Monday, October 22, 2018

Simon Says - Halloween/Spooky

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I decorated an Etcetera Tag for the grandkiddies, with the friendly ghosts from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village Graveyard, nothing too scary,don't want to give them nightmares
I cut Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to be slightly larger than an Idea-ology Small Etcetera Tag, smooshed Dried Marigold, Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood Distress Oxide inks on to my craft sheet and pulled the paper through the inks. In the words of our adorable Professor "don't freak your freak" at this stage, just dry with your heat tool
I added Dusty Concord to my craft mat and continued layering the colours, drying between each layer until I was happy with the result
I added further layers of Dusty Concord and Black Soot using a mini round blending tool, spritzed with water and dabbed with a paper towel to create that oxidised droplet look.
I die cut the panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Swirling Stars Thinlits
and added a section of paper coloured with Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks using the same technique behind the panel.  I stamped the branch from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mr Bones, the house from Haunted House with Black Soot Archival, fixed the panel to the Etcetera Tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte and sanded the edges to remove the excess paper.
I used the mini Stars Shifter Stencil from Set 37 with Dusty Concord and Black Soot to add some interest in the open space.
I used a left over piece of the previously coloured card to create the word panel, using the ruler from Tim Holtz/Tonic Media Tool Set to make sure that the Alphanumeric 1" Thinlits were aligned straight
I coated White Eclectic Elements thread with Distress Collage Medium Matte using my fingers and pressed in place I die cut the ghosts from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village Graveyard, fixed black card behind their faces and popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension. I die cut the "2" using Alphanumeric 1" Thinlits 3 times from white card and once from coloured card, layered together, fixed in place and added an Eclectic Elements thread bow.
I covered the ghosts with scrap paper and added splatters of White Gesso using my new best friend, the Tim Holtz Splat Box which, believe me, saves me having to hose down my workdesk, the floor and anything else within splattering range. You can collapse the box for easy storage but because I'm a regular splatterer and have a space at the side of my workdesk, I will be leaving mine assembled.
I used the mini Star Shifter Stencil again with White and Black Gesso applied through the stencil with a mini round blending tool.
I stamped the letters from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Gothic Foam Stamps on to Plain Collage Paper using Black Soot Archival and Versamark ink, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
I cut out the individual letters, trimming as close to the edge as I could, applied a light coat of Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the surface and added the letters slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
I die cut the gate and tombstones from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village Graveyard Thinlits, coloured with Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide inks using a mini round blending tool and decorated with Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs.
I fixed Idea-ology Mummy Cloth to the panel with dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and added the gate and tombstone die-cuts.
I hope you will get your spook on this week, join in the fun and share your Halloween/Spooky makes with us all.
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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Gorgeous Kath, the colours are perfect for Halloween. Love the star cut outs and the lettering too. Tracy ❤️❤️

  2. Absolutely fabulous Kath, I love the gorgeous background you created - the haunted house is a favourite and the stars really bring the whole tag to life! Definitely cute and definitely spooky too! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. OOh Kath! this is super spooky!! You're going to terrify the kids!! haha I am sure they will love this! ;-) The ghosts are fabulous and I love the background, so impressed with your fussy cutting the 'cute' too! I thought the letters were die cut! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  4. This is darling! I love how you used the Distress Oxide colors and the dies and stamps.

  5. This Kath is gorgeous don't think the friendly ghosts will scare the grandchildren they will see it as fun the colours are stunning as are all the elements you used x

  6. Spooktacular tag! Love the layers and wonderful design.
    Linda xxx

  7. Kath, what an amazing tag. I absolutely love it!!!

  8. Pinned this fun Halloween tag! I LOVE the sky and all the die cut...just so festively fun!

  9. Kath this is super. I love the swiping stars die so this makes me so happy you created something using it! The coloring with the Oxides is perfect!

  10. Stunning piece! Love the design and colors are absolutely amazing, fab work as always my friend! barbara

  11. Oh indeed it's 2 cute 2 spook. Love thsi cute scene with those friendly ghosts and the mix of colors with oranges and purples washed-out. Lovely tag! Hugs, Marzena

  12. Fabulous! I love everything you did. Thank you for the step-by-step directions.

  13. Super SUPER fun, Kath!! I love the colors and textures throughout with the stars and the rule of 3 with the ghosts, as well as the use of traditional "Halloween" colors :)

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  14. Oh,this is really Brilliant in every way.xx

  15. Awesome tag Kath!! Love the orange and purple, the swirl of stars and the spooky ghosts - really a fun one! hugs, Maura

  16. What an incredible tag! I am absolutely in love with the color palette, which has traditional colors, but you've blended them beautifully. Thanks for always providing me with endless inspiration!

  17. I'm loving your Halloween tag! The background that you created is so amazing and the die cuts are perfect too ๐Ÿ˜. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  18. This is so fabulous Kath, spectacular DOX background and the stamping and stenciling overtop completes your background to perfection! The ghosties are indeed 2 cute 2 spook, love this amazing Halloween hang tag. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  19. Love all the details and colors you created on the background, Kath. Such a stunning Halloween tag! :)

  20. A gorgeous tag which is perfect for Halloween! I love that star die, it's just perfection and it creates such a cool effect on the background and I adore how you've created the wording! Lovely work as always... xxx

  21. Fantastic piece Kath! Wonderful background and details. I love all the different types of stars and those fun ghosts. Just scary enough!


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