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31 Tags of Halloween: Day 26

I had no clue what to make this morning so I spend thirty minutes assembling raffle baskets for our work party next week. With what little time I had left, I decided to do something using the Distress Stains dabbed onto a tag. Things took weird turns but ended up bringing tears to my eyes in the end.

I assembled a tag, Distress Stain in Carved Pumpkin, Distress Marker in Black Soot, and Distress Ink in Black Soot. I used the striped sheet of Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash, a sticker from the Salvage Seasonal sticker set, a Halloween Clippings sticker, and Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings for the string.

First, I dotted the stain all over the tag using the attached felt dabber.

Once dry, I cut out the striped paper and ripped the top edge. I colored the tear in marker and then used Glossy Accents to glue it to the bottom of the tag.

I looked through the Seasonal stickers and my eye went to the silhouette of the black cat. A few fussy cuts later, I was edging the sticker in marker and adding Glossy Accents to the back to give it more teeth. The stripes are really making me want to have a fence like this in real life!



As I looked at the cat, I got a bit teary because our cat Zoey looked a lot like this from the back toward the end of her life. She had once been a happy, chubby cat and lost a lot of weight before she passed. When I looked through the Clippings stickers, one caught my eye but I skipped it. It said 'we thought she was lost" and if I would have put that on the tag, I'd start crying for sure! "SILENCE OF THE NIGHT" was the next choice.

I inked the edge of the tag and the sticker edges and then added Glossy Accents to the back of the sticker so it would stay put better.

I love how the cat can imagined either be watching a crazy sunrise/sunset or a large fire.  Sinister and serene are two sides of the same coin.




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