Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Touchy feely spooky creepy
Hello all, and thanks so much for stopping by. I really will be quick today, since we're at crunch point with the move.
And you don't need details from me, because this isn't just my Design Team piece for Julia's fabulous Textured Halloween Tag challenge over at Our Creative Corner, though it is here to offer you the usual mid-month nudge of inspiration.
No, it's also my offering for Tim's October tag, so you can get most of the "making-of" details straight from the man himself, as well as checking out his amazing inspiration tag here.
My Halloween colours tend towards the twilight spooky blues rather than the classic purple/black/orange, and I'm always happy at any opportunity to get out one of my favourite stamps, the Tim Holtz skull from the Apothecary set.
Since Julia's challenge calls for some surface texture on the tag itself, I added some dry embossing to my Distress Paint marbled background.
I inked it with some Black Soot Distress Ink for extra definition.
I had a ball with the Rock Candy Dry Glitter. I only have that (non-) colour, but by only partially inking my clock and new little bottle with Black Soot, I got lovely colour variation underneath.
And, as Tim says, you can use Distress Inks over the top of the Glitter, so I added some Chipped Sapphire shading to the mix.
I also wanted to have a play with my layering stencils.
Having signed up for CC102, I haven't yet had time to do any of it, but I did see there was a Distress paint marbling technique, and a stencilling day, so this was one way to join in a little!
So as well as the die-cut clock, there are some ghostly clocks haunting the background.
I was quite tickled with the idea of positioning the clock so that the centre is right over the hole at the top of the tag!
And of course the hands are set for just before midnight: the witching hour approaches...
The fabulous skull is mounted on padded tape, to give him a 3D effect - he's emerging from the frame to come and get you!
And I've shaded the hollows of the skull with Sapphire Treasure Gold.
The tiny skull and crossbones has also had a touch of Sapphire Treasure Gold...
... as has the embossed texture.
I rather like the slightly queasy shade of greeny turquoise it gives it all, as well of course as the shimmer.
And the bat had some Distress Paint before also getting a hint of Treasure Gold.
I added the little label from the Apothecary set too.
The Happy Halloween is from the same set, and is covered with a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and some more Treasure Gold around the edges.
Okay, I just can't keep it quick, can I? But it's nice to take a brief break from the box-shifting, and I do type quickly!
Do hop over to Our Creative Corner to see what the rest of the team have been up to, and we hope you'll be able to join in... you still have until 28th October to get touchy, feely, textured and spooky on a tag!
'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
From Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.
Shaggy from Scooby-Doo
I'd like to enter this as my October tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013
And I'd also like to enter this (belatedly) into the Something Spooky challenge at Country View Challenges
Oh, and just in case you missed it before... my rusty barn is over at Artistic Outpost today.
Happy Crafting all, and I should be back on full-scale visiting capability soon!