Monday, 1 October 2018

The End...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Tag It and the Dt are showcasing Tim Holtz products, which is something that you don't have to do to join in but I think everyone has a few of Tim's products in their stash!

For my project, I decided to carry on with my Halloween inspiration and created a project that tells the story of The Undertaker and used a Mini Etcetera Tag as my base and surrounded her with Tim Holtz idea-ology and a bouquet of dead flowers...

Welcome to the end....

I began by covering the tag with some paper from the Halloween Worn Wallpaper set ~ if only I could have enough of this design to create an accent wall in my home, I would be heaven, it is so beautiful!

I adhered the paper to the tag using Matte Collage Medium and then lightly sanded the edges to create a smooth, seamless edge. I then applied some more medium over the surface to seal the paper and allowed it to dry.

Once it was dry, I moved on to adding that vintage feel and took the Gathered Twigs Crayon and ran it along the edge, blending the colour out with a semi dry baby wipe. I love the way the crayon just sinks into the paper and accentuates the linen texture.

To complete the tag, I flicked some Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface and placed the hole reinforcer piece, painted with Black Soot and Tarnished Brass over the the hole at the top.

I now have my basic tag and can move onto the embellishments, starting with the photo, taken from the Ancestor's Paper Doll set, and this is going to be the main focal point of this piece. I used a sanding tool to just sand the edges of the photo before  applying a small amount of Vintage Collage Medium to create a worn, vintage appearance. I then used the Black Soot Distress Crayon, running it around the edge to create even more of an aged feel. A few rips and tears and curled edges complete the photo before I matted it onto kraft card to create a frame. I then mounted the image onto the right hand side of the tag using foam pads.
Now, we move onto the 'dead bouquet' which has entwined itself around the broomstick and I started by cutting a selection of flowers from cream card using the Tiny Tattered Floral die. I then spritzed the die cuts with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain before heat drying them. At this point you will have a pool of ink on your craft sheet and so not to waste a thing, I mop it up with crinkle ribbon so that I can either use it on a future project or in this case, use it for this one.

Once dry, I added a light misting of Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray over the top to create a shimmer, heat dried them again before assembling each flower.

A selection of foliage is die cut using the Garden Greens Thinlits die and the Funky Florals 2 die and coloured in exactly the same way as before.

Once I had my foliage, I just placed it over the top of the broomstick which was adhered to the left hand side of the tag and entwined the greenery and the flowers around it.
I then added a Halloween Vignette Accent to the top right hand corner of the photo which I coloured with a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint, allowing the paint to sink into the recesses of the metal and then buffed away the excess. I then added a small amount of Gilding Wax over the top before attaching it with Matte Collage medium.
I also added a Halloween Story Stick, 'the end' placing it amongst the floral arrangement and placed an Index Clip onto the photo.
I placed a spider onto the broomstick, complete with a painted red body, Candied Apple Distress Paint created this effect and again attached him with some Collage Medium.
To complete the story, I placed a quote chip, The Undertaker underneath the photo and added some Hex Fasteners to either side...
...and finished with a Clippings Sticker, XIII at the top.
As my finishing touch, I attached the previously dyed Crinkle Ribbon through the hole at the top....
...which completes this week's project, a tag that I hope you've loved reading about, just as much as I loved creating it.
 Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. "The Undertaker" is just perfect; love your details, layers, and embellishments! Thanks for sharing your inspiration, tricks, and techniques.

  2. Wow~! This is simply amazing! I love it! So very creative!

  3. Gorgeous tag Emma :-) I have spent ages admiring this, what a stunner!! LOVE it :-)

    Hope you have a lovely week
    Lols x x x

  4. this is so very awesome my friend - I love how you used "the undertaker" and the die cuts on the broom are stunning!

  5. Emma, your creations are always a treat to admire and so inspiring. This tag has gorgeous details, so soft and feminine yet so perfectly suited for the halloween theme. The flowers around the broomstick are gorgeous and the way you have framed the acestor and added the vignette accent is really beautiful. I adore this tag. Thanks for sharing! xx

  6. Ugh, this is so elegant and so creepy at the same time! This lady really scares me, she would be able to do anything, I guess. I love the background and the leaves cluster. All the details so well placed! Hugs, Macarena

  7. Completely awesome, elegant and yet spooky!

  8. Love those brown gatherings around the broomstick and the fabulous eerie atmosphere you've created. I agree about that worn wallpaper - I wish we could have a whole pack with just that paper!
    Alison x

  9. beautiful tag Emma and I love the withered winter flowers around the broomstick, hugs kath xxx

  10. This is really pretty, Emma! Sometimes I think we are polar opposites in terms of how we use color and yet I have such admiration for you as an artist and love, love, love your style! Thanks for showing me how beautiful different aesthetics can be.

  11. This is such a stunning tag, Emma. Love all the fabulous details and the elegant design! :)

  12. This is wonderful Emma! I love the muted neutral colors, the details and that fantastic bouquet wrapped around the broom stick. What a great idea!!

  13. Your projects are always so well put together! I love it!

  14. Love the mix between elegant and creepy, Emma! The lady really is scary and the whole design is really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Elegance is the keyword on your blog! This tag is so incredibly wonderful that it took away my words ...Barbara

  16. Another piece of fabulous halloween creativity, Emma. Your 'dead bouquet' is not only gorgeous but such an inspired idea. Elegant and ever so slightly eerie ! Love it !


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Emma ~xx

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