Thursday, October 19, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 19

I'm back in the land of the living today but didn't really have the time to take step-by-step photos of today's tag. Probably a good thing because my fingers were all inky and I would have gotten it all over my phone.

Today's tag consists of Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash (ravens), Broomsticks, Typography letters, Halloween trimmings, and Distress Inks in Crushed Olive and Black Soot.

First, I traced and cut out my tag (including the hole!) onto the raven paper and glued it onto the original tag.

Next, I did a dry fit of the broomstick and letters. I added Crushed Olive to the letters to give them a nice slime green tone and glued them in place with Glossy Accents.

When the letters were dry, I added Glossy Accents to the back of the broom and  held it in place.

I edged the tag with Black Soot. I wanted the tops of the letters to be darker so I dabbed on more Crushed Olive straight from the ink pad. I like how it has a mottled look.

I wanted the string to be fuller so I used the black tinsel and some twine I had in my stash.

Funny thing about this tag, I had the letters all glued in place but it didn't look right. After waking up a bit more, I realized the 'L' was in fact a '7' so I had to pull it off and find the 'L.' There's always something that goes hinky when I craft...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 18

Today I stayed home and pretty much napped all day. Did you know that mashed potatoes are notorious for aggravating GERD? I found out the hard way last night and was violently ill just before midnight. Around 7 p.m. this evening I started to feel human again so I figured I should make my tag.

I made one tag and instantly hated it. So much brown...it was depressing. I inked a fresh tag but hated it as well. Third time was a charm, as they say.

There are no step-by-step photos today but I'll give you an idea of the process. Everything I used was Tim Holtz.

First, I inked a tag in Distress Ink Crushed Olive and edged it in Black Soot.

I added Industrious Stickers to spell out 'EEK' but had to add Glossy Accents to the backs of the letters so they'd stick.

I stared at the Halloween ephemera a long time until the skeleton decided it wanted to be in on the fun. I didn't just want it on the tag, so I glued Tinsel Twine to the back of it with Glossy Accents. I added some foam dots to adhere to the tag.

A bit of tinsel twine for the string and the tag is good to go.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 17

I woke up so tired this morning and feeling icky. Thinking I have a kidney stone or something...let's leave it at that. Anywho, I'm really grateful that I had the sense to leave all of my supplies in my tote bag because I had no ideas for a card. I flipped through my Tim Holtz Seasonal Salvage Stickers and decided to use a couple of them. There are barely any photos today but I'll give supplies, etc.

Supplies I used are a tag, Distress Ink in Crushed Olive and Black Soot, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, two stickers, Glossy Accents, and ribbon.


First, I inked the entire tag in Crushed Olive. I cut out a strip of paper with ravens on it and then edged it in Black Soot and the tag. I punched out the hole with a standard hole punch and glued it to the tag with Glossy Accents.

Next, I edged the Halloween sticker in Black Soot and added Glossy Accents to the back of it to keep it in place on the tag. I added it vertically on the green side.

When that dried, I edged the treat bag sticker in Black Soot and added Glossy Accents as well.

Once everything was dry, I added my ribbons. Now that I'm looking at it closer, I think I might swap them out. I got a really neat glittery orange velvet ribbon at the craft store and I think it might look better than the green and black.


Monday, October 16, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 16

While going through the mess on my desk in the Halloween room, I found one last haunted house die cut! My first thought was to hoard it because it's my precious, but a friend loved the house on another tag and she wanted more tags from me so another haunted house tag she will have!

I gathered together my tag, Distress Ink in Carved Pumpkin, Forest Moss, and Black Soot. I used Distress Collage Medium to glue the house in place and Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings for the string.

First I inked the spot where my house windows would be in the Carved Pumpkin. I dry fitted the house over the orange to make sure it fit right.




Next, I inked the rest of the card in Forest Moss. I liked the color, but wanted a brighter green too. I'm a champion of 'making do,' so I grabbed Lucky Clover and highlighted around the orange and blended it into the rest of the card. I really like the contrast between the brighter Lucky Clover and the dingy, smoggy Forest Moss!

I always have to have that Black Soot in my projects and this time it was to edge the tag.  

I added Collage Medium to the back of the house and smeared it around with my finger. It stuck fairly well so I'm thinking I might be getting better at using it!

The finishing touch was a sparkly ribbon to pull out the orange and black.


Do you believe in ghosts? I'm a "sympathetic skeptic" myself...



Sunday, October 15, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Days 14 and 15

Yesterday, I didn't craft at all because I hosted my 2nd Annual Haunted Open House! It was such a fun day with lots of visitors and some of my creations went off to very good homes. By the end of the day I was 100% spent so I decided to just make two tags today.

I'm pretty tired and I didn't get any process photos either but I'll do better tomorrow!

Tag 14 is a spooked black cat that I made using Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera, Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings stickers, Distress Marker in Black Soot, and Distress Ink in Carved Pumpkin and Lucky Clover.

I inked the entire tag with Carved Pumpkin and edged in Lucky Clover. I edged the cat ephemera in the Black Soot marker and added it to the tag with Glossy Accents.

I edged the stickers in Lucky Clover and added Glossy Accents to the back to help it stay on better.

Tag 15 was a bit of trial and error. I used Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and Black Soot Archival in black, a Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings sticker, and Glossy Accents. First, I had inked a tag in Carved Pumpkin and then used a Tim Holtz pine tree stamp with Archival in black, but two spots of extra ink made their way onto the tag. I wiped the stamp down and inked another tag in Carved Pumpkin but another blob of ink appeared.

Frustrated, I got out my rubber stamp cleaner and cleaned the stamp really, really good. I decided to switch to purple for my background so I used Wilted Violet. I re-inked the stamp and the image came out great! I re-inked again to make a little grove of trees.

I edged the sticker in Black Soot and added Glossy Accents to it.

These projects turned out pretty well and I'm going to add strings to them later. First, I need to put away my displays and try to get the craft room tidied up. Might need a nap first though...

Friday, October 13, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 13

Happy Friday the 13th! I'm still not feeling fantastic so I decided to make a somewhat easier tag for today.

I grabbed Tim Holtz Halloween stash paper, my second favorite Tim Holtz Halloween paper doll of the little boys with their jack o' lanterns, Glossy Accents, Distress Markers in Ripe Persimmon and Black Soot, Distress Ink in Black Soot, Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings, Tim Holz Halloween Typography letters and a tag.

First, I traced out the tag onto the patterned paper and cut it out. I glued it to the tag with Glossy Accents and punched out the hole with a standard hole punch.

Next, I colored the jack o' lanterns on the paper doll with Ripe Persimmon. I rubbed off the excess with a cotton swab and then I edged the paper doll in Black Soot Distress Marker.

I added Glossy Accents to the back and added it to the bottom of the tag.

Next, I arranged my letters to spell out 'TRICK OR TREAT.' Now, I know nothing is perfect, but I really wanted the letters to be straight. I think I did an okay job, but there are bits of Glossy Accents on the tag from where I had an oopsie and dropped a letter. My spooky little fingers aren't as good as they used to be!

While the letters dried, I cut two lengths of the orange and black twine. I lined up all the cut ends together to make two loops and poked the loops through the tag hole. I brought the ends of the twine over the top of the tag and through the loops and snugged it down. I finished with a simple knot at the top. I like having the twine doubled-up on this tag!


Here's hoping the Glossy Accents holds those letters in place!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 12

Today's tag was really begun last night and finished today. I'm not feeling very well today so I'm at home taking it easy. I decided to make a shaker tag when a piece of Tim Holtz packaging caught my eye and I'm planning on submitting it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Not a Card" this week.

Let me start by saying that I haven't ever made a shaker card or tag before but inspiration struck me and I cobbled together something a little different...and definitely not a card!

My supplies included a tag, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, Tim Holtz Vignette Panel, Distress Stain in Hickory Smoke, Distress Ink in Black Soot, Distress Marker in Black Soot, Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Collage Medium, Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera Eye doctor, Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces plastic packaging, Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter, black glitter paper (from my stash), E6000 glue, Tim Holtz metal word band, Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings, and black creepy drape fabric.

First, I traced out the tag onto the Halloween paper, making sure to trace out the hole. I set the tag and traced copy aside.

Next, I added Distress Stain to the raw sides of the Vignette Panel. They will be hidden, but I didn't want to leave them untouched. 

I added a thin layer of Collage Medium to the top inch of the Panel and set the drape fabric over it to dry. I'm still on the fence about the Collage Medium. No matter how thin a layer, it seems to take forever to dry and on my last project it had a hazy quality to it. I'll keep testing it out to get the hang of it.

While the medium dried, I realized I didn't trace out the Panel onto my glitter paper. Carefully, I traced it out and cut the paper. I added Glossy Accents to the back side of the paper and added it to the side of the Panel without the fabric.

I set the Panel aside for the medium and Glossy Accents to dry.

I noticed the interior packaging of the Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces looked like a it would make a swell crystal ball. I figured if I cut carefully, I could leave a flat lip around the domed part of the plastic so I could glue it to paper.


It worked! I grabbed my Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera and grabbed the large eyeball design. The plastic fit around it wonderfully!

I added glitter into my makeshift crystal ball and carefully put down a bead of Glossy Accents to the rim, capping it with the eyeball. I held it in place until it dried...and then I realized I didn't trace it out on the my Halloween paper! With luck, there was another domed piece I could cut out to trace. I used a scrap piece of Bristol board and dry fitted it to my crystal ball.

 Satisfied with the fit, I placed my Vignette Panel onto the Halloween paper and made a fold where the top was. I traced my template onto the patterned paper and cut it out then edged it with my Distress Marker.
I added Glossy Accents to the top of the rim of the plastic and to the rest of the oval ephemera then pressed the patterned paper over it until it dried.

I decided to add a bead of Glossy Accents around the plastic and sprinkled some fine graphite-colored glitter to it.

With my creepy crystal ball done, I returned to the Panel. The Medium was barely dry so I added Glossy Accents to the back of it to hold the sides of the fabric in place. My little table was complete!

I added E6000 to the back of the Panel and added it below the crystal ball.

Next, I positioned the word band above the little scene and made marks for where I could punch holes for my brads.

I used my 1/8 inch hole punch and then added a bit of Glossy Accents to the back of the word band before securing it in place.

I used Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings for the string.

I'm so pleased with how this tag turned out! I'm keeping this one for sure and hope the glitter doesn't end up leaking out somehow...








Wednesday, October 11, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween: Day 11

I can barely keep my eyes open this morning, but I completed my tag! Perhaps in the light of the day I might add a few more embellishments to it, but I like its simplicity.

This one is made up of a tag, Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, the witches from Tim Holtz Halloween paper dolls, a Tim Holtz Found Relatives card, Distress markers in Mowed Lawn and Black Soot and Distress ink in Black Soot. My glue of choice (as pretty much always) was Glossy Accents.

I traced out my tag onto the skull and crossbones paper and made sure to trace out the top hole. I cut it out and used a standard hole punch to make the hole.

I added squiggles of Glossy Accents to the front of my tag and added the cut-out paper then set it aside to dry.

The backs of the Found Relatives cards are absolutely gorgeous. I flipped through my stack and found a design I liked on a card I wasn't going to use for anything else.

I colored the entire back of the card with Distress Marker in Mowed Lawn.

With a tissue, I blotted away excess color. It was still too bright so I added Distress ink in Black Soot and glued it in place with Glossy Accents.


I colored the cut edges of the paper dolls with Distress Marker in Black Soot and then glued them in place with Glossy Accents too.

When I get home I'll weed through my ribbons and find something suitably dark for this tag.

If I could have one Tim Holtz wish, it would be to have just a pack of the witches. Wonder if he'll see this blog...