Thursday, October 17, 2013

Something Wicked

Hello There bloggies... today I have something for you that has been in my head for awhile now and I just haven't had a chance to put it on paper. I decided for the next few challenges that I really wanted to do a tag-ish book. I looked online and couldn't find a tutorial for a tag book anywhere so I just came up with one on my own. 

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Stampotique's Designer Challenge - This week is all about Halloween, this one is a snap for me. I love Halloween

Frilly and Funkie - This week they are challenging us to do a Halloween inspired project with a twist... it must include green and black and absolutely no orange. (that's a toughie)

To begin, I'm going to first say which Stampotique stamps that I used because I used so many and I'm also including the links to where you can find them:

These are all by artists Jill Penney and/or Daniel Torrent

So to get this project started I used some old thick manilla folders to cut into the size tag I wanted to use.
I also knew I wanted to use Tim Holtz ruler binding for the top of my book. I measured out my tag accordingly.

Once those were all cut I used my Tim Holtz distress paints in purple, black and green to color my background.

Just look at the beautiful effect that I got with this paint. It's so pretty and just blends beautifully. I used various different combos of this same color combination for the other four tag backgrounds as well. I set those all aside to dry.

Next I took some mini gravestone cut out (these are just black card stock) and used various colors of embossing powder on them to get an aged sort of look.

I then used clear UTEE to stamp onto them with my Stampotique stamp (Halloween Cube 2)

I then took the gravestone and added a tad bit of perfect pearls just to make that skull stand out a bit more.

I stamped all of my Stampotique girls and Daniel's tree topper onto white card stock and colored each one with Copic markers.
I also made each one of the girls a witch's hat. I just free hand cut those out with black card stock. 

Once my background was dry I stamped it with Archival ink using the Halloween Cube 2 skull side.
I also edged the entire thing with black Archival ink.

I'm so sorry but I didn't do a tutorial for each of the tags BUT I will try to explain how they were done.

This is my front page tag.. I added a buckle and ribbon to her hat and an eye to the crow with smooch ink, I also added the words, a spider web, the ruler top (which I painted with distress paint) a fly and the gravestones.

The second page I added a die cut moon and stamped the background. 
I wanted to break up some of the darkness of the background. 

The third page, I wanted to get a bit silly with it, so I cut the bear's head off and added the crow, he stole her bear's head.
I fussy cut my own spooky tree because I don't have a die so I simply made my own. 

Last but not least, I used Daniel's tree topper for the last page (everyone loves him) I also added a skull in his hands from the gravestones on the front.   I did a black moon and some bats for drama. 

Here are some photos of my finished project. 

Standing up side view, as you can see the screws are long so I can add to this book if I ever want to. Maybe a holiday themed tag book would be cool??!! hmmm! The creative juices are flowing.

I hope that you like the project. I am really loving the color combo. These backgrounds came out amazing and I'm so excited that I finally put some of my favorite Stampotique stamps together in one project. 
Thanks for stopping by, have a spooky day.


  1. Sweet twist on a common theme this time of year, Claudine! The is exceptional work!

  2. I'm here to tell ya that this is just too cute! My favorite page - the crow that stole the bears body. Bwahaha!

  3. Wow this is amazing! Every page is divine in a spooky follower! Come visit me some time

  4. This little tag book turned out amazing! Love the colors. I love those stamps! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This tag book is so cool! Love the colors and those stamps are my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Claudine... this is outstanding! You are on a roll! Love everything about these pieces! Wow!
    :::padding your back gently::: Great work!

  7. This is incredible Claudine. SO pleased to have you playing along at Frilly and Funkie with this superb tag book. Jenny x
    We have had some issues with our link up this time so I've had to reset it. So sorry to be a pain - could you relink your fabulous project at; Jenny xxx

  8. These are AWESOME, you are so creative and what an imagination. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Cool! Those colors are great together!

  10. Fantastic tag book Claudine ! Love the colours you've used ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  11. This is fab Claudine, you've put so much work into this! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique this week.

  12. Oh my....LOVE your tag book. Such awesome ideas you have. Also enjoyed seeing the way you used Stampotique stamps. I do have a few of them too.
    Thank you for sharing your artwork with us.
    Hugs from SPAIN

  13. Wow this is fabulous and I love the colors. thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Dc

  14. this is brilliant i thoroughly love it! gorgeous gorgeous rich color and very creatively designed. kudos! xo

  15. Absolutely STUNNING Claudine ♥ Thank you for sharing it with Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez

  16. Fab tag book and a lot of work gone into it. Love how you have dressed everyone up for the occasion!

  17. What an awesome tag book with lots of spooky (but fun) elements. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  18. Hey there your project is absolutely stunning, fab colours and the images are really spooky. Thankss for joining at Frilly and Funkie xxx

  19. This makes me smile... Thank you for sharing with us at Stampotique.