October 25, 2018

Few Passed Them

Here's a post about the way I used Plain Collage Paper (Ideaology) to create a mirror image of a stamp and how to reduce transparency by painting on the back side.

I'm linking up to Simon's Monday challenge--this week's theme is Halloween.

The background is made from various paper scraps tinted with Distress inks and the gate (yes, I know it's upside down) is a die-cut from Tim Holtz called Gothic Gate.

The house and skull are stamp images from a 2016 set called Mini Halloween 5 and the kids are a classic called Photo Studio (Tim Holtz).

I used some words from Ideaology Clippings Stickers and tinted a tiny diamond with red alcohol ink.

As you can see, the house is single-sided but I wanted to create something a little different.

So I stamped the image on Plain Collage Paper then turned it over and stamped the image again on the backside to create a mirror image. They were trimmed and pasted together to create the larger house.

The family was also stamped on the Plain Collage Paper but I painted the backside with off-white paint to reduce the transparency to make sure the facial features didn't get lost. Once the image was pasted down, I used inks to lightly tint it.

I really like the properties of this collage paper and plan to stock-up in case it's discontinued as I have been using it a lot!


  1. Fabulous tag and you certainly packed a lot in and quite a few techniques to -TBH I wouldn't have noticed about the gates or if I had would have thought it was intentional-love your vintage stamps
    Carol x

  2. Fabulous and eerily spooky! So perfect for Halloween! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and instructions; I want to try something using the plain collage paper; it seems like it could be so perfect in so many different ways.

  3. Wonderful tag, thanks for sharing the way you've made it, I like a lot the gate it's perfect in that way. Hugs.

  4. Fun and creepy at the same time! Love that big moon. Fabulous ink blending! Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Halloween/Spooky Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :) 

  5. Amazing as always! I agree with Cheiron, big moon is fabulous and the whole design is perfect and so creepy! It's always a pleasure to see your art on Simon says stamp Monday Challenge Blog!Barbara

  6. Love this fantastic tag! All the details and the whole design are awesome. :)

  7. Fantastic tag! Great idea to mirror the stamped image, and I like the gate upside down. It just adds to the wonderful design.I must file that idea away! Hugs!