The wonderful people at Try it on Tuesday have asked me to be their quest designer for September, and of course I've said yes!
This fortnight's theme is Anything Goes so I've made this spooky tag, seeing as Halloween is fast approaching, actually Tesco have already got massive displays of Quality Street and Roses! What's all that about?
I've had so much fun making this tag, especially the coffin and the mummy. Making something from scratch hurts the brain cells a bit but the end result is always worth it.
The R.I.P. was wrote with a Versamark pen then I put silver embossing powder on and I was away!
I started off drawing a coffin shape on some cardboard, then drew the sides and the lid and cut them all out. I stuck everything down with a Zig glue pen, it works quick and I like that. I used some Tim Holtz spider web tissue tape to cover the outside of the coffin and the underside of the lid. This was great for securing the lid to the rest of the coffin, it was flexible enough to act as a hinge too.
I painted the coffin with burnt umber acrylic paint and drew black lines on for planks of wood. I made a grain pattern with brown Promarkers (with a fine tip) and some white paint on the end of a cocktail stick.
I started the mummy off by shaping kitchen towel with pva glue into a body like shape. Then I started to wrap masking tape around the body. I had to tear the masking tape into smaller strips and to do that I stuck a strip down on the craft mat and tore strips off. I found this was the best way to make it look like bandages, i.e. no straight edges.
I wiped over some Walnut Stain distress ink to make the bandages look dirty and old.
He looks great sat in his coffin.
I used black Cosmic Shimmer glue and a white Posca pen for the eyes. OOoooooooooo He looks scary!
I made the tag background from Dylusions inks, Artistic Outpost Halloween stamps (Hanging bat and spider webs). Some black gesso, and distress inks. I also used some Interference green Golden Paint in places around the tag and on the coffin.
The green twigs are an Alterations Sissix die, pained with a mix of green paints.
Hope you enjoyed my Halloween tag and I'm so pleased to be on the TIOT team for September.
I have a little Felix Update.
My little rescued Felix is 17 weeks old now and he went out into the big wide world on Friday for the first time......After a good sniff of everything...........
He LOVES IT!
Binks my other cat....(is like Gentle Ben....he's huge...and could be mistaken for the Essex lion if I lived down there!)...showed Felix how to climb trees...tail up and very happy!