The older I get, the less enthusiastic I get about celebrating Halloween but I've made an exception this year because of the purchase of a seasonal stamp set I just couldn't resist.
He had me at the house (used here).
I'm referring to the Tim Holtz Mini Halloween Set #5 used on this tag to create the background, skull, bottle label, and typewritten text.
And I will admit, making spooky tags is pretty fun--it gives me the chance to use unusual color combos and the more distressed the better.
I like the effect I achieved on the bottles which might be due to the clean, crisp, blue-ish white colors contrasting with the muddy oranges and browns.
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If you're curious regarding technique, here's what I did:
A piece of scrapbook paper with various shades of orange, reds and yellows was cut and pasted to a manila tag then covered with stamped Plain Tissue Wrap.
An anchor for the bottles was made with a torn piece of Postale Tissue Wrap.
The bottles were stamped on old book paper, then embossed, cut-out, tinted and pasted to the tag.
There's only one way to use the skull stamp (IMHO)--black ink on white paper. It was also embossed and cut-out.
I used a Vial Label that was stamped with text from the set and cut out parts of the apothecary label stamp (also on Tissue Wrap) and pasted them to the large bottle.
The 45-cent piece Vellum Thift Shop Ephemera was distressed with some sanding and scoring and attached with tiny staples.
You may have noticed the crackle edges. This was done with Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint and I rubbed in some white creamy eye shadow (yes, it's true) to bring out the crackling.
I accidentally overheated the black embossing on the smaller bottles and they turned a lighter shade of gray so I used it to my advantage and tinted them further with a bit of blue.
To create an illusion of depth, I glazed the top portion of the tag with blue, brought out warmth at the bottom with some Wild Honey Distress and brushed in some inky shadows.
I am linking to Simon's Monday Challenge Blog where this week's theme is Powder Power.
Other Stamp Credits: Big Bottle-Inkadinkado, Small Bottles-PaperArtsy