Happy Halloween Everyone! We’ve had a lovely couple of days celebrating the season. We had a Halloween pitch-in and costume contest at work and then I’ve been passing out candy this evening. In between answering the door, I made Halloween cards. Now I’m watching Clue and am contemplating finding a pumpkin-flavored something to snack on. Ahh fall, how I love you! It’s hard to believe that in a few hours we’ll be saying goodbye to my beloved October.
For Halloween I wanted to share with you some tags I made for a Halloween swap with RedLead Paperworks. I’m a guest artist for them and enjoy their Halloween stamps and making art with them very much. They always make great fall/Halloween stamps. For this year we needed to make 4 tags and a holder for them. Here’s my Halloween bouquet.
And now, a tour.
For the first tag, I wanted to use the wonderful bottle stamp and decided to pair it with the orange tag which I toned down by tapping black ink on the surface. I die cut a magnificent spider web designed by Tim Holtz to decorate the back. Various Halloween images were stamped to create a scene in the bottle and colored with watercolors to look like a sunset. I stamped a tag and fastened it to the bottle with twine. The bottom of the tag is decorated with black cardstock and washi tape.
Feeling excited about the first tag, I turned my attention to a stamp that wasn’t quite my style, but I wanted to make a Gothic-feeling tag. So for this one, I stenciled a damask print on the tag and colored with purple and orange inks and kind of smudged up the edges. I stamped the woman and a little raven to sit on her shoulder. She’s decorated with rhinestone jewels and some obliging bats that are making themselves at home in her hair. It needed a bit more punch, so I created a black paper rosette, stamped the quote and layered them together. I tied cheesecloth ribbon around the tag and nestled the rosette on top.
For my third tag, I needed to think of some way to subdue the fluorescent green. I knew I wanted to use the owl on the branch stamp with a moon and the tombstone raven. I played with a layout on this tag, and then I noticed part of a paper doily that I’d inked with green and discarded because it didn’t work on a previous project. Almost without thinking, I picked it up, tried it out on the tag, and decided I loved it there. More bats took up residence in front of the inked moon and the I found this Halloween quote which I cut into strips, colored, and layered to the front. It gives it a fun, quirky look and this ended up being my favorite tag. The quote says ” The moon is full and bright and we shall see what can’t be seen on any other night”. Oooh.. spooky!!
The little tag features a cute owl wearing his Halloween party hat. He and Percy the Spider are hosting a Halloween soiree. Oh, and look… the bats have invited themselves in. Tag is finished up with spider web and orange polka-dot washi tape.
I hope your Halloween is filled with special treats and moments and that you might spy an owl or bat as you say goodbye to this magic night.
Blessings to you,