creative trickery…

i have to say bloggers – what fun comments to read yesterday!  it seems i'm not alone in my addiction of halloween treats and wood mounted stamps…  thanks to all of you for taking part in the fun and posting a comment, so as promised, here are a few halloween tags i've created just for fun.  i've used my halloween stamps from stampers anonymous, my new seasonal alterations dies (shipping this week!), and lots of ranger and idea-ology stuff.  hope you find a little creative trickery of inspiration…t!m

"giggles" – tag was inked with distress ink (peeled paint, forest moss) using the wrinkle-free distress technique.  edges were tattered using a paper distresser and owl scroll was stamped with black archival ink.  witch was stamped on a scrap tag with archival, colored with distress ink (dusty concord, old paper, barn door) using cut n' dry foam , eyes outlined with white opaque pen, and then cut out.  seasonal tissue tape was added to the background of the tag, and numerals were attached for 31.  a giggle adage ticket was crumpled, inked with distress ink (walnut stain), and attached to the tag with the tiny attacher.  witch was secured to the tag with 2 layers of foam tape for added dimension.
Tag 1

"x-ray" – i love the x-ray look this tag has.  skeleton was stamped with paint dabber (snow cap) and dried with a heat tool.  tag was inked direct to paper with distress ink (black soot).  mist a paper towel with water from a mini mister and lightly wipe over the stamped skeleton to reveal the white paint which resembles a negative effect.  stamp poison label on tag with black archival ink.  flick silver metallic mixative on tag with splatter brush.  adhere bottles to tag with multi-medium.  embellish with locket keys, keyhole, and swivel clasp hanging from a trinket pin.
Tag 2

"trick or treat" – create a tiny trick or treat bag using the treat bag paper from the seasonal paper stash.  ink tag with distress ink (rusty hinge, spiced marmalade) using ink blending tool.  stamp witch hazel with black archival ink.  adhere bag to tag with wonder tape.  attach boo from seasonal salvage sticker to memo pin and stick behind treat bag.  insert candy into bag and accent tag with tulle.

"rickety haunt" – my favorite!  die cut rickety house, bat, and on the edge fence from grungeboard.  paint all pieces with paint dabbers (pitch black, snow cap), sand with sanding grip, and ink with distress ink (walnut stain).  adhere mica behind windows of house with glossy accents for added reflection.  adhere vintage book paper to tag with glue stick and ink tag with distress ink (pumice stone) using ink blending tool.  die cut ticket from ticket strip die, and stamp halloween ticket with black archival.  ink ticket with distress ink (spiced marmalade).  adhere house to tag with foam tape.  attach bat to thin wire and stick into tape behind house to secure.  attach fence below house with wonder tape.  tuck ticket behind post and adhere to tag.  attach curly prima twig to tag with tiny attacher and stuff moss behind fence.  create "trick or treat" from dymo, adhere to grunge, and cut to size.  adhere to tag with glossy accents.

"scaredy cat" – die cut cat and iron gate from grungeboard.  paint with paint dabbers (pitch black, silver metallic).  glitter cat with black soot distress stickles for vintage sparkle.  emboss tag with webbed texture fade.  ink with distress ink (dusty concord, walnut stain) using ink blending tool.  mist tag with perfect pearls mist (blue smoke) and dry.  adhere grunge elements to tag with glossy accents.  attach game spinner to timepiece and secure to tag with glossy accents.  attach fleur adornment to trinket pin.

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101