Gift #1037: All Hallow’s Eve

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.

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And now, a tour.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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One Response to Gift #1037: All Hallow’s Eve

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful tags, Sarah. I love how creative you are!

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