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Monday, October 19, 2015


Hi and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a good day. I want to share a Halloween tag I made using a neat technique. I mentioned this technique before, but I will show you how it is done today.

I saw this technique on line and just loved the spooky look of it. I patted Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord and Broken China Distress inks onto the center of the glossy card stock tag and patted Black Soot Distress ink around the sides.

Next I spritzed the whole tag with water. You can see that the colors are running here.

I then took my finger and started with the outside black and ran my finger in circles. I then went in and blended the colors in the center together and pulled in some more black. This is the finished background!

I stamped over the tag using a script background stamp. I then used the Sizzix tree embossing folder and a Cuttlebug spider web embossing folder to dry emboss the tag. I went over the raised areas with Jet Black Staz On ink.

I colored the owl and placed the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil over him and sponged on the spots. I added the wooden pumpkin beside the owl and glued the "boo" buttons to it.

Lastly I added 3 confetti bats to complete the tag!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes Challenge #82
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Monster Mash
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Color Inspiration
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015:  October


Sandra said...

Gorgeous spooky background, love the creepy tree. The crazy bird looks fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Fabulous tag! That background is amazing! So pretty! Love that bird too! :)

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Donna Ellis said...

LOL! Creepy little crazy bird dracula! LOL Thank you for the tutorial, April! Love the eeriness of the colors combined with the black. I would never have guess that the inks would work like that on glossy! Thanks! hugs, de

Susan Mac Donald said...

wonderful tag!

diana said...

congrats on your win for this fabulous tag!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Love those crazy birds! Congratulations on your win!

Sara Barker said...

I'm happy you won, because I think your tag is awesome! Love that background, and the technique you shared with us. I do have a question; perhaps a "duh" question. How did you run this through two embossing folders without flattening out one when you did the other? I've tried this in the past with less than desirable results. Yours came out great! Congratulations!

Far North said...

Congratulations April! Love the detailed look of your tag! Thank you for the background technique.

Deborah Fleming said...

Love the background! Congratulations!

CarefreeSadie said...

What a wonderful tag. I really like the background, thank you for the directions. Congratulations for winning.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Congratulations April! Awesome tag!

that crazy chick said...

congrats on your win

Mylissa Stout said...

Congrats on the win for this month for your CUTE TAG!!!!
It is adorable! I am looking forward to working with these
cute birds....Going to have to take the time to do it!
Thank you for the inspiration!

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