Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Theme: Halloween!

Just a short one this week.  I did work on stuff this week, but it's all just started and I haven't taken any pictures yet.  But for this week I did want to do a particular theme.  Halloween!  Normally, Halloween is my second-favorite holiday (behind Christmas).  However, this Fall is not normal for me, and for various reasons I just haven't been all that into it.  But while I was feeling pretty okay, I did do a few Halloween tags anyway.

First off, Mom and I were both quite taken by this collection of papers this year:

There was a sheet of stickers available too.  Really cool ones!

So I wanted to use the papers, but I also wanted to play with my Michelle Ward stencils, and the new embossing ink dabber from Ranger.  so I did a background kind of like this:

This is not the one I started with, but it's the same technique:  Ripe Persimmon and Black Soot Distress Ink directly on my non-stick sheet, sprayed with water and Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom Gold, and I soaked up the resulting puddle with the tag.  It's a Tim Holtz technique that I've now seen elsewhere as well.

Then I laid down the stencil I wanted to use, dabbed through it with the embossing dabber, and embossed with clear powder.  With that done, I scudged black Distress Ink onto the tag, letting the embossing act as a resist.  Then I went ahead and played with papers, Martha Stewart and Authentique stickers, and feathers to embellish.  And I ended up with these:

The owl one wasn't as successful a background.  I like the other two, though.

Then also, Mom got me this awesome stamp.  I used it on a similar background, but then haven't done anything else with the tag.  So here's what it looks like:

That's right.  That raven is wearing a witch hat.

Sadly, that's kind of all I did for Halloween this year.  I haven't even put out any Halloween decorations, just my Fall ones.  It's okay, though.  Next year maybe I'll have the mojo back.  I'm still going to enjoy tomorrow night's Halloween episode of Haven :)

Happy Halloween, everybody!


Maryanne said...

I love all your Halloween tags! And, that witch-y Raven stamp is really cool! Thought you'd like it! Your style is really beautiful, not too much but not minimal either. I love it!

Diana Taylor said...

Your Halloween tags are beautiful - I love the backgrounds on all of them - you use colour wonderfully and those rich autumn hues go perfectly with the striking black - I love those feathers too. I've been trying to make black sugarpaste feathers for some Halloween cupcakes but they haven't come out very well so I'm resorting to orange pumpkins!
That raven in the witches hat stamp is just fantastic - and once again I love the background you've put it on. Your work is so beautiful, and you have a fantastic eye for colour and style - keep dabbling in it, you're doing great!

Genevieve said...

I'd love to know who makes the raven/witches hat stamp! Gotta have one of those. Thanks for sharing, your tags and the background are great. Definitely have Ripe Persimmon on the must get list.