Friday 30 October 2015

Tag Friday for AVJ - Happy Halloween

Here is an after dark halloween tag with deep blues, purple, gold and black and traditional images to wish you all a
Happy Halloween.

It is also my contribution for the Vintage Journey Tag Friday post which only happens about 4 times a year, this is our third since our birthday in March and there will be one more in January. Do pop over for a varied and mega dose of inspiration from the Creative Guides taking part.

Begin by smooshing three blue/mauve distress inks on your craft mat and spritz with water then drag a tag with a couple of strips of tissue tape through and dry it several times until you get the depth of colour you want.

Stamp text over, heat dry again and lightly paint a layer of mat medium over to seal it. Take the shatter stencil and apply transparent texture paste through with a stencil, leave it dry or help it on it's way with a gentle blow from a heat gun. (Sorry forgot a photo here).
Mix some gold paint with water on the mat and let it drip from a paint brush over the web and before it's properly dry rub as much of the paint away from the raised textures as you can leaving golden threads of webbing showing through. Because we used the mat medium and transparent texture paste we can still see a lot of the blue/mauve tones of colour showing through.

Whilst I had left over distress inks on my mat I dipped and dried more card so as not to waste any and stamped and gold embossed the greeting and then cut it out. To get a more grungy effect also dip in some muslin and use it behind the greeting to lift and create dimension.

After die-cutting the shapes and gathering all the other bits you need assemble the tag.

Distress inks - blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, dusty concord, ground espresso
DecoArt gold acrylic paint
Stamps - undertaker, halloween 2
Mask - shatter
Dies - movers and shapers mini spider and 31 set, mini cat and raven set
Miscellaneous - gold embossing powder, embossing ink, muslin, transparent texture paste, charm, loop pin, seam binding for bow.

Have a great weekend, I'm off to Ramsgate again with my family to meet up with cousins and siblings. We won't be doing anything special for Halloween but we're looking forward to having a relaxing weekend, I hope you are too.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


S@ndy Diller said...

A regal color scheme indeed. Love the tag and the theme - so timely with the big night coming soon.
S@ndy xx

Jane said...

I love this colour scheme Brenda and the gold paint is delicious. A gorgeous tag.Hope you are well and enjoy your wonderful family catch up. We're off to S'Ton.Hugs xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Brenda, what an amazing tag!! The gold against those blues and purples looks incredible! Can't believe how well it came out over the clear embossing paste, so clever! A great technique I'll try out for sure. Love how you embellished and finished it too. This is Halloween how I love it!

Annie said...

A fabulous Halloween tag Brenda and I love the techniques/step by step. The spider web looks amazing..lots of yummy texture and detail.

Have a great weekend
Annie xx

Nikki Acton said...

Great technique, fabulous colours - the gold is stunning! Nxx

A Pink said...

Gorgeous colours , Inspiring use of the gold paint that produces a fab result . Love the stark black images against the blue and gold x

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! I was playing with that spiderweb and mine just looked terrible so into the bin it went! Now I want to pull the stencil out and start again because your tag is fabulous!

Words and Pictures said...

What a fabulous gilded cobweb - so cool how you did it, so that you get all that texture too. Love the spooky blues, and fab stamping.
Alison xx

Julia Aston said...

The gold looks wonderful with your blues and purples on this wonderful spooky tag Brenda! Great layering on your background! Julia xx

Terry said...

Love the blues and purples with that gorgeous gold! Fabulous tag for Halloween, Brenda! Hugs!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Jaw droppingly fabulous Brenda! The background and colours are absolutely stunning (and yes very regal) but your spider's web is just amazing. Have a great weekend with your family. Jennie x

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous colour combination of inks and the gold just pops right off the tag! Amazing!

Redanne said...

I just love the technique you used on the spider web, it looks absolutely fantastic - and I love the background colours, so perfect for Halloween. Beautiful work, as always Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

rachel said...

awesome work Brenda - love this to pieces - hugs rachel x

experiments in paper said...

Wonderful tag, Brenda - really love those beautiful blues with the golden web...... fabulous! xxx Lynn

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic tag, Brenda! Love how the gold makes everything pop.

mamablitger said...

Brenda your tag is awesome. Fabulous colors and gorgeous texture. I love the gold webbing.. Fantastic work you you shared. Thank you so much,..
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Karin said...

wow, fantastic tag, great colorcombination too!
Groetjes Karin

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Elegant Halloween - I love it! Chrisx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

The gold is brilliant...really amplifies this and makes it so classy and elegant! LOVE the background! PINNED!

Jenny Marples said...

A gorgeous Halloween tag Brenda. The inky colours really contrast beautifully with the gold crackle. Jenny x