Tuesday with Tara {take 223}

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d share some Halloween tags with you! I made these a couple of years ago for a blog hop we had featuring Tim Holtz’s “Ancestors” Paper Dolls (which are on sale right now) and all my tags show how fantastic Distress Oxide Inks are simply stamped or stenciled on BLACK paper. Hope you like them!

Freaky Friday Tags

(see the full original post from Oct 13, 2017)

I’ve been enjoying getting creative with the Paper Dolls by Tim Holtz, and these new additions add a creepy touch to the mix. There are a few seasonal images included, with costumes and pumpkins, as well as some regular type portraits with creepy expressions!  It’s a nice mix if you want a variety of paper dolls to work with!  I chose to use some of the ‘regular’  images and make a creepy/romantic tag, pairing a couple of single dolls together.

My plan was to create a set of tags that could be attached to treat bags for Halloween- if it happens, this one will go on the one I give my husband!

The technique

I started with black #8 tags and Distress Oxide Ink, stamping a background pattern (numbers by Dyan Reavely) directly on the tag. Then I continued, applying the same ink through a stencil (birds by Dina Wakley) over it to create my background design. I am not a big Halloween crafter, so chose some ‘neutral’ designs that I thought would work with the overall feel I was going for.  It’s good to have basics in your stash!  I selected my paper dolls and chose to add a few spots of color to them with Distress Markers.  I didn’t have a perfect match, but wanted a monochromatic look for this tag so went with a similar shade of purple.  The ink puddled a little bit in some places, so I dabbed with a cloth until I got the desired look.

I wrapped some sheer black ribbon with twine to add texture. Then I finished it off with a metal embellishment (this fancy lock is by Prima) and some occasions chit chat stickers.

The tags

I created a couple more tags as well, which you can see all together here.   Here’s a shot of the backgrounds I started with… 

… and the set of finished tags:

There is still some time for Halloween crafting, especially if you keep it simple & spooky 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

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