Thursday, October 29, 2020

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag For A Vintage Journey

 Hello everyone, it's the 5th Friday of the month so that means it's time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  I decided to make a spooky Halloween tag for our last Tag Friday of 2020 and was happy to find my Halloween mojo again which sadly has been very lacking this year!

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag

 I started out by cutting a #10 sized tag from one of Tim Holtz's Halloween Paper Stashes (sorry, I have no idea which one!) and then stenciled it randomly with the Crossbones stencil and some crackle texture paste.  When the texture paste had dried and cracked I finger painted the Crossbones with diluted Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step One
The Skull die was cut from cardstock inked with Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  The Skull was spattered with water and then stenciled here and there with the Speckles stencil and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  The white around one of the Creepy Eyes was painted with a light brown acrylic paint and then I drew blood vessels with red acrylic on the end of a toothpick.

A piece of Mummy Cloth was inked with Ground Espresso and Iced Spruce Distress Stain.  The spider from the Candlelight Fright Bigz die was cut twice from black cardstock and then glued together and shaped while the glue was still wet.  It needed something more so I finger painted the spider with Black Ice Deco Foil Metallic Gel (soon to be discontinued so get it while the getting is good!).

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Two 
Some pieces of Idea-ology Halloween Ephermera were adhered here and there and the edges of the tag messily sewn with black thread.

The Skull die cut was popped up on black foam squares and the Creepy Eye adhered with pieces of foam as well.  A Halloween Quote Chip sentiment was attached below the Skull and the spider hung below it, popped up on more black foam squares.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Tutorial Step Four

 Finally, the Mummy Cloth was threaded through the hole on the hang tag and my Halloween tag was complete.  Here are a few closeups of the finished tag.

An Unfortunate Ending Halloween Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

An Unfortunate Ending Hallowen Tag Detail

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides made, we all love creating for Tag Fridays!  Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone,

Deb xo


  1. Great tag, Deb. It’s creepy and spooky and all around fun for Halloween. Love the subtle eyeball. It makes me think of one-eyed Willie from The Goonies

  2. Oh, I LOVE those stenciled skulls and cross bones on your background Deb! and the wonderful coloring on this Skull which certainly had an unfortunate ending!! xx

  3. Ooh, scrumptious background - I love the texture over the design paper. I've just packed up some of my TH papers for moving and decided I really must use them more, so this is well-timed to inspire me (except who knows when I'll get round to unpacking that box again!?). The skull looks completely amazing - very, very creepy - in just the right way. Looks like the mojo swung back into action just at the right time.
    Alison x

  4. What a fabulous and spooky tag! I love the harlequin style background with that fabulous skull 😀. I didn't look to close at the spider though - eek! Take care and wishing you a very Happy Tag Friday! Hugs, Jo x


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