Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spooky Stenciling with Tim Holtz ... September Tag of 2013

Before I begin the details of my new tag, I would like to thank all of you who visited my last Chiari Awareness post.  I must admit that I was more than a little nervous when I hit the "Publish" button for that post.  I wasn't sure how the topic of my illness would be perceived and I really wasn't comfortable sharing something so personal in a very public venue.  I am continually amazed and heartened by the support and friendship I have felt from this crafting community.  A very special thank you to all of you who left such kind comments.  You all are the best!!  Now ... on with the show.

As I started thinking about creating my version of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 for September, I knew I was going to have to be a little more creative than usual.  Tim's techniques for this month's tag (you can see all of the details here on his blog) involves his new line of layering stencils.  I have not been able to lay my hands on these wonderful stencils yet; so, I had to look through my stash and see what I had that might work.  I laid out the very few The Crafters Workshop stencils and the one Heidi Swapp stencil that I own.  I thought ... "I can work with this."

Next question ... theme for my tag?  I had planned to do a Chiari Awareness ribbon tag (the ribbon color is purple) this month and thus recently purchased Seedless Preserves Distress Stain.  Oh!  I love this color!!!  I started playing around with different backgrounds using Seedless Preserves with other Distress Stain colors.  I came up with this cool combination of Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean.  Immediately, I knew it would be perfect for a Halloween tag.  Hmm ... how do I take the limited stencils that I have and make a Halloween tag?  Definitely calls for double dose of creativity.

 I started my stenciling with the stars on Heidi Swapp's Confetti stenciling.  I didn't have any embossing paste (another item at the top of my wish list), so I used some Texture Magic Dimensional Paint with my stencil.  After giving my stars a quick hit with the heat tool, I went on to my next stencil layer.  I grabbed a 12 X 12 TCW stencil that has a variety of clock faces on it.  When I saw this, I thought about the "witching hour" of midnight when all of the spooky monsters come out.  Ah ha!  I had the theme for my tag.  I took some Black Soot Distress Paint on a clean blending tool foam pad and lightly pounced the paint on my stencil (building up color intensity with repeated applications using an almost dry foam pad to keep the paint from bleeding under the stencil ).

Okay ... two stencil layers down.  At this point, I realized that I don't own a lot of Halloween crafting supplies.  I couldn't find a monster or creature stamp in my stash.  So I decided to add my primary image for my tag as a stencil layer.  I made my own stencil by punching out a skull and crossbones embellishment from Tim Holtz Idealogy Grungeboard Elements.  I used the skull shaped hole that remained as my stencil.  Using the same blending tool technique and Picket Fence Distress Paint, I stenciled in my skull and crossbones onto my tag.

Three layers of stenciling behind me (and yes, I went through at least 20 tags to get a finished product that didn't get smeared before it dried or bled through or just looked wrong) and now I was ready for that wonderful stain combination. After drying the stains with my heat tool, I added some details to my stenciled images with my Distress Markers, an archival quality black pen, and a fluorescent orange acid-free gel pen (to bring out the numbers on my clock-face).

I knew I wanted to add another stencil layer.  Originally, I thought I would add some stenciled tree branches with Distress Ink; but, my eyes fell on my TCW flame stencil and a light bulb went off!  I could use the flame stencil to make ghosts on my tag.  I grabbed my Picket Fence Distress Marker and water brush and began tracing some of the flames on my tag with this semitransparent white pigment ink.  I used the water brush to get the flame "ghost" images even more transparent and added "eyes" with a Black Soot Distress Marker.  The ghosts seemed to float up from bottom of the tag over top of all the other images.  Pretty cool!

We finally come to one of my favorite parts of this tag.  As I started to add embellishments, I remembered that I had some of the Tim's enamel number tags and one of them had a 31 on it.  I looked through my brads and found some that had green tops.  Fun!  When I attached the tag, those brads reminded me of eyes.  I took a alcohol ink pen and added the cat eye vertical pupils.  Very creepy looking enamel tag, if I do say so myself.  The clock hand is a metal arrow that I colored with alcohol ink pens and gave a Glossy Accents topcoat.  I added some Making Memories Halloween word stickers and gave Mr Skull a mustache "costume".

I just couldn't stop with "just a tag" for some reason.  I pulled out some chipboard letters and  the Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil again.  I added some stenciled dots with Peeled Paint Distress Paint.  I then stained the letters with Seedless Preserves Distress Stain and edged them with Black Soot.  The letters got a thin coat of Gloss Accents.   I used recycled cardboard packaging strips to attach the letters to the back of the tag.  I embellished the letters with a bat that was die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die out of Core'dinations Distress Colorcore paper in Black Soot (edges sanded), a cool watch embellishment that I colored with alcohol ink pens (to go with my midnight theme), and alphabet stamped "witching hour".

The tag was topped off with a crinkle ribbon that I stained with my background tag colors and then stenciled with the Heidi Swapp Confetti stars in Black Soot Distress Paint.  I added a smoky glass bauble for a little sparkle.

I'm going to leave you with one more shot of the entire tag.  My version of Tim's September tag went in a little different direction than his original make.  However, I really like it.  The colors are so fun and I enjoyed the creative journey that I went on with this tag.  Thanks for joining me on this little trip :)  -- Mary Elizabeth


Dagmar said...

Wow it's cool! I love it!

barbarayaya62 said...

LOve this halloween card!! Beautiful idea for stencil to use grungeboard !!!! Hugs BArbarayaya

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.... what a gorgeous tag! Love the layering of the colors and the chipboard letters are fabulous with the tag! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

butterfly said...

Brilliant, Mary Elizabeth... fab colours and the chipboard letters look very cool. But I think my favourite thing is the use of the flames stencil to create those wonderful smoky ghosts. And making your own stencil with the skull too - fabulous take on Tim's tag!
Alison xx

Anonymous said...

VERY cool tag! It's great and the ribbon ROCKS!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mary Elizabeth...I LOVE the elements on your tag!! Especially the skull and flames stencil - wonderful!!

sally said...

Wow! I sense so much fun in this tag :-)

I had no embossing paste but recently found a recipe for homemade: talcum powder, paint & glue, it seems to have worked OK with the stencils.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Brilliant tag, wonderful,pop of colour. Love the moustache and BOO, very clever. Great take on Tim's tag. Tracy x

Helen said...

Spooktacular Tag!!!! Love all the details and the halloween theme.

Candy C said...

Mary Elizabeth...this tag is seriously SO COOL! I love the "BOO" out to the side of the tag! What a clever idea. Your stenciling on this tag is amazing! LOVE LOVE the colors and the design. You girl, are on a roll of creativity! I've been checking out your blog this morning and loving what I'm seeing! You're so sweet and the being happy about finding wonderful and inspiring blogs goes both ways! You are always so sweet and encouraging with your comments and that is greatly appreciated! Isn't art FUN? Have a great day and weekend. <3 Candy

Velvet Pearson said...

I love everything about this: the color palette, mustachioed skull, and the Boo on the side. So fun! I hope some lucky recipient gets it for a Halloween card.

sara j said...

Awesome Tag!