You may recall that I participated (and made a mess, and had a blast) in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas last year. You can view my tags here - Karen's 13 Tags of Christmas (Yes, 13. I'm an overachiever, yo!) Nowadays you can make one tag a month, so you don't have to neglect all your festive baking just because your pans are being used for shrink plastic and photo transfers.
One tag a month ought to be a pretty easy feat, except that I am 0 for 9 on January thru September.
October is my favorite month for stamping, though, so I really wanted to make time to create something using some of my favorite old (and new) Halloween stamps. I was going to make a Pop 'n Cuts card, but then I saw Shelly Hickox's October Tag and it struck me that I could use my bird skeleton on the front of a pop-up tag and then have it open to reveal a suddenly reconstituted raven, Zombie-style! Brilliant!
I started with the basic techniques that Tim teaches in his October Tag Tutorial. I cut my new Frame Label die and coated it with glossy accents. Instead of using black glitter I mixed together some orange glitter and black seed beads.
The frame is hinged to be able to open. I backed the opening with a stamped Bird Skeleton. First I stamped and embossed the bird on glossy cardstock. Then I used a Stampscapes Tonal Applicator to blend in a few colors of ink. A quick spritz of water, blot the excess, and my mottled background was done. I used a Sharpie white paint pen to color the skeleton.
The 31 numbers are from the Tim Holtz Gothic Boo die that he uses on his tag. I cut the numbers from black shrink plastic and shrunk them. I found a metal hardware pull in my stash and used it at the bottom of the frame.
When the frame is opened, a Pop 'n Cuts circle label pops up, adorned by a Zombie raven. (Because he was dead just a minute ago, you see.) The raven is stamped and embossed and glued to the front of the PNC. I stamped the word "Nevermore" and distressed the edges.
It may not be readily apparent from the photos, but I did make Tim's tissue paper background for the tag. I used sparkle Mod Podge as my glue and some dark stained tissue. After finishing the background I discovered some black netting in my stash and though it would look nifty over the top of the tag.
The Raven quote is stamped and embossed on my new Fancy Frame die and then attached to the tag with black brads.
I tied a couple of ribbons through the top of the tag and then added the bones charm. It seemed fitting!
So there you have it! Many thanks to Tim Holtz and Shelly Hickox for all their inspiration!