Sunday, October 1, 2017

31 Tags of Halloween Day 1

I've been tag crazy the last few months and it led me to think I should make a tag each day of October and share it here on the blog and call it (wait for it...) 31 Tags of Halloween. I know, it probably has been done before, but not by me.

Day one is a tag and mystical device as well. Better than a fidget spinner, you can ask this tag a question and it just might give you an answer!

My supplies included a tag, a Halloween ephemera palmistry piece, Distress inks in Wilted Violet and Stormy Sky as well as my usual Black Soot. I used Black Archival ink, Glossy Accents, blending tool with felt, letter stamps (not Tim Holtz), a water brush, some Tim Holtz gears and a game spinner. The photo is just part of the saga of this tag. Forgive the lighting, I had the lights down low for Halloween ambiance and I forgot I needed to take photos!

 First off, I inked the tag with the purple. I went to switch to the blue and discovered I had grabbed a green by mistake. Oops! Once I got the right color, I inked a bit of blue onto the tag.

Next, I added water from my water brush to let the colors blend and bleed a bit. I used a heat tool to dry it quickly.

I got creeped out by this part. It really looked like some of my bruises from when I fell down the stairs...gross!

Once the tag was dry, I edged it in Black Soot.

I added some purple and blue to the hand and smudged it all over with Black Soot.

I glued the hand in place with Glossy Accents and then used my 1/8 inch hole punch to make a hole through the hand and tag. I added a brad to the spinner and set it in place on the tag but it wouldn't spin freely. It kept getting hung-up on the hand. I added a gear to give it height but it still got hung-up. Adding the smaller gear did the trick and now it spins like a dream.
I inked up my letter stamps and added Yes and No to the tag. I should have placed the hand better, but as Tim Holtz says, "Embrace imperfections." I'll embrace them, but it will still bother me a bit.

The final step was to add some Tim Holtz Halloween tinsel string for a bit of sparkle.

This was a super fast and fun make! Now to think about tomorrow's tag and pack up my supplies so I can work on it during my lunch hour.

Are you crafting for Halloween? What's your style? Drop me a comment below!

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