


Cut and ready for action!


2. Next, I selected the calendar stickers from my sticker book. I chose to have the date on the outside, but there are a few options to choose from. To make them look more finished, I colored the edges with a black marker. With the stickers in place, I used my small hole punch to punch a hole in the center. I added the smaller spinner to the brad and then the larger before fitting the brad into the newly-punched hole. I flattened out the ends to secure it and pointed the calendar to Oct. 31. 
Stickers galore!


In place and ready for a brad!

Love how the spinner acts as a calendar!

3.  I dry-fitted the Halloween photo onto the tag and saw it was just a smidge too big. I trimmed down the white edge and and colored the edge with a black marker as well. I glued it down with Glossy Accents. 
I love this photo so much!
Perfect imperfect placement


4.  I dry-fitted the word band and drew two dots for the holes where the brads would go. I punched the holes and added the brads to secure the band. 
You can measure, but I like how the holes don't line up exactly


5.  I wanted the back to look more finished so I made swirls of color with the Distress Stain. I added swirls in different directions to give it a worn leather look. I also edged both the manila tag and scrapbook tag with the stain.
I managed to keep most of the stain on the tag and not on my fingers!


6.  I pinned the Trinket pin through the scrapbook paper and lay it flat. This was tough and I'm lucky it didn't rip the paper as I struggled to close the pin!
Easy poking the holes...
Patience was required so I didn't rip the paper!




7.  With everything in place, I put squiggles of Glossy Accents on the non-stained side of the manila tag and then glued down the scrapbook tag. With everything dry, I punched the hole out of the top of the tag and trimmed up the edges. 
Love how this turned out
Different lighting...same tag. Still love it!


I'm really pleased with how this tag turned out and am thinking about string and some other finishing touches but for now, I'm calling it done! 

Who would you give this tag to...or would you keep it?

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