Monday 29 August 2022

Skeleton Dance...

Hello friends...

It's time for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, we are asking you to MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND! However you choose to do this, is entirely up to you but with so many inks, paints, pastes and sprays ~ you will be spoilt for choice and we can't wait to see what you create.

As Autumn approaches and my favourite time of year is just around the corner, I'm still very much in my Halloween groove of making and even though I have moved onto Christmas, 🤫...there's plenty of spooky projects to come!

So, with this in mind, I've stepped back in die cutting time to last year and used one of my favourite Tim Holtz dies, Mr Bones but combined him with a brand new stencil, Crest which is from the Stampers Anonymous Halloween release that Tim shared on his recent LIVE and used this to create my inky background.

It's time to jangle those bones and embrace the dead of night because Mr Bones is ready to party and you are invited to the skeleton dance!

To begin with I used a Size 8 Etcetera tag as a base and using Matte Collage Medium, I attached the smallest size of Pinked Etcetera Trim along the bottom edge of the tag, and painted the trim with Black Soot Distress Paint. This will elongate the length of the tag and also form a base for my fringing.


Moving onto the inky background, and I applied Translucent Crackle Paste through the Crest Mini Layering Stencil directly onto a Size 8 Heavystock Mixed Media Tag, placing the design down the left hand side. Set the tag to one side to dry and for those crackles to appear ~ don't be too impatient with this process, I've found depending on temperature, it could take a while, or it could happen quite quickly!

Once the paste is dry to touch and the cracks are visible, I then spritzed the entire tag with a combination of Distress Spray Stains ~ Walnut Stain, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. I spritzed water over the top to blend the inks and then gently heat dried the tag, being careful not to overheat the pasted areas.

Once I was happy with the blend, I stamped some script onto the open areas of the tag, using the script stamp from Exquisite and then lightly splattered the tag with Decayed and Burning Ember Mica Spray Stains. If you haven't tried these colours need too because they are amazing and such a great combination on halloween projects.

After allowing the tag to dry, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then machine stitched a border around the outside.

Adhere the tag to the Etcetera Tag using Matte Collage Medium.


With the background ready, it's time for that glorious fringing and for this I used one of the new idea-ology products that Tim released for Halloween.

I cut a piece of fringing to fit across the bottom of the tag and then rolled the trim in my hands to create a ruffled appearance. After a spritz of Decayed Mica Spray Stain over the top, I attached the trim along the bottom of the tag, placing it over the join of the tag and etcetera trim.

Above the trim, I then placed some sparkle and once again, turned to the new idea-ology products, and cut a piece of Black Tinsel and attached this along the top of the trim.

On either side of the trim, I cut a boneyard finding in half and tucked them into the fringe, attaching them so they slightly stick out.

With my trim in place, I added a Quote Chip from the Halloween Baseboards pack, THE DEAD OF NIGHT and used foam pads to attach it to my tag, placing a hardware head on either side of the chip.

We're now ready for the star of the show....


Now to assemble Mr Bones and once I'd die cut all the pieces and layers from Mixed Media Heavystock card, together with some black and grey kraft card, I inked each die cut piece and then layered him up to create my skeleton. 

Because I wanted him to be slightly lifted off the background, I did die cut an extra two solid layers, and adhered these to the back.

Placing Mr Bones into the splat box, I very lightly misted some Decayed Mica Stain over the surface and dabbed away any excess, heavy splatters.

So Mr Bones is now ready for the party and I attached him to the tag, placing foam pads on the back to add support. I then attached some moss along the top edge of the quote chip and around his feet.

Now no dance party is complete without guests, and these guests come in the shape of some bats who seem to be dancing with Mr Bones. The bats are die cut from black kraft card using the bat dies in Otis. I spritzed the black card with Decayed Mica Stain and then die cut, shaped and attached both of the bats to the tag.


In each of Mr Bones hands, I placed a piece of Halloween Confection which I cut in half and altered slightly with some Gathered Twigs Crayon, which just knocks back the bright white areas of the candy. I then attached the candy by placing it in between his fingers, and using a small dab of Matte collage medium to hold it in place.

I also placed three pieces of the candy in amongst the fringing.

We're nearly there and all that's left is the finishing details...


I attached two pearl droplets on the top left and right of the tag...

...and finally I used some Crinkle Ribbon, or seam binding ribbon and spritzed this with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain before threading it through the hole in the top of the tag.

So that's my make finished for this week and I hope you love the inspiration behind this piece, and it's got you into the halloween party spirit!

As always, if you make anything, or if you've been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look and if sometimes I miss it ~ just keep nudging me!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until next Monday at 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

1 comment:

  1. Love that Mr. Bones can hold the candy stix in his hands. It does look like the bats are dancing with him and having a great time.


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