September 29, 2016

Wicked Dare.

The older I get, the less enthusiastic I am 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.

I have to admit making spooky tags is pretty fun--it's a chance to use unusual color combos and the more distressed the better, right?

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


  1. Gorgeous tag! Love the rustic feel to it with a hint of creepy (but in the good way :))
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Love your Halloween mixed media tag! My favorite to make,and yours is boo-tiful! The background is simply stunning! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Spooktabular!!! LOVE the images and that background!

  4. Wow I love the mixture of colours is perfect with those blues and oranges and thanks for sharing the techniques. Hugs.

  5. Thank you for explaining technique, great great tag!

  6. Hi B, this is a beautiful tag - you are such a talented artist. Your design looks wonderful. I love making Halloween cards - although we don't really go in for Halloween in a big way here - I find the spooky themed stuff fascinating. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  7. What a treat to see the spooky side of you! And I have to agree that the way you did the bottles was brilliant! As always, your eye for composition is evident and this scene came together perfectly. It was a bonus to be able to read about your techniques and I'm glad you went for a Halloween theme even if you weren't super-jazzed about the thought of it at first. You powered through and created another stunner! I always look forward to seeing your work and your entries for our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

  8. Wow, dein TAG ist fantastisch.
    LG Carola

  9. Oh wow, this tag is amazing! Love the crackle edges, how fun that you've used eyeshadow to make it stand out more! The graphic/illustrated design is fabulous! The subtle hints of color really pops. Love it all! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Your tag really caught my eye at SSS! Perfectly spooky and lots of creative juice going on here! Boo!