Monday, 21 October 2013

Tip-toe, tip-toe, boo!


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Spooky", perfect for this time of year, with Halloween on the way!  Why not dig out your creepiest and spookiest crafty supplies and make something spine-chilling?  You could win a prize! :)

When I was a kid in Chicago (I think - we lived in New Jersey too so it could have been there) we learned a Halloween song in school that went...

Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew,
Tip-toe, tip-toe, BOO!

 ... hence the title of this post!  Do any others of you out there in blogland know that song?  No one I've ever asked has ever heard of it!

I had planned to make some Halloween-themed candy boxes for this challenge, only to have my Cuttlebug break on me half way through the project!  I was basing it around Tim's Pillow Box die so I had to have a project re-think.   (I've heard a whisper on the tinsel grapevine that Santa might be bringing me an Ebosser - hurrah!)

I started out by covering my tag with sections from Tim Holtz's Laboratorie paper stash. The black and white designs make them perfect for Halloween projects, but because they're not Halloween-specific, they can be used for so many general themes too.  Spots of colour were added with a range of distress inks and I stamped the spiders webs from the Trick or Treat stamp set in various places.

The skull was stamped, cut out, flicked with Fired Brick distress stain and fixed in place.  I cut the hat, band and buckle freehand with scissors.  The band was coloured with Dusty Concord distress ink and I used a cotton bud (q-tip) dipped in Picket Fence distress paint to add a highlight.  The buckle was coloured with a couple of layers of tarnished brass distress stain and fixed in place.

I stamped the Halloween ticket twice, once in Archival black, once in Fired Brick distress ink.  I used a baby wipe to remove ink from parts of the stamp each time to give the two-colour result.  The cat was stamped, cut out and fixed in place.  After the Poison label was stamped, I masked the skull and crossbones while I coloured the rest of the label with Fired Brick ink before fixing it in place.  Finally I used a warm grey Promarker to add shadows in some places.

Supplies I used included:


Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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8 comments :

misteejay said...

Wow, I love this Dan - what a super tag.

I don't know that song but then Halloween hasn't been as popular over here as it is in the USA - I can imagine it as a perfect chant for kiddies going about their trick or treating.

Toni xx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Neat project, Dan! I love how crisp and pretty all the colors are!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

mylittlecraftblog said...

I love all the different elements on your tag, including the "blood spatters!" I'm from NJ and I remember that song from elementary school. There were even motions to go along with it!
Evelyn

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love your spooky piece, the pats of red look just like blood. Great bold backdrop and I love the skeleton's hat too. Great bold design. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan...this is so cool and such a "DAN Signature look". I love the bold colors and the white skeleton head stuck amongst them all. Tim's black cat stamp coming to the forefront really is cool and the red "blood splatters" give this a really cool Halloween feeling without being macabre. I had no idea that you lived in NJ as a child! Loved reading your recollections as a child. <3 Candy

barbarayaya62 said...

Gorgeous tag DAN! i love the red blood splatters , amazing! BArbarayaya

Soraya said...

Dan,
Your projects are always amazing!!

Judy Cantrell said...

Dan, I haven't heard of that song. Love your piece with all the different elements! Sorry to hear of your broke tool.

Thanks for the comments you left on my blog!
Judy

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