Tuesday 31 October 2017

“Happy Halloween” Tag by Amy C

Hello there ColourBlast fans! It’s this time of year, Halloween! 

Bring on the boo! Halloween is of course about history and tradition, and about having fun! Some people like to go trick or treating, have parties, dress ups and wear cool makeup. So, I thought I would make a Halloween tag for the festivities.

First, I trimmed a piece of heavy duty white cardstock to a tag size, then fully coated it with ‘Black Heavy Gesso’ and dried it with a heat gun.

To create texture, I was able to use the the Colour Blast 'Heavy White Gesso' seeing as it is quite thick. I used a ‘cracked glass’ effect stencil.
If you have a spider’s web or anything else spooky instead – then go for it! 😊 Again, I used a heat gun to dry this – or you can air dry it. It is important though, that this is completely dry before you continue on to the next stage.

To give colour, I sprayed the white surface with Sunset  Colour Spray and Sunshine Colour Shimmer Spray and allowed to dry.

I love a bit of bling, where possible! The Bling Colour Embossing Powder is the bomb! Seeing that Halloween in the US is celebrated in fall, I used a leaf stamp then heat embossed with the Bling embossing powder. You will need a craft heat gun for this step.

To add more texture, using a gel medium, I adhered some hand-torn strips of white tissue paper. After I speed dried it (yep, my trusty heat gun again), I sprayed the tissue paper with Rainforest Colour Spray, as I wanted to add some green. Using a permanent black ink, I randomly stamped around the tag with a newspaper script stamp.
Once the background was complete, I set to work on some embellishments.

For the tree (the focal point), I dabbed two coats of 'White Heavy Gesso' to allow for full coverage of the chipboard. 

I sprayed some of the Violet  Colour Spray on my mat, and moved the (upside-down) tree around on it as a way to then fully cover the tree with violet – I hope that makes sense? I then dried this with my heat gun.

Before I assembled my cluster of embellishments, I heat embossed a small wood veneer house. I used the stunning Sienna Colour Embossing Powder: it gives a real copper/metallic appeal. After all the preparations, I assembled my tag, including layering some flowers, medical gauze (used a bit from the first aid kit at home!) and hand cut pumpkins with orange tissue paper.

Here is my final tag and some close ups...

I hope this puts you in a festive mood!
Happy Halloween! Amy 😊

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