Friday, October 17, 2014

My October 2014 Tag - Halloween pumpkin Boo!

I've been playing along with the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014! Here is my take on Tim's October 2014 Tag. Ok, I love his October tag so I made mine almost the same! I substituted some stuff where I didn't have the same supplies.

I made a happy mess with some spray stains on the tag and texture paste spooky words. I don't have any Tim Holtz spray stains yet, but I did have a few Dylusions Ink Sprays from Ranger so I used those! You can't tell from the photo but I used 4 colors. In real life you can see the slightly different colors of spray ink. I didn't have any metallic ink spray so I used the Tim Holtz metallic stain and put it in a spray bottle. The spray bottle wouldn't cooperate and it kind of just dribbled all over the place. It's hard to tell how much texture the tag has in the photograph. Also the shimmer spray I used is messing with the lighting too.

I didn't have a monocle, but I did have a Tim Holtz clear fragment, so I painted on a gold frame to make it look like the monocle. I used the Tim Holtz rub-ons and stamped a spider web on the back so it would show through.

Here's the back of my home-made monocle! I was kind of proud that I was able to drill my wishbone with my inexpensive brand dremel-like tool from harbor freight without harming anything in the process! The soft plastic wishbones are pretty easy to drill.

I had the spider stamp Tim used, but it was too late as I'd already put the texture paste on the tag. oops! So I used the die-cut spider instead.

I cut the bats using the movers and shapers bat die and a pepsi can. I used a texture fade to emboss the cutout, and used black soot distress paint to make the bat look scary and not like a pop can.

To make the ribbon trim look more scary I threaded a thin black wire through the middle of the ribbon and then scrunched it up so it looks a little wacky. Then I bent the wire to the back to hold it in place. It kind of gathered the trim. I also used a little shrink plastic charm that was a left-over from another project.

I started running out of room, so I decided to use a little "boo" under the pumpkin.
I love Halloween projects and I enjoyed making this tag! The spray stains are easy to use and I look forward to getting some Tim Holtz spray inks soon. I love the wood-cut looking Tim Holtz stamp set!!! The stamp images from the set are very mischievous! I like the mischievous and busy Halloween grungy look!

Happy Halloween!


  1. Hi Vic just popped over for a closer look at your tag, I just love your take on Tim's and your bats look fabulous flying around it! Mo x

  2. Love your tag and the homemade monocle is brilliant. Wonderful details and texture too! Good luck with the challenge. :)
    Thanks for the super sweet comment you left me, I really appreciate it. xx

    1. I knew you'd win, Congratulations!!!

  3. Great tag Vic! The clear monocle looks fabulous. I love your background and the bats. Fantastic! Congratulations on your win! Karen.x

  4. So creative! Love the scrunched ribbon effect and your monocle is perfect! Congratulations on your win!

  5. Love the improvisations! Big congrats to you!!!

  6. I am batty for those bats Vic. Really gorgeous color and I adore the "BOO". Great take on Tim's tag. Congrats on your win on his blog!! -


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