Sunday, October 25, 2015

It's Alive!! Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 -- October

Okay ... I've got to say it again.  I've had such fun playing with Tim's Monster die over the last few weeks.  He (the Monster ... not Tim) takes on new personalities every time I use the die to create him.  Love it!!!  In my last post, I showed off a rather surprised looking monster with an ill-fitting brain.  This time, he looks positively monsterish in Twisted Citrus and Seedless Preserves (gorgeous color combo) for my take on Tim Holtz's October Tag for 2015 .   Wow! 

Check out this intense monster stare!

I basically followed Tim's fantastic step-by-step directions on his October Tag blogpost.  The one exception is that I created my own collage tag background using some fantastic Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers and tissue tape.  Love the Formadhyde label and the handwritten notes on the use of cathodes and electrodes!    

I used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink on a harlequin stencil over my collaged paper.  Then  I gave the entire background a coat of watered-down Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I distressed the edges and grunged them with some Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.   Finally I used my Hickory Smoke Distress marker to add some shadows and outlines around the harlequin pattern.

I added a remnant rub spider to go along with my Twisted Citron painted spider.  And of course, like Dr Frankenstein, I want my Monster to "Live" so I added this grunged and painted Word Stick to my tag topper of Seedless Preserves Distress Stained twine and Black and Cream Trimming.

 I seriously love my Monster creation. I'm going to enter him in this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Monster Mash Challenge.  He will be in good company with the other awesome versions of the Monster created by the fabulous design team over there.  Please go drop by and see the spooktacular Halloween inspiration cooked up by the talented DT.

I'll leave you with a couple of other close-ups.   Wishing you a hauntingly happy Halloween!!  -- Mary Elizabeth


Karen Petitt said...

So much very gorgeous ink! You don't expect to say that about a monster but I love the colours and texture you achieved Karen x

butterfly said...

Wow - that's a colour combination and a half! Lurid, vivid and definitely monstrous in the best possible way!! Fabulous take on the October tag - I love your harlequin background and the Word Stick commanding him to live.
Alison xx

die amelie said...

"It's alive! It's alive!"
Being a huge friend of the old horror movies I really enjoyed your project and post a lot!
Your monster's face already reflects a glimpse of all the cruelty it will have to face during its second "life"...a very moody and inspiring tag! Love it!

Claudia xxx

A Pink said...

Fantastic take on Tims Tag Mary . Love the intense monster stare and TC and SP suit your monster perfectly . Your collage background is fabulous and all your embellishments work wonderfully to create a terror terrific tag x

Anita Houston said...

FUN FUN take!!! LOVE his purple hair, and love the twine bow too!!!