Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Hallowe'en! (and October tag)

Hello ghosts and ghouls,

I hope you're having a frightfully wonderful Hallowe'en!  (It is entirely my favourite holiday, but I'm sad to say that I'm spending it at home, nursing a cold that's been plaguing me for what feels like far too long now!)  I did muster up the energy to whip together my October tag for you though:

Materials/Tools used:
 - Ranger Inkssentials Manila tags
 - Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot, Frayed Burlap
 - Ranger Distress Embossing Ink
 - Ranger Distress Spray Stain: Antiqued Bronze, Crushed Olive, Seeded Preserves, Spiced Marmalade
 - Ranger Distress Paint: Picket Fence
 - Ranger Distress Markers: Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Shabby Shutters
 - Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
 - Ranger Glossy Accents
 - Sharpie Marker: Black
 - Studio 490 Embossing Paste: White
 - Tsukineko Staz-on Ink: Jet Black
 - idea-ology: Alpha Chips (Elementary), Mask Sheets, Monocles, Remnant Rubs (Apothecary), Swivel Clasps, Tinsel Twine (Black), Tiny Attacher, Trimmings (Naturals, Black/Cream), Wishbones
 - Ranger Black Adhesive Foam
 - Ranger Heat Tool
 - Ranger Inkssentials Mister
 - Ranger Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool
 - Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer
 - Tonic Studios: Craft Pick, Craft Scissors, Paper Distresser
 - Stamps by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous: CMS197
 - Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil: THS027
 - Plastic palette knife
 - Waterbrush
 - 1/16" hole punch
 - Black embossing powder, cold press watercolour paper from my stash

As they are each month, techniques can be found on Tim's blog.

This month, I kept fairly close to Tim's design, with only minor variations.  A few things to note:
 - I didn't have a Dremel to drill a hole at the top of my wishbone, so I used my 1/16" hole punch.  It worked well, but it's the sort of trick that's not really recommended (and if you do try it, please don't hurt yourself!).
 - Be careful handling your Glossy Accented pumpkin, once it's dry and cut out.  It doesn't show up in pictures, but there's actually a crack near the bottom of mine that was the result of handling the tag a bit too roughly when I was putting the holes in my Alpha Chips.
 - Be aware when inking the edges of Alpha Chips, that Distress ink wipes back off fairly easily.  This is good if you accidentally apply more ink than you intended, but you have to then handle them carefully when attaching them to your project, lest you wipe off all the ink you applied.

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Well, that's it for tonight!

'Til next time,